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Upcoming events

    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Minnesota Department of Education, 1500 Commerce St., Roseville 55113

    A series in collaboration with MCTLC, the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), the Minnesota Coordinators of World Language (MNCoWL), and the Minnesota Department of Education.

    Proficiency + Performance = Classroom Possibilities

    Back by popular demand - a series of 5 workshops focused on what your students can DO with the language!  Come learn how proficiency influences instruction and lesson design in the world language classroom.  Let’s inspire students to use the target language in meaningful ways and move to the next proficiency level!

    These workshops will explore how the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines and the Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) framework impact instruction and lesson design.  During the sessions, we will work with performance goals for language learners of all levels to develop lessons and activities for each mode of communication that lead to successful student performance on their assessments / IPAs.

    The series is open to teachers of all levels and languages and is intended for both immersion and non-immersion teachers.  The series is also an excellent fit for teachers in dual language or immersion programs intending to measure the language development and proficiency levels of the non-English immersion language of their programs.

    Location: Minnesota Department of Education Conference Center A or B

    *All sessions include a light breakfast and lunch*

    Graduate credits will be available

    Session 1 - ACTFL Training - Unwrapping Proficiency      October 27     9am-3pm    Cost: $75

    Presenter: Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), directs this national organization’s professional development and initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment. Previously, Paul was Assistant Director of Content and Learning at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He earlier served as the DPI statewide consultant for world languages. Paul taught Spanish for 16 years in middle school and high school and authored The Keys to Assessing Language Performance and Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages.He previously served ACTFL as a board member and president and received ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12.

    This one day workshop will link Proficiency and Performance and how performance assessments can be used to measure growth in the three modes of communication and the World Readiness Standards. Identifying what makes a learner Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced will be addressed. Ideas for employing best practices using the best mix of modes for each level to help move students along the proficiency continuum will be shared using the Can-do statements. Participants will practice identifying key characteristics using ACTFL samples and distinguish strategies to support learners aiming to earn Minnesota’s bilingual seals.

    Session 2 - I Can, Can You? December 1 @         9am-1pm         Cost: $42

    How does proficiency influence instruction?  Explore the updated NCSSFL-ACTFTL Can-Do statements to design performance-based lessons that build intercultural competence in a thematic unit.  Examine ways to “hook” students on day one of the unit, using the target language to build rich cultural perspectives. Time will be given to work in language- and level-like groups to collaboratively plan performance-based lessons.

    Session 3 - The Interpretive Dance January 26      9am-1pm         Cost: $42

    How does proficiency influence instruction in the interpretive mode? Explore a variety of ways to plan performance-based lessons, using the interpretive mode to build into rich and meaningful interpersonal and presentational activities.  Time will be given to work in language- and level-like groups to collaboratively plan performance-based interpretive activities for daily lessons.

    Session 4 - Let’s Get (Inter)personal! February 23           9am-1pm         Cost: $42

    How does proficiency influence instruction in the interpersonal mode?  Explore a variety of ways to plan performance-based lessons in which students use the interpersonal mode to communicate in rich and meaningful ways.  Time will be given to work in language- and level-like groups to collaboratively plan performance-based interpersonal activities for daily lessons.

    Session 5 - Power Up the Presentational Mode April 13          9am-1pm         Cost: $42

    How does proficiency influence instruction in the presentational mode?  Explore a variety of ways to plan performance-based lessons in which students use the presentational mode to communicate in rich and meaningful ways.  Time will be given to work in language- and level-like groups to collaboratively plan performance-based presentational activities for daily lessons.

    ***Register for sessions 2-5 for $145***

    Presenters: Megan Budke, World Language Consultant and Teacher at Wayzata Public Schools. Megan has taught middle and high school Spanish for 10 years.  She has extensive experience leading professional development around performance, proficiency, and IPAs. She has served as her district's world language resource teacher and led professional development events such as the MDE 2017 IP-YAY! workshops, which focused on using IPAs to create curriculum that focuses on teaching for proficiency, and the MDE 2018 Rate it! workshops, focusing on how to use performance rubrics to assess what students can do with the language. She is passionate about proficiency, IPAs, and social justice.

    Karen Nickel, World Language Teacher and PLC (Professional Learning Communities) Coach at Wayzata Public Schools. Karen has taught for 30 years with experience in German and ELL in adult, elementary, junior and senior high education. She has led efforts toward aligning curriculum and equitable grading, integrating technology, personalizing learning, incorporating social-emotional learning, and promoting cultural diversity and social justice curriculum. She has facilitated  student exchanges since 1987 and is a avid world traveler.   

