MAFLA Proficiency Academy, 2024

Westfield State University
June 24-26, 2024

Join us to learn or advance your skills in performance-based and proficiency-focused instruction and curriculum design. Our 3-day Proficiency Academy is an immersive and collaborative learning experience. Depending on your own skill set, you can choose between:

Strand 1: Foundations of Proficiency, by Rebecca Blouwolff

With concrete examples and clear steps forward, Rebecca will deepen your understanding of the Guiding Principles defined by the 2021 World Language Curriculum Framework. She will show you how to set proficiency targets for your program or course, help you design engaging and authentic performance assessments and rubrics, and guide you in writing units and lessons that focus on developing students’ proficiency in the language.  In addition to Rebecca’s high-quality workshops, you will join a smaller break-out group during the Academy led by facilitators experienced in teaching for proficiency. Hands-on and interactive, the Academy will leave you invigorated and prepared with concrete materials to use in your classroom and program. If you have not attended Proficiency Academy before (regardless of your background experience as a teacher), be sure to sign up for this strand. Come join the Proficiency movement!

Rebecca Blouwolff was born and raised in the Pioneer Valley, where she studied French with an exuberant, immersion-style teacher in junior high. She has taught French at Wellesley Middle School in MA since 1998, but fell in love with middle schoolers while serving as a Fulbright teaching scholar at a collège in Saint-Omer, France. Rebecca is a seven-time attendee of Proficiency Academy, two-time facilitator, and is leading the Foundations Strand for a second year. She earned a BA magna cum laude at Brown University, and an MEd in Teacher Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, 2019 MaFLA and NECTFL Teacher of the Year, and 2020 ACTFL National Language Teacher of Year.

 


Strand 2: Implementation of Proficiency, led by Catherine Ritz

Implementing the 2021 World Language Curriculum Framework can feel like a daunting task. What do these standards mean for our curriculum and assessments? How can we ensure we are "covering" the standards in each of our courses? How do we translate them into a curriculum to guide our courses? In this strand, we will take a step back to look at the big picture of the curriculum framework, then begin our hands-on work of designing meaningful and authentic curricular themes and performance assessments. We will use the Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) as a lens for designing our units, which will support us in seamlessly integrating a focus on teaching for social justice. Please bring your district curriculum and be ready to start designing a unit for one of your courses. In addition to Catherine’s high-quality workshops, you will join a smaller break-out group during the Academy led by facilitators experienced in teaching for proficiency. Hands-on and interactive, the Academy will leave you invigorated and prepared with concrete materials to use in your classroom and program.

Catherine Ritz is a former French & Spanish teacher and world language 6-12 department leader, Catherine Ritz is now a Clinical Associate Professor and director of the World Language Education and Curriculum & Teaching programs at Boston University's Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. She teaches courses on world language pedagogy, research, and learning design, as well as courses on curriculum and teaching across content areas. Catherine founded the MAFLA Proficiency Academy in 2015, and is dedicated to supporting school districts in transitioning to teaching for proficiency. She consults with schools on world language pedagogy and curriculum development, and is also the author of two books, including the popular, "Proficiency-Based Instruction: Input & Interaction in World Language Education”.


 

Each strand includes high-quality workshops and facilitated break-out sessions where you can collaborate with colleagues to develop your own performance-based and proficiency-focused material to bring back to your district. 
Housing & Meals

You may choose to stay in the Westfield State dorms for an additional fee (check in Monday morning and check out Wednesday morning).

PDPs & Graduate Credits

24  PDPs  or  1 or 2 graduate credits available

Pricing - We Accept POs
MaFLA accepts POs on a limited basis.  School systems must be pre-approved before authorization can be granted.

POs for the event must contain the following:

  • the name of each of the individuals included on the PO
  • the strand of the Academy that each individual requests
  • if lodging is included
In order to receive authorization to use a Purchase Order you (or your department chair, administrator, central office) must submit the form in the link below.
For additional information and to submit a request for authorization click HERE.
Need a Proposal to obtain a PO?  Contact:  Ronie