Workshops

Join the transformative experience of a dynamic, high-energy workshop where concepts are applied through interactive, hands-on activities and collaborations.

OWL workshops reflect the values of student-centered classrooms and high engagement. Students feel empowered to guide their learning and become active participants and leaders. By building community in a proficiency-based environment, students move forward in their language as teachers create spaces for acquisition. We explore the vital role that literacy plays in language development as students learn to interact with both their peers and the text.

We do not believe in one-stop professional development. Our intent is to create a sustainable professional development partnership with you and your program to provide the best possible support as you continue your journey towards best practices.

This sequence is designed to introduce teachers to techniques and strategies for high-performing classes.

OWL1: Introduction & Foundations (2 days)

Come learn how to create a kinesthetic, student- centered, proficiency-based classroom!

This workshop explores how understanding National Standards and proficiency-based instruction strategies can create an interactive, student-centered classroom. Teachers leave with new techniques and ideas for high student engagement. Direct application with students is an exciting part of this workshop! OWL1 highlights include:

  1. Application of State &National Standards
  2. Strategies for eliciting student production
  3. Techniques for high student engagement
  4. Exploration of the 100% second language environment
  5. Creation of proficiency-based lesson plans

OWL2: Application, Systems & Structures (2 days)

This workshop is designed for participants who want to develop systems to support proficiency-based learning.

Through further exploration of the strategies & techniques introduced in the Foundations workshop, we go deeper into how to create a space for acquisition.

  1. Development of student-centered Curriculum
  2. Integration of student interest in lesson planning through Threads & Progressions
  3. Creation of proficiency and standards-based grading systems
  4. Integration of purposeful assessments
  5. Fluid incorporation of Interactive Literacy

This sequence is designed to create a stronger flow in class and hone skills to create an even more effective space for acquisition.

Next Steps

This workshop is for the participant who has been incorporating the techniques & strategies introduced and expanded in the OWL1 and OWL2 workshops. After systems have been set in place, and there is a stronger understanding of the strategies and activities, this workshop will take you and your students to the next level of language learning.

Intermediate Implementation

Designed for the teacher who is seeking collegiality and support systems, this workshop encourages reflection of practice and collaboration of ideas. By looking at student work and discussing the elements of proficiency-based practice, participants utilize effective teacher discourse to move forward in their practice.

Looking at your practice: Experienced OWL Teachers

Building on the Intermediate Implementation workshop, this workshop is for the OWL teacher who is striving to have a classroom with ‘flow’. Further development and collaboration pushes participants closer towards creating student-empowered environments.

This sequence is designed for those teachers who want to seek personal and professional enrichment.

OWL Artistry

This workshop will focus on the elements of a highly successful classroom and what is means to be a teaching artist.

Research & Personal Growth (1-2 days)

This workshop is intended for the experienced OWL teacher who is interested in exploring research and its implications in the classroom.