HIGHLIGHTS Tacuarembo’ WorkshopsName: Diane WhaleyEmail: email@example.comState of Residence: New YorkCountry: UruguayHost Institution: The University of MontevideoDate: June 23, 2012Title: Tacuarembo’ WorkshopsProject Highlights:From as far away as Paso de los Toros (approximately 150kilometers), 53 secondary school English teachers from theTacuarembo’ province in north-central Uruguay gathered for a day-long professional development workshop with English LanguageFellow Diane Whaley (ELF, Montevideo) on June 22, 2012. Dianecovered three major topics: using models and rubrics in planning fororal presentations, mining PBS and NPR websites as resources forteaching English, and understanding the US public education system.During the first session, Diane focused on discussing the practicalapplications of rubrics and had the participants break into smallgroups to create their own rubrics. In the second session, shedemonstrated how to find and use educational materials for studentsof all ages and proficiency levels on two important US websites ofwhich the participants were completely unaware. And for the finalsession, she presented a lecture focusing on the funding sources ofthe US public education system, contemporary issues facing policymakers, and special types of schools including magnet schools andcharter schools. Diane also distributed copies of Forum magazine andmade sure that all of the participants had contact information so that
they could request copies of her presentation and continue the dialogthey had begun. Several requests for her materials were receivedwithin hours of the workshops’ conclusion, one of which came from ateacher who had travelled from Paso de los Toros. This teacherexplained that he was requesting the material so that he coulddistribute it and discuss it with the nine other English teachers in thePaso de los Toros secondary schools who had not been able to makethe long trip to Tacuarembo’.