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Educators Rising: Recruiting world language teachers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

ALEXANDRIA, VA — For the third year in a row, more than 40 states plus the District of Columbia have reported a teacher shortage in world languages, an all-time high for the subject area since the Department of Education began collecting data over 25 years ago. In the report, language teaching vacancies are at the top of the list next to other key subject areas like math, science, and special education.

Strengthening the Student-to-Teacher Pipeline

A major contributing factor to the shortage is declining teacher preparation program enrollments. From 2009-2014, teacher education enrollment dropped 35 percent, according to a 2016 report by the Learning Policy Institute.

At ACTFL, we believe it's time to reimagine how we recruit and nurture the next generation of world language teachers. The solution is clear: ACTFL has released a new recruitment tool that offers students a vision of the future where teaching a world language is an empowering career option: Educators Rising.

Access the Educators Rising Modules

ACTFL has developed 5 ready-to-use modules that provide all the materials you need for starting a conversation with your students: a teacher checklist, inspirational videos, ready-made presentations, articles, discussion topics, and more that will keep your students engaged. Extended activities and suggested projects allow you and your future educators to move at your own pace.

“This is a pivotal time for language educators to become actively involved in shaping the future of our profession by instilling in our students the incredible rewards that a career in language teaching can bring. We are excited to partner with Educators Rising to move forward in recruiting a new generation of language teacher professionals,” said Desa Dawson, ACTFL President.

Getting started is quick and easy! Start by bringing interested students together to explore what you already know: that language teaching is an incredibly rewarding career. With this empowering tool, schools or districts can strengthen the student-to-teacher pipeline by providing a concrete pathway to turn language learners into language teachers.

About ACTFL:

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

 

Date: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017