Professional Development 2016/2017

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.


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Helping Students Thrive In a
90+% Target Language Environment

 Presented by: Caleb Howard



Thursday, October 27, 2016



The author of the blog, “Tuesday’s Tips For Staying In The Target Language” will share practical strategies for how a teacher can create a 90+% TL environment without overwhelming novice and intermediate learners. Session participants will leave the workshop with…

  • lesson plans/scripts for staying in the TL. (Some for high school/middle school students and some for elementary students.)
  • a self-developed list of immediately implementable strategies for making incomprehensible L2 input meaningful within their unique academic context.
  • a personalized plan for effective classroom management in L2.

Come prepared to collaborate. Bring devices/laptops although it’s not a requirement for participation.



Inspire and Engage Learners through IPAs

Presented by: Yo Azama



Thursday, December 8, 2016


  How to implement Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) to inspire and engage students and assess students' performance using real-world tasks that are meaningful to students? How can we know students' progress as defined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and transform classrooms and curriculum to meet the demands of the 21st Century? What do we need to consider implementing IPA effectively in teaching? In this interactive workshop, presenter will share engaging ways to implement IPA from beginning to advanced levels in thematic units using Backward Design. Presenter will demonstrates effective approaches to provide feedback before, during and after the IPAs to building proficiency and monitor learning progress to prepare learners with the 21st century skills. Presenter will showcase ways to inspire and engage learners and assess students' performance using real-world tasks that are meaningful to students and transform the engaging and rigorous learning environment. Students' samples will be shared along with evaluation criteria and standards. The presenter will also share essential elements to consider when creating real-world tasks to promote the 21st century skills to successfully function in the global word.  

Voices Carry: Authentic Resources, Authentic Audiences, Authentic Purpose

Presented by: Nicole Naditz

Saturday, February 25, 2017


  Join us for a hands-on workshop to explore strategies that can engage your students in a world's worth of authentic materials, connect your students to native speakers, and provide both authentic audiences and authentic purpose for your students' work. We will examine a variety of digital tools that facilitate comprehension of and interaction with authentic media as well as tools that empower students to create with language and share their work with authentic audiences.  

Preparing the Next Generation of WL Teachers: A Workshop for WL Supervisors and Mentors of New Teachers

Presented by: Joseph Goebel

Thursday, March 16, 2017



This interactive workshop will explore the challenges of preparing the next generation of professional educators in the field of world languages. The current world language standards are well supported by current second language acquisition theories and best practices in the classroom. In addition to developing new teachers’ abilities to integrate these elements into their classrooms, mentors also support new teachers as they develop their classroom management skills.

In this working group, WL Supervisors and Mentors will examine how to screen candidates, hire the best new teachers, and support their professional development in the early stages of their careers. Proposed Topics for the Workshop:

  • The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
    • What are they?
    • How do we support their integration into the classroom?
  • The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Guidelines
    • What are they?
    • How do we support their integration into the classroom?
  • Current SLA Theories and Best Practices
    • Teacher Language Proficiency
    • Target Language Use
    • Input/Output—the critical equation
  • Classroom Configurations
    • Teacher-centered vs Student-centered
    • Pairs, trios, quads, small groups, classroom group
    • Technology
    • Classroom management skills
  • Developing a Stronger Teacher´s Presence
    • Offering constructive criticism
  • Creating Interview Questions: Choosing the Best Candidates
    • Presenter will offer numerous questions with answers and we will spend time after lunch creating a final draft together.
  • Creating Rubrics to Help New Teachers Develop their professional abilities
    • Clear Expectations
    • Detailed Outcomes
    • Presenter will offer a number of my rubrics and we will spend time after lunch creating a final draft together.

Global Possibilities for Students:

Helping Students Reach Their Linguistic Destinations
Presented by: Carmen Scoggins



 Thursday, May 18, 2017


  Often times, we know exactly where we want to go, but we are not exactly sure how to get there. A Global Positioning System (GPS) provides travelers with multiple routes to their end "destination." Isn’t this same experience true for our language learners? As teachers, we know where we want our students “to go,” but also recognize that they must find their own path to their linguistic destination. Learn how to be a GPS for your students by guiding them to set realistic language goals, identify and plan an individualized route toward their goals, and use state of the art technology to track their progress along their journey. Use the Backward Design model of unit/lesson planning to establish learning targets, develop appropriate formative assessments and create a 21st century, personalized learning map for each of your students. This GPS model will allow for exploration of technology resources that promote collaboration and critical thinking and that help you meet your student’s individual needs. Learn how to cultivate a student-centered, student-driven classroom in which they follow one of many available routes to their own language-learning destination and navigate their way to proficiency.