Workshops

We love working with teachers! Here is a list of our workshops and services.

If you attended one of our workshops/sessions, click on the picture to access the slides. Note: Some are password protected for attendees only.


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Since 2015, Kara and Megan have been working with teachers full-time at department trainings