Massachusetts Foreign Language Association 2015 Fall Conference, October 29-31, Sturbridge, MA.

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Friday, October 30

1:00pm EDT

Holding the Ladder: Guiding Teachers in Proficiency-Based Assessment
This session, especially suited to Department Chairs of World Language Departments, will demonstrate how a few districts have been pushing and helping teachers assess production skills via DDMs and other benchmarks. Samples of student work and rubrics will be shared. Together, the group will begin the process for widespread collaboration to help administrators build on each other's work and make DDMs and benchmarks more meaningful.

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Carlos-Luis Brown

Wilmington Public Schools, Wilmington, MA

Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

It's Elementary! Planning and Implementing World Languages in K-6
Interest is growing across the state and the nation in developing K-12 language programs. How does one approach designing a sustainable, research-based and proficiency-based model? This session will provide a thorough overview of requirements for a successful elementary program from the perspectives of a long-established program, a program in its second year, and a brand new program. The discussion will include rationale, vision, planning, scheduling, hiring, as well as curriculum, assessment and instruction.


Dawn Carney

Arlington Public Schools

Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT

4:30pm EDT

The Proficiency Cohort: Making Shift Happen, District-Wide
Working in isolation, teachers can find it overwhelming to develop a proficiency-based curriculum. But working in a collaborative cohort, teachers are willing to take risks and feel confident trying out new methods. The result of this on-going, job-embedded work is curricula with integrated performance assessments that support the development of student proficiency in meaningful, authentic, and engaging ways. Come learn about this process and hear the experience of one district that's making shift happen!

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Catherine Ritz

Director of Modern Foreign Language Education, Boston University, Boston, MA
* Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Modern Language Education at the Boston University School of Education.* Programming Coordinator for the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA).* National Board certified French teacher.* Formerly the World Language Director... Read More →

Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm EDT
Saturday, October 31

8:30am EDT

Data Analysis Makeover: From 4-Letter Word to 4-Star Practice
They are students, not numbers! Sound familiar? It's time to reframe. The presenter will share one district's journey as common student learning experiences, common assessments, and common grading are commonplace among our teachers who, with their students, remain the focus of teaching and learning by USING multiple data sets to craft goals and improve performance. Participants will examine their own
journeys toward reframing state mandates, and gather the necessary resources to move forward.

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Kim Talbot

Director of Global Education, K-12, Melrose Public Schools
Kim Talbot (Ed.D) is Director of Global Education for the Melrose Schools. She is also an adjunct professor at UMASS Boston. She is a member of the MaFLA Board of Directors and the Seal of Biliteracy Steering Committee.

Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am EDT

11:30am EDT

We Are All Foreign Language Teachers of Literacy
The goal of this session is to provide foreign language departments with a format for teaching culture and writing for literacy simultaneously. Participants will be given packets of information with graphic organizers, a rubric, and a methodology for teaching writing based on a prompt as well as articles on a cultural topic of relevance for French and Spanish. Participants will collaborate to write prompts that address the articles and share results.


Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EDT