We know how students in remote learning miss the human connection of their classmates and the security of seeing caring teachers every day. Here at SANS Inc. we also continue to hear first-hand from language educators how they too are missing the support of colleagues — missing the day-to-day informal brainstorming, professional conferences, and in-school staff meetings that often result in great ideas and solutions to problems big and small. We have several Professional Development resources to share with you to help fill that void.
Why not grab a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to see which of these resources would be beneficial for your professional learning and connection as we work through the COVID-era.
Note: Some of the events are live and some have been recorded for on-demand viewing.
Free Fun for Fabulous FLAG Friends – Spring 2021 Webinar Series
This is a Spring 2021 webinar series hosted by the Foreign Language Association of Georgia. These weekly web sessions run through June and each one has a Special Guest presenter. Each 30-minute session focuses on a specific language teaching topic including Oral Feedback, Authentic Resources, Virtual and Face to Face Engagement and many more. Attend live or view the recorded sessions.
National Foreign Language Center – Monthly Teacher Panel Discussions
The National Foreign Language Center is hosting Monthly Panel Discussions focused on the current realities of teachers will highlight teacher voices and share ideas and solutions for today’s world. Each month a panel of teachers with diverse backgrounds and perspectives will discuss one domain of the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Framework.
NYSAWLA Professional Development Series: Embedding Authentic Resources into Lesson Plans by Leslie Grahn
The focus of this workshop is: Understanding that it is ideal to use authentic resources as much as possible in our lesson plans, how do we achieve that goal? We will explore how to make authentic text work for you in the various phases of lesson planning. Here’s the workshop recording.
Additional Resources for the Shift to Online/Blended Learning from Leslie Grahn.
“PL in Pajamas” – and Other PD Trends to Watch in 2021 (K-12DIVE)
See how the Arlington School District in Texas, has adopted an on-demand PD model it is calling “PL in Pajamas”. The program is helping teachers get PD assistance when they need it – at 2:00 PM in the afternoon or 2:00 AM in the morning.
How to Teach Character in the Classroom and Online (Edutopia)
Thomas Courtney, a 20-year educator discusses how students benefit from working with their teachers to develop core tenets that guide their behavior in school and at home. A good read for educators and parents.