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Pre-Convention Workshops

Thursday, November 20, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    
Advance rate by October 29: $150 each

W01    The Keys to Enhancing Student Learning through Instructional Strategies: A Spotlight on Learning and Teaching

Join your colleagues in this workshop where you will explore how to select and evaluate instructional strategies to advance and support student learning in the language classroom. Workshop participants will reflect on their current practices, analyze examples, and retool lesson and unit plans. Participants will add instructional strategies to their repertoires anchored in the modes of communication that promote active learning and collaboration in their classrooms. (This workshop builds on a forthcoming ACTFL publication by Leslie Grahn and Dave McAlpine.)
Focus Area: Learning and Teaching
Presenter(s): Leslie Grahn, Howard County Public Schools (MD); Dave McAlpine, Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

W02    Keys to Planning for Learning: Designing Effective Unit and Lesson Plans to Meet Proficiency Goals

Consider how the integration of World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, 21st Century Skills and Common Core Anchor Standards guide the development of a vertically aligned curriculum. A template for the design of standards-based thematic units will be shared and participants will consider how 21st Century Themes provide the structure for selecting topics that allow learners to increase their proficiency while spiraling language functions, key structures and vocabulary. Participants will engage in the process of developing a thematic unit and will then consider how daily lessons are structured to allow learners to meet unit goals in ways that maximize student learning. (This workshop is based on the ACTFL publication, The Keys to Planning for Learning: Effective Curriculum, Unit and Lesson Design authored by Donna Clementi and Laura Terrill)
Focus Area: Planning for the Learner
Presenter(s): Donna Clementi, Lawrence University; Laura Terrill, ACTFL Consultant
 

W03    Languages for All: Planning for Differentiation

With the study of languages being an option for all students, just how do teachers meet the needs of the diverse learners in their classrooms? In this workshop, participants will experience five non-negotiable components of differentiation: a supportive learning environment, continuous assessment, high-quality curriculum, respectful tasks, and flexible grouping.  Participants will enhance their background knowledge of the components of differentiation and explore a variety of strategies and resources that are readily available to incorporate into lessons. Participants will access a number of templates and materials to facilitate planning for differentiation and creating an environment in which all students thrive.  
Focus Area: Planning for the Learner
Presenter(s): Debbie Espitia, Howard County Public Schools (MD)

W04    Enhancing Instruction with Integrated Performance Assessment

Hear from the experts! The authors of the ACTFL publication, Implementing Integrated Performance Assessment, present an overview of Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) at the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels. This workshop provides participants with expanded guidelines for how to design IPA tasks to inform the backward design of a unit. Suggestions on how to provide effective feedback and modeling to improve learner performance will be shared. Included will be a re-conceptualized rubric for the interpretive mode and the addition of IPA rubrics for Advanced level language performance. Participants will begin to design integrated performance assessment tasks for use in their own classrooms using teacher-tested templates.
Focus Area: Assessment
Presenter(s): Eileen Glisan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Francis J. Troyan, Ohio State University

W05    Developing Language Performance in the Classroom: Novice to Intermediate

How do I connect assessment with learning? What should I be working on with my language learners to help them move out of the Novice level and into the Intermediate level? Learn specific strategies for developing, practicing, and assessing communication to guide learners from Novice into the Intermediate range of performance and how to connect the assessments to student learning. Focusing on what a student "can do", and how to motivate students to take risks without penalty, this workshop will include practical applications to help you guide students into the Intermediate range. Explore what instruction and practice need to be emphasized in all modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational. Target audience includes educators of all languages teaching beginning and intermediate students from elementary through postsecondary settings.
Focus Area: Learning and Teaching
Presenter(s): Arnold Bleicher, ACTFL Consultant

W06    Developing Language Performance in the Classroom: Intermediate to Advanced

