Virtual and In-Person Language Proficiency Professional Development

Virtual Workshops and Training

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Avant ADVANCE Online Proficiency Training

Avant ADVANCE Online Proficiency Training The Avant ADVANCE training is an affordable asynchronous online teacher training program on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. It can be done anytime, anywhere with broadband internet access. This convenient language proficiency training tool helps you understand what to look for in each language proficiency level. It will teach you how

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Strong Practices, Strong Outcomes, Strong Programs!

Strong Practices, Strong Outcomes, Strong Programs! Explore best practices that lead to language proficiency with this short virtual series. We will examine national assessment data from language learning programs where students are successfully reaching levels of proficiency that allow them to attain a Seal of Biliteracy or, that inspire them to continue their journey and

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Introduction to Proficiency for New Language Teachers​

Introduction to Proficiency for New Language Teachers​ New world language teachers will begin their career journeys with the tools needed to empower learners! New teachers will be ready to POWER UP their learners’ language proficiency levels. This virtual series will introduce the proficiency descriptors as well as fundamental and effective practices that engage and motivate

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Proficiency in Practice Series

Proficiency in Practice Series PART ONE: Assessment and Instructional Practices that Lead to Proficiency In this highly interactive virtual series, participants will explore and examine best practices (e.g. instructional model, comprehensible input, staying in the target language, communicative teaching and learning) that support strong instruction and assessment while also increasing language proficiency outcomes. PART TWO:

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Teacher Toolbox Series 2: Immersion 101​

Teacher Toolbox Series 2: Immersion 101​ This is a comprehensive immersion program professional development series. The focus is on collaborative inquiry around core tenets and effective strategies integral to strong dual language immersion programs in grades K-5. This package includes: Two, 2-hour virtual training sessions with the dual language immersion team at the beginning of

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The Proficiency Cycle: Core Data Strategies

The Proficiency Cycle: Core Data Strategies These virtual modules dive into the four stages of the language learning and teaching Proficiency Cycle: assess, analyze, accelerate, and achieve. Teachers will learn to use data strategies to help guide learners through the cycle. This course consists of three recorded, asynchronous modules for language teachers to view. Then

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Engaging ALL Learners, ALL the Time in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, Through a Strong Learning Cycle​

Engaging ALL Learners, ALL the Time in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, Through a Strong Learning Cycle​ In this interactive workshop, participants will collaborate, share and learn strategies they can take and use in their own instructional practice. They’ll discover engagement tools that help develop language learners’ use of the target language in all four

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Powering Up Proficiency Through Effective, Engaging Strategies

Powering Up Proficiency Through Effective, Engaging Strategies In this virtual series, participants will focus on what programs with strong language proficiency outcomes are doing. They’ll examine their own practices of engaging learners in using the language in all four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking) and assessing language use for proficiency. Teachers will learn effective

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Teacher Toolbox Series 1: Advancing Onward

Teacher Toolbox Series 1: Advancing Onward What is the Teacher Toolbox Series? This is a series of seven hybrid learning modules for teachers who have successfully completed the Avant ADVANCE online teacher training. Avant ADVANCE prepares teachers for the next steps from “knowing to doing and learning to practice.” How learners will engage in the

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Scoring for Proficiency Through Collaborative Team Practices

Scoring for Proficiency Through Collaborative Team Practices In this workshop, participants will focus on applying their understanding of language proficiency levels in order to score learner samples. They’ll use the Avant Benchmarks and Rubric Guide for writing and speaking. This series allows teachers to begin scoring with higher degrees of accuracy, create a common understanding

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ADVANCE Together

ADVANCE Together “ADVANCE Together” provides live coaching and support while you are going through the Avant ADVANCE online language proficiency training. Learn to: Apply your scoring practices you are learning in the ADVANCE training to implement a rating protocol that you can use to calibrate department scoring practices. Score language learners’ productive skills. Provide meaningful

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Language Proficiency 101​

Language Proficiency 101 This series presents teachers with a guided opportunity to reflect on their own practice and engage with their colleagues in discussion around their individual reflections. These modules provide an in-depth look at the proficiency descriptors and modes of communication. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the proficiency levels, an introduction to scoring

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Updated November 2022

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