MaFLA Winter Workshops

MaFLA Winter Workshops are back for 2023

NOTE:  If you have signed up for a Winter Workshop and have any difficulties email Ronie

Pricing - $140.00 All 4 Workshops Bundle (available only until January 7)
Each individual workshop - $40.00


Sponsored by

Registration is now open - Please note deadlines
Deadline for the Workshop Bundle and Workshop 1 - 1/7/2023
Deadline for Workshop 2 - 1/14/2023
Deadline for Workshop 3 - 1/28/2023
Deadline for Workshop 4 - 2/4/2023

Workshop 1 - Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Non-binary students speak out:  Lessons for language teachers
Presenters:  Julia D. Spiegelman & Alex Kolodney

Julia Spiegelman (she/her) is a cisgender language teacher, critical education researcher, and anti-bias teacher educator dedicated to building foreign language classes in which students of all identities can speak, be spoken about, learn, and thrive.  A PhD Candidate in Applied Linguistics at UMass Boston, Julia engages with trans and non-binary teens in research, art, and activism so as to help language teachers to better understand and support students of diverse gender experiences. She is also a faculty member at the Multicultural Teaching Institute, an annual conference for K-12 educators to understand identity and work towards equity in their classrooms.

Alex Kolodney (they/ey) is a nonbinary undergraduate student from Massachusetts. They are studying Queer Studies and Japanese at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Alex is passionate about using eir experiences as a nonbinary and transgender youth to build a better future for transgender youth growing up after em.

Workshop 2 - Tuesday, January 17, 2023 -
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Centering BIPOC experiences in our curriculum
Presenter:  Omar Rachid

Omar Rachid Zaim is an experienced educator, coach, and leader and is currently a Middle School French Teacher at Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington. Throughout his educational career, he has served in various capacities and always sought to integrate intercultural communication in language programs, center voices from People of the Global Majority in the educational experience, and facilitated learning for educators across linguistic borders. His focus is on centering Queer & BIPOC experiences in the World Language Classroom through a decolonial lens. Raised in Venezuela, he grew up in a multicultural Moroccan and Syrian household, studied in the US and France and has taught internationally for the past twelve years. He holds a BA in French and Economics from Rollins College, MBA from Millsaps College, and MA in French from Middlebury College. Please visit: to learn more about his educational beliefs.


Workshop 3 - Tuesday, January 31, 2023 -4:00 - 6:00 PM
Addressing the elephant in the (class)room:  Meeting the needs of heritage and L2 learners
Presenter:  Melissa A. Bowles

Dr. Melissa A. Bowles is Co-Director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center (UCLA) and Professor of Spanish, Linguistics, Educational Psychology, and Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on instructed second and heritage language acquisition, particularly the ways that instruction differentially affects the two populations. Since teachers, parents, and families play a key role in shaping the extent to which heritage languages are transmitted and maintained across generations, she has recently launched a public engagement project, titled The Bilingual Advantage Starts at Home (


Workshop 4 - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Midyear Strategies to Transform Your Neurodiverse Classroom
Presenters:  Stephanie Krause & Wesley Wood

Stephanie Krause and Wesley Wood are NECTFL Mead Leadership Fellows, whose ongoing project entitled “Casting a Wider Net: Helping World Language Teachers Reach Their Neurodiverse Learners” has reached WL educators across the United States. Stephanie Krause is a middle school Latin teacher in Maryland who currently serves on ACTFL’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. Wesley Wood is a middle and high school Latin teacher in Maryland who was the 2022 GWATFL Teacher of the Year. Together, they consider it their mission to highlight the wonderful abilities their students possess and to give them the necessary tools to be successful.



Thanks to the Sponsor of our Winter Webinars


POs will be accepted for these workshops.  You must submit a detailed PO.  The PO must include the names of the individuals on the PO and the exact workshops that are being purchased for that individual.  POs that are not detailed will not be accepted. 

POs need to be in by January 5.

Submit your PO here.