Professional development series offered to world language teachers

A series of free workshops are being offered to world language teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year. Eighteen Maine world language teachers have been trained as teacher leaders to provide this regional, standards-based professional development. Contact the world language teacher leader(s) listed below to register for a regional workshop.

World Languages in Maine Schools: Standards-based Instruction and Assessment is a collaborative initiative involving the Maine Department of Education, the Foreign Language Association of Maine and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. A major goal of this initiative is to improve teaching and learning by creating an environment in Maine schools in which standards-based curriculum, instruction and assessment in world languages are an integral part of the work that all K-12 world language educators do to promote student achievement and proficiency in one or more languages other than English.

These workshops aim to assist teachers in implementing standards-based unit design and summative assessments. Topics include:

  • Connections between and among national foreign language standards, the Maine Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction, the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, and 21st Century Skills
  • Creation of standards-based teaching units using essential questions, the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) and proficiency levels

Please see the information about these workshops below. There may be additional workshops that will be offered in some regions. Contact the regional teacher leaders for additional information, including workshop registration (email addresses are hyperlinked to their names below).

WORLD LANGUAGE TEACHER LEADER

REGION

WORKSHOP DATE

WORKSHOP TIME

LOCATION

Matthew Mazzeo and Tatiana Lera Mid-Coast (Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo Counties) Jan. 25 (hyperlink to invitation) 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (half-hour for lunch) The Samoset Resort, Rockport
Catherine Gram Cumberland County Jan. 31 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (one hour for lunch) Falmouth Town Hall, Falmouth
Linda Freese and Judy Rizk Androscoggin County Jan. 31 Noon – 4 p.m. Lewiston High School, Lewiston
Linda Freese and Judy Rizk Androscoggin County Feb. 6 Noon – 4 p.m. Oak Hill High School, Wales
Michelle Fournier Cumberland County New date: Feb. 16 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (one hour for lunch) Westbrook High School Library, Westbrook
Tatiana Lera Mid-Coast (Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo Counties) New date: March 9 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Curtis Memorial Public Library,
Brunswick
Lisa Dalrymple and Mary Kaubris Western Maine (Franklin and Oxford Counties) Feb. 13 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (one hour for lunch) University of Maine Farmington
Sarah Vigneault Hancock County Feb. 15 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (one hour for lunch) Bucksport High School Library, Bucksport
Teresa Brzustowicz  and Brooke Dupuy Penquis (Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties) Mid-February (TBD) 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (Penobscot Collaborative meeting) Brewer High School, Brewer(tentative)
Greg Reed Aroostook County March 7 1 – 5 p.m. Presque Isle High School, Presque Isle
Greg Reed Aroostook County March 14 4 – 9 p.m. Caribou High School, Caribou
Amber Burks and Carlos Gómez York County March 15 (hyperlink to registration) 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (one hour for lunch) Biddeford High School, Biddeford
Marty Brooks and Eunice Loredo Kennebec Valley (Kennebec and Somerset Counties) March 27 3 – 5 p.m. Lawrence High School, Fairfield
Cathy Swain Washington County March 22 8 a.m. – Noon Washington Academy, East Machias
Lisa Dalrymple and Mary Kaubris Cumberland County March 23 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (half hour for lunch–bring your own) Westbrook High School, Westbrook
Teresa Brzustowicz  and Brooke Dupuy Penquis (Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties) March 28 8 a.m. – Noon Hermon High School
Marty Brooks and Eunice Loredo Kennebec Valley (Kennebec and Somerset Counties) April 3 3 – 5 p.m. Lawrence High School, Fairfield
Teresa Brzustowicz and Brooke Dupuy Penquis (Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties) April 4 & 25 (must attend both sessions) 4 – 6 p.m. Brewer High School

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