About the CT COLT Professional Learning Series

CT COLT is pleased to offer four workshops our CT COLT Professional Learning Series in the spring of 2021.  Each session in this professional learning series will begin with thirty minutes of a live presentation, which will be recorded and available afterwards, followed by an optional debrief. There are four sessions in this series, each with a different presenter and topic, offered from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays:  2/9, 3/9, 4/6, and 5/11. Cost is free for CT COLT Members and $10 for non-CT COLT members.

Workshop #1

Our first workshop in our CT COLT Professional Learning Series: Giving Students Voice and Choice Using Digital Choice Boards is presented by Jimmy Wildman, on Tuesday, 2/9 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Jimmy Wildman is the head teacher for the Glastonbury Public Schools' World Language Department and a Spanish teacher at Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, CT. Mr. Wildman is the Past President of the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers; during his presidency the state passed legislation and implemented the Seal of Biliteracy. Jimmy currently serves on the Northeast Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) board of directors, and as the CT COLT Fall Conference Committee Co-Chair. Additionally he has served as Program Director and Program Coordinator for thirteen years for the Glastonbury Public Schools' STARTALK Summer Programs, in both Chinese and Russian. Jimmy also has presented at the local, state, regional and national levels, helping to provide professional development for teachers, K-16.

Workshop #2

Our second workshop in our CT COLT Professional Learning Series: Using Google Slides and Jamboard for Engagement in the Language Classroom is presented by Maureen Gassert Lamb, on Tuesday, 3/9 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.


Maureen Gassert Lamb teaches Latin and Ancient Greek at Kingswood Oxford School. She also serves as the school's Language Department Chair and Academic Technology Coordinator.

Workshop #3

Our third workshop in our CT COLT Professional Learning Series: From Crisis Mode to the Three Modes: What Distance Learning has Taught Us is presented by Trudy Anderson, on Tuesday, 4/6 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Trudy Anderson has been teaching since 1992. She has been a Yale New Haven Teacher's Institute Fellow, a presenter at the CT COLT, NNELL, NECTFL and NFLC conferences. Trudy is a PLC workshop leader and World Language Coach for New Haven Public Schools and enjoys interacting with and seeing the new teachers she coaches hone and improve their craft. She enjoys introducing students to a new language and showing how knowing a second language can open new avenues of success. In her spare time, she is an avid reader and wreath maker.

Workshop #4

Our fourth workshop in our CT COLT Professional Learning Series: Engaging All Learners, One App at a Time is presented by Melissa Tubbs on Tuesday, 5/11 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Melissa Tubbs is a French teacher at E.O. Smith High School, where she has spent the last 8 years of her 14 year teaching career. She is an active member of CT COLT and AATF, and her program was just awarded the AATF Exemplary Program with Honors distinction. She is especially proud of her work developing a project-based curriculum supported by Mastery learning, and the robust World Language Peer Tutoring program developed by her department at E.O. Smith. She lives in Willington with her husband and son and their rescue animals- adopt, don’t shop!