The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center leadership held the Commander's Annual Strategy Session June 30 and July 1 at the Presidio of Monterey's Weckerling Center to discuss academic and organizational issues and set forth a plan for the upcoming year.
More than 130 faculty, staff, and military members participated in the event. Participants were put into 10 different groups and were assigned discussion topics such as curriculum readiness, student readiness, classroom practices, academic leadership, and the use of technology.
"This was a great opportunity to meet with civilian and military colleagues from various organizations. The amount of resonance around certain topics was remarkable, and we welcomed the chance to feed forward and help shape the upcoming year," said Natalie Fryberger, assistant dean of Asian School II.
Six DLIFLC students from all four branches of the military participated in the event by telling leadership their experiences in the classroom and what they find good or in need of improvement in their particular language programs. Participants were able to ask questions of the students, while feedback and suggestions were recorded for appropriate action.
"This was a great event that allowed us to think about our strategy and to identify collaborative actions we can take to improve DLI and enhance the proficiency of students," said DLIFLC Commandant Col. Sue Ann Sandusky.