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SEL & Proficiency: How to Make a Student-Centered Paradigm Shift

This exciting in-person training is in Washington, D.C. at Hardy Middle School. It includes a Visitation Day and full-day training. Teachers will be able to experience a live classroom, and have time to debrief and apply the concepts to their own classroom and students. It is applicable for teachers of all levels, ages and languages. 

Teachers will see how to connect with students and feel confident in the language acquisition journey. They will experience the techniques to effectively build community, stay in the target language and provide structure that will allow students to guide the learning. This is done through hands-on demos and strategies modeled by doing together. Classroom application of the concepts will be examined and discussed.  Each activity and debrief experience can be replicated in your classroom! The experience is dynamic, high-energy and interactive. Manipulatives and visuals easily and effectively explain the concepts. Teachers will be introduced to strategies and techniques as well as solid curricular goals. 

Friday and Saturday Schedule: 9:00am – 4:00pm


  • Methods for creating a positive community
  • Techniques for high student engagement
  • Exploration of an immersive environment
  • Model proficiency-based activities
  • Strategies for eliciting student production
  • Discuss structures for measuring student growth

Teachers will:

  • Build relationships and community with colleagues, modeling strategies for students
  • Experience how to create an interactive, target language environment
  • Use kinesthetic learning to practice the concepts and language used
  • Be introduced to the concepts of proficiency, the ACTFL levels and transference to the classroom of National and State standards
  • Apply Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) practices
  • Practice differentiated questioning strategies
  • Build confidence to be successful in an immersive environment
  • Embody Whole Student and Whole Teacher strategies
  • Practice language strategies to grow proficiency
  • Practice effective planning strategies


All OWL workshops and support services are cooperatively planned with the lead teacher and purposefully geared towards the audience at hand. OWL believes in long term support and on-going collaboration. OWL can provide consistent trainings, resources, feedback and customized supports.



Rose L. Hardy Middle School

1819 35th Street NW

Washigton, DC 20007

Logistical Information

The school is located in Georgetown. There are a variety of hotels, depending on your price range. Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Sheraton Austin Georgetown, etc. As it is Georgetown, it can be more expensive.
The school is also not far from Arlington or VA, which might be cheaper.
If you’re driving, you can be anywhere in DC, which might be cheaper.
Also If you’re driving, there’ a parking lot at the school, which is convenient. If you plan on driving, please let us know prior so we can inform the school ahead of tim.
There is also public transportation. The school is not close to a metro stop, however, you can take Uber, Lyft, or the bus. Students take a bus every day to get to the school.
There are several eateries nearby the school: Chipotle, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Safeway across the street, a nice French bistro, Starbucks, a French bakery, Chinese restaurant, pizza place. etc. There are a lot of food options.

Please contact [email protected] with any other inquiries. We want to make your stay as pleasant as possible.


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  •  February 3, 2023 - February 4, 2023
     8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


1819 35th Street NW, District of Columbia, 20017, United States