Monday, June 20, 2022

GWATFL MAP Bulletin, June 2022

     GWATFL MAPs Update!

        


Outreach Liaison, and Advocacy (OLA) Leader for DCPS

Chiara Monticelli Dabney


        Our first GWATFL DCPS Collaborative event on May 19 was a success. There were some genuine sharing among teachers about different topics and everyone brought their experience to the table.  

    As educators, we do not really have space to share what's going on for us, and to offer such space I feel is a gift to all the teachers. I am planning on hosting more GWATFL DCPS Collaborative events in the 2022-2023 school year, so stay tuned! Looking forward to virtually seeing you all!

    I am also sharing an article “The Desk Is a Barrier”  from Inspiring Teaching in the blog Hooray for Monday. Enjoy!

    Let me know if you have any questions, concerns, and ideas moving forward by email at chiara.monticelli@k12.dc.gov

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

GWATFL MAP Bulletin, May 2022

 

GWATFL MAPs Updates!

          


 

Outreach Liaison, and Advocacy (OLA) Leader for DCPS

Chiara Monticelli Dabney


 JOIN A COMMUNITY OF LIKE-MINDED TEACHERS:

The GWATFL DCPS Collaborative!

GWATFL MAP Outreach, Liaison, and Advocacy (OLA) for DCPS Initiative would like to bring together language educators from DCPS and beyond to share, co-create, and brainstorm ideas, initiatives, and opportunities for GWATFL to address the specific needs of DCPS language teachers.

https://www.gwatfldc.org/

In the Collaborative, we will meet, exchange perspectives and ideas on various topics, from proficiency to authentic resources, from racialized curriculum to equitable and just classrooms, from teacher burnout to self-care practices.

This session will focus on Ending the School Year with Joy: how to effectively use the energy and excitement of students to ease into the end of the school year and guide us into a summer of restoration.

Please, join us online on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30 pm.

Please consider filling this interest form

Hosted Online by Chiara Monticelli

✨ You do not have to be a GWATFL member to attend. This event is free and open to all World Language Educators. Please share this invitation!

 

Early Language Leader  

Glenda De Hoyos

Thank you to all Early Language teachers that came to the GWATFL Spring Conference on April 30, 2022. It was an excellent event that we all enjoyed. If you participated in the conference, remember to complete the feedback for all the sessions that you participated in and for the overall conference. Remember that you can also get access to the handouts and other resources at the SCHED website.

As the school year comes to an end, our minds and schedules are busy, so one thing that I keep reminding myself is to pause, breathe and enjoy the moment in the best way I can. 

Here are 3 tools and or ideas that are helping me stay grounded and focus on the present with JOY:

1.Insight Timer App -This is an app with many free meditations.
      1. Morning - I love this 5 - Minute Morning Intention Setting by Liza Colpa
      2. Night - I also try to clear my mind before going to bed with meditations that help me finish my day with gratitude. This is one of many gratitude meditations available in the app: Sleep Gratitude by Hilary Lafone
2.Podcast - Listening to Inspiring and motivating episodes is a great way to stay focused and find joy in this busy season. 
      1. I really enjoyed this World Language Classroom with Joshua Cabral episode about Strategies to Engage Early Language Learners with Carolina Goméz - Fun for Spanish Teachers.
      2. I also loved this Language Lounge Podcast with Michelle Olah in conversation with Claudia Elliot, Connection, Communication and Comprehensibility.
3.Respect sleep & rest - I started understanding the importance of sleep after reading the book Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington. It hasn’t been easy for me, but little by little, I’ve been making changes to respect my sleep time and also prioritize rest. This TED TALK is a summary of her wonderful book and the essence of it in 3 minutes: How to succeed? Get more sleep. Enjoy it and don’t forget to sleep! 

If you would like to participate in a Summer PD that is targeted to the early language teachers, save the date for the NNELL Virtual Summer Summit: July 25 & 26, 2022. More information will be available soon at the NNELL Website.

