Inspired Proficiency Workshop Series


Day 1

Join the creator and host of Inspired Proficiency podcast, Ashley Uyaguari, for 3 days of her most highly requested workshops. Register here to see dates, location & pricing. Or email a request to Ashley (ashley@deskfree.org) to have her travel and present this series in your area!


Day 1

Day 1: Strategies for 90%+ Target Language Use in the Novice Classroom:
Getting rid of English in your classroom can be a struggle! In this workshop we'll explore how to do it yourself and for your students! Come experience strategies for 90%+ TL use from day one with your Novice-Lows. Interact with students who have experienced a 3-year Spanish-only program at Innovation Academy Charter School. Discover what we do, why and how and take home pieces of our program that would work for you. Groups will discuss strategies for Novice-Low, Mid & High students to stay in the target language 90%+ during the year.

Day 2

Day 2: Proficiency Portfolios, Student Self-Assessment & Feedback Practices for the Proficiency Based Classroom:
We will explore how feedback can be a powerful tool in the language acquisition process and in helping students to grow. We'll also demonstrate how students can interact with the feedback to reflect and set goals as part of the assessment conversation between teacher and student. We will discuss how teachers could sustainably share observations of key student behaviors (like using the target language) as well as their progress toward meeting language proficiency and performance criteria (ACTFL guidelines) with or without attaching a grade. Participants will be able to implement ideas into their own practices immediately. The presenter's classroom is a Proficiency-Based, 90%+ TL environment with portfolio assessment; she will share examples and technology resources from her program in order to inspire more regular feedback in other classrooms. Students will visit to share their experiences with these systems.

Day 3

Day 3: Games and Team Challenges for the World Language Classroom
Do you want to infuse more play into your language classroom? Come explore how to incorporate games, movement, improv and team challenges into your classroom! This day will also wrap up the series bringing the 3 topics together.


Testimonials
Such a pleasure to meet you and couldn't be happier with the workshops. Was so detailed, so effective, so inspiring. And the resources you have shared are just invaluable. -- Jennifer

"She runs an incredibly engaging, hands-on classroom that you will experience yourself in the workshop as you practice the activities as her students do. She will show you how it is possible to conduct a class, even at the novice low level, entirely in Spanish, but also help you incorporate new techniques that compliment your own style in the classroom." --Tracey Greenspan

"I highly recommend these trainings! I attended her three-day training last summer, and I was amazed at the quality of the training and the number of comprehensible input/communicative language teaching strategies she shared with us. Among those strategies were a multitude of suggestions for building community within the classroom and classroom management ideas. We also learned how to play so many games (as participants) that help students acquire language. I took away a wealth of knowledge, ideas, and ready-to-use classroom activities, not to mention a complete portfolio system that helps motivate students by having them set goals and then witness their progress toward meeting those goals. The portfolios allow students to go back and see work samples, such as videos, from the entire time that they have been in her class. There is no fluff in her trainings. Everything she shares is gold! I definitely want to attend more of her trainings in the future. I am happy that I got in towards the beginning because word will spread quickly, and her conferences will fill up. Ashley truly is inspired! -- Tammy Schmidt, Texas


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