3-Hour Workshops - Saturday, October 23, 9:00 - 12:00 PM

Workshop 5 - Where Are You Really From? How Teacher Identify and Biases Paint the Learning Experience of Students

Bárbara Barnett


Where are you from?... A simple, but yet ubiquitous, question that implies a progression of where you began and where you are going. Often asked out of pure curiosity, many times it can be a loaded question whose multifaceted answer may lead to feelings of exclusion and microaggressions. Are you ready to unpack this question? Come to this workshop to ponder where you are “really” from, and to explore how your own identity and biases paint the learning experiences you develop for your students.

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A native of Puerto Rico (with some Cuban seasoning), Bárbara Barnett is an avid believer that children can and should learn a foreign language. All children have the right to access high-quality language instruction; regardless of learning styles, achievement levels, race/ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, home language, or future academic goals. Bárbara has been teaching and leading professional learning for over twenty years. She has taught and supervised Kindergarten to 12th-grade programs; including immersion and FLES. Bárbara is currently having a blast as the K-5 Department Head for World Languages at the Wellesley Public Schools where she started and continues to develop their Spanish FLES program.

Workshop 6 - Roomies, Zoomies and the Future:  Lessons in Transparency from 2020-2021

Meredith White


Participants will be charged to reflect on the planning routines and habits that can make their language class a memorable experience for students rather than just memorized content. In the context of large, diverse classes, especially in the context of 2020-21 COVID19-affected teaching, Meredith will share her department's planning and grading routines that make can-do and proficiency-based language teaching enjoyable, effective, and flexible in classroom/virtual/hybrid settings. Participants will receive all files used during the session to then, editable to fit their own needs. (http://bit.ly/MeredithWhite)

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3-Hour Workshops - Saturday, October 23, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Workshop 7 -  Intercultural Citizenship in Practice

Manuela Wagner


Participants will engage in hands-on activities and discussions to learn how to
advocate for all language learners and for language education by using the framework of intercultural communication,
apply Michael Byram's (2008) model of intercultural citizenship in order to help students use their intercultural competence to solve problems in the here and now,
modify a unit that integrates intercultural citizenship.

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Manuela Wagner holds an M.A in English studies and Marketing and a Ph.D. in English Studies with a specialization in linguistics from Graz University, Austria. During her graduate studies she spent 2 years in the baby lab of Psychophysics in the Department of Neurophysiology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. She also spent 3 years in the Department of Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Workshop 8 -  Developing Authentic Lessons

Kara Parker & Megan Smith


Let’s talk about how to reinvigorate your next thematic unit - inspired by culture and authentic resources! Experience communicative lessons to jump-start your planning. You’ll see how to quickly create new lessons based on common daily objectives. Learn different ways to combine engaging authentic resources with our favorite adaptable activities. Walk away with inspiration and templates to build your own lessons for any thematic unit.

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Kara Parker is the co-creator of teacher websites like AdiósTextbook and Creative Language Class. She is enthusiastic about proficiency-based instruction inspired by culture in order to positively impact students’ language learning experiences. She has taught Spanish and ESL in Louisville, KY and is National Board certified. Currently she lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Megan Smith is the co-creator of teacher websites like AdiósTextbook and Creative Language Class. 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 lessons with real world tasks to develop 21st Century skills. She taught high school Spanish in Louisville, Kentucky and now lives and works in Charleston, South Carolina.