STARTALK Excellent Language Program Evaluation

Applications for STARTALK Excellent Language Program Evaluation will open on November 28, 2022, and the link to the application will be posted here on this webpage.

Do you teach Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, or Russian in or near the Washington, DC region? Are you interested in learning how to plan for and conduct an evaluation of your language program?

Join us for our upcoming STARTALK teacher program, STARTALK Excellent Language Program Evaluation!

Check out the FAQs below to learn more this free professional development opportunity.

What is the program and how will it help me?

STARTALK Excellent Language Program Evaluation is a hybrid STARTALK teacher program designed to give you an in-depth understanding of high-quality program evaluation. Through virtual and face-to-face learning opportunities, you will gain foundational knowledge about the purposes and uses of program evaluation, learn methods for collecting data, and ultimately design and implement your own mini program evaluations.

What is language program evaluation and why should I learn more about it?

Language program evaluation is the process of asking questions and gathering data about your language program. You might conduct a program evaluation because you want to better understand something, to help you make decisions for the future, or to demonstrate the value and impact of your program to others. Program evaluation is a powerful tool for ensuring that your language program is aligned with your goals and that your program is being implemented effectively!

What are the program dates and what will I do during the program?

The program comprises 30 hours of pre-program online learning with synchronous components; a summer program with 60 hours of instruction including 32 in-person hours; and 30 hours of post-program activities including online coaching.

Program activities will culminate in an in-person program evaluation conference where you will present the results of your mini program evaluations to colleagues and other language educators.

The following schedule provides details about when each part of the program will take place:

Pre-program activities

  • Friday, March 10, 2023
    • Launch meeting (1 hour; synchronous online meeting)
  • Monday, March 13 – Monday, April 17, 2023
    • Pre-program online course (5 weeks/26 hours; asynchronous online course)
  • Friday, March 31, 2023
    • Pre-program webinar (3 hours; synchronous online meeting)

Summer program activities

  • Friday, June 2 – Saturday, June 3, 2023
    • Kick off summit (2 days/16 hours; in-person meeting)
  • Monday, June 5 – Monday, June 19, 2023
    • Online course: Part I (2 weeks/10 hours; asynchronous online course)
  • Friday, June 23, 2023
    • Webinar (3 hours; synchronous online meeting)
  • Monday, June 26 – Monday, July 10, 2023
    • Online course: Part II (2 weeks/10 hours; asynchronous online course)
  • Friday, July 14 – Saturday, July 15, 2023
    • Program evaluation design summit (2 days/16 hours; in-person meeting)
  • Monday, July 17 – Monday, July 24, 2023
    • Online course: Part III (1 week/5 hours; asynchronous online course)

Post-program activities

  • September – December 2023
    • Coaching sessions and independent work (21 hours; some synchronous online meetings)
  • Friday, October 20, 2023
    • Webinar (3 hours; synchronous online meeting)
  • January 2024 (exact date TBD)
    • Language Program Evaluation Conference (6 hours; in-person meeting)

How much does the program cost?

The program and related materials are free for accepted applicants. Travel stipends will be provided for all participants to convene for the in-person summits and the post-program conference in Washington, DC, and stipends will also be provided to cover lodging for the two summits.

Who will be leading the program?

The program will be led by Dr. Meg Montee, who currently serves as the Director of Performance-based Language Assessment at CAL and the Director of Georgetown University’s Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC), with support from CAL staff members with expertise in assessment and program evaluation.

Who can apply?

Participants who meet the following criteria can apply:

  • K-12 language teacher of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, or Russian
  • Works in a public, charter, private, or community-based school in the Washington, DC region*
  • Serves in an official or unofficial leadership role in school program
  • Available for and committed to all program activities, including pre- and post-program
  • Articulates clear need for program evaluation in local context

*Please note that we are only able to accept applications from educators located in Washington, DC or surrounding states (Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia).

What is my commitment as a participant?

As a participant we ask that you commit to completing all online quizzes and assignments, working collaboratively with other participants and instructors through discussion board activities and coaching sessions, and taking part in all synchronous webinars and in-person summits, as well as the culminating language program evaluation conference.

Will I receive a certificate or continuing education credits?

Yes! All participants that complete the program will receive a certificate of completion and 3 continuing education credits from Trinity Washington University.

Want to learn more about the program before applying? Register to attend one of our upcoming program interest sessions:

Still have questions about the program? Contact Lead Instructor and Program Manager Jamie Morgan at

About the Project

Funder: National Security Agency
March 2023 – January 2024