As a Title VI LRC, the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research has among its priorities the retention and support of language educators in the k-16 continuum. Highlighted in the national research on the matter, as well as time working one-on-one with teachers, language teachers leave the profession because they feel isolated, unsupported, and overwhelmed. In order to address the affective needs of educators everywhere, CULTR is starting a video project inspired by StoryCorps to collect the stories of teachers in the language education field. By offering a space in which to tell their “story,” we want to create a kind of community that will offer support to all language teachers.
Entitled T.H.R.I.V.E., this video project represents the Tales of Habits (for) Retention, Inspiration, Vision and Enrichment. Through videos that are 2 minutes or less, CULTR wants to hear your story. Why did you become a language teacher and what continues to offer inspiration? What are the biggest obstacles to achieving success and how did you overcome them? What would you have liked to know starting out? With a click of a button, every teacher can record a video message and join a growing national network of language educators focused on helping their peers.
THRIVE provides a platform for all language educators to share their experiences. Savvy veterans with decades of experience and wide-eyed newcomers just out of school each offer valuable understandings of what it means to be language teacher.
Ready to Get Started?
Join a growing national network of language educators today.
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Four Steps to Completion
Choose your message prompt, introduce yourself, and incorporate best video practices to quickly create an amazing video. Please read below for additional information on these areas and watch Meredith White’s video submission for inspiration!