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In a message dated 2/18/2009 8:53:39 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, Annette writes:
Sometimes I give workshops "at cost" when it is someplace I've never been before and it is scheduled at a convenient time.
Note: I like to travel and giving workshops is a good way to get "tenure" at the university where I work.
So, if your local college can come up with the funds for airfare, hotel, car rental, and a per diem (food), I'd be happy to come out and do a one-day workshop. (Morning & and afternoon.) The workshops I can give will generally center around:
ASL Pedagogy (the teaching of ASL, games, activities, course design, program design, and the use of Lifeprint in the classroom.)
Plus I'm quite good at answering "Dear Dr. Bill" type questions by other ASL instructors faced with sticky, tough, or thorny situations in the classroom since I've spent so much time in front of audiences of many types and sizes. This makes for some fun/lively Q and A sessions at workshops.
Each day that goes by I add more and more videos to the website. Most of them are just "vocabulary" at this point, but I will be adding more "stories" including examples of classifier usage. It takes quite a bit of time to deal with the technology, but I plug away at it and LP becomes better as the semesters go by.
William Vicars, Ed.D.
Director, ASL Online and Immersion Programs - CCE
California State University - Sacramento
6000 J St. - Eureka Hall, Room 308
Sacramento, CA 95819-6079
BillVicars@aol.com * www.Lifeprint.com * ASL.ms * ASLpah.com
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Dr. Bill's Workshop Availability:
Question: Where are you coming from so I can estimate the cost of
Question: Do you prefer to stay one night or two?
Question: Can students attend your workshops, or would you prefer
to keep it to teachers?
Answer: That’s fine. Better yet, charge an arm and a leg. That way people will perceive what we are doing here as important and that the information is valuable. Seriously, consider establishing a gate of $100 or more and then use “early bird” and “group rate” systems to make the workshop “affordable.” Provide “scholarships” for a certain number of local students so they can afford the workshop fee. Then let people know “on the side” that the only reason why you are able to afford this “Dr. so and so guy from over 50 miles away” is because he enjoys travel and he needs to do a certain amount of “community service” to achieve tenure and promotions at his day job. Really, think about it from my perspective. As a full-time college professor it looks good on my RTP file (retention, tenure, and promotion) to be giving workshops and presentations to my peers.
The lame way to go about that process is to spend many hours applying and submitting papers to conference planning committees “hoping” they will pick me to present and then paying a $300 conference fee, my own airfare, hotel, and car rental – plus having to drop whatever I’m doing so I can meet the schedule of the conference planners -- all so I can go someplace I may or may not want to go and give away my knowledge and experience (not to mention my jokes and clever tricks) for FREE?!?!
It is much better instead to set up win / win situations and TRADE workshops for the airfare, hotel, and car rental. I find that when ASL instructors learn about Lifeprint and how to use it in the classroom they almost always want to use it themselves. This benefits me by driving more traffic to Lifeprint. Thus the more I help others get what they want, the more I get what I want. Win / win. I will be doing this “trade system” for the next few years—after which I’ll move on to another phase in my career / professional life.
In a message dated 11/21/2002, Lara @rockwallisd.org
Below is an older correspondence. It is out of date, but still
somewhat interesting to read:
p.s. No. I'm not willing to come do the seminar without my
tie for a discount.
In a message dated 11/21/2002 2:47:02 PM Central Standard Time, Lara writes:
You're funny. :)
If you want a workshop, just let me know what topics your people are interested in.
Then I can custom design a workshop for you.
Some of my strengths and or the types of topics I can do right off the top of my head are:
1. How to Make a Decent Living Teaching ASL: In this workshop I discuss: How to set up your own ASL business. Advertising. Dealing with customers. Getting free publicity. How to get a job at a college. How to get a job at a community ed program. How to set up new programs. How to develop a curriculum. How to get certified. How to get a relevant degree. And many more topics.
2. The future of ASL teaching and interpreter training. In this workshop I discuss: Current trends in ASL instruction. My predictions for future trends. How technology is influencing ASL instruction. Web-based (grass roots) student evaluation of ASL instructors. How online instruction will impact ASL teaching. Results of research comparing online ASL instruction to traditional classroom instruction. My experiences in radical teaching methodology including a 9-week immersion program, an 18-month interpreter preparation program, and 3-day immersion excursions. And how to tame your computer so it can help you teach ASL.
3. I also put on a scintillatingly good ASL Linguistics workshop. (Wink)