Friday, January 26, 2018, UW-Madison Fluno Center
|8:30 – 9:00 am
||Registration, coffee, and networking
|9:00 – 9:20 am
|9:20 – 10:30 am
||Workforce demand for languages: Perspectives from Wisconsin business, government, community, and education leaders.
- Overview of the Wisconsin Language Roadmap Initiative.
- Languages, multilingualism, intercultural competencies and economic competitiveness: data, findings on languages in Wisconsin and in the nation, and the importance of investing in language education for economic growth, global competitiveness, diplomacy, and national security.
- Views from Wisconsin stakeholders in business and healthcare/social services.
|10:30 – 10:45 am
|10:45 – 11: 45 am
|| Multilingual workforce needs in Wisconsin
Summit attendees exchange perspectives and experiences regarding:
- Current and future Wisconsin workforce multilingual needs in different sectors: business, government, social services, and community.
- What it takes for the education system to best meet those needs.
|11:45 – 12:30 pm
|| Language education initiatives in another state: The case of Utah
- Keynote by Utah Senator Howard Stephenson on Utah language initiatives. Followed by moderated discussion and Q&A with Senator Stephenson.
|12:30 – 1:15 pm
|1:15 – 2:15 pm
|| Innovation in language education in Wisconsin
- Case studies of innovation for language education in Wisconsin.
- What it takes to advance multilingualism.
|2:15 – 2:30 pm
|2:30 – 3:45 pm
|| Providing sustainable pathways to proficiency in Wisconsin
Summit attendees exchange ideas and perspectives on:
- What steps are required to address the workforce needs identified in the morning?
- What kind of leadership, collaboration and resources are required to ensure proficiency, access, and sustainability in language education in Wisconsin for college, career, and community readiness for all students, K-16?
- How can stakeholders in Wisconsin come together to make this happen?
|3:45 – 4:00 pm
|| Call to action and next steps
- Identify next steps to advance the goals of this project, and opportunities for future stakeholder engagement in the project and input into the Wisconsin Language Roadmap.
*This is a preliminary agenda and is subject to change.
The Summit will be facilitated by Charles Dufresne, a Madison-based multilingual consultant who specializes in designing and facilitating meetings, retreats and training workshops for non-profit, public and private sector entities both locally and internationally. For the UW-Madison’s Continuing Education Leadership and Management Program, he teaches the course Facilitating Cross-Cultural Groups and Global Teams.