Free professional development available for world language teachers
Beginning June 11, the department is offering world language educators free professional development workshops on six different days this summer around Ohio. On each day, participants may participate in one or both of the timely sessions to be offered:
9 to 11:30 a.m. – Student Learning Objectives/Ohio Teacher Evaluation System –Participants will learn about the evaluation system as it applies to world languages and gain resources including sample learning objectives and tips for pre- and post-assessments. This session will help teachers understand how to set appropriate student growth targets and how to measure and document student growth using evidence gathered throughout the year. The agenda will include discussion of level 1 students with no language background, native speakers and elementary and FLEX world language programs. This program offers 2.5 contact hours of professional development.
1 to 4:30 p.m. – Instructional Best Practices for World Language Teachers – In this session, participants will focus on understanding proficiency levels, various modes of communication and instructional shifts required by Ohio’s new learning standards. They also will learn how to use more authentic resources, instructional strategies from national associations and performance-based assessments.
To register, first access or create your SAFE account and click on the STARS system. In the event search box, type in world languages. Choose your preferred date range and click on Register for Selected Session. Note that you will need to register for both the morning and afternoon sessions if you wish to participate in both sessions. Workshop dates and locations are: Columbus, June 11; Toledo, June 16; Cincinnati, July 8; Dayton, July 10; Cleveland, Aug. 14. Another session will be held in southeast Ohio on a date to be determined. Questions may be directed to Kathy Shelton or (614) 995-4840.