World Language Institute

Wayland World Language Institute

March 16, 2017
7:45 AM - 2:15 PM

Kara and Megan from Creative Language Class

Zoom In On Culture To Develop Authentic Lessons 
If you would like to participate in the workshop, please use THIS LINK.   Seats are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  
We hope that you will be able to join us with other colleagues from your school for an engaging day of exploration and collaboration.  You will receive a follow-up email with details and directions once you have registered.  

Description:  Kara Parker and Megan Smith from Creative Language Class will encourage teachers to think about culture as the essential component of units and lessons. Teachers will have the opportunity to consider classroom examples that demonstrate this shift and that focus on targeting proficiency goals.  Kara and Megan will guide teachers to create a unit overview, to plan communication goals and to find authentic resources.  Participants will review performance-based assessments and student samples, and they will learn how to write objectives that push students toward a higher proficiency level. There will be time for teachers to brainstorm, collaborate, and share new ideas.  By the end of the workshop, teachers will have built a foundation for their own culture-focused unit.

Bios: Kara Parker currently Kara lives in Pensacola, FL. She is National Board certified and has taught Spanish and ESL for 13 years in private, public, and alternative schools. Kara studied linguistics and Spanish and has a MAT in teaching World Languages. Her specialties are mentoring teachers and encouraging them to turn their challenges into opportunities. Megan Smith lives in Louisville, Kentucky. She studied International Business and Spanish and has a Master’s in Education. Her time working and studying abroad inspired her to create more authentic and real world lessons infused with 21st Century issues and tasks. She taught Spanish for 7 years in public schools and led her school’s world language department to transition toward proficiency. Megan received Kentucky’s New Teacher of the Year Award in 2011.

Cost:   $150 with snacks and lunch included 10 PDPs will be awarded for completion of the workshop + 4 additional work hours that will culminate in a final product. Details will be provided at the event.

If you have any questions about the Institute, please contact melissa_bryant@wayland.k12.ma.us.