Reaching Out: The CT COLT Professional Learning Series

CT COLT is pleased to offer four workshops for our second CT COLT Professional Learning Series in the spring of 2022. Each session in this professional learning series began 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:  January 11, February 1, March 15, May 10. Cost is free for CT COLT Members and $10 for non-CT COLT members.

Workshop #1

Our first workshop in our Reaching Out: CT COLT Professional Learning Series was Engaging Students with Their Communities, presented by Trudy Anderson on Tuesday, January 11 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Trudy Anderson is a veteran Spanish teacher for the New Haven Public Schools. She has been a presenter at the CT COLT, NNELL, NECTFL and NFLC conferences. Trudy enjoys introducing middle school students to a new language and showing how knowing a second language can open new avenues of success. She has been named the 2021 CT COLT Language Teacher of the Year.

Workshop #2

Our second workshop in our Reaching Out: CT COLT Professional Learning Series was Releasing Your Negative Thought Patterns (No More “Monkey Mind”) presented by Christine Rapp Dombrowski, Ph.D., finding dharma llc, on Tuesday, February 1 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Workshop Description

Do you spend a lot of time in your thoughts with stories of what you should do or what might happen? Do you wake up with to-do lists running through your mind? Do you feel like your life is dictated by outside demands?

In this workshop we will look at what cognitive psychology tells us about how these thought patterns and beliefs develop, how they can affect our lives, and how mindful practices can help free us from their negative impact. Through various exercises we will have the opportunity to identify some of our individual thought patterns creating stress/anxiety/worry in our lives, and then begin to mindfully and compassionately release and shift them to ones of empowerment and self-love.Christine for Website

About Christine

Christine is a mindfulness and spiritual teacher & mentor, writer and speaker. As a curious student of all things spiritual, she has devoted her life to the study and practice of spirituality and mysticism. Her passion for teaching and writing focuses on her sharing what she has learned from her own Soul Journey and spiritual studies with others so they can connect with their Higher Selves empowering them to live an authentic life based on their own truths. Her dynamic, engaging, and inspirational classes and coaching sessions create a supportive environment where the participants can: open themselves up to deep and personal soul reflection, explore new ideas, and choose to move forward on their own unique Spiritual Journey and bring their unique gifts to the world.

Her path to wholeness has led to her create her own blended spiritual practice combining various spiritual beliefs and methods, which allow her to connect with her soul, to follow her intuition, and to live a life of passion and soul truth. She completed her PhD in Christian Female Mysticism at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and taught at the university-level for 20 years. She holds certifications in Holographic Sound Healing Level I & II, in Reiki Levels 1 & 2, and Metatron Colour Healing™ Level 1. She has also participated in programs in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through UMASS Center for Mindfulness, and Teachings from Kabbalah, Angels, Runes, and Well-Being through Yale’s Massive Online Open Course offering, to name just a few. You can reach her at ChristineRapp@finding-dharma.com.

  • Facilitator of Spiritual Exploration, Mindfulness & Soul Language Intuition Workshops
  • Soul Chart Readings (blending astrology, archetypes, and other modalities)
  • Individual Spiritual and/or Mindfulness Mentoring
  • Author and Facilitator of Guided Meditations
  • Writing Workshops “Using the Power of Words”
  • Spiritual and Mindfulness Speaker

Workshop #3

Our third workshop will be presented on Tuesday, March from 4:30-5:30 p.m. by Caitlin Swan and Rebecca Aubrey, on Facilitating Target Language Use.

Workshop Description

Communication is at the heart of language proficiency. Target language use is challenging when learners can’t yet understand a lot or respond, leading to frustration and disengagement. Furthermore, as we emerge from the relative isolation of the pandemic, many teachers are struggling to establish more communicative and interactive learning environments. This session will provide specific strategies to avoid that frustration by making language more comprehensible and supporting students in their responses and interactions. Combining their experiences working with learners in the K-8 setting and high school, Rebecca and Caitlin will share their best “go to” strategies for working with learners of all ages. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and collaborate with others in breakout groups.

Rebecca is a middle school Spanish teacher in South Windsor, and the 2019 ACTFL Language Teacher of the Year. Caitlin teaches Spanish at Enfield High School, and and is an active member of the CT COLT Professional Development Committee.

Workshop #4

Our fourth workshop in will be presented on Tuesday, 5/10 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and will be a panel discussion titled Adding Voices: A Panel Discussion About Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the World Language Classroom.

Workshop Description

The final workshop in this series "Adding Voices: A Panel Discussion About Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the World Language Classroom" is facilitated by Jimmy Wildman. During this one hour session, hear about how language teachers from around the state, region, and country have begun to incorporate the lenses of social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion into their classrooms. Panelists will provide examples of what they have done and what they are planning to do to include more voices. This panel discussion will provide teachers an opportunity to listen to what panelists have done and also will provide an opportunity for questions to be asked.

Panelists include:
-Ying Jin, 2018 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, Cupertino, CA
-Sarab Al Ani, Yale University, New Haven, CT
-and more!
Register for this workshop session here!