The 2015 MaFLA Proficiency Academy was a huge success! Here is some feedback from our attendees:
“Greg Duncan was an inspirational speaker. He can not only explain his ideas very clearly and logically, but he also has a fantastic sense of humor. Thank you for everything!”
“Participating in the Proficiency Academy has given me a new perspective at what teaching foreign language should look like in the classroom. Applying what I have learned here will help me make the curriculum more relevant and my lessons more motivating. I will be selecting thematic units with my colleagues that help the students reach the proficiency target set by our program. I feel that now I have resources, guidelines and support to help me make a transition towards modernized foreign language teaching and learning.”
“Greg Duncan’s sessions were fabulous. Besides being a very engaging speaker, he is realistic and practical. I can respect a presenter who says, ‘If it doesn’t make sense, don’t do it.’ The concept of ‘proficiency’ is a new one in the Latin teaching community. Greg made teaching for proficiency seem achievable.”
“This Proficiency Academy could potentially completely change the focus of my teaching. It is a daunting task, but one that I have been convinced would be a worthwhile undertaking.”
The schedule can still be accessed below. See you next year!
The MaFLA Proficiency Academy will support teachers in making the connection between state initiatives and National Standards for high-quality World Language education. Teachers and Department Chairs are encouraged to come in groups to learn how to set course and departmental proficiency targets, develop quality assessments to serve as District Determined Measures (DDMs), revise curriculum while developing and integrating performance assessments – in the model of DESE’s Model Curriculum Units (MCUs) and Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs) – and develop instructional strategies that make proficiency and communication a central focus.
Academy Pricing (30 PDPs available)
|Early Bird May 15, 2015||Regular June 25, 2015||Late July 10, 2015|
|Academy Registration – MEMBERSIncludes all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks)||$425||$450||$475|
|Academy Registration – NON-MEMBERSIncludes all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks)||$485||$510||$535|
|1 Graduate Credit (optional)||$200||$200||$200|
|2 Graduate Credits (optional)||$375||$375||$375|
*On-site registration will be available for an additional $40 fee over the late registration price.
**Cancellation/refund policy: There is a $25 processing fee for refunds or cancellations. Refunds are at the discretion of the Academy team; no refunds will be given after July 10.
*** Group registration bonus: A complete ACTFL Keys book set (value of $75) will be awarded to districts with five or more registered attendees!
Dorms at Westfield State University will be available for any attendees wishing to stay over. Dorms are either single or double, depending on the number of attendees. All rooms come with linens and are air-conditioned.