FLAVA Workshops

A Survey to Get You Started

In order to better serve the professional development needs of our world language educators, please respond to a brief survey from the Virginia Department of Education.

The survey will ask you to identify your professional development goals based on the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) domains and criteria.  Your answers are anonymous and will be used to help determine what professional development topics FLAVA will be offering to its members.  More information about the TELL project is available by clicking the icon below.
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FLAVA Interactive Teacher Workshop Series for 2016/2017

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 profdev@flavaweb.org

These workshops are free of charge, open to members and non-members. Registration for the workshops will begin October 1st.

Workshop 1: October 20th Foreign Language for All: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Presenters: Dr. Lisa A. Harris, Specialist for Foreign Languages at the Virginia Department of Education, and Dr. Teresa S. Lee, Educational specialist for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in the Office of Special Education Instructional Services.

Workshop 2: December 8th Yes, we are reading teachers!

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Yes, we are reading teachers! The session will focus on how we can help our students become proficient in a second language through reading. Topics such as: affect, attitude, motivation, comprehensibility, background knowledge, pre-reading, during reading and post-reading strategies will be discussed.  Potential problems and possible solutions to reading dilemmas will be shared.

Presenter: Karen Heist

Karen Heist is a National Board Certified Spanish Teacher, and is the recipient of the David Cox FLAVA K-12 Excellence in Teaching award 2015. She works as a World Language Department Leader at Woodside High School, Newport News.

Workshop 3: February 23rd - Engaging All Language Learners at All Times

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Presenter: Michaela Claudia-Nix, Program Specialist for World Languages and Work Force Development, Georgia Department of Education

Workshop 4: March 23rd Engaging Technology Tools for the Foreign Language Classroom, Presenter: Heidi Trude, selected French Future Leaders Fellowship program participant and Google Certified Educator Trainer

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Workshop 5: May 4th - Why is Interculturality at the Heart of Learning Languages?

Presenter: Janet Parker, the College of William and Mary, Foreign Language Supervisor to undergraduate and graduate students in the world language cohort.

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Professional Development Opportunities for the World Language Educator 

FLAVA is in the planning stages for the 2017-18 series of the Foreign Language Teacher Workshops, which are interactive virtual workshop under the umbrella of FLAVA and the Virginia Department of Education’s Professional Development Framework, with special emphasis placed on the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project.

If you would like to lead a workshop in this series, please submit your ideas here!

Professional Development Beyond FLAVA