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Bilingual volunteer opportunity at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is seeking bilingual volunteers to offer legal aid to low-income new immigrants. They are looking for volunteers who are fluent in Spanish, Farsi, Dari, Bangla, Arabic, Korean, or Mandarin. This provides a valuable opportunity for students interested in pursuing legal careers (but note that this volunteer position is unpaid). The volunteer program is scheduled from September 2032 to June 2024. See below for more information. Here is the link to the application form: https://www.tfaforms.com/5078012.

Prof. Luis Guzmán Valerio’s recent publication in Latin American Literature Today

Prof. Luis Guzmán Valerio has published a translation of the essay ““Ritual in Body and Word: Poetry Written by Afro-Colombian Women” by Angélica Hoyos Guzmán in the latest issue of Latin American Literature Today. Congratulations, Prof. Valerio.


USED grant to support the early childhood special education program at LaGuardia Community College

With five other sister CUNY institutions and the New York City-based Kennedy Children’s Center (https://www.kenchild.org), the Education Program at LaGuardia Community College received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop courses in early childhood special education (ECSE). The partnership, which will be led by Borough of Manhattan Community College, will include Bronx Community College, Kingsborough Community College, Hostos Community College and LaGuardia Community College and aims to increase the number of teachers who are certified to teach early childhood special education classes.

The ECSE associate-degree programs that the community colleges will develop include provisions that allow students to transfer, without losing any credits, to a bachelor’s degree program at Brooklyn College, which prepares early childhood teachers to work with students with disabilities. The partnership also will provide a career pathway for teacher assistants and paraprofessionals currently working in the field, helping to address a critical shortage of ECSE teachers, as well as a scarcity of male teachers in the field.

For more information, contact Prof. Michele De Goeas-Malone, Program Director of Education Program at LaGuardia Community College, at mmalone@lagcc.cuny.edu / 718-482-6050.

NYC Men Teach Application 2023 (deadline on 9/15/2023)

Men Teach is a program Mayor de Blasio created to recruit minority male teachers to teach in the city’s public schools. While males of color make up 43% of students in the city’s public schools, only 8.3% of the city’s teachers are Black, Latino or Asian.

To help increase the diversity of the city’s public school teaching force, the city is providing financial and academic support to students who are interested in becoming teachers.

To be accepted into the Men Teach program applicants should have completed 12 credits towards an associate’s degree with reasonable GPAs.

The application link is https://nycmenteach.formstack.com/forms/nycmt_application_fall_2023. The application deadline is Friday, September 15th, 2023.


NYS Court Interpreter Internship Program (Fall 2023: Sept – Oct 2023)

The NYS Unified Court System offers an intensive 20-hour internship program to bilingual students in Fall 2023. Interested students must be proficient in the English language as well as a second language, and interested in pursuing or exploring a career as a court interpreter. During the internship, students will learn about court interpreter ethics, the three modes of interpreting, the structure of the courts, different case types and lessons from a day in the life of a court interpreter.


ACE’s Spanish-English Legal Interpreting course in Fall 2023

LaGuardia’s Adult and Continuing Education is offering a non-credit course on legal interpreter course in Fall 2023. This course is an outcome of several years of collaboration between LaGuardia’s Modern Languages Program and the NYS Courts System, with which some of the CUNY campuses ran the court interpreter internship program in the past few years.

This legal interpreter course is designed to prepare students for the NYS Court Interpreter examination (https://ww2.nycourts.gov/COURTINTERPRETER/ExamInformation.shtml). Candidates who passed this exam will be eligible for available staff interpreter positions within the New York State Registry of Per Diem Court Interpreters and can provide interpreting services, on an as-needed, freelance basis. Per diem court interpreters are paid $220 for a half-day (up to four hours) or $385 for a full day.


Open House for the MA/Ph.D. program in Linguistics at CUNY Graduate Center (10/19/2023)

For those who are interested in pursuing an academic career (e.g., teaching at college or university) in Linguistics. CUNY Graduate Center is hosting an open house for its Linguistics Program on Thursday, October 19, 2023.


CSin6: Tuition-free CS courses for DOE teachers in Fall 2023

CSin6 (Six Credits of Computing Concepts and Pedagogy) is a professional development opportunity for teachers and paraprofessionals for tuition-free 6-credit sequence of courses.


Learning Communities Showcase Winners (Spring 2023)

Several ELA faculty members and their students in the Learning Communities in Spring 2023 have received accolades at the showcase event.

  • The winning showcase presentation was by “ESL and Life in the Universe” with Rebekah Johnson (ESL) and Joshua Tan (Natural Sciences)
  • Ivan Segura from the CSE and Reading the Biography pair, for his reflection on events of the book They Cage the Animals at Night and how he connected this with aspects of his own lived experience. Faculty: Susan Dorrington (ESL) and Adhiambo Okomba (Reading)

ELA’s Professional Development Series: Eric Hofmann (5/9/2023)

Please join us for the second ELA 2023 Professional Development Talk by Dean Eric Hofmann on Tuesday May 9, 2023 at 3:30pm.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2023
  • Time: 3:30pm
  • Title: The Role of Learning in Community College Academic Careers
  • Speaker: Eric Hofmann, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, LaGuardia Community College
  • Online (Zoom)
  • Abstract: In his presentation, Dean Hofmann will discuss a recent Action Research study that examined the experiences of full-time faculty at LaGuardia. The study included surveys and interviews that revealed challenges faculty have faced and the supports and strategies that helped them shape and deepen their scholarly identities. Cycle 2 data collection included the design, implementation, and evaluation of a digital portfolio intended to help faculty plan and integrate their work strategically. The study found that a scaffolded process that fosters faculty learning and is supported by colleagues may help new faculty identify ways to connect their classroom-facing activities with their other responsibilities.

Contact Prof. Boumlik (hboumlik@lagcc.cuny.edu) for the Zoom link.

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