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PSMLA Coffee Hours; Hispanic Heritage Month Resource; PLF Fall Issue

Pennsylvania Language Forum -- Fall Issue, NOW AVAILABLE!

The Fall 2023 issue of PSMLA's semi annual publication is now available. Please check out this latest edition on our website
The editors of the PLF invite you to submit your articles, projects, lesson ideas, and research for publication. Submissions for the spring issue are now being accepted. The deadline to submit for the Spring issue is February 1. Learn more about submitting to the journal on our website

PSMLA’s Fall Conference 2023

Take a peek at the conference schedule @ 
Reminder that late registration will end on October 20 register NOW! 
For more information visit the PSMLA website.

Coffee Hours in French and Spanish are back!

PSMLA is pleased to continue to offer an opportunity to engage in the target language with your colleagues across Pennsylvania.

Coffee Hour Goals
-Film discussions in French and Spanish to improve proficiency in the languages.
-Films will provide the context for participants to expand their knowledge of Spanish/ French  speaking cultures, history and literature.  

When & Registration 
-Every other month, from 4 to 5.
-2nd Wednesday:  French, October 11: Register here
-3rd Wednesday:  Spanish, October 18:  Register here
*Act 48 hours available for PSMLA members.

Support the World LEAP Act

Did you know that JNCL-NCLIS is proposing a new initiative to provide funding to establish and/or improve world language programs and to strengthen the world language teacher pipeline?  Here is a link to an infographic explaining the World LEAP Act.  Please feel free to forward this link to your local legislators to inform them about this act and to ask them to support the initiative. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

Did you know that you can find a wealth of resources for Hispanic Heritage Month on the PSMLA webpage?  Click on the Resources tab and then click on “Teacher Toolbox.”  You will then see “Hispanic Heritage Month” which includes links to articles, videos, activities and more.

CALICO 2024 Call for Proposals 
The 2024 symposium of the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) will be held at Carnegie Mellon University, from May 21 through May 25, 2024. We encourage PSMLA members to submit proposals--we want to hear about how YOU use technology in your language teaching! Proposal deadline is Friday, October 27, and more information can be found at here.
Even if you don't intend to present, we encourage you to attend the symposium and get to know this international, collegial, and kind group of educators. We are passionate about using technology to improve language teaching and learning!

Columbia University Travel Grants for Teachers
GEEO Teacher Travel Programs is partnering with the Middle East Institute at Columbia University to provide eighteen travel grants to (NY, PA, CT, NJ) educators for select programs next summer. Recipients of the grant will receive a $1,000 credit from Columbia University towards the cost of their program fee, as well as classroom materials and a PD certificate. Application can be found here.

October Webinar: Making AAPPL Data Actionable
The AAPPL is an approved assessment in nearly every state to fulfill Seal of Biliteracy requirements, but how else can you use the AAPPL and related test data? In this webinar, join Kristin Lowder and Alison LaGarry-Cahoon of Participate Learning who work with dozens of Dual Language Immersion schools. They will discuss ways to use AAPPL data to identify important learning trends and empower your students to take agency over their proficiency growth. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 4pm ET! Register here. For more information, contact Jennifer Quinlan