Problem: 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 […]
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. In large organizations, formal strategic planning probably involves extensive data analyses, brain […]
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 […]
The 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.
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. A few of […]
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 […]
I love me a good spreadsheet! Excel and I spend many an hour together. We recently lost access to our enterprise system for (1) teacher reporting of student grades, and (2) getting student grades into the hands of students via notification letters. The previous system was cumbersome at best and fraught with the potential for […]