Daily Archives: February 11, 2013

Multilingualism in Classrooms and Communities

In U.S. public schools, the number of students that speak languages other than English at home and who are developing proficiency in English at school is rapidly increasing. Since the mid 90s, Pennsylvania schools have seen more than a 115 percent increase in English learners and the numbers are much higher in other regions of the country. A series of events at Penn State University Park, organized by the Diversity and Climate Enhancement Committee (DCEC) in the College of Education, will focus on “Multilingualism in our Classrooms and Communities” to offer some insights and learning opportunities for educators working with multilingual and multicultural students.

The program, open to the public, includes:

• Feb. 13, 5 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
“Life with Two Languages: at home and school and in communities,” a panel presentation by Penn State students that will offer perspectives on life as a multilingual person, share life experiences and reflect on how multiple languages have influenced their lives as students. A discussion will follow to explore the students’ stories of growing up with more than one language in their schools and communities, and attitudes and perceptions of multilingualism in our world today. The panel will be recorded for classroom use.

• Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
“Preparing All Teachers to Educate English Language Learners (ELLs)/Bilingual Learners,” by Dr. Rebecca Freeman Field, a sociolinguist and language educator dedicated to the professional development of teachers that work with language learners. Field will consider equity and achievement for all students, particularly English language/bilingual learners. Drawing upon her work with rural and urban school districts across the country, she will discuss the challenges that educators face as they strive to address the needs of an increasingly linguistically and culturally diverse student population. She will examine the foundational knowledge (research, theory, policy, practice) and instructional skills (e.g., sheltering and differentiating instruction and assessment; developing academic English; special education considerations; promoting bi/multilingualism and biliteracy) that 21st century educators develop to address these challenges.

• March 19-20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., HUB-Robeson Center, main floor
The “American Sign Language (ASL)/Visual Languages Multimedia Display” will highlight the diversity of visual languages with a person signing common phrases in different languages–American Sign Language, Japanese Sign Language, Finnish Sign Language, and French Sign Language. Students from the ASL student organization and the deafness and hearing studies minor will provide an explanation of the program, hand out additional resources and answer questions.

• April 3, 5 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
“Creating Safe Spaces for Linguistically Diverse Students in U.S. Schools,” a workshop for the university and community to help future and current teachers explore ways to create a positive and inclusive climate for linguistically diverse students. Participants will consider how multilingual students are impacted by an “English-only” school or political climate and will construct responses to scenarios that arise around these issues.

Sponsored by the College of Education’s Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee, the Office of Multicultural Programs, the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Education Policy Studies, and the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library, other events on this theme will continue in this spring and fall 2013.

Harrisburg Library Adds Treadmill Desk

The Penn State Harrisburg Library has recently added a treadmill desk so that our students, staff and faculty can work out while doing their research.

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Users can vary the speed of the treadmill, but it will only move at a walking pace. The height of the desk is also adjustable. So, now we can help the cardiovascular system while also improving the mind! — Greg Crawford, director, Penn State Harrisburg Library (pictured above)

Add/Remove Columns in UCS Mail

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

Have you ever wanted to add or remove a column in your mail tab in UCS? You may not even know this functionality is there, but it is actually very easy to do.

Right click on a column (Such as From, To, or Subject) and a box appear where you can check/uncheck which columns will appear.

techtip21113a.JPG Check the column(s) you want to add/remove!

Events: Feb. 11 – 17

**Note: Tech Update scheduled for Feb. 12 has been cancelled. The next Tech Update will be on April 9.**

Advanced LionSearch
Tues., Feb. 12, 2-3 p.m., W315 Pattee Library. Register online

Libby, Montana Part 1 (film, 58 min)

Wed., Feb. 13, 12:15 p.m., EMS Library, 105 Deike

A small logging and mining town affected by asbestos contamination from vermiculite mining.

Access Services Open House
Thursday, February 14, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library
Open House for all faculty and staff. A prize drawing will be held and light refreshments will be served.

Humanities Interest Group Meet-Up
Fridays, noon-2 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library
February 15, March 29, April 26, May 24, July 26

Humanities in a Digital Age Interest Group Meet-Up is a monthly meeting where scholars and students can share digital humanities projects and engage in lively discussion around the intersection of humanities and digital. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and a friend or colleague, Coffee and snacks provided.  More at http://georgelovebooks.wordpress.com/dh-interest-group-schedule or contact Dawn Childress at dqwn.psu.edu

Save the Date:

“Riding the Waves of Change: Indigenous Knowledge and Identity of Local Surfers on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast,” a presentation by Lindsay Usher, will be held Wednesday, February 20, noon-1 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event is free and open to the public and can also be viewed live online at: http://live.libraries.psu.edu. More details next week

LFO Research Colloquium
February 26, 2013, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium (and via Media Site Live)

Incivility in Pop Culture

By Amber Hatch

According to the results of the latest annual Civility in America survey 63 percent of the respondents believe that we have a major civility problem in America. The respondents also identified what they felt were the sources of incivility in American culture.

Among the top offenders were:

  • Politicians: 63 percent
  • Government Officials: 57 percent
  • Media: 50 percent
  • Celebrities: 42 percent
  • Internet/Social Media: 38 percent
  • Sports Figures: 29 percent

Join us this Discovery Day to explore and discuss the phenomenon of incivility in pop culture. We will be looking at examples of incivility in media, current events, sports, and social media followed by an open conversation about our reactions. We will be discussing such questions as: does the behavior we see in politics, sports, and media impact the way we treat each other at work or home? Does pop culture glorify incivility or make it appear acceptable? Is pop culture simply showing the incivility we see in everyday life or it is contributing to an increase in incivility?

You are welcome to bring your own examples of incivility in pop culture or send them in advance to Amber Hatch ( alt16@psu.edu ) and they will be added to the discussion.

When: Discovery Day – Friday, March 1, 3:30pm
Where: 203 Paterno Register at Tech Smart