The Republic of Latvia, Ambassador Jānis Mažeiks at RCNY

Lativian Ambassador

On February 21, 2018, the Rotary Club of New York, Host Club #6, hosted the Permanent Representative to the United Nations of the Republic of Latvia, Ambassador Jānis Mažeiks at the United Nations International Breakfast meeting.  The honorable Ambassador also spoke about the Security challenges in the Baltic region and answered many questions about the status of Latvia in the region, its economic qualities and challenges with Russia and in general. In addition, the Ambassador spoke about Latvia’s promotion of multicultural educational integration to avoid minority ghettos. Latvia’s government sees language as a central element of identity and 60% of their classroom teaching is bilingual with 8 languages taught in their school system. RCNY’s newest member Laura Cristanelli, who also arranged for the Ambassador to speak at the RCNY meeting,  was inducted at the beginning of the meeting.

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Author: drcowinj

As an Assistant Professor & Practicum Coordinator for TESOL and Bilingual Programs at Touro College, Graduate School of Education my focus is on the Responsibility to Touro Students (Teaching), Responsibility to the Discipline (Scholarship), and Responsibility to Touro College and Community (Service). As the Practicum Coordinator, my Teacher Professional Practice identifies those aspects of a teacher’s responsibilities that have been documented through empirical studies and theoretical research as promoting improved student learning. In the framework, the complex activity of teaching is divided into the seven New York State Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) Standards for teacher evaluation that are clustered into four domains of teaching responsibility (as framed in the Teachscape Danielson Rubric approved by New York State). I strive to inspire students to be creative and to model the love of lifelong learning by inculcating the habits and attitudes that create agile mindsets. 21st-century education extends well beyond the classroom and incorporates online learning technologies for L2 language acquisition and current global trends in teaching English as a Second Language. I participate fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline as elected Vice President and Chair Elect for the New York State, NYSTESOL organization, for the 2021 conference. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publications (articles in Education Update), presentations, and participation in academic conferences, blogging, and other scholarly activities, including public performances and exhibitions at conferences and workshops. Of particular interest to me are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; Current Global Trends in TESOL; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English; E-learning & Micro-Methodology in TESOL; E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Language Acquisition and the Oculus Rift in VR.

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