2018 Summer Institutes for World Language Proficiency

Planning Summer Institutes for World Language Proficiency 2018!

Ben Slavic and I are so excited about the summer institutes we are planning for 2018! Here is DRAFT information on what they will potentially look like.

BICS Institute

These five-day trainings will set you up with instruction and assessment systems that you can deploy directly into your classroom when school starts back. You will experience the systems as a student in an uninterrupted five-day morning session with a max of 35 classmates. In the afternoon, you will work with Tina in a large-group setting (max 70 people) in the afternoon to learn about theory, assessment systems, and delivery and classroom management skills to support your students’ language development. Then you will work with Ben, receiving whole-group partner coaching on specific skills that align to what you experienced in your morning class. In the evenings, you will work with your coaching partner to practice those skills while they are fresh on your mind.
We are planning three institutes, each with two week-long sessions and three options.
Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) Institute: Learn a system for building student-driven characters and stories, develop literacy, and incorporate students’ interests and lives into the classroom. For first- and second-year teachers. (How to differentiate the second year from the first will be addressed.)
Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) Institute: Learn a system for designing content-based instruction aligned to AP/IB themes, or to your students’ interests. Learn how to scaffold output to help your students develop the thinking, writing, and speaking skills to be successful on AP/IB tests and build their confidence in using the language to communicate about Advanced-level topics. Modified Reading and Writing Workshop strategies will be shared.
Coaching Intensive: During the CALP Institute, Ben will be offering a small-group (max 12) all-day coaching intensive, tailored to the needs of the group. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to develop very rapidly as a CI teacher.
We are looking for a location in a major airline hub. Right now we are working on negotiating space in Atlanta and Minneapolis. If you know of a free space that can accommodate us, please let us know and you and your colleagues from your site will attend free.
Hubs like Chicago, New York, Denver, or LA are what we are looking for, to facilitate travel to these institutes. We hope to “plant” them in certain locations and return there year after year, so people can plan their attendance knowing that it is a fixed star they are navigating by.
Let us know what you think of our idea as we are still hammering it out!