Professional Development 2014/2015

Professional Development workshops will take place at NJPSA, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ 08831. Workshops run from 9:00 to 3:00 and include lunch. A certificate with 5 hours of PD credit will be awarded at the conclusion of each workshop.

1 Day: Member $100, Non-member $150 (which includes membership in the workshop year)
2 Day: Member $175, Non-member $225 (which includes membership in the workshop year)
3 Day: Member $250, Non-member $300 (which includes membership in the workshop year)



Paper Registration Form for PO and check orders



Teachers Make a Difference IF...

 Presented by: Greg Duncan




Wednesday, October 29, 2014


  When our students become confident foreign language users, it has a tremendous impact on their lives, not just in providing them an edge on future career choices but also on their general outlook about schooling and on their self-confidence. Recent research makes it clear that, of all the variables in the learning equation, it is the TEACHER who matters MOST. And it’s not so much what the teacher knows that matters; it’s what the teacher DOES. This workshop provides an opportunity to learn about those critical behaviors or characteristics that effective foreign language teachers evidence as they plan for and provide learning experiences for their students. We will be informed by a wide body of shared knowledge from our scholarship, but most of our time will be spent interacting with colleagues to process ideas and to share suggestions that center around those things that make teachers more effective.  


PBL in the World Language Classroom:
Planning Your First Project

Presented by:


Lauren Scheller  Lilliana Lopez
Buck Institute for Education Buck Institute for Education

 Thursday, December 4, 2014


  Learn the why & how of Project Based Learning through examples that are the “main course” of a unit, not the dessert. Participants will understand the Essential Elements of PBL and develop ideas for real-world projects that engage students, decide on student products, and write Driving Questions to focus a project. Participants leave with an outline of a new project.  


Documenting Student Growth Mode by Mode

Presented by: Fernando Rubio
Co-Director, Second Language Teaching and Research Center, College Of Humanities, University of Utah
Adjunct Associate Professor, Linguistics, University of Utah
Associate Professor, Languages And Literature, University of Utah



Friday, January 23, 2015


  New Jersey world language educators need to demonstrate learners’ growth in using language. What will be the best evidence? The answer lies in the New Jersey standard for learning languages: authentic interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication in a meaningful context. Learn what really counts to guide learners from novice into intermediate and on into advanced performance. Leave ready to develop and assess each mode of communication while building students’ literacy skills. Motivate learners with evidence of their progress toward using language for effective communication.