World Languages Update

May 13, 2016

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: Literacy Institute

A huge THANK YOU to those who have already submitted a proposal to present at this August's Literacy Institute!! Please consider either co-presenting or presenting solo. The Call for Presenters link is below.


Call for Presenters at Summer Institute


If you are still looking for some ideas, below is a list of potential topics, and I underlined a few that I have observed in practice in your rooms:


  • Reading with a question in mind; setting a purpose for reading

  • Writing like a historian

  • Reading like a historian (bias, main idea, fact vs opinion, context, etc.)

  • Designing lessons with WICOR in mind

  • Using poetry to teach close reading

  • Reading comprehension strategies and ACT skills

  • Text Sets: How to create a text set to support an essential question

  • Creating a unit of inquiry through essential questions

  • Literature Discussions - setting the stage for student-centered discussions

  • Using mentor texts to isolate and instruct on a skill

  • GrammarFlip, NoRedInk, or WREN to support grammar instruction

  • Conferring

  • Building an environment conducive to collaboration

  • Complex Text: How to Instruct using Complex Text

  • Written Conversations

  • Anchor Charts

  • Student Portfolios to support feedback/growth

  • Digging into the MAP test (accessing reports, learning continuums, etc.)

  • Vocabulary Strategies

  • Newsela or Achieve 3000 as a support for informational text/reading comprehension

  • Inquiry journals

  • Socratic Seminars

  • Text Structures and Reading Comprehension

  • Visual Literacy: Using art/pictures to foster questioning and comprehension

  • And the list goes on and on... :)

Round 2: Request for BOOKS

If interested & you have not received any books from the first ordering round, please complete within the next week: http://goo.gl/forms/VQP6P4bFNC

I may be able to purchase additional literary texts for the upcoming school year.

WAFLT Summer Learning Institute

Register now for this professional development opportunity in August



2016 WAFLT Summer Institute (2 or 3 day options)

This year’s Summer Institute focuses on thematic curriculum design that advances learners’ proficiency along with examples of instructional delivery through story and an effective learning framework for students.

Gain practical ways to enhance and measure student language proficiency and performance!

2 graduate credits available!

August 2-4, 2016

Red Gym, University of Wisconsin

Madison, WI

For information and to register: http://www.waflt.org/conferences-events/summer-institute/