The team of six Bay Area Spanish language teachers currently teaches Spanish heritage speakers without the support of textbooks, networks or pedagogical training aligned with their student populations. There is a need for a Bay Area professional learning community for SNS programs, as well as a shared database for curricula and lessons. The team will engage in language teachers’ conferences and mentorship, and participate in the Stanford World Language Project five-day seminar. From this working group in the San Mateo Union High School District, the team members will work in collaboration with other SNS teachers to create a program outline, as well as a website for Bay Area teachers to share lessons and find curricular and program support.
The Spanish for Native Speakers Professional Learning Community grant team has made it their mission to develop a way to share learnings, lend support, and develop materials together for this crucial but under-resourced field.