Language Symposium

IAAB’s Persian Language Educators’ Symposium brings together Persian language educators who teach heritage speakers from pre-school through high school. Educators gather from around the United States to address shared goals, needs, and challenges in an invite-only symposium. The symposium is interactive and provides participants ample opportunities to share about their schools and challenges they face as educators and administrators. To join this event, please register

IAAB's 2015 Persian Language Educators' Symposium

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on both days.

If you would like to attend an optional Administrative Challenges session for new and emerging schools on Monday, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Day 1: May 23rd, 2015

8:30-9:00am: Breakfast

9:00-9:45am: Introductions & Icebreakers

9:45am-11:15am: The role of Language in Identity Formation [Panel & Q/A]

"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going." ~Rita Mae Brown

11:15-11:30am: Break

11:30am-12:30pm: Persian Schools in the Community [Case Studies]

The Role of the Persian School in the Community & Family Engagement Outside of the Classroom

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch + Textbook and Teaching Materials Exhibit

1:30-3:00pm: Teacher Training & Classroom Management [Breakout Session]

Directors: Teacher Training, Teachers: Classroom Management

3:00-3:30pm: Break

3:30-4:30pm: Working with Iranian-American Youth

4:30-4:45pm: Break

4:45-5:30pm: Day 1 Discussion 

5:30pm-6:30pm: Golestan Garden Party [Celebration & Mixer]

Day 2: May 24th, 2015

8:30-9:00am: Breakfast

9:00-11:00am: Teaching Tools & Materials [Presentations]

11:00-11:15am: Break

11:15am-12:15pm: Challenges & Best Practices in Teaching Methodologies I [Open Space Technology]

Participants brainstorm and discuss in groups

12:15-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-2:00pm: Challenges & Best Practices in Teaching Methodologies II [Open Space Technology]

Participants present and discuss as a whole

2:00-2:30pm: Break

2:30-4:00pm: Administrative Challenge & Next Steps

4:00-5:00pm: Day 2 Discussion & Outcomes