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Back to School Virtual PD Series

Back to School is a time for great possibilities of new growth, connections, and learning. The OWL Back to School Series will introduce you to the four OWL Values: Equity and Relationships, Proficiency, Student Engagement, and Empowered Learning, and provide you with methods and strategies to create an immersive and student directed learning environment. This five part series meets bi-weekly to give you 10 weeks of virtual support. Along with the five one hour sessions, participants will receive downloadable digital resources to guide their learning and access to a private social network where they can engage with colleagues on prompts, articles, and additional resources provided by OWL. Led by an experienced OWL Facilitator, the series will support and ignite your first weeks of the school year.

Equity and Relationship Building: The First Weeks of School – August 8, 2023

Is it possible to start from day one 100% in the target language? Absolutely! Join OWL sessions and learn how to create a successful immersion environment that will leave you and your students excited and engaged to function 100% in the TL for the entire of the year. We kick off our Back to School Series by modeling how to build relationships, while focusing on the essential element of Social and Emotional Learning, and the need for play and an immersive environment-the foundation for true student ownership and acquisition that lasts throughout the year.  Learn tips and tricks, strategies and activities that create  an environment of trust, adventure and relationship building in the target language. From the first interaction you have with your students, the learning environment will be a safe space where equity and respect will flourish.

Cultivating Proficiency Based Skills – August 23, 2023 

The beginning of the school year  is a wonderful opportunity to be able to focus on proficiency and what students CAN do. Taking the time to discuss proficiency and performance with our students in the first language can be crucial to understanding their potential target language growth. In this session in the Back to School Series we will be reviewing the ACTFL levels and sharing effective methods of introducing them to students.  A key element to student success and student-directed learning is having students in charge of their own goal setting. We will explore what this looks like and how to frame the conversation with students. Whether this is the first year you are implementing OWL or the fifth, this session will help to guide you in educating and setting goals with your students. Don’t miss this powerful session for you, your department, admin, and students!

Student Engagement Strategies – September 6, 2023

An essential element to having a successful, highly engaging learning space is fun! In order to keep students connected, building relationships, and strengthening the community, students must laugh and move together. This session will model ideas to keep your students moving while working towards a proficiency-based classroom. This third session in the Back to School Series is chock full of games, activities and movement ideas. Don’t miss out on this exciting, fun time together!

Classroom Structure & Lesson Planning- September 20, 2023

This session in our Back to School Series offers a collaborative space to discuss and share how to set up the school year to maximize intrinsic motivation and student ownership. We will share suggestions and lesson plan templates on how to use the classroom space effectively to foster SLA, as well as how to empower students for success from the beginning. This session will include tips for effective parent and student communication and share strategies to establish respectful and authentic learning spaces. 

Empowered Learning through Questioning Strategies- October 4, 2023

The final session of the Back to School Series explores creating a more student-driven learning environment  by developing real-life, real-interest situations, applicable to students’ lives. Implementing the OWL circle structure, which allows students to feel empowered with the language, and combining this with unique scaffolding and questioning techniques, will engage your students at any level, language, or age we teach.


What’s Included

The Back to School OWL Online PD Series includes:

  • All online collaborative documents
  • Access to the Live Webinar with inspiring and informative facilitators
  • Participation in the Mighty Network, our online platform for interaction and communication during the Series

Frequently Asked Questions

What time are the live webinars? 

How do I participate in the Online Session?

  • OWL uses Zoom to facilitate live webinars. For maximum success, check to make sure your microphone, camera, and volume are working on your computer. 
  • Questions on how Zoom works?  Call us at 541-690-8038, or email at [email protected].

If I cannot attend a live session, will I be able to experience the Session?

  • Yes! All live webinars will be recorded for your perusal when is convenient for you. 

Do I need social media accounts to participate?

  • No! We’re using a community based platform that allows you to engage with fellow participants without the distraction of a feed.

If I live internationally, can I participate?

  • Yes! You will be charged additional for shipping of the resource materials. With questions, reach out to [email protected].
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  •  August 8, 2023
     4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  August 23, 2023
     4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  September 6, 2023
     4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  September 20, 2023
     4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  October 4, 2023
     4:00 PM - 5:00 PM



Live Webinars:
OWL hosts live webinars daily using Zoom as our platform. Zoom can be accessed on a computer or mobile app so you may access wherever you may be!

A welcome email with a Zoom link for your specific event will be sent to you within 24 hours of the live event.

Can’t make a live webinar? OWL will be recording all sessions, and will be available 24 hours post session on the Mighty Network.

Questions on Zoom? Connect with us at (541) 690-8038‬ for additional help!


Community-based engagement:
OWL uses private, social community called Mighty Networks for between session collaboration. This network works both on a computer and via mobile app.

A welcome email with a link to OWL’s private, social will be sent to you within 24 hours of the live event.

Questions on how to set up? Connect with us at (857)-293-1706 for additional help!