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Pearson's Global Scale of English - ApplicationsProblem: Learning another language takes time. The ultimate paradox being that the better you get at a language, the slower you progress. Problem: The existing proficiency scales employ levels so broad that it can be particularly challenging to: 1) communicate to the learner exactly where s/he is within a level, and 2) communicate to the learner how much progress s/he has made during a short course of learning.


#ITBE2016 Presentation: Charting Your Professional Development: Negotiating Changing Paradigms The #ITBE2016 Convention was full of fantastic information and networking opportunities! Good to see some familiar faces and connect with colleagues from around Illinois. Above are the slides from my presentation on professional development. This mini-workshop actually stems from a larger conversation we've been having in our program over the past year.

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Informal Strategic Planning
The nexus of strategic planning rests in the idea that 1) given a set of known circumstances an organization can 2) engage in certain deliberate actions which will 3) lead to a more desirable outcome than if it had done nothing at all.

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#TESOL Administrator Knowledge Base
Every once in awhile, a recurrent theme emerges from the discussions happening in the various spheres of my professional life. In the past week, the issue of transitioning from teacher to administrator/leader has surfaced both in casual conversation among peers and in the online TESOL community. The local conversation focused on fostering and building on leadership skills at the various levels in the administrative hierarchy.

What I'm Working On

Online Marketing Strategies for Intensive English Programs: #Whatimworkingon
Inspired by several follow-up requests for information from my TESOL poster presentation on developing a marketing strategy, I am working on a straight-forward book that lays out the how-tos to online marketing for intensive language programs. This idea has been kicking around for several months, but time always seems to be the elusive factor.

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Vocabulary for Intensive English Program AdministratorsThe specialized jargon that comes with taking up the mantel of IEP administration can be daunting! Here's a rundown of key terms and phrases for IEP administrators.

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Hysteresis In Action
With industry disruption comes inevitable change. For our program, this has led to a transition and reorganization. Regardless of context, the effects of organizational downsizing force the redistribution of workload. The upside of this situation is cross-training and the opportunity to learn new skills, making employees more marketable in the long run.

Random Blog Post - What I'm Reading

Leadership and Downsizing
The IEP industry is experiencing a major disruption. We were visited the other day by Professor Tom Clayton, the outgoing IEP Director at the University of Kentucky. Our day-long sharing session highlighted the fact that language program administrators are facing unprecedented change, increasingly called upon to transition organizations and people alike. Our program is about 6 months ahead of UK, but...

Book Reviews - What I'm Reading

Bookshelf: The Professor Is In
Those who follow The Chronicle of Higher Ed will be familiar with their Vitae Career Hub, and that subgroup will undoubtedly have stumbled across The Professor Is In column. Karen Kelsky offers sound guidance to those actively engaged in the job-search nuances of academia.


#TESOL2017 International Convention - Industry Themes for AdministratorsThe 2017 TESOL International Convention offered several informative sessions on the current challenges faced by international education. Themes included advocacy and program transition. Here is a brief overview I shared with my faculty post-convention.