Join an unforgettable professional development experience where teachers learn to fully implement a 100% target language and student-directed classroom. The six day experience focuses on the whole teacher through Social and Emotional Learning practices, experiential learning of OWL methods and strategies, and implementation of target language, multiliteracies, and community in the classroom. In cooperation with ACTFL, OWL Bootcamp provides the one-day OPI Familiarization training to bring a deeper understanding to language levels and to hone teacher questioning techniques. This signature OWL event creates a confident, whole-hearted teacher who is ready to dive into an authentic and immersive environment with their students.
Bootcamp connects teachers from all different backgrounds and range of experiences. The week itself is structured as an OWL classroom and the opportunities for relationship-building throughout the week take you to a higher level of collaboration and connection with colleagues. Participants receive multiple layers of support: a one-on-one accountability partner, regional, national, and international support systems. It truly is a camp experience: one where you won’t want to leave at the end!
“Outstanding, thoughtful, organic, mind-blowing experience. I have grown in ways I didn’t know I could, or needed to and I am excited to see what the future holds. This is single best thing I have done for myself in years. ” -Jessica M. Chicago, IL
The week is personalized and scaffolded to fit goals at various levels. There are level-specific strands, based on participants previous experience with proficiency and the methodology. Due to this unique nature of Bootcamp teachers can participate annually, and experience a different training each time.
Designed for teachers new to OWL. Whether proficiency is new to you or you have been teaching with proficiency for many years, this strand allows you to explore and examine your current practice, while diving in to proficiency-based, student-directed OWL strategies. Teachers will leave with new techniques and ideas for high student engagement and the ability to create a positive space for language acquisition.
This strand is designed for participants who want to develop systems to support proficiency-based learning. Through further exploration of the strategies & techniques introduced in prior OWL trainings, we go deeper into how to create a space for acquisition.
Designed for the teacher who is seeking collegiality and support systems, this strand encourages reflection of practice and collaboration of ideas. By discussing the elements of proficiency-based practice, participants utilize effective teacher discourse to move forward in their practice.
“OWL has changed my students’ lives and made me want to continue teaching rather than switching professions. I’m grateful for your methods and ideas.” -Courtney M., Ohio
Week At- A- Glance:
Sunday- Bootcamp begins with this first and essential day, which establishes the foundation for the week. Teachers are the students as they experience the OWL circle through a variety of themes that set the tone for the learning environment. This day models how to start class from day 1 with 100% target language!
Join OWL after Sunday’s training for an appetizer social! A great time to continue to connect with colleagues and new friends!
Monday – Monday reveals a structure that creates an interactive, student-directed classroom. Building on Sunday, participants experience the strategies through demos in whole and small groups. The focus is on an immersive, target language environment where students are highly engaged and intrinsically motivated. A favorite highlight of the week is introduced today as teachers experience what it is like to begin to learn a new language, which will extend throughout the week.
Tuesday – Intended for all language professionals, the OPI Familiarization workshop familiarizes participants with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, ACTFL Rating Scale, and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. Participants will hear samples at each proficiency level and discuss the implications of proficiency for academic and professional purposes. The two-day option provides additional emphasis on the implications and applications for instruction and can be customized to address specific program needs and goals.
Wednesday – Through further exploration of the strategies & techniques introduced starting on Sunday, Wednesday builds on the concepts and allows time for feedback and collaboration. The focus is on how to continue to develop an effective, engaging space for acquisition by practicing and honing skills. The second language circle continues as we look at how to build novice language. Intermediate and advanced language is modeled through demos and in strand work.
Thursday – Thursday is designed for participants to develop systems to support proficiency-based learning. Once the PPATH framework and questioning sequences are in place, participants move on to hands-on practice and discussion of systems that develop the learning and growth of student’s language and create confidence in the teacher in their school and classroom expectations.
Friday –Friday brings together all the elements from the week and focuses on how to feel confident using a structure that guides a classroom in an organic learning environment and curriculum, while providing effective feedback and growing students language level. Participants will be further exploring the student-directed element of class, systems and structures.
- July 19, 2020
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
- July 20, 2020 - July 24, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Venue: Clear Creek High School