Wanna meet us? Come by P-P-T Connect!
P-P-T Connect will run every Sunday from January 26th to May 19th at HI International Hostel NW 479 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 5-7pm (P-P-T Staff continue with the Operations Meeting from 7-8 but you can stay as long as you like!)
This year, we are excited to be partnering with Refugee Volunteer Organization https://www.refvolpdx.org/ RVO Volunteers mingle with P-P-T apprentices, interns, partners, staff and language learners.
We all have one goal: to make the US welcoming to all.
If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is “P-P-T Connect”?
It’s not exactly social, and it’s not exactly professional.
It’s open to all – whether you want to get more information, get advice, or just see what the vibe is. Generally, 3 to 7 facilitators or other folks are there. Inexpensive and tasty food, including alcohol, is available. All ages, all are welcome – bring the kids!
Why Do We Do This?
We used to call this “Office Hours” and we’d do it on Friday nights around town. At that time, we didn’t have an office, so we needed a place to gather to get to know each other. Now that P-P-T has grown, the function of this open table space has changed. On any given Sunday evening, there might be a meeting of the P-P-T Owners’ Circle, or a short presentation or workshop presented by a staffer or apprentice.
- It’s a “Community of Practice” – a place where in-service and pre-service facilitators in training can share their insights, challenges and questions.
- We were spending a lot of time meeting with interested people and providing the same information repeatedly. This provides a less formal environment where interested people can find out more about the program.
- We found that language learners benefited from having a place to come and engage with the instructors and other English speakers, and this is a less controlled environment than a classroom for learners to come and practice being in the social world.
- It is important for the voices of the apprentices to come forward and the voice of P-P-T leadership to step back. P-P-T Connect is a good time to meet with P-P-T leadership and ask questions – but it’s critical that P-P-T not just be the voice of one or two experts and their particular insights about language teaching and cultural competence, but the collected voice of teacher-learners engaging in this process.
- Finally, subtly, and importantly, P-P-T believes that learning to be a culturally responsible English teacher requires having a place to talk about our feelings & experiences as we engage with holding authority in a cross-cultural context. Many English speakers are coming from racially, ethnically, or linguistically privileged backgrounds and are uncomfortable with the immediate realization of these privileges. This is the place to break it down.