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NECTFL Winter Virtual Workshop Series

NECTFL is pleased to present an outstanding line-up of presenters to helps us learn and grow professionally during the short days of winter.

  • Workshop content and format will vary by presenter, but are intended to be more personal than webinars, with opportunities for attendee discussion, contributions, and/or breakouts.
  • Workshops will be conducted using Zoom. They will only be available synchronously at the time indicated and will not be recorded.
  • Registration is limited to the first 50 participants in each workshop.

Workshops in this series are $35 each.

Saturday, January 23 @ 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

What the TECH am I supposed to do? with Meredith White, Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA
This virtual workshop will provide teachers with Meredith’s favorite hybrid/virtual teaching technology tools. Said tools, in the context of proficiency-based teaching, will be framed within the modes of communication as well as lesson planning, grading, and district/school/department collaboration. Don’t come for the latest, greatest, teacher shiny object; come to see how one teacher is navigating the world of hybrid/virtual teaching and which technology tools may be right for you (if any). Teachers will receive all materials shown during and after to review, edit, and use on their own.

Meredith White is a fourth-generation teacher with her B.A., B.S., M.Ed., and Ed.S. all in World Language Education from the University of Georgia. Her focus on novice learners works to ingrain proficiency, authentic resources, genuine tasks, student-guided thematic units, and making language learning enjoyable. When she isn’t at Peachtree Ridge HS teaching Spanish, she’s at Georgia State University teaching educational methods classes or presenting/attending state, regional, and national workshops. Passionate about sharing and collaborating with other teachers, she blogs, moderates the PLN #langchat, and serves on the GGC College of Education Advisory and SEALLT Executive Boards.

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Saturday, February 27 @ 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Increasing Student Participation in Online and Hybrid Language Learning with Leslie Grahn, Independent Consultant
New language learning environments have presented a variety of challenges with engaging students, particularly in the area of active participation in learning. In this webinar, participants will be able to plan for shifts in instruction in response to the challenges. They will deepen their understanding of Generation Z learners and will gain strategies for building classroom community based on interdependence. A menu of affective, instructional, and accountability strategies will be explored for increasing student active participation in language learning.

Leslie Grahn has twenty-seven years of language teaching experience at the middle and high school levels and twelve years of experience at the central office level, most recently as Coordinator of World Languages for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. Leslie has been a course instructor on foreign language teaching methods and differentiated instruction and is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, specializing in best practices. Leslie is the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction and serves on the boards of NECTFL, NADSFL and ACTFL.

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Sunday, March 14 @ 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Effective Assessment by Mode (Covid Edition) with Rebecca Blouwolff, Wellesley Middle School, MA
What practices promote effective assessment in hybrid and remote settings? How can teachers remain faithful to the principles of the integrated performance assessment (IPA) given current circumstances? This webinar will explore time-saving adaptations for assessing the interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes in hybrid and remote classrooms. Come away with concrete examples of abbreviated assessments, single-point standards-based rubrics, and techniques to increase student ownership via reflection and goal-setting. This workshop will include opportunities for small group conversation and planning your own assessments.

Rebecca Blouwolff is a middle school French teacher outside Boston, MA who currently teaches in a “Zoom n’ room” hybrid model 4 days a week. She seeks to balance the principles of proficiency with the grace and compassion required by Covid times, all while coaching her students through a cultural exploration of the French-speaking world. Rebecca was MaFLA & NECTFL TOY in 2019 and ACTFL TOY 2020. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and ACTFL MOPI tester in French.

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Saturday, March 20 @ 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Effective Hybrid Learning in the Language Classroom with Maureen Lamb, Kingswood-Oxford School, CT
With opportunities for both online and in-person learning this year, this presentation will review some of the best practices in hybrid learning. This includes using online tools for organization strategies, how to support students who may not be able to attend class in person through remote synchronous learning, and how to set up an effective asynchronous environment for students who cannot participate. Some of the tools covered will include Zoom, the Google Suite, FlipGrid, Flippity, GimKit, Peardeck, mobile apps, and more. Teachers will come away from this presentation with activities that they can use right away in their language classes.

Maureen Lamb is the Language Department Chair and Academic Technology Coordinator at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, CT. Maureen is dedicated to using best practices and creating community in language teaching and technology, and she has shared her work on teaching languages at national, regional, and state conferences. She was recognized for her work as the CT Language Teacher of the Year, NECTFL Mead Fellow, CANE Weincke Award, and the ACL Elizabeth Watkins Award. Maureen is dedicated to creating an inclusive classroom environment, to using technology to enhance the student experience, and to making Classics comprehensible.

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