Jennifer Uhler

Jennifer Uhler

Jennifer Uhler

Ambasada USA

Jennifer Uhler is the Regional English Language Officer based Tallinn and works with the U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, and Greenland to support Public Diplomacy programs that promote quality English language teaching and learning.  She previously served as a RELO in Brazil, Washington, D.C., Indonesia and East Timor, and…

Jennifer Uhler is the Regional English Language Officer based Tallinn and works with the U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, and Greenland to support Public Diplomacy programs that promote quality English language teaching and learning.  She previously served as a RELO in Brazil, Washington, D.C., Indonesia and East Timor, and Central Asia. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Jennifer taught in various U.S. and international settings as a teacher and teacher educator, including as an English Language Fellow (Estonia), a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (Romania), and a Peace Corps Volunteer (Slovakia). She holds degrees in TESOL and Language Program Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. Her professional interests include teacher learning, content-based instruction, and language policy. She grew up in Wyoming and still considers the wild, open skies of the West her true home in the United States.

Zooming Out: Teaching Beyond the Brain

Creativity, collaboration, and adaptability are important aspects of learning for a generation that needs to be able to confront real-world problems in ways that are innovative and sustainable. This presentation will draw from recent brain science research to look at how we can provide opportunities to “learn how to learn” and create conditions for Gen Z students to use the world to help them think, learn, and work more productively. Information overload, movement and the outdoors in thinking routines, nonverbal communication, and the importance of synchronous activities with peers are some of themes from this research that will be shared and applied to the classroom in this talk. Participants will take away practical, research-based ideas that create possibilities for the English language learning environment and beyond.