I’m looking forward to keeping collaborating to support each of us in this adventure that is teaching. I would love to help, share, and facilitate more PD opportunities, resources, ideas for Early Language educators. If you have an idea, question or suggestion, feel free to email me: glendadehoyos@gmail.com • Twitter @glendadehoyos • Instagram @iLearn_iTeach

 

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

GWATFL DCPS Collaborative! and Free Online Workshop offered by CAL & AELRC

 

The GWATFL DCPS Collaborative!

JOIN A COMMUNITY OF LIKE-MINDED TEACHERS:

GWATFL MAP Outreach, Liaison, and Advocacy (OLA) for DCPS Initiative would like to bring together language educators from DCPS and beyond to share, co-create, and brainstorm ideas, initiatives, and opportunities for GWATFL to address the specific needs of DCPS language teachers.

In the Collaborative, we will meet, exchange perspectives and ideas on various topics, from proficiency to authentic resources, from racialized curriculum to equitable and just classrooms, from teacher burnout to self-care practices.

Free Online Workshop offered by CAL & AELRC

Dear colleagues,
The Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC) and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) will offer a free three-hour online workshop on language program evaluation on Friday, May 20th from 2:00-5:00 pm EDT. This synchronous, interactive workshop hosted on Zoom is designed for K-12 world language educators (educators working with languages other than English) and will be delivered by AELRC and CAL staff members.
 
Please complete this application as soon as possible if you’re interested in participating in the workshop.

Please note that completing the survey does not guarantee participation in the workshop. The first 20 eligible applicants will be invited to participate in the workshop, and there will be a waitlist for all other applicants. We will notify you of the status of your application by end of day Wednesday, May 11th.

See below for more information about the workshop:
Workshop on Program Evaluation
Date and time: Friday, May 20th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM EDT.

  • What is the language of instruction? English
  • Who can enroll? K-12 world language educators. This may include language instructors, teacher trainers, and administrators who would like to learn more about language program evaluation to support the use of this type of evaluation in their own programs.
  • What will I do in the workshop? You will learn about the fundamentals of program evaluation: the purposes and uses of program evaluation, frequently used methodologies and resources for collecting and organizing data, and steps for implementing a program evaluation process in different contexts.
  • Who will be delivering the workshop? This workshop will be delivered by AELRC and CAL staff members.
  • How much does it cost to enroll in the workshop? This workshop is free!





Wednesday, April 20, 2022

GWATFL MAP Bulletin - April 2022

 April GWATFL MAPs News


Outreach, Liaison, and Advocacy (OLA) for DCPS
Chiara Monticelli Dabney


In March, DCPS teachers met virtually for their Spring Professional Development, focused on Teaching with Authentic Resources. It was a fun session, marked by the exchange of creative ideas on using authentic resources in ways that foster community in our classrooms, and that promote equity, differentiation and critical thinking! During the session, we were able to gauge interest from DCPS teachers to become members of GWATFL, attend the conference in person and support the Collaborative space for WL teachers of DCPS. The DCPS World Language Office is supporting teachers in attending the GWATFL Spring Conference by providing financial assistance. Thank you, DCPS!!!


I look forward to finally seeing teachers in person at the GWATFL conference, collaborating and having some fun together. My session “The Fun of Teaching! And Learning!” will surely bring smiles, laughter and most of all the joy of being together. We will connect through games and reflections (which you will be able to use with your students!), aimed at replenishing our energy and at releasing some of our need for perfectionism and control, inside and outside the classroom.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gwatfl-dcps-collaborative-online-hosted-by-chiara-monticelli-tickets-322024823917




If you are interested in being part of the GWATFL DCPS Collaborative please fill this form or email me at chiara.monticelli@k12.dc.gov














Early Language Leader
Glenda De Hoyos


The first GWATFL In-Person Early Language Convening on March 5, 2022 helped us ata GWATFL with useful information to plan and coordinate events that will help all Early Language teachers with our needs, challenges, and growth as world language educators. We are looking forward to keeping collaborating to support each in this adventure that is teaching. I want to help, share, and facilitate more PD opportunities, resources, ideas for Early Language educators.

