Pacific Northwest Pathways Collective
Chinese and Russian Curriculum, Pedagogical Support, & Research
- Levels: Middle school, high school, university
- Languages: Chinese, Russian
- Cost: Free of charge
The Pacific Northwest Pathways Collective was a group of Chinese and Russian educators dedicated to strengthening the instruction of these languages. We completed this by working collaboratively to revise and develop curriculum, establish educator networks, and create professional development tool kits.
The Pacific Northwest Pathways Collective funded an instructor and teaching assistant for the Chinese Bridging Project during the 2018-19 academic year. The Bridging Project was an online language learning course designed specifically for high school students with high-proficiency levels (Advanced-low). The course used engaging, age-appropriate topics to encourage students to continue studying the language.
Developing quality classroom materials requires time, which many teachers don’t have to give. The Russian Dual Immersion Language Instruction Repository eased the burden of curriculum development. The online repository still includes curriculum for learners at all levels, and the materials are searchable by tags such as level and topic. Teachers can add their own activities to the repository to share with the community. They can also post comments on materials uploaded by others.
The Collective also funded an instructor and teaching assistant for the Russian Bridging Project during the 2018-19 academic year. The Bridging Project was an online language learning course designed specifically for high school students with high proficiency levels (Advanced-low). The course used engaging, age-appropriate topics to encourage students to continue studying the language.
CASLS and the Russian Flagship Program at Portland State University analyzed proficiency testing data from Chinese and Russian programs throughout the Pacific Northwest. We synthesized our research in two documents outlining the various pathways of study towards Flagship Programs in the Pacific Northwest. The documents show proficiency level expectations for students graduating high school or community college.
- Learn about pathways to the University of Oregon Chinese Flagship Program
- Learn about pathways to the Portland State University Russian Flagship Program
Members of the Collective
CASLS and the Portland State University Russian Flagship Program lead the Pacific Northwest Pathways Collective. Members of the Collective include Portland Public Schools, Woodburn Public Schools, Anchorage Public Schools, and Portland Community College. If you are located within the Pacific Northwest, offer a Chinese or Russian program, and would like to be part of the Collective, please email us.