Professional Development 2015/2016

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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Unlocking the Power of CI

 Presented by: Carol Gaab




Thursday, October 1, 2015



  Successful language learners have one element in common: All have had access to a great deal of Comprehensible Input. This multi-faceted workshop will explore a variety of powerful strategies to deliver CI in ways that will engage learners, deepen comprehension and meaning and naturally keep input and output in the Target Language. Learn how to efficiently create multiple intentional contexts using a myriad of authentic and semi-authentic resources, including music, readings, social media, current events and videos. Discover three easy steps for making authentic resources comprehensible to novice learners and how to instinctively sustain interaction in the Target Language by providing compelling CI that is relevant to learners, effective for SLA and meets CCSS.  


Teaching with Technology: Proficiency-based instruction, virtual collaboration and assessment through the three modes

Presented by: Dana Pilla




Tuesday, December 22, 2015


  Collaboration through technology: Implementing the 3 modes of communication digitally

Join us for a hands-on workshop geared toward successfully implementing digital tools for collaboration across the three modes of communication in the World Language classroom. We will explore how to make collaboration across digital tools learner- centered and encourage consistent target language communication. Some tools include Voicethread, Kahoot, Google Drive and Showbie. Please bring a laptop, device and headset.  

Languages for all:
Planning for Differentiation

Presented by: Deborah Espitia

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


  With the study of world languages as an option for all students, just how do teachers meet the needs of the diverse learners in their classrooms? In this workshop, participants will experience five non-negotiable components of differentiation: a supportive learning environment, continuous assessment, high-quality curriculum, respectful tasks and flexible grouping. Participants will enhance their knowledge of components of differentiation and will explore strategies and resources that are readily available to incorporate into lessons. Participants also will access templates and materials to facilitate planning for differentiation and creating an environment in which all students thrive.  

Designing Backwards:
Standards-Based Assessment Techniques

Presented by: Noemi Rodriguez

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


  Are our students truly demonstrating their proficiency in the target language they are studying? How are they engaged in using the language in a variety of authentic tasks and scenarios? Language proficiency refers to a person’s ability to use a language for a variety of purposes, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Using ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, we will explore what the different proficiency levels mean within the interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes, analyze formative and summative assessments through listening, reading, speaking and writing, and create an Integrated Performance Assessment with rubrics for future use.  


Adjust the Unit Focus: Zoom in on Culture

Presented by:


Kara Parker Megan Smith

 Thursday, May 26, 2016


  Culture invites students to both learn the language and understand new perspectives. Why not make it the unit focus? This workshop will show examples of traditional units that were transformed by culture. Additionally, we will share ideas for connecting to the community, content areas and native speakers. We will also guide you through the process of adjusting your own unit and planning daily lessons starting with authentic resources. These refocused units will increase students’ curiosity to learn about culture and to use the language while developing 21st Century skills.