    Kara Parker, World Language Consultant, Curriculum Writer, and Blogger with Creative Language Class. Kara is National Board certified and taught Spanish and ELL for 13 years in private, public and alternative schools in Louisville, KY. She was also a contributor on JCPS district cohort’s shift toward proficiency. Since 2015, Kara has been presenting professional development at districts and conferences across the United States as well as Asia. She is enthusiastic about proficiency-based instruction inspired by culture in order to positively impact students’ language learning experiences.

    • 09 Nov 2018
    • 01 Aug 2019
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    MCTLC, in collaboration with ACTFL, present a FREE professional development training for members!

    MCTLC members can now register for ACTFL’s Virtual Learning Module (VLM), Developing Performance, Aiming for Proficiency. This VLM, which can be viewed at your own pace on your own schedule, provides an overview to the Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior proficiency levels and will explore the implied instructional emphases that will help language learners move from one level to the next.

    Registration for one-year of access to this VLM is FREE for the first 100 MCTLC members. This VLM is ideal for individual study or for guiding collaborative exploration as a Professional Learning Community. We encourage teams to register and complete the digital sessions together. CEUs are available upon completion of the VLM and its study guide.

    The VLM is intended for teachers of all levels and languages in both immersion and non-immersion settings.

    Please note: Upon completion of registration, you will receive an EMAIL from MCTLC with instructions on how to access the ACTFL Virtual Learning Module.

    Email Megan Budke at with questions.

