MAFLA MEETS #11 - IN PERSON!
August 22, 2024 - 2:30-4:30
Assembly Row, Somerville, MA
Facilitator: Terresa Pietro

Would you like to connect with other World Language teachers in your area?
Do you want to engage in a little “shop talk” before back to school time?
Are you looking for a chance to chat in the target language?

If so, then this MAFLA Meets is perfect for you!  At this IN-PERSON MAFLA Meets, World Language teachers have the chance to connect, socialize, speak many languages, celebrate the final days of summer, share back to school strategies, and learn more about MAFLA.

Location details will be provided upon registration.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 


MAFLA MEETS #10
Empowering World Language Teachers: Advocating for World Language Programs

May 11, 2024 - 9:30-10:45
Presenter:  Mia Correia
Facilitator: Teresa Benedetti

Do you have questions about advocacy for world languages within the context of your school and district?
Are you ready to engage in a discussion on how you can be the best advocate for your program and your students?  

If so, then this MAFLA Meets is perfect for you!  Join us on May 11, 2024 when our Membership Engagement Committee Chairperson, Mia Correia, will guide and inform us about micro and macro strategies for world language advocacy during our next MAFLA Meets Virtual Meet-up

Description: In this MAFLA Meets, World Language teachers explore strategies for advocating collaboration with all stakeholders to strengthen and expand language programs. Focusing on the vital role of educators as advocates, participants will delve into methods for engaging administrators, policymakers, parents, and the broader community in support of World Language education. Through discussions attendees will gain practical insights into building partnerships, communicating the value of language learning, and fostering a culture of multilingualism within their schools and districts. Join us to discover how World Language teachers can lead efforts to unite stakeholders and advance the cause of global competency in education.

 


MAFLA MEETS #9
Leading Massachusetts to Multilingualism via MAFLA Meets

Crafting Your Conference Proposal with Arely Fagan
April 6, 2024 - 9:30-10:45
Presenter:  Arely Fagan
Facilitators: Mia Correia & Teresa Benedetti

Are you excited to attend MAFLA’s Annual Fall Conference in October? Do you have a strategy in your teacher toolbox that you would like to share with our MAFLA membership? Have you ever thought about submitting a conference proposal but weren't  sure about how to go about it?

If so, this MAFLA Meets is meant for you.

Join us on Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM on Zoom when Arely Fagan will talk about her experience as a first time MAFLA Conference Presenter and winner of the Best of MAFLA. Arely (Newburyport Public Schools) will share her proposal writing strategies,
experience as a first-time presenter, and journey as MAFLA’s representative at the regional NECTFL Conference.

MAFLA Meets attendees who choose to submit a proposal will get an extension on the proposal deadline.

We look forward to having you join us and learn from Arely’s recent experiences.

 

 


MAFLA MEETS #8

Preparing for the MAFLA 2023 Conference
Facilitators: TBD

Are you looking forward to MAFLA’s first in-person Annual Fall Conference since 2019 as much as we are? Are you a first-time conference attendee or a veteran MAFLA Conference attendee? If so, then this month’s MAFLA Meets is for you!Join us as we present details about how to prepare for, manage your time at, and enjoy MAFLA’s Fall Conference, Building Global Perspectives Through the Power of Language, to the fullest!.Veteran conference goers will share their experiences at our next MAFLA Meets on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 9:30 AM.  

Topics that we will discuss include:

  • Setting up the conference App to schedule your sessions and manage your time
  • Different types of sessions
  • Various opportunities to connect with colleagues
  • Collecting PDP hours
  • Places to eat in the area

 


MAFLA MEETS #7

Teachers of the Less Commonly Taught Languages in K-16 Schools, We Want to Hear from You.
Facilitators: Wan Wang & David Rubino (Brookline HS), and Lan Lu (Hopkinton MS) 

Are you the only one or one of two world language teachers in your school? Are you a teacher of the less commonly taught languages in K-16 schools? Are you looking for opportunities to connect with other teachers of Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Arabic, Russian, Italian, German, etc? Although these languages are less commonly taught in American schools, they are spoken by the overwhelming majority of people of the world. Please come to this interactive MAFLA Meets to connect and support each other.


