2020 Summer Institute

The WAFLT Virtual Summer Institute is full and registration is now closed. Click here to be added to the waiting list if space should become available.

2020 WAFLT Virtual Summer Institute 

Building Cultural & Global Competence In The Virtual Classroom
August 3 – 4, 2020

Join us for two days of synchronous and asynchronous professional development! 

  • Personal and Professional Development Opportunities
  • Network with colleagues from around the state
  • Apply best virtual learning practices in your classrooms
  • Stay current on Wisconsin’s new World Language Standards
  • Look back on individual journeys and prepare for the future
  • Re-energize yourself!
MONDAY, AUGUST 3
9:00 – 11:00 (Synchronous)  Wisconsin’s New World Language Standards – Lynn Sessler Neitzel and Karen Luond Fowdy

Lynn Sessler Neitzel currently serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources and leads the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at Blackhawk Technical College.  Lynn has been teaching Japanese for 30 years in the state of WI, most of this time in the former K-12 World Language program within the Menasha School District and most recently with the Wisconsin Virtual Schools.  She is a certified instructional designer and a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer for online/blended/hybrid course design.  Lynn also was a co-chair of the newly revised Wisconsin Standards for World Languages.

Karen Luond Fowdy taught high school and middle school German in Monroe, Wisconsin. Karen was a co-author of Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2002, and most recently served as a co-chair of the writing team for the Wisconsin Standards for World Languages (2019).  As an independent consultant, Karen provides professional development workshops and curriculum guidance to world language teachers in the Midwest with her colleague, Lisa Hendrickson. Karen currently serves as WAFLT Advocacy Chair.

The Wisconsin Standards for World Languages serve as our anchor as we adjust to the current shifts in learning models and environments, They continue to  provide a vision for what students should know and be able to with their language and cultural knowledge and skills over time.

  In this session participants will 

  • consider how the Standards can be the overarching constant as we face a variety of potential educational delivery scenarios in the coming academic year and beyond. 

  • Consider how students can use their language learning to help them understand the world and respond to its problems.

  •  examine how the Proficiency levels and Performance Indicators in the Standards document can guide students on their language journeys.

address inequities that disproportionately impact some communities and groups of students by seeking ways to employ Universal Design Guidelines and elements of Culturally Responsive Teaching as we plan for Standards-based learning.  

(Asynchronous) Teaching Remotely: Even Superheroes Have Sidekicks – Nathalie Ettzevoglou 

Nathalie will share several video modules addressing the following and will also be available for an informal  one-hour live Q&A session at 4:00 pm CST on Monday, August 3. 

  • When we were asked to jump into emergency remote teaching and learning in the spring, did you feel prepared? Were you ready? Nathalie will share lessons learned from her experience. 
  • Come learn about Wakelet, a multi faceted media friendly free platform that allows teachers to keep  students going and maintain a sense of normalcy. 
  • Did you ever wonder if your students could still play high energy games while learning from home? Meet Goosechase! Nathalie will share how the platform works, examples of games already played, and how you can use it with your students. 

Nathalie Ettzevoglou is a French teacher at Alpharetta High School, Alpharetta, GA. She is Google certified level 1 educator, Microsoft Innovator Educator, and is an all around technology aficionado. She is also the author of “Diary of a Teacher During Remote Teaching: Even Superheroes Have Sidekicks.”

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
9:00 – 9:45 (Synchronous)  Pear Deck – Julie Hahm

Pear Deck is a tool that allows for more student engagement and formative assessment throughout a class lesson. It also allows you a tool to use when making a sub plan. Learn how this user-friendly platform can energize your classroom in person and remotely!

Julie Hahm teaches Chemistry and AP Environmental Science at Greendale High School in Greendale, WI, and is a champion of using technology across the curriculum!

10:00 – 12:00 (Synchronous) Thoughtful Course Design So You Can “Deliver” This Fall (and beyond)! – Lynn Sessler Neitzel

The transition to online learning this past spring was swift, exhausting and sometimes seemingly undoable.  As K-16 World Language teachers, you were made to take on this type of challenge.  Purposeful and thoughtful course design in an online space can help you not only work “smarter” (not harder), but it will support your students to navigate learning in multiple modalities (online, face to face or a combination of both).   In this session, come to analyze and apply high quality online course design principles to help you deliver your “promise” of high quality learning experiences in your World Language courses.  Specifically, this session will address:

  • Building community and communication in an online learning environment experience
  • Chunking / organizing lessons to include all 3 modes of communication
  • Better practices for assessment in the online design (and for all modes of WL communication)

Lynn Sessler Neitzel currently serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources and leads the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at Blackhawk Technical College.  Lynn has been teaching Japanese for 30 years in the state of WI, most of this time in the former K-12 World Language program within the Menasha School District and most recently with the Wisconsin Virtual Schools.  She is a certified instructional designer and a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer for online/blended/hybrid course design.  Lynn also was a member was a co-chair of the newly revised Wisconsin Standards for World Languages

(Asynchronous) The presenters listed below will share brief video modules addressing the following and will each be available for an informal live Q&A session at 12:00.

  • Screencastify – Linda Havas, Greendale Schools, Greendale, WI
  • Flipgrid and Edpuzzle – Deana Zorko, Madison West High School, Madison, WI
  • Padlet – Danielle Chaussee, Oconomowoc High School, Oconomowoc, WI 

The WAFLT Virtual Summer Institute is full and registration is now closed. Click here to be added to the waiting list if space should become available.

Further information and links to access the virtual modules will be sent closer to the Summer Institute dates.

Questions? Contact Jenny Piorkowski or Danielle Chaussée (wafltsi@waflt.org )

WAFLT Summer Professional Development Options