What should I be working on with my language learners to help them move out of the Intermediate level and into the Advanced level? Learn specific strategies for developing, practicing, and assessing communication to guide learners from Intermediate into the Advanced range of performance. Focusing on what a student "can do", this workshop will include practical applications to help you guide students into the Advanced range. Explore what needs to be emphasized in all modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational. Target audience includes educators of all languages teaching intermediate students from high school through postsecondary settings.
Focus Area: Learning and Teaching
Presenter(s): Fernando Rubio, University of Utah

W07    Developing Global Competence: Integrating Culture and Language Development

Cultivate a passion for the learning of culture among your students and more importantly, learn strategies to guide students' development of intercultural communicative competence (ICC). Reflect on the concept of culture and explore models for developing global competence that can be used as a framework for students to take ownership of their ICC development. Experience practical strategies and resources that help make the link between language and culture more evident. Additionally, the presenter will share rubrics that reflect the inseparability of culture from language. Whether you teach students in elementary grades, middle school, senior high, or university levels, through this workshop you will walk away with a set of tools, grounded in research, to help you engage students in a more authentic language/culture learning experience.
Focus Area: Learning and Teaching
Presenter(s): Pablo Muirhead, Milwaukee Area Technical College

W08    Advanced Placement (AP) French Language and Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers as well as French language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses, this workshop will give participants concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP French curriculum. Participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students' proficiencies in the three communicative modes and integrate authentic materials into instruction. Additionally, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the AP exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam. Participants will also receive advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in French. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.
Focus Area: Assessment
Presenter(s): TBD

W09    Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Language and Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers as well as Spanish language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses, this workshop will give participants concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Spanish Language curriculum. Participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students' proficiencies in the three communicative modes and integrate authentic materials into instruction. Additionally, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the AP exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam. Participants will also receive advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in Spanish. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.
Focus Area: Assessment
Presenter(s): TBD

W10    Advanced Placement (AP) German Language and Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers as well as German language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses, this workshop will give participants concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP German curriculum. Participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students' proficiencies in the three communicative modes and integrate authentic materials into instruction. Additionally, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the AP exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam. Participants will also receive advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in German. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.
Focus Area: Assessment
Presenter(s): TBD

W11    Advanced Placement (AP) Italian Language and Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers as well as Italian language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses, this workshop will give participants concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Italian curriculum. Participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students' proficiencies in the three communicative modes and integrate authentic materials into instruction. Additionally, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the AP exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam. Participants will also receive advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in Italian. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.
Focus Area: Assessment
Presenter(s): TBD

W12    Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers as well as Chinese language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses, this workshop will give participants concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Chinese curriculum. Participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, build students’ proficiencies in the three communicative modes and how to integrate authentic materials into instruction. Additionally, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam. Participants will also receive advice about how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in Chinese. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.
Focus Area: Assessment
Presenter(s): TBD

W13    Advanced Placement (AP) Japanese Language and Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers as well as Japanese language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses, this workshop will give participants concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Japanese curriculum. Participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, build students’ proficiencies in the three communicative modes and how to integrate authentic materials into instruction. Additionally, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam. Participants will also receive advice about how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in Japanese. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.
Focus Area: Assessment
Presenter(s): TBD

W14    Advanced Placement (AP) Latin

For new and experienced AP teachers as well as Latin educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses, this workshop will give participants concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Latin curriculum. Participants will learn how to build activities and assessments that will help students read, understand, translate and analyze Latin poetry and prose with critical, historical, and literary sensitivity. Additionally, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the AP exam structure and learn effective strategies to help students prepare for the exam. Participants will receive practical advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.
Focus Area: Assessment
Presenter(s): TBD

W15    Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Literature and Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers as well as Spanish educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses, this workshop will give participants concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Spanish Literature curriculum. Participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that develop students’ proficiencies across all language skills, with particular attention to teaching students how to contextualize critical reading and analytical writing.  Additionally, participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and learn strategies to prepare students for the AP exam. Participants receive practical advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in Spanish. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.
Focus Area: Assessment
Presenter(s): TBD


Half-Day Workshops
Thursday, November 20, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advance rate by October 29: $90 each

