Webinars

Learn to use the campaign’s five arguments for why German is a good choice, identify partner organizations, build a network, and present your case effectively to parents, students, administrators and school board members. The Goethe-Institut has commissioned this webinar series to support the growth of German language programs across the US.

All past webinars are archived and available for viewing. For webinar information please contact:

Olga Liamkina
Educational Liaison
Goethe-Institut New York
teacher@newyork.goethe.org

 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6–7 pm (ET)
Presenter: Petra Reuter, Central Agency for Schools Abroad.

Description: Deutschberater (German Language Advisors) from the German Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) and the Goethe-Institut are teachers’ key partners in matters of German program advocacy, teacher professional development, curriculum and instructional planning, and expanding teacher professional networks. The presenter, one of the nine Deutschberater in the US, will introduce the goals and tasks of the GLA network; outline strategies for cooperation between Deutschberater, teachers and schools administration; and share success stories of starting and growing German programs at schools. Followed by Q&A.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 6–7 pm (ET)
Presenter: Uwe Goodall-Heising, Hanover High School, Hanover, NH.

Description: The presenter, a high school German teacher, will focus on the elements or features a German program should have to be successful, talk about networking and the offerings within the triangle of Goethe Institut, ZfA and AATG, and give examples from his own experiences at Hanover High School. Followed by Q&A.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6–7 pm (ET)
Presenter: Patrick Wallace, German teacher, Whitewater High School, Fayetteville, GA.

Description: The presenter will share his tips for how to connect with the community, communicate effectively with parents and local decision makers, project your successes and make the most use of your available professional resources. Amplify your impact at all levels through the use of innovative methods to teach German and connect your classroom to the community and to the world beyond!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6–7 pm (ET)
Presenter: Megan Brenn-White, The Brenn-White Group.

Description: Your German classes have natural champions who may view helping you grow your German program as a privilege. We will present practical tips about how to engage your network of advocates in both formal and informal ways, including how to provide incentives and training.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6–7 pm (ET) (Rescheduled from Oct. 7)
Presenters: Olga Liamkina, Goethe-Institut New York, and Megan Brenn-White, The Brenn-White Group.

Description: This highly interactive webinar will give participants the opportunity to practice crafting the perfect argument to take German. We’ll transform the pitch for different target audiences, focusing on the benefits to them as parents, administrators, or prospective students.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6–7 pm (ET)
Presenter: Roy Rabold, Principal, Whitewater High School, Atlanta, GA.

Description: This is the second webinar that offers a school administrator’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities for preserving and growing a German program. The presenter will share arguments and strategies to convince the administration of the validity and viability of offering German as a FL and go over resources that are available for teachers to create a strong support for German within the school and the community. Followed by Q&A.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014, 4–5 pm (ET)
Presenter: Sandy Crawford, Housemaster & Administrative Liaison to World Language Department, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, MA

Description: The presentation will help you understand the administrator’s perspective and challenges in establishing or retaining a school’s German program. The presenter will share the best approaches and arguments that are tailored specifically towards school administrators and that most effectively convey the value of offering German alongside other languages. Followed by Q&A.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6–7 pm (ET)
Presenter: Olga Liamkina, Goethe-Institut New York, and Megan Brenn-White, The Brenn-White Group.

Description: In this webinar, the Goethe-institut will present results from a survey conducted in early 2014 with over 300 German language students, parents, and German language teachers. Topics covered include why students choose to learn German, when and how they decide, what expectations parents have, and opportunities or challenges that German language teachers face in promoting their classes. Then we will share strategies and advocacy tools to support promotion of your German program, including selected projects and materials such as the Just Add German Teacher Kits. Followed by Q&A.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 6–7 pm (ET)
Presenter:
Jon Valentine; Director of Foreign Languages, Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA.

Description: More than ever, students and parents understand that advanced-level proficiency in a foreign language is a key competitive advantage for the college and career marketplaces of our increasingly global economy. Learn why studying German, leveraging the support of our partners in the Goethe-Institut and other German cultural organizations, and reaching out to human resource departments in German companies across the United States can position German language study as the fastest route to success in every career.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6–7 pm (ET)
Presenter: Peter Rosenbaum, Goethe-Institut New York, and Megan Brenn-White, The Brenn-White Group.

Description: The Goethe-Institut shares strategies and advocacy tools to support promotion of your German program, including selected projects and materials such as the Just Add German Teacher Kits. Participants will learn how to effectively market their programs and reach out to potential partners. Followed by Q&A.

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