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Monday, November 3, 2014

Introducing the PACE Professional Development (PD) Peer Team

The PACE PD Peer Team is an important part of the PACE project, because it puts language instructors in the driver's seat.

The team includes representatives of the seven PACE languages: French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish as well as members of the PACE Admin Team. This team is tasked with building and sustaining energy around a culture of continual and collaborative professional development in the various language departments. The PACE project aims to build a culture of data-informed exploratory practice among the language departments. This will be accomplished via assessment and professional development. Assessments will give instructors an independent indication of the proficiency level(s) of their students, while professional development opportunities (both large and small) will build the skills necessary to understand this data and ask questions about it.

The purpose of the PD peer team is to serve as a central conduit between the data derived from assessment and the professional inquiry into this data. The team will connect the language programs with the PACE Admin Team and colleagues across languages in order to engage in collaborative projects and pursue questions of practice.

The members for 2014-2015 are:
  • Dora Dias, Portuguese
  • Jonathan Fulk, French
  • Sean Killackey, French
  • Sugyung Kim, Korean
  • Natalia Krylova, Russian
  • Elizabeth Lake, Spanish
  • Jacqueline Listemaa, German
  • Sara Mack, Spanish
  • Helena Ruf, German
  • Dan Soneson, PACE Admin Team
  • Gabriela Sweet, PACE Admin Team
  • Elaine Tarone PACE Admin Team
  • Caroline Vang, PACE Admin Team

Instructors from all languages may contact the members of the team or email elsie@umn.edu at any time with questions and ideas. The more informed the team is of the needs and goals of language instructors, the better able it will be to design events and projects to move language education at the university forward.

The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.

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