Professional Growth

FLAVA Workshops


FLAVA Interactive Teachers Workshop Series for 2018-2019

The Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) continues across the Commonwealth in an effort to provide useful, professional development opportunities to as many Virginia world language educators as possible. The FLTWS is partnered with the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) through its Professional Development Network (PDN).

As is always the case, the FLAVA/FLTWS workshops can be used for receiving points toward K-12 teacher certification renewal at the discretion of the local school division with the presentation of the certificates, which participants receive after each workshop. For those at the post-secondary level in their teaching, participation in these workshops indicates a desire for self-improvement.  Recognition of such by college and university administrators is congruent with necessary supplementary faculty activity and can be used in the reporting process.

All workshops originate at Washington and Lee University (W&L) in Lexington, Virginia, and are broadcasted live via the Internet to numerous host schools and divisions across the state. These locations are known as FLAVA/FLTWS workshop host sites.  Each host site has a volunteer instructor who is a logistical coordinator and is an extension to the workshop leader at the broadcast location. If you are interested to serve as a host site/host site coordinator, please contact

Click here to view the list of current FLTWS host sites.

These workshops are free of charge, open to members and non-members. Our first workshop will take place this Thursday. Details below:


FLAVA Workshop : Arts in the World Language Classroom

What’s the connection among authentic resources, real-life tasks, and student engagement? The arts. Learn how to incorporate the arts in your language teaching. Be it painting, music, or poetry, art can be a fun and memorable tool when learning languages. From quick tips to full activities, you will discover how easy it can be to add the arts, even if you are not an artist yourself.

Presenter: Allison Carneiro da Silva teaches French and Spanish in Hanover County, VA. She has taught in France and the USA. A National Board certified teacher, Allison studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Sorbonne, Virginia Tech, and the University of Buenos Aires. She serves on the Teacher Advisory Committee at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and earned the David Cox Award for Excellence in Teaching (FLAVA Teacher of the Year) in 2016. Follow her on Twitter at @ACWLteach