High School to Host World Language Conference

Fox Chapel Area High School is hosting a world language conference for educators entitled, "Pittsburgh's World Language Connection," Friday, November 6, 2015. Educators from across western Pennsylvania are expected to attend, including world language teachers, English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, social studies teachers, and administrators. One of the main focuses of the conference is to help educators look at global issues and teach students how to become global citizens and to offer solutions to global issues. Another focus is to make educators aware of global enrichment programs for students, as well as provide resources for global opportunities.

The conference is the result of a collaborative effort between Fox Chapel Area High School and the University of Pittsburgh. Highlights of the program include: free curricular and instructional materials for teachers from Pitt's Global Studies Center, information on international enrichment programs for students here in Pittsburgh, information on the new Global Scholars Program from the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA), information on opportunities for international service learning, and exploration of a global citizenship curriculum. Breakout sessions will also be a part of the program and these sessions will be led by representatives from local and regional companies, as well as educators from the University of Pittsburgh and the President of the PSMLA, Jan Hostler Stewart, D.Ed. The keynote speakers will be Jeff Whitehead, the president of the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE); Maureen Porter, Ph.D., a tenured associate professor within the administrative and policy studies department at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education; and Gene Freeman, Ed.D., the superintendent of the Fox Chapel Area School District.

Fox Chapel Area High School world language students will also be part of the conference. Students will help with the registration process and will be communicating with attendees in various world languages to help them feel what it's like to arrive in another country. The students are also helping by decorating with international flags.

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Alliance for Geographic Education will be bringing a giant floor map of the state of Pennsylvania as part of the conference. The map is 20 feet by 30 feet and will be displayed at Fox Chapel Area High School.

The conference is being organized by Fox Chapel Area High School Assistant Principal Rebecca Cunningham, Ed.D.; Dr. Porter; and Veronica Dristas, the assistant director of outreach at the University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center.

The world language conference will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fox Chapel Area High School located at 611 Field Club Road in O'Hara Township. The cost of the conference is $50. For more information, call 412/967-2430. The deadline for registration is November 2.