Past events

27 Oct 2018 Saturday workshops ONLY Registration (Fall Conference 2018)
27 Oct 2018 Saturday Full Day ACTFL workshop : Unwrapping Proficiency with Paul Sandrock
26 Oct 2018 Fall Conference Exhibitor/Advertiser 2018
26 Oct 2018 Fall Conference 2018: Reinvention | Paths to Proficiency
02 Aug 2018 Say It With Feeling: Theater Tips & Tools to Enhance Language Instruction
03 Feb 2018 Comprehensible, Caring and Customized Instruction to Make Success Unavoidable
02 Dec 2017 Rate it!
27 Oct 2017 Fall Conference 2017
27 Oct 2017 Fall Conference Exhibitor/Advertiser 2017
26 Aug 2017 Teachers' Café Fall 2017
20 Jul 2017 Measuring What We Value in the K-8 Classroom
25 Mar 2017 IP YAY: Assessing What Matters
28 Oct 2016 Fall Conference 2016
01 Apr 2016 Fall Conference Exhibitor/Advertiser 2016
20 Feb 2016 Moving from Performance to Proficiency using Integrated Proficiency Based Assessment - Rochester
04 Feb 2016 Moving from Performance to Proficiency using Integrated Proficiency Based Assessment
23 Jan 2016 Assessing Languages without Available Proficiency Assessments: Meeting Bilingual and Multilingual Seal and World Language Proficiency Certificate Criteria.
23 Oct 2015 Fall Conference 2015
23 Oct 2015 Fall Conference Exhibitor/Advertiser 2015
03 Oct 2015 Classical Association of Minnesota Annual Meeting
26 Sep 2015 Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Assessments: Recognizing Student Language Proficiency and Earning College Credit
19 Sep 2015 MN AATG Fall Meeting: Teaching Languages through the Lens of Social Justice
12 Sep 2015 Fall 2015 MCTLC Teachers Café
09 May 2015 Rethinking WHAT We Teach: Content Language Integrated Learning in the World Language Classroom
11 Apr 2015 World Language Proficiency Certificates and Bilingual Seal Workshop
12 Mar 2015 Central States Conference on Teaching Foreign Languages
28 Feb 2015 MCTLC Teachers Café
25 Oct 2014 Fall Conference 2014
24 Oct 2014 Fall Conference Exhibitor/Advertiser
13 Sep 2014 Coffee, Culture, and Communities
19 Aug 2014 Google Hangout with Conference Keynote Yo Azama
26 Apr 2014 Coffee, Culture, and Communities
26 Apr 2014 Creativity in the Classroom: Maximizing Language Learning Through Student Engagement and Interaction
12 Apr 2014 Looking at Your Students’ Work to Evaluate Progress Toward Learning Targets
24 Mar 2014 ACTFL OPI Training
01 Mar 2014 Preparing Lessons for Global Learning
01 Mar 2014 Essential Questions as a Catalyst for Communication
06 Feb 2014 Hands-on Technology with Task-Based Language Learning
16 Nov 2013 Content-Based Instruction Strategies
18 Oct 2013 Fall Conference Exhibitor/Advertiser
17 Oct 2013 MCTLC 2013 Fall Conference
14 Sep 2013 Coffee, Culture, and Communities
14 Aug 2013 Curriculum Writing Retreat and Workshop
09 May 2013 Minnesota Summit on Global Learning
27 Apr 2013 Teacher Tools for Second Language Acquisition: Developing Learner Language in the Classroom
13 Apr 2013 Coffee, Culture, and Communities
12 Nov 2012 TPRS with Barbara Cartford
19 Oct 2012 MCTLC 2012 Fall Conference
19 Oct 2012 Fall Conference Exhibitor/Advertiser Application
18 Oct 2012 Immersion 2012: Bridging Contexts for a Multilingual World
29 Sep 2012 Coffee, Culture, and Communities
16 Jul 2012 CARLA Summer Institute: Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom
12 Jul 2012 Travel Photography for Language Teachers
12 Jul 2012 African Literature from French Speaking Nations
18 May 2012 AATF-MN Awards Brunch, Le Grand Concours
12 May 2012 Mexican Cooking Demo & Lunch
25 Apr 2012 AATF-MN A Vous la Parole - Minnesota's French Speaking Contest
13 Apr 2012 Festival Quijote 2012 Provides Opportunities for Spanish Students to Compete in Art, Video, and Performance Events.
07 Apr 2012 AATF-MN Cercle de lecture - Photo de groupe au bord du fleuve, Emmanuel Dongala
08 Mar 2012 ACTFL Offers OPI training at CSC in March
08 Mar 2012 CSCTFL 2012 Annual Conference
18 Feb 2012 AATF-MN Cercle de lecture - Les Grandes Blondes, Jean Echenoz (Minuit, 1995)
15 Feb 2012 AATF-MN 2012 le Grand Concours du français / National French Contest
10 Dec 2011 MCTLC Metro Region Winter Holiday Gathering
03 Dec 2011 MCTLC To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Is that really the question?
19 Nov 2011 AATF-MN Cercle de lecture - Les Petites Mecaniques, Paul Claudel (2003-Folio)
15 Nov 2011 AATSP Annual Meeting and Dinner
12 Nov 2011 November Board Meeting
08 Nov 2011 AATF-MN la Semaine nationale du français / National French Week
21 Oct 2011 MCTLC 2011 Fall Conference
20 Oct 2011 AATG Fall Meeting
20 Oct 2011 Minnesota Chinese Teacher Meeting
20 Oct 2011 Hora Feliz
20 Oct 2011 MCTLC 2011 Thursday Workshops ONLY (October 20, 2011)
01 Oct 2011 AATF-MN Event: Fall Atelier, Oct. 1, 2011
24 Sep 2011 AATF-MN event: Mn AATF - Cercle de lecture: Victoire, les saveurs et les mots , Maryse Condé 2008.
17 Sep 2011 First Annual "Coffee, Tea, Cultures and Celebrations"
17 Aug 2011 Idea Exchange and Swap Meet - Share new ideas!
29 Jul 2011 Summer board retreat
19 May 2011 AATF-MN event: Awards Brunch, Mn AATF Chapter - Le Grand Concours
06 May 2011 AATF-MN event: Mn Chapter AATF Annual Dinner
26 Apr 2011 AATF-MN event: A Vous la Parole (statewide oral French contest)
09 Apr 2011 AATF-MN event: Mn AATF - Cercle de lecture: No et moi, Delphine de Vigan ed. J.C. Lattès, 2007(Prix Libraires 2008)
02 Mar 2011 Spring professional development for immersion educators by MAIN
19 Feb 2011 AATF-MN event: Mn AATF - Cercle de lecture: La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh, Philippe Claudel
14 Feb 2011 AATF-MN event: 2011: le Grand Concours du français/ National French Contest
12 Feb 2011 MCTLC Board Meeting
20 Nov 2010 AATF-MN event: Cercle de lecture: Le Masque boiteux ou Histoire de soldats, Koffi Kwahoulé
16 Nov 2010 Café Latino 3
04 Nov 2010 AATF-MN event: November 4-10, 2010: la Semaine nationale du français/ National French Week
21 Oct 2010 MNAATG Fall Meeting" "Making Connections: German in Minnesota"
21 Oct 2010 MCTLC 2010 Fall Conference
09 Oct 2010 AATF-MN event: Atelier d'automne "WWII Resistance in France"
08 Oct 2010 Engaging Students for Advanced Proficiency
25 Sep 2010 AATF-MN event: La petite marchande de prose, Daniel Pennac Prix Inter, 1999.
14 Sep 2010 Café Latino 2
19 Aug 2010 Free Webinar for NNELL members!!!
23 Jun 2010 Café Latino
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