MAFLA MEETS #6

Where is Home?
Facilitators: Mia Correia & Adriana Thomas
April 29, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

How do we connect our lived experiences as a heritage, immigrant or third culture adults with our students' own cultural journey?  How do we foster an inclusive and culturally responsive classroom environment with students who may or may not have gone through similar experiences of navigating multiple cultures? In this session, we will share our experiences and we will discuss how this  shapes and impacts our approach to teaching languages. We hope you will leave feeling inspired to connect with your students and support them on their own unique journeys.

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 


MAFLA MEETS #5

Considering Presenting at the MAFLA 2023 Conference?
Facilitators: Vilma Nasuti Bibeau & Nicole Sherf
March 25, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

So much to consider and so many exciting topics! You may be wondering: What are the characteristics of a successful proposal? What types of sessions are needed?  How do I organize and prepare a proposal? Come to this interactive MAFLA Meets Meet-Up to answer these questions and more. We’d love to have presenters of all levels of experience join in the discussion!  Proposals are due April 23 for the October 27 & 28 conference.

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 


MAFLA MEETS #4

What the Tech is This?
Facilitator: Carlos Luis Brown
February 18, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

The goal of our time together will be to better understand what opportunities exist for educators by engaging with social media. Let's spend some time reflecting on our needs, values, and skills and how those match up (or don't) with social media use. We want to try to find out to what extent time invested in social media could pay dividends in the future. Is it worth it? We will learn about some of the different social media platforms, reflect on our own roles in social media as either creators or consumers, talk about concerns, apathy towards, and successes with social media, and get a sense of what value social media has as an instructional tool. We might even post what we learn about it... #MaFLA23

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 


MAFLA MEETS #3

Mid-Year Reboot: Refreshing Routines for Success
Facilitators: Danja Mahoney & Vilma Nasuti Bibeau
January 21, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

Happy New Year, and welcome to MAFLA Meets #3! We’re half-way through the school year! As you reflect on the last semester, are there lessons that just didn’t hit the way they used to? Are there routines that just aren’t working? We’ve hit that mid-year point, so let’s gather to share ways to refresh our daily classroom routines. Chat with other language educators and share strategies that work and routines to re-energize your classes.
The MAFLA Team is pleased to continue its newest endeavor, MAFLA Meets! These meetings are social in nature so that members can learn informally from each other and share ideas. These Saturday morning meetings aim to keep us in touch with each other and socialize about our work in world languages. Let’s learn from the experts - you!
Join us on Zoom to share strategies and refresh our language learning routines. Invite a friend or colleague to join our community.

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 

 


MAFLA MEETS #2

We're Stronger Together
Facilitators: Teresa Benedetti & Mike Farkas
Dec 17, 2022    9:30 - 10:45 AM

The MaFLA Team is very pleased to continue its newest endeavor called MaFLA Meets!  These meetings are intended to be social in nature so that members can learn informally from each other and share ideas.  These Saturday morning meetings aim to keep us in touch with each other and socialize about our work in world languages. 

iAre you a new(er) world language educator? Do you often feel overwhelmed by your teaching responsibilities in a post-COVID era? Are you looking to make connections? Do you feel that building a support system with other world language educators would be helpful to you?

Are you a seasoned or veteran world language educator who wants to share strategies & expertise on how you have responded to teaching challenges and demands? Do you know &/or work with a new(er) world language educator who could benefit from some support & connection?

If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, join us at our next MaFLA Meets meetup! The meetup will bring new(er) and seasoned/veteran educators together to create a collaborative, safe space where everyone can share ideas, strategies, and advice on how to cope with the demands that many of us are facing every day in our classrooms. Come ready to discuss your struggles and triumphs!

