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Summer Proficiency Series: The ABCs of the 5Cs

The purpose of this virtual series is to introduce or re-acquaint participants with the World Readiness Standards. The series will begin with an overview session of the 5Cs, followed by six installments on June 20, 22 and 24. During each one hour workshop presenters will briefly highlight the interconnectedness and interdependence of the 5Cs, and then dive into a specific standard, providing concrete examples of how to incorporate the standard into curriculum planning, assessment, and lesson design. We will wrap up with an open discussion and networking opportunity. 

When registering for this multi-day event, you will receive a confirmation email with one link to join all of the installments. We understand that you might not be able to attend all of the installments; they will be recorded and available on the Members Only section of our CT COLT website. The registration for this event is free for CT COLT members and other members of NECTFL state organizations. Any questions about the event can be directed to ProfessionalDevelopment@ctcolt.org.

Workshop #1: Monday, June 17, 4:00 p.m.

Overview of the ACTFL World Readiness Standards with Rebecca Aubrey

Rebecca Aubrey has over 20 years of teaching experience at the college level, and 15 years of experience teaching Spanish in grades K-8. Rebecca has presented broadly on topics like differentiation, target language use, and language proficiency. She is the 2019 ACTFL National Teacher of the Year, and currently serves as President of CT COLT, Executive Secretary for NNELL, and the PreK-8 representative to the AATSP Board of Directors. Rebecca is passionate about exploring the cultural and linguistic diversity of our world, and equally passionate about empowering students to do the same.

Workshop #2 - Thursday, June 20, 9:00 a.m.

Communication Standard with Rebecca Blouwolff

Rebecca Blouwolff has taught French at Wellesley Middle School in MA since 1998, but fell in love with middle schoolers while serving as a Fulbright teaching scholar at a collège in Saint-Omer, France. After many years teaching happily from the textbook, she decided to make some big changes to her practice and shift to thematic unit design with a proficiency-based approach. She earned a BA magna cum laude at Brown University, and an MEd in Teacher Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, 2019 MaFLA and NECTFL Teacher of the Year, and 2020 ACTFL National Language Teacher of Year.

Workshop #3  -Thursday, June 20, 10:15 a.m.

Communities Standard with Trudy Anderson

Trudy Anderson is excited to introduce her students to Spanish and encourages them to visualize how being proficient in a second language can open new avenues for success. She believes it is important to help students be curious about other cultures and perspectives. Trudy is also passionate about collaborating with colleagues, especially new teachers. She has been a Yale New Haven Teachers Institute Fellow, a coach and a regular presenter at several local and national conferences. Trudy was named the CT COLT Teacher of the Year in 2021 and the NECTFL 2022 Teacher of the Year.

Workshop #4 - Friday, June 21, 9:00 a.m.

Cultures Standard with Lori Langer de Ramirez

Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez began her career as a teacher of Spanish, French and ESL. She is currently the K-12 Chair of the World and Classical Languages Department at the Dalton School in New York City. She served as the treasurer, vice president, and president of NNELL and is currently a Curriculum Specialist with the Executive Committee of the NYS World Language Standards Initiative. Lori is the author of books on multicultural education, as well as several Spanish-language books and texts. Her website (MisCositas.com) offers free materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, and Spanish. Lori has presented workshops, staff development trainings, and keynote addresses at local, regional, and national conferences and in schools throughout the United States and around the world. Her areas of focus include cultural and content-based thematic units and early language teaching and learning, especially starting up new elementary language programs.

Workshop #5 - Friday, June 21, 10:15 a.m.

Connections Standard with Jessica Haxhi

Jessica Haxhi has been the Supervisor of World Languages for New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut since 2013, overseeing 85 teachers and eight languages. She was ACTFL President in 2021 and is a past President of AATJ. She served on the NECTFL Board from 2006-2010, the ACTFL-NCSSFL Can-Do Statements Committee, and the CT COLT Board.  Previously, Jessica taught Japanese for 20 years and taught world language methods at local universities in CT. She has received the Milken Family Foundation National Teacher Award (2002), the U.S.-Japan Foundation Elgin Heinz Outstanding Japanese Teacher Award (2008), and the International Women’s Day New Haven Award for Outstanding Public Service (2019). 

Workshop #6 - Monday, June 24, 9:00 a.m.

Comparisons Standard with Heather Sweetser

ACTFL’s 2022 Language Teacher of the Year, Heather Sweetser received her M.A. in Arabic at Ohio State in 2012. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she joined the Army in 1998 and learned Arabic at the Defense Language Institute, becoming an Arabic interpreter. Experiences with languages in the U.S. Government inspired her to become a language instructor focusing on intercultural competence as a core part of language fluency. Currently Heather teaches beginning through advanced Arabic at The University of New Mexico, and is one of the co-creators of the wecanlearnarabic.com website.