October Monthly Blast From OWL

By October 15, 2019 News

Hello, ¡Hola!, Bonjour, Ahlan, Nín Hăo, Guten Tag OWL’ers!

Are you feeling it? The school year is really settling in. Maybe that honeymoon period of quiet, compliant kids is so far gone, you’re already counting down to Thanksgiving break (49 days, less if you’re only counting school days ?)

So, what can we do about it?! We can hone in on our classroom structure and make clear, predictable rhythms to our classes so kids feel the comfort of the circle while continuing to grow within the language. Using the PPATH Structure with precision allows for our students to thrive in the classroom of joy and student driven content, and yet allows us to drive the way our students interact with one another. Sounds easy, right? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back!

This October OWL is dedicating our time and energy to supporting your PPATH and classroom structure. Check out OWL on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. We’re sharing guiding questions, articles, and teacher reflections all about PPATH. Looking for some guided instruction from OWL? Online PD this month is all about PPATH. Our first session was last night and there were some incredible takeaways!  (see below)  It’s not too late to join us for the next four sessions check it out here.

?Added bonus?- Our PPATH Interactive Notebook will be making it’s debut this month! What a labor of love this resource has been!  This 50 page workbook for teachers will help enhance your classroom structure with tips, tricks, and questions to grow your practice! So many of you OWL’ers have been begging for this type of support for your classrooms, and we can’t wait to get it into your hands! This resource will be available in just a couple of weeks! Pre-ordering is available on our website here!


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.

OWL Bootcamp: Houston, TX

June 7-12. 2020

OWL Bootcamp: Murrieta, CA

June 21-26, 2020

OWL Bootcamp: Evergreen, CO

July 19-24, 2020

OWL Bootcamp: Burlington, VT

August 2-7, 2020

OWL Workshops Coming to a Town Near You!

OWL Visitation Day – Yellow Springs, OH

October 10, 2019

OWL Application – Yellow Springs, OH

October 11 & 12, 2019

Site Specific Consultation- Seattle, WA

October 11, 2019

Introduction to OWL – Tacoma, WA

October 11, 2019

OWL Visitation Day – Yellow Springs, OH

October 31, 2019

OWL: Foundations- St. Augustine, FL

November 1 – November 2, 2019

OWL: Foundations- The Park School

November 6 – November 7, 2019

OWL: Visitation Day & Proficiency and Engagement Strategies Workshop- Hillsboro, OR

November 15 – November 16, 2019

OWL Foundations – San Rafael, CA

November 18 & 19, 2019

Program Analysis- Stoughton, MA

December 1 – December 4, 2019

OWL Online PD Series: PPATH

Pairings and Groupings– October 23, 2019

Prompts and Accountability– November 6, 2019

Transitions– November 20, 2019

Hooks– December 4, 2019

This four-session series will focus on breaking down the framework of OWL into concentrated and comprehensive pieces. Whether you know nothing about PPATH, are somewhat familiar with it after participating in an OWL PD, or you have been implementing each step of PPATH along the way- this series is designed to deepen your understanding of each part of PPATH for successful implementation and direction in your classroom.

Each Online PD is offered twice:

  • East Coast Online PD begins at 4:00pm EST/3:00pm CST/ 2:00pm MST/ 1:00pm PST
  • West Coast Online PD begins at 4:00pm PST/ 5:00pm MST/ 6:00pm CST/ 7:00pm EST

Maybe you’re in need of an OWL reset? OWL is looking for schools to host Fall workshops! Interested? We’ve got host and no host options available for you.


Host with OWL

Organic World Language & Walking Tree Travel Educator Retreat

Organic World Language and Walking Tree Travel have created an unbelievable educator retreat in Costa Rica! This retreat, designed for all educators, combines the transformative experience of Organic World Language: a dynamic, high-energy training focusing on interactive, hands-on activities with the adventurous spirit of Walking Tree Travel: designed for a community of travelers who seek an authentic, safe, and engaging international experience while providing the opportunity to cultivate positive, sustainable change worldwide.
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Did you miss this year’s OWL & HABLA Institute? Join us in 2020!

“Alegría” is a Spanish word that means happiness and joy; a word we believe should describe all learning experiences. For many students learning a language in school is an anxiety provoking process. They give up. They grow into adults feeling that learning a new language is impossible.

OWL and HABLA have created an approach to teaching languages that is creative, engaging, and joyful. The two organizations are teaming up to launch a winter institute, an opportunity for language teachers to participate in best practices from both organizations. Led by the founders of OWL and HABLAthe winter institute will share concrete, hands-on tools for designing a student-centered language environment.

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Looking for more?

There’s an OWL Session for you!

OWL Facilitators can work with you individually to fit your needs and schedule! Sign up for one of our One-on-One Hourly Consultations. During your session we can provide one-on-one support, follow-up from your previous OWL Session, or just a Q&A.!

Do you and a small group of your colleagues need some more individualized attention or your own schedule? We also offer On-Line Implementation opportunities. Want more info? Please contact us: info@organicworldlanguage.com to schedule a date.

Ready to bring OWL to your school community?