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 

 


MAFLA MEETS #1

Greet Me So You Can Meet Me (at ACTFL in Boston this year!)
Facilitators: Teresa Benedetti & Mike Farkas
Nov 12, 2022    9:30AM

 

Are you going to the ACTFL Convention in Boston this November?  Is this your first time attending ACTFL?  Or, are you a veteran ACTFL attendee? Are you looking to connect with other world language colleagues to make ACTFL more of a social experience?  If you said “yes” to any of these questions, come to our first ever MaFLA Meets session to connect with fellow world language educators across the state!  MaFLA Board Members will be present at the meet-up to introduce themselves, discuss MaFLA Membership perks, and share how to make the most of your ACTFL Convention experience. 

No Cost to attend! You MUST register!

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MAFLA MEETS #8

Preparing for the MAFLA 2023 Conference
Facilitators: TBD

Are you looking forward to MAFLA’s first in-person Annual Fall Conference since 2019 as much as we are? Are you a first-time conference attendee or a veteran MAFLA Conference attendee? If so, then this month’s MAFLA Meets is for you!Join us as we present details about how to prepare for, manage your time at, and enjoy MAFLA’s Fall Conference, Building Global Perspectives Through the Power of Language, to the fullest!.Veteran conference goers will share their experiences at our next MAFLA Meets on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 9:30 AM.  

Topics that we will discuss include:

  • Setting up the conference App to schedule your sessions and manage your time
  • Different types of sessions
  • Various opportunities to connect with colleagues
  • Collecting PDP hours
  • Places to eat in the area


MAFLA MEETS #7

Teachers of the Less Commonly Taught Languages in K-16 Schools, We Want to Hear from You.
Facilitators: Wan Wang & David Rubino (Brookline HS), and Lan Lu (Hopkinton MS) 

Are you the only one or one of two world language teachers in your school? Are you a teacher of the less commonly taught languages in K-16 schools? Are you looking for opportunities to connect with other teachers of Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Arabic, Russian, Italian, German, etc? Although these languages are less commonly taught in American schools, they are spoken by the overwhelming majority of people of the world. Please come to this interactive MAFLA Meets to connect and support each other.


MAFLA MEETS #6

Where is Home?
Facilitators: Mia Correia & Adriana Thomas
April 29, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

How do we connect our lived experiences as a heritage, immigrant or third culture adults with our students' own cultural journey?  How do we foster an inclusive and culturally responsive classroom environment with students who may or may not have gone through similar experiences of navigating multiple cultures? In this session, we will share our experiences and we will discuss how this  shapes and impacts our approach to teaching languages. We hope you will leave feeling inspired to connect with your students and support them on their own unique journeys.

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 


MAFLA MEETS #5

Considering Presenting at the MAFLA 2023 Conference?
Facilitators: Vilma Nasuti Bibeau & Nicole Sherf
March 25, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

So much to consider and so many exciting topics! You may be wondering: What are the characteristics of a successful proposal? What types of sessions are needed?  How do I organize and prepare a proposal? Come to this interactive MAFLA Meets Meet-Up to answer these questions and more. We’d love to have presenters of all levels of experience join in the discussion!  Proposals are due April 23 for the October 27 & 28 conference.

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 


MAFLA MEETS #4

What the Tech is This?
Facilitator: Carlos Luis Brown
February 18, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

The goal of our time together will be to better understand what opportunities exist for educators by engaging with social media. Let's spend some time reflecting on our needs, values, and skills and how those match up (or don't) with social media use. We want to try to find out to what extent time invested in social media could pay dividends in the future. Is it worth it? We will learn about some of the different social media platforms, reflect on our own roles in social media as either creators or consumers, talk about concerns, apathy towards, and successes with social media, and get a sense of what value social media has as an instructional tool. We might even post what we learn about it... #MaFLA23

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 


MAFLA MEETS #3

Mid-Year Reboot: Refreshing Routines for Success
Facilitators: Danja Mahoney & Vilma Nasuti Bibeau
January 21, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

Happy New Year, and welcome to MAFLA Meets #3! We’re half-way through the school year! As you reflect on the last semester, are there lessons that just didn’t hit the way they used to? Are there routines that just aren’t working? We’ve hit that mid-year point, so let’s gather to share ways to refresh our daily classroom routines. Chat with other language educators and share strategies that work and routines to re-energize your classes.
The MAFLA Team is pleased to continue its newest endeavor, MAFLA Meets! These meetings are social in nature so that members can learn informally from each other and share ideas. These Saturday morning meetings aim to keep us in touch with each other and socialize about our work in world languages. Let’s learn from the experts - you!
Join us on Zoom to share strategies and refresh our language learning routines. Invite a friend or colleague to join our community.

