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Educators Rising FAQs

How do I get started?

  1. Sign up with ACTFL so know you're interested in participating in our Educators Rising.
  2. If you haven’t already, register for a free ACTFL Online account.
  3. Check out our overview to Educators Rising: “Getting Started”.
  4. Start recruiting your students and set up your first meeting time. Check out our recruitment flyers and promo info in this promotional resource folder.
  5. Preview our 5 modules, “Get Inspired,” to begin planning your meetings.
  6. Start meeting and discussing with your students!

How does the ACTFL website work?

  1. Use your ACTFL Online account credentials (that you created in step 1.2) to sign in to https://www.pathlms.com/actfl/courses/4080 (upper right-hand corner).
  2. You can navigate through four main categories:
    1. Get Inspired -- “Get Inspired” is the ready-to-go, 5-part learning module to help teachers guide their students through a potential career in world language teaching. This is where all the presentations and curated resources are located. (NOTE: An overview of each module and all resources are located in the presentation’s resource tab)
    2. Get Smart -- Take a deep dive into specific articles and reports detailing everything from the severity of the teacher crisis to building a career in world language teaching.
    3. Get Pumped -- This is our video library with testimonials from teachers and students who are dedicating their lives to language learning and teaching.
    4. Get Involved -- Sign up (as a student or teacher) to participant in the official Educators Rising Virtual Campus -- a great supplementary resource.

How does the educators rising website work?

  1. On the Educators Rising site, referenced in 2.2.4 “Get Involved,” please refer to the following videos when navigating the EdRising virtual campus.
    1. Video for Teacher Leaders.
    2. Educators Rising | Virtual Campus.

What is the technical description of the program?

  1. Organization Name: Educators Rising | ACTFL
  2. Organizational Purpose: To effectively and directly address ACTFL members’ concerns regarding the national teacher shortage by getting more high school and university students interested in careers as world language teachers!
  3. Programmatic Purpose: To provide a digital infrastructure for communication/collaboration and online curricular resources for language teachers in order to engage and inspire future language teachers.
  4. Mission: Educators Rising cultivates future instructors by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers.
  5. Vision: Every teacher in America has the skills and experience to help all students achieve their potential.
  6. Tagline: There's power in teaching.

What is the structure of the program?

  1. Program Manager: The PM, based at ACTFL HQ, is responsible for coordinating the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Educator Rising | ACTFL program. The PM will build/maintain the supplementary digital infrastructure to house ACTFL-created resources on https://www.pathlms.com/actfl/courses/4080.
  2. Teacher Leaders: The TL is an ACTFL member who volunteers to be responsible for recruiting students into the program; for maintaining student interest throughout the program; for communicating with students on a regular basis; for holding regular meeting throughout the semester/year (ie. once a week OR month); and for submitting feedback, student work, and/or other resources to ACTFL. Student groups should be between 3-20.
  3. Students: Students should typically be in grades 9-16 who have shown an interest in world languages and/or education in general, and are willing to dedicate at least 3 hours a month to meet up and engage in classroom activities and small projects.

Is Educators Rising | ACTFL program offered in the target language that my students study?

Currently, all program material is in English. Educators Rising | ACTFL seeks to reach as many learners as possible about the prospect of becoming a language teacher. However, we encourage teachers to adapt this program as necessary to establish a connection with the target language. We welcome any adaptation that you create within your own classroom, whether it be in a group of students of different languages, or a group of one language (i.e. Future Portuguese Teachers Club).

I have some feedback on the modules and the program. How should I send it to you?

A feedback link is located at the bottom of each module presentation. General feedback may be sent to tcalvin@actfl.org.