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July Virtual Symposium 2023

Join a dynamic, virtual professional development experience where teachers learn to implement a proficiency based, student-directed learning environment. The three day experience focuses on the whole teacher and student through Social and Emotional Learning practices, experiential learning of OWL methods and strategies, and implementation of target language, multiliteracies, and community in the classroom.

The OWL Virtual Symposium connects teachers from all different backgrounds and range of experiences. The training is structured as an OWL virtual classroom and the opportunities for relationship-building throughout the time take you to a higher level of collaboration and connection with colleagues. During the Symposium, participants receive multiple layers of interaction; with live webinars, special selections, chat groups, provocative prompts,  meaningful reflections and resources. Teachers choose the experience they want to have. Participants leave with a variety of post support: a one-on-one accountability partner, and regional, national, and international support systems. This innovative OWL event creates a confident, whole-hearted teacher who is ready to dive into an authentic and immersive environment with their students. It truly is a connected experience: one you won’t want to end.

Schedule of Events

Times are in Pacific Standard Time. 

-DAY 1 – July 17-

At your convenience  Virtual Tour (optional) 
Work At Your Pace Day  Learn about:

Proficiency and the ACTFL levels with examples of how to establish skills-based and mastery expectations for subject area teachers. In a pre-recorded webinar format. 

OWL Foundations through handouts and readings.

Pre-Recorded Specialty Sessions *an additional $20 per session
    • OWL at the Novice level 
    • OWL at the Intermediate and Advanced
    • OWL for Heritage Speakers  *LIVE format – time TBA
    • OWL for all Subjects *LIVE format – time TBA 
    • Assessment and Feedback
    • Virtual or Social Distancing Strategies
    • Curriculum Triangle: Effective Planning
    • Games & Activities
    • Multiliteracies for Engagement & Ownership

-DAY 2 – July 18-

9:00am – 10:30am  LIVE Session – Welcoming Ceremony & OWL Foundations 
11:00 am – 12:00 pm LIVE Webinar – Equity & Relationships: Community Building  
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  LIVE Webinar – Proficiency Application in the Classroom 
2:00 pm – 2:30pm Community Forum: Equity, Social Justice & Anti-racist Work 

-DAY 3 – July 19-

9:00am – 10:15am  LIVE Session – Whole Teacher Development & Best Practices for High Student Engagement & Target Language Use
11:00 am – 12:00 pm LIVE Webinar –  Strategies for Student Empowerment 
12:30 pm – 1:30pm LIVE Webinar – Classroom Application & Planning Structures 
2:00 pm – 2:30pm LIVE for Closing Ceremony 


Personalized to your Experience

The OWL Virtual Symposium is personalized and scaffolded to fit goals at various levels. Each LIVE session is differentiated to fit teachers new to OWL, participants who want to develop systems to support proficiency-based learning, and the teacher who is seeking collegiality and support systems. Based on participants’ previous experience with proficiency and the methodology, skilled facilitators hone the experience and the reflection and guided questions to fit your needs and desired outcomes. 

Whether proficiency is new to you or you have been teaching with proficiency for many years, this Symposium 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. The Symposium 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.

Are you wondering if this is for all teachers of all subjects?! Yes it is! The Symposium is designed for teachers of any subject including Math, Science, Social Studies, English and beyond. OWL values and strategies are effective in all subject area, and build skills such as helping students feel fearless in class, being willing to take risks and fostering a sense of ownership and intrinsic motivation. The content is proficiency and skills-based, guiding students towards mastery of your particular subject.

What’s Included

The OWL Virtual Symposium includes:

  • All online materials: videos, webinars, printable prompts and questions pages, printable Whole Teacher reflection and more
  • Access to Live Webinars daily with inspiring and informative facilitators

To Further Enhance Your Experience

  • Participants may choose to enhance their Symposium experience with our recordings on theme specific content at an additional $20 per session.
  • Participants may take advantage of half hour one on one consultations with a member of the OWL facilitation team at an additional $50 per session. Topics can include: school specific dilemmas and challenges, feedback of a previously recorded classroom session, question and answer, and many more! We highly encourage this as a follow up to allow for a successful and efficient personalized implementation process. 
  • Participants can purchase additional OWL resources to further aid in your implementation of a proficiency-based classroom at a discounted rate.

Frequently Asked Questions

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].

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

  • Yes! All live webinars will be recorded for your perusal up to two weeks after live sessions.


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  •  July 17, 2023 - July 19, 2023
     8:00 AM - 2:00 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!