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 

 


MAFLA MEETS #2

We're Stronger Together
Facilitators: Teresa Benedetti & Mike Farkas
Dec 17, 2022    9:30 - 10:45 AM

The MaFLA Team is very pleased to continue its newest endeavor called MaFLA Meets!  These meetings are intended to be social in nature so that members can learn informally from each other and share ideas.  These Saturday morning meetings aim to keep us in touch with each other and socialize about our work in world languages. 

iAre you a new(er) world language educator? Do you often feel overwhelmed by your teaching responsibilities in a post-COVID era? Are you looking to make connections? Do you feel that building a support system with other world language educators would be helpful to you?

Are you a seasoned or veteran world language educator who wants to share strategies & expertise on how you have responded to teaching challenges and demands? Do you know &/or work with a new(er) world language educator who could benefit from some support & connection?

If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, join us at our next MaFLA Meets meetup! The meetup will bring new(er) and seasoned/veteran educators together to create a collaborative, safe space where everyone can share ideas, strategies, and advice on how to cope with the demands that many of us are facing every day in our classrooms. Come ready to discuss your struggles and triumphs!

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 

 


MAFLA MEETS #1

Greet Me So You Can Meet Me (at ACTFL in Boston this year!)
Facilitators: Teresa Benedetti & Mike Farkas
Nov 12, 2022    9:30AM

 

Are you going to the ACTFL Convention in Boston this November?  Is this your first time attending ACTFL?  Or, are you a veteran ACTFL attendee? Are you looking to connect with other world language colleagues to make ACTFL more of a social experience?  If you said “yes” to any of these questions, come to our first ever MaFLA Meets session to connect with fellow world language educators across the state!  MaFLA Board Members will be present at the meet-up to introduce themselves, discuss MaFLA Membership perks, and share how to make the most of your ACTFL Convention experience. 

No Cost to attend! You MUST register!

 

MAFLA MEETS #8

Preparing for the MAFLA 2023 Conference
Facilitators: TBD

Are you looking forward to MAFLA’s first in-person Annual Fall Conference since 2019 as much as we are? Are you a first-time conference attendee or a veteran MAFLA Conference attendee? If so, then this month’s MAFLA Meets is for you!Join us as we present details about how to prepare for, manage your time at, and enjoy MAFLA’s Fall Conference, Building Global Perspectives Through the Power of Language, to the fullest!.Veteran conference goers will share their experiences at our next MAFLA Meets on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 9:30 AM.  

Topics that we will discuss include:

  • Setting up the conference App to schedule your sessions and manage your time
  • Different types of sessions
  • Various opportunities to connect with colleagues
  • Collecting PDP hours
  • Places to eat in the area


MAFLA MEETS #7

Teachers of the Less Commonly Taught Languages in K-16 Schools, We Want to Hear from You.
Facilitators: Wan Wang & David Rubino (Brookline HS), and Lan Lu (Hopkinton MS) 

Are you the only one or one of two world language teachers in your school? Are you a teacher of the less commonly taught languages in K-16 schools? Are you looking for opportunities to connect with other teachers of Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Arabic, Russian, Italian, German, etc? Although these languages are less commonly taught in American schools, they are spoken by the overwhelming majority of people of the world. Please come to this interactive MAFLA Meets to connect and support each other.


MAFLA MEETS #6

Where is Home?
Facilitators: Mia Correia & Adriana Thomas
April 29, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

How do we connect our lived experiences as a heritage, immigrant or third culture adults with our students' own cultural journey?  How do we foster an inclusive and culturally responsive classroom environment with students who may or may not have gone through similar experiences of navigating multiple cultures? In this session, we will share our experiences and we will discuss how this  shapes and impacts our approach to teaching languages. We hope you will leave feeling inspired to connect with your students and support them on their own unique journeys.