I'm happy to announce that I am presenting in the NNELL @EarlyLang Webinar Series on April 28, 2022.  I am presenting “'Mirrors & Windows in the #EarlyLang Class." It is my hope that as I shared my path to making intentional changes in my classes to act as mirrors & windows, we can all reflect, learn & grow. Hope to see you there! Click here to register.


If you cannot make it to the NNELL webinar, I’ll see you at the GWATFL Spring Conference on April 30. I am presenting “Choosing Intentionally: Edtech in the Early Language Class.” The goal of this session is to model ideas and strategies, tips and tricks for how to use different edtech tools in the Early Language classroom focusing on the backward design and planning with the mindset of Less-but-Better. See you at the GWATFL Spring Conference!
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And you can always connect with me through Twitter @glendadehoyos





GWATFL Mentorship Leader
Maris Hawkins






GWATFL TIPS Leader
Allison Perryman




I’ll see you at the GWATFL Spring Conference on April 30. I am presenting “Inclusive Teaching: Ways your Curriculum Can Reflect the Diversity of Your Students in the WL Classroom.








Teacher of the Year Leader
Wesley Wood




I’ll see you at the
GWATFL Spring Conference on April 30. I am presenting “Casting a Wider Net: How to Better Reach Neurodiverse Language Learners.

Monday, February 28, 2022

GWATFL MAP Bulletin, March 2022

 



Introducing Our New Leaders!


Outreach, Liaison, and Advocacy (OLA) Leader for DCPS (Chiara Monticelli Dabney)

My name is Chiara Monticelli Dabney, I am from Napoli and moved to the US in 2007. I have been an Italian teacher throughout the DC area and started teaching for DCPS in 2012 at Hardy Middle School.

As the Outreach Liaison and Advocacy for DCPS my project will be to ensure the visibility of GWATFL within DCPS, as well as creating a collaborative space specific for DCPS teachers.

In the collaborative, DCPS teachers will meet, exchange perspectives and ideas on various topics, from proficiency to authentic resources, from racialized curriculum to equitable and just classrooms, from teacher burnout to self-care practices.

We will plan on meeting remotely on a monthly basis, and having the opportunity to meet in person during the GWATFL conference as well as for a possible happy hour.




Early Language Leader (Glenda De Hoyos)


Register at https://www.gwatfldc.org/ and join Glenda de Hoyos on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at The Langley School for GWATFL - Early Language In-Person Convening.

Connect, Collaborate, & Café brings together educators from the DMV area to connect, collaborate and brainstorm ideas, initiatives and possible Professional Development opportunities to address the specific needs of the early language teachers.





GWATFL Mentorship Leader (Maris Hawkins)


My name is Maris Hawkins, and I currently teach elementary and middle school classes.  This spring, I am working on developing a mentorship program to kick off this fall.  


My hope is to not only have mentors connect virtually, but also during the GWATFL conferences to create a more robust pattern.  If you are interested in helping me start the program, my email is marisdemosthenes@gmail.com.




GWATFL TIPS Leader (Allison Perryman)

¡Hola! My name is Allison Perryman–I am the new TIPS Leader. TIPS stands for Teaching Insights for Professional Success. Visit our GWATFL TIPS YouTube channel!

This year’s theme is "Inspiring Belonging: Building Community". Stay tuned for more information!

*And start thinking about ideas that might fit into this concept!*



Teacher of the Year Leader (Wesley Wood)














GWATFL MAP [Member Action Program]


GWATFL MAP is offering current GWATFL members a space to contribute to the advancement of GWATFL’s mission and vision and to provide:

  • a larger voice in our organization
  • an opportunity to participate and act on GWATFL initiatives
  • a chance to serve in leadership positions
  • a possibility to become a GWATFL board member

Monday, November 1, 2021

GWATFL Teacher of the Year award winner 2022: Wesley Wood


GWATFL is delighted to announce that Wesley Wood, Latin and French teacher at Bullis School, will serve as GWATFL Teacher of the Year award 2022. 

We commend Wesley for his commitment to the language teaching profession, his passion and effort to lead with languages, and his robust curriculum. We also appreciate how he shares his expertise with other teachers in our GWATFL community and beyond, leading conference sessions, giving workshops, and writing articles.


Congratulations!