World Languages Update

March 18, 2016

Save the Date!

Our 2nd Semester Whole Team Meeting is upon us on Wednesday, April 6 from 3:30-4:30 at Lindholm. Please RSVP and check your Google Calendar invite for the agenda items.

As Seen in Classrooms: Personalized Learning in Action!

Personalized Learning is one of our pillars in the School District of Waukesha. As we become more familiarized with Personalized Learning, especially the Institute for Personalized Learning Honeycomb's Teaching and Learning components, I've shared some visuals below of what I have observed recently in classrooms visited. Personalized learning elements are alive in your classrooms, and it takes us thinking about our practices to recognize where they are present in order to grow them.

Spanish teachers Emily Hernandez (North HS) and Cheryl Belott (Butler MS) are members of the 2016 Institute for Personalized Learning Studies Cohort, which kicked off in January and concludes in November. Emily also brought a team of Spanish 1 students with her to the Personalized Learning Youth Summit in February at Les Paul Middle School.

We began our journey together with personalized learning in Fall of 2014, and we're digging further into the essential teaching and learning components of the Honeycomb. As Emily, Cheryl and I learn, they are determining the ways they can better personalize the learning environment for students with manageable steps being part of a traditional classroom/school structure.

Reach out to either of them if you have questions about their journey and wish to learn more!

Click on each image below to magnify.

Congrats to all 4 SDW High Schools!

Earlier this week, we received notification from the Wisconsin DPI that our applications to offer all SDW students to earn the Global Education Achievement Certificate were approved! We join a network of 70 Wisconsin high schools as part of the Global Schools Network.

More info. here:

Our March 1 C&I Board presentation is below:

GEAC & Seal of Biliteracy C&I Board Committee Presentation March 2016

CSCTFL 2017: Chicago

The 2017 Annual Conference of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) will be held March 9-11, 2017, at The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL.

The theme for the 2017 conference is: Performance + Proficiency = Possibilities

The selection process is designed to provide attendees with an exciting array of sessions and workshops to further knowledge and skills to become better, well-informed teachers. Language educators at all levels and of all languages are encouraged to submit proposals. The deadline is April 15, 2016.

Visit the CSCTFL website at to submit your proposal now.


This week, all elementary, middle and high schools presented an update of where they are at in progress-monitoring data they analyze relative to their school goal(s) and shared next steps. Coordinators did the same, and I focused on our team goal in level 1, providing an update of our progress around interpretive reading, as well as some data around our high-leverage practices of feedback, setting clear objectives (I CANs), and Gradual Release of Responsibility (I Do, We Do, You Do). I also highlighted some of our bigger picture items I am monitoring whole scale across our department. You can view what I shared below.