29th Annual Summer Seminar for Language Teachers – Register now!

The California Language Teachers’ Association and The California World Language Project

July 20th – 25th, 2018 – University of California, Santa Barbara

 Theme: Instilling Global Competency in World Language Teaching: Words into Action

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29th Annual Summer Seminar for Language Educators Santa Barbara, CA – July 20-25, 2018

Focused on the theme of Instilling Global Competency in World Language Education: Words Into Action, the Seminar will offer participants general sessions exploring a number of topics that support this year’s theme and seven strands where the participants engage with their peers and facilitators in applying concepts learned in the general sessions. Participants will jointly develop instructional strategies, assessment tools, and lessons/thematic units of study that they will implement with students in their own classrooms.


Kiran Thadhani, Head of Generation Global, Tony Blair Institute 

Kiran Thadhani is the Head of Generation Global at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Generation Global, an initiative of the Institute, is an education program that increases open-mindedness in young people as they navigate across difference by offering a virtual global dialogue platform, teacher training, and equipping young people to facilitate peer-led dialogue. Previous to working at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, she has worked in youth development programming focused on amplifying youth voices and transformative justice. Kiran is specifically curious about how to build strengths-based community spaces in order to create more equitable spaces and systems for all people.


Dr. Brandon Wiley, Chief Program Program Officer, Buck Institute  

Dr. Brandon Wiley is currently the Chief Program Officer for the Buck Institute for Education (BIE). In this role, he is responsible for the comprehensive strategic and operational aspects of all program areas. This includes providing leadership for BIE’s Curriculum, Research and Evaluation, Publications, and Project-Based Learning (PBL) resources, With experience as a classroom teacher, staff developer, district administrator and international education consultant, Dr. Wiley offers practical experience leading local, state and national initiatives focusing on school and district reform and the implementation of innovative programs. Dr. Wiley’s national work includes serving as the Executive Director of Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network, where he led the growth and development of a national network of design-driven public and charter schools, providing strategic support to districts and school leadership around global competence, mastery-based learning, school development and the implementation of project-based learning.


Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer, San Diego State University

Dr. Aaron Bruce has served as the Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University for 9 years. He works with campus leadership on policy development, strategic planning, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Prior to working in the Office of the President at SDSU, he was the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Rhode Island College. He is the past President of the Southern California Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (SCADOHE) and is an International Multicultural Institute certified diversity trainer. Dr. Bruce has facilitated numerous professional development seminars and held management positions in Latin America and East Africa. He lives by the motto “awaken the sleep, empower the weak, and guide the strong.”


Ken Simon, Chief Learning Officer, World Savvy 

Ken Simon is the Chief Learning Officer for World Savvy, an organization dedicated to educating and engaging youth to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens. He has nearly 20 years of experience working in urban schools and has served as a social studies classroom teacher, curriculum/instruction leader, district administrator and professional development provider across all content areas. Mr. Simon is a published curriculum writer and also teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at the university level. As a school designer and professional development provider for Expeditionary Learning Schools, he conducted professional learning sessions on pedagogy, literacy and Social Studies content across the nation to K-12 public school teachers and served as the Director of College and Career Readiness for Minneapolis Public Schools.


Thomas Herman, Director, California Geographic Alliance

Thomas Herman teaches urban, social, and cultural geography as well as provides technical assistance to community-based and youth and family-serving programs. His research goals include finding innovative ways to increase support and resources for K-12 geography education in California, increasing the number of students who are globally competent, and partnering with non-profits and local governments to provide strategic support for programs that make a positive impact on children, families, and neighborhoods. He describes himself as a humanist and a passionate geographer who is endlessly interested in people’s intercultural experiences and in identifying learning opportunities that promote human understanding and self-expression.


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