Spotlight on the remote / hybrid classroom, 3 webinars in a series on the everyday experience of World Language teaching in 2021

The global pandemic has brought unique challenges to students, families, and educators. As world language educators have adapted our practices to include students learning from home, we have reassessed what we teach and how we teach it. Motivation, independence, differentiation, equity, and sustainability are more valuable than ever.

Join us for our new  2021 webinar series " Spotlight on the Remote / Hybrid Classroom," which highlights essential practices in our new contexts that will carry over to fully in class learning, as well.

These webinars are free to all! We encourage your membership in MaFLA to help support the ongoing resources we provide.

1. Assessment during the pandemic: an opportunity to re-define what we value
Wednesday, January 13, 7pm

Presenter: Tim Eagan, Department Head Grades 6-12 Classical & Modern Languages

Remote and hybrid teaching have shed a spotlight on many issues with assessment and grading, especially on academic integrity. The current context provides an opportunity to redefine how, why and what we assess and grade. In this webinar, we will review some basic assessment literacy concepts, discuss ways to address academic integrity with students, and consider how teachers can mitigate challenges with academic integrity. 

Slides from this presentation are available HERE.


2a.  The Thing-a-ma-bob that does the job: Rubrics
Wednesday, February 24, 7pm

Presenter:  Béckie Bray Rankin, World Language Teacher, Lexington High School

Are your rubrics learning guides and feedback tools that save you time and energy? Adventure through places in your curriculum where rubrics become pathways for learning. Curate and manipulate paired tasks and rubrics that evaluate where your students are and point to where they can level up. Increase your effectiveness by selecting when and how to introduce learners to rubrics in your learn-practice-assess-reflect cycles.

2b.  Self  Care: CLEAR, ALIGN AND FLOW
Wednesday, February 24, 7:45PM

Presenter:  Mary Bashir, World Language Teacher, Needham High School, and fitness instructor

How can we take care of ourselves and others in and out of the classroom by:  clearing away the busy to make space for the meaningful and aligning our decisions and actions with our values?  We will explore “self-care” and mindfulness practices and plan future opportunities for connection.

3. High Leverage Teaching Strategies for Remote Learning Through an Equity Lens
Wednesday, March 10, 7pm

Presenters:
Julie Caldarone, Director of World Languages Boston Public Schools
Akilah Cobham, BPS Lead Spanish Teacher

Every child is entitled to an equitable, world-class, high quality education. As educators, we must incorporate students' cultural knowledge and affirm students' cultural and racial identities into our lessons. This workshop will provide strategies for eliminating racial bias in the World Languages classroom by incorporating culturally and linguistically sustaining practices throughout our lessons. These practices will be modeled through a proficiency-based digital lesson example in 2 modes, Interpretive and Presentational.