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 


MAFLA MEETS #5

Considering Presenting at the MAFLA 2023 Conference?
Facilitators: Vilma Nasuti Bibeau & Nicole Sherf
March 25, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

So much to consider and so many exciting topics! You may be wondering: What are the characteristics of a successful proposal? What types of sessions are needed?  How do I organize and prepare a proposal? Come to this interactive MAFLA Meets Meet-Up to answer these questions and more. We’d love to have presenters of all levels of experience join in the discussion!  Proposals are due April 23 for the October 27 & 28 conference.

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 


MAFLA MEETS #4

What the Tech is This?
Facilitator: Carlos Luis Brown
February 18, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

The goal of our time together will be to better understand what opportunities exist for educators by engaging with social media. Let's spend some time reflecting on our needs, values, and skills and how those match up (or don't) with social media use. We want to try to find out to what extent time invested in social media could pay dividends in the future. Is it worth it? We will learn about some of the different social media platforms, reflect on our own roles in social media as either creators or consumers, talk about concerns, apathy towards, and successes with social media, and get a sense of what value social media has as an instructional tool. We might even post what we learn about it... #MaFLA23

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 


MAFLA MEETS #3

Mid-Year Reboot: Refreshing Routines for Success
Facilitators: Danja Mahoney & Vilma Nasuti Bibeau
January 21, 2023    9:30 - 10:45 AM

Happy New Year, and welcome to MAFLA Meets #3! We’re half-way through the school year! As you reflect on the last semester, are there lessons that just didn’t hit the way they used to? Are there routines that just aren’t working? We’ve hit that mid-year point, so let’s gather to share ways to refresh our daily classroom routines. Chat with other language educators and share strategies that work and routines to re-energize your classes.
The MAFLA Team is pleased to continue its newest endeavor, MAFLA Meets! These meetings are social in nature so that members can learn informally from each other and share ideas. These Saturday morning meetings aim to keep us in touch with each other and socialize about our work in world languages. Let’s learn from the experts - you!
Join us on Zoom to share strategies and refresh our language learning routines. Invite a friend or colleague to join our community.

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 

 


MAFLA MEETS #2

We're Stronger Together
Facilitators: Teresa Benedetti & Mike Farkas
Dec 17, 2022    9:30 - 10:45 AM

The MaFLA Team is very pleased to continue its newest endeavor called MaFLA Meets!  These meetings are intended to be social in nature so that members can learn informally from each other and share ideas.  These Saturday morning meetings aim to keep us in touch with each other and socialize about our work in world languages. 

iAre you a new(er) world language educator? Do you often feel overwhelmed by your teaching responsibilities in a post-COVID era? Are you looking to make connections? Do you feel that building a support system with other world language educators would be helpful to you?

Are you a seasoned or veteran world language educator who wants to share strategies & expertise on how you have responded to teaching challenges and demands? Do you know &/or work with a new(er) world language educator who could benefit from some support & connection?

If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, join us at our next MaFLA Meets meetup! The meetup will bring new(er) and seasoned/veteran educators together to create a collaborative, safe space where everyone can share ideas, strategies, and advice on how to cope with the demands that many of us are facing every day in our classrooms. Come ready to discuss your struggles and triumphs!

If you plan to attend, bring a friend or a colleague who you believe would benefit from our meetup.

 

 


MAFLA MEETS #1

Greet Me So You Can Meet Me (at ACTFL in Boston this year!)
Facilitators: Teresa Benedetti & Mike Farkas
Nov 12, 2022    9:30AM

 

Are you going to the ACTFL Convention in Boston this November?  Is this your first time attending ACTFL?  Or, are you a veteran ACTFL attendee? Are you looking to connect with other world language colleagues to make ACTFL more of a social experience?  If you said “yes” to any of these questions, come to our first ever MaFLA Meets session to connect with fellow world language educators across the state!  MaFLA Board Members will be present at the meet-up to introduce themselves, discuss MaFLA Membership perks, and share how to make the most of your ACTFL Convention experience. 

No Cost to attend! You MUST register!