W16    Designing a Path for Student Success

What do you get when you combine student buy-in with differentiated tasks...a motivated language learner! Each student has his/her own reason to study a language, which means that every class is full of students with varying interests and proficiency levels. Learn how to guide students to set realistic language goals, proceed at their own pace, explore their potential as a language learner, and reach their desired proficiency level. Use the backward design model of unit/lesson planning to establish learning targets, develop appropriate formative assessments and create a 21st century, personalized learning map for your students. Learn how to cultivate a student-centered, student-driven classroom in which they follow the map to their own learning success.
Focus Area: Planning for the Learner
Presenter(s): Carmen Scoggins, Watauga High School

W17    Guiding Language Learning with Formative Assessment

Is this going to be on the test?  How can educators ensure their students are always aware of how they will demonstrate their language learning and the progress they are making toward that goal?  In this workshop, explore formative vs. summative assessment and build your repertoire by experiencing a variety of formative assessment strategies. Create a rationale for why performance assessment is a better fit for today’s language classroom over traditional end-of-unit testing.  Learn the importance of feedback to the equation and means to provide it effectively.  The presenter also addresses the need to match reporting of progress to a performance mentality. Appropriate for language educators from elementary grades through postsecondary levels.
Focus Area: Assessment
Presenter(s): Greg Duncan, Interprep Inc.

W18    Collaboratively Implementing edTPA into World Language Teacher Education Programs

Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia require or will require teacher candidates to complete the high-stakes edTPA as the culmination of pre-service teacher education. Collaboratively, language departments and colleges of education can help their teacher candidates prepare for and succeed in the evaluation. Presenters will share proactive strategies to help programs prepare their candidates for edTPA. This workshop explores edTPA tasks, rubrics, and implementation, focusing on aligning edTPA with already existing language teacher education programs, new CAEP standards, and more local teacher education requirements. It also highlights ways to encourage collaborative efforts with language departments to promote language teacher candidates’ edTPA success.
Focus Area: Collaboration
Presenter(s): Pete Swanson, Georgia State University; Susan Hildebrandt, Illinois State University

Thursday, November 20, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Advance rate by October 29: $90 each

W19    The Power of Collaboration in 21st Century Postsecondary Departments

Extraordinary change is taking place in higher education.  As the landscape of higher education shifts, departments of language learning must examine policies, processes, and programs and explore collaborative opportunities in order to map out program models that best serve language learners.  The presenter will introduce topics of high interest and models of collaboration, including: ACTFL accreditation pilot for higher education language departments, enrollment changes and staffing, online course delivery, and languages for specific purposes (STEM programs, service learning, study abroad). Participants will discuss issues that are critical to the higher education landscape, learn about collaborative projects and solutions, and develop an ongoing network.
Focus Area: Collaboration
Presenter(s): Debbi Baldini, University of Missouri-St. Louis

W20     Mapping our Way:  Designing a Learning Plan based on the Standards

State and national standards describe what students should know and be able to do as language learners, and recently revised national and state standards provide clear goals for instruction and assessment.  How can the standards be transformed into the learning opportunities and environments our learners need to achieve the outcomes we want? Participants in this workshop will unwrap the standards to identify specific learning targets as students move up the proficiency bands and through a language program; collaborate on strategies which target expected performance qualities and characteristics; and identify connections between learner motivation, learner ownership, and learner self-efficacy and a performance-based learning plan.
Focus Area: Learning and Teaching
Presenter(s): Greta Lundgaard, Plano Independent School District (TX)

W21     Individualize Language Learning with Culture-based Stations

One size does not fit all. Find out how learning stations can improve student motivation, cultural awareness, and language skills. Learn to set culture-based "Can Do" learning targets that are powered by authentic resources. Learn to plan and implement engaging stations that meet the needs of each student's proficiency level and learning styles in the same lesson. Learn to assess students’ progress and provide effective feedback. Experience stations, see examples, and collect ideas and authentic resources for your next lesson.
Focus Area: Planning for the Learner
Presenter(s): Megan Smith  and Kara Parker, Jefferson County Public Schools (KY)