Roadmap Panel Discussion


The Wisconsin Language Roadmap: A Statewide, Cross-Sector Initiative to Address Wisconsin’s Multilingual Workforce and Community Needs by Strengthening World Language Education


Monday, October 29, 2018 ∙ 12:00 – 1:30 pm
UW-Madison, Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


Pam Delfosse
World Languages and International Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Dianna Murphy
Director, UW-Madison Language Institute; Associate Director, Russian Flagship Program; Executive Director, Korean Flagship Program
Katy Sinnott
Vice President, International Business Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Cathy Stafford
Director, UW-Madison Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition and Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese


The Wisconsin Language Roadmap Initiative is a federally funded project to bring together leaders across sectors – business and industry, health and human services, state and local government, community organizations, K-16 education, etc., – to develop a plan to address Wisconsin’s needs for a workforce that has advanced intercultural competencies and proficiency in languages other than English.

In this panel discussion, representatives from the UW-Madison, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation who serve in leadership roles for the Wisconsin Language Roadmap Initiative will share progress on the project to date, including work to (1) assess the state’s multilingual workforce and community needs; (2) identify the most pressing challenges in K-16 world language education; (3) facilitate a process to bring together leaders from different sectors in Wisconsin to develop a shared vision for a world-ready workforce and a set of strategic goals and recommendations to strengthen world language education across the state. The culmination of this work is a report, The Language Roadmap: Investing in Language Education for a World-Ready Wisconsin, which will be published in Fall 2018.


This talk is sponsored by the The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), which supports the pursuit, sharing, and implementation of promising ideas for addressing fundamental challenges in postsecondary education in Wisconsin, the United States, and internationally.