Workshops – School Year 2023-2024

Take a look below to learn about the workshops of the 2023-2024 School year. Each workshop has its own registration link in the description. Once you register, you will receive an emailed link to the Zoom session a day or two before the workshop. Workshop presentations are individually archived below so you can view and review at your leisure; access by clicking on Presentation. Each workshop provides one hour of credit toward license recertification.


Input-First and Meaning-Based: Rethinking our Approach to Grammar

With Catherine Ritz EdD, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the World Language Education and Curriculum and Teaching Programs at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development


Wednesday, September 20, 2023 (4:30PM – 5:30PM) via Zoom REGISTER HERE



Teaching for proficiency means teaching grammar in context with an input-first and meaning-based approach. For many teachers, what this actually means is a mystery! In this webinar, we’ll draw from input processing instruction, the PACE model, and other input-first strategies so that you can support your students in understanding and using grammar in context. We will look at numerous concrete classroom examples to see these strategies in practice to help you develop your own material.



Presenter Bio: Catherine Ritz, EdD is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the World Language Education and Curriculum and Teaching programs at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. Prior to joining BU, Catherine taught French and Spanish at the secondary level for many years, and holds National Board Certification in French. Catherine has served on the boards of MAFLA and NECTFL, and was the AATF Vice President (2020-2022). She is the author of two books: “Leading Your World Language Program: Strategies for Design and Supervision, Even If You Don’t Speak the Language!” (Routledge, 2021) and “Proficiency-Based Instruction: Input and Interaction in World Language Education” (ACTFL, 2022) with Christina Toro.



SOCIAL MEDIA: @ritzworldlang (Twitter & Instagram)

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LGBTQIAP+ Inclusion in Our World Language Classrooms and Curricula

With Rosalyn Rhodes, Spanish Teacher at Caramel Middle School in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Virginia.


Tuesday, October 24, 2023 (5:30PM – 6:30PM) via Zoom REGISTER HERE



Imagine going to language class where the family unit is based on a family that doesn’t look like yours, learning to describe yourself knowing gendered descriptions don’t fit you, or being afraid to say “My girlfriend is pretty” because nowhere have you seen female couples in an academic setting. LGBTQIAP+ students’ lives have long been underrepresented or even absent from curriculum and classroom materials. Join me as I share my personal and professional journey towards more inclusive practices, and together we can reflect on the need for and barriers to the inclusion of LGBTQIAP+ materials, and take steps to incorporate LGBTQIAP+ images and resources into units we already teach.



Presenter Bio: Rosalyn Rhodes is a Spanish teacher in her 19th year of teaching, with experience spanning every grade level K through 12 in a variety of school settings. She began her career in a K-5 classroom, and says she owes the development of her teaching skill to those years in early Lang. She is currently in her 9th year teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools where she now teaches at Carmel Middle School, and is the WL Master teacher, working with a district-wide PLN she created to support teacher development. She has also been an instructional lead, curriculum writer, and program director for multiple summer STARTALK teacher training and language immersion programs. Rose was the FLANC K-12 teacher of the year in 2015, and has continued to share her resources and love of WL classroom teaching through presentations across the country.


SOCIAL MEDIA: @spanish_rhodes website:

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Calendar Routine in The World Language Class Collaborative

With Glenda de Hoyos, Spanish Teacher/World Languages Department Chair at The Langley School in McLean, Virginia


Thursday, November 9, 2023 (5:30PM – 6:30PM) via Zoom REGISTER HERE


Gather with us to check in. Did you implement a calendar routine this year with your students? Have you seen the benefits of implementing this small but
consistent routine? Let’s discuss challenges and successes together. If you stick with it, the benefits of this routine will compound, resulting in significant gains in language proficiency and social-emotional learning.


Presenter Bio: Glenda De Hoyos is a native of Puerto Rico and a passionate educator who was honored as the 2023 GWATFL Teacher of the Year. Throughout her 15 year career, Glenda has been committed to creating inspiring, meaningful, and joyous activities that motivate students to thrive and become life-long learners. She teaches Spanish in grades preschool through 2nd grade and is the World Languages Department Chair at The Langley School in McLean, Virginia.


SOCIAL MEDIA: @glendadehoyos (Twitter) / @ilearn_iteach (Instagram)


Self-care is not selfish! Incorporating SEL in your life and your WL class

With Christen Campbell, French Teacher at Chapel Hill High School in North Carolina.


Tuesday, December 5, 2023 (5:30PM – 6:30PM) via Zoom REGISTER HERE



Mental health has a direct impact on student learning, whether we’re referring to our own mental health or that of our students’. Yet, how do we do more when we’re already doing so much? This session aims to give practical strategies to effortlessly incorporate more SEL strategies into your World Language classroom.



Presenter Bio: Christen Campbell is a French teacher at Chapel Hill High School in North Carolina where she has been teaching for 15 years. She holds a M.A. in French from Middlebury College and is a National Board Certified Teacher. In 2021, she was selected as the Teacher of the Year for the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina, a finalist for her district Teacher of the Year, and the 2015 AATF North Carolina Teacher of the Year. She co- authored a chapter in How We Take Action: Social Justice in PreK-16 Language Classrooms (2023), and contributed to The Ant-racist World Language Classroom (Hines-Gaither, K and Accilien, C. 2022). She consults for College Board, Vista Higher Learning, and presents annually at ACTFL’s national convention.


Let’s Get Out There- Engaging our students with their Communities

With NECTFL Teacher of the Year, Trudy Anderson

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 4:30 PM via Zoom REGISTER HERE

Learning to unlearn: A testimony around Inclusive Non-Binary Language in Spanish classes

With National powerhouse, Abelardo Almazán-Vázquez

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 4:30 PM via Zoom REGISTER HERE

Reading is FUNdamental

With Lynne Hedrick

Tuesday, March, 5, 2024 at 5:00 PM via Zoom REGISTER HERE


With 2023 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, William Lee

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 5:30 PM via Zoom REGISTER HERE

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

With Ada Morley, French Teacher in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Thursday, May 9, 2024 (4:30pm – 5:30pm) via Zoom REGISTER HERE


Learn how to create an inclusive environment into your classroom. Students feeling safe enough to show their true self is a difficult task, especially in today’s social and political climate. I will provide you with tips on how to create that environment where all students are included and able to express themselves and others while being respectful. You will learn how to normalize the use of inclusive writing/speaking and how to provide scaffolding for all students.


Presenter Bio: Ada Morley is a French teacher and World Language Department Lead in Virginia Beach. She is an early adopter of cutting edge educational initiatives including deskless classrooms, experiential learning, and non-binary language.


SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram: @MmeMorley Twitter: @MmeMORLEY @khsfrench (class site) @KHSFrench1 (class page)