World Language education is entering into a new era. As we leverage and develop our new practices, MaFLA plans to offer guidance and support through monthly free webinars. Please join us to learn, reflect, and collaborate.

We strive for webinars that are practical in a way that will add to our teaching tool box. The topics are current and the presenters are dynamic. We urge you to participate and be inspired in your language teaching.

World Language Curriculum through an Antiracist Lens:  Professional Development for Teachers and Administrators
December 9, 7PM (Wednesday)

After completing this webinar, participants will recognize the distinctions of educational equity (multiculturalism, social justice, cultural responsiveness) and elevate marginalized voices of their target cultures and apply an antiracist perspective to a world language lesson.

Jorge S. Allen, World Language Program Coordinator, Andover Public Schools
Adrianne Billingham Bock, Social Studies Program Coordinator, Andover Public Schools
Facilitator:  Bárbara Barnett, K-5 Department Head for World Language, Wellesley Public Schools

Into the Unknown: Remote and Hybrid Learning in Local Districts

We will hear from three panelists on their systems’ plans for re-opening and then there will be time for participant discussion. Be informed on the different models and learn the strategies for best practices in our new reality.

  • Rebecca Blouwolff, Middle School French Teacher, Wellesley Public Schools
  • Julie Caldarone, Director of World Languages, Boston Public Schools
  • Carlos-Luis Brown, Department Head, Wilmington Public Schools

An Equal World Language Classroom Is Just Not Enough - October 24, 10AM (Saturday)

In this webinar, we will explore practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will dive into the unlearning of some "best" practices that have unintentionally made our classrooms equal but inequitable learning places. Every student has the right to be seen and heard. Be ready to reflect and reflect again. Do all your students have access to the learning and experiences taking place in your classroom? Are you setting all of your students to be successful in their learning? Is your classroom a place where your students see themselves and are treated as individuals? Do your students gain the skills needed to improve the lived experiences of themselves and others? Let's discuss how to integrate social justice into your proficiency-oriented world language classroom!

Presenter:  Bárbara Barnett, K-5 Department Head for World Language, Wellesley Public Schools
Facilitator:  Vilma Bibeau, World Language Lead Teacher, Medford Public Schools

The Ethno/Euro Centric Impulse:   An Honest Conversation Around Power and Privilege in WL Curriculum  - November 4, 7PM (Wednesday)

This workshop is an attempt to remind our teachers when can we incorporate intersectional experiences in the target language. Authentic stories that are not always shown in our textbook. To challenge ourselves, as WL educators. To combat the stereotypes and assumptions from popular CI/TPRS books, and constantly find opportunities to combat the ethnocentrism and eurocentrism in our classroom these days. Ultimately, how do we create a safe and validating space, for helping our students, to develop empathy and better understanding of the underrepresented voices in WL instruction.

Presenter:  Abelardo Almazán Vázquez, Spanish Teacher, The Putney School, Vermont
Facilitator:  Mike Farkas, Spanish Teacher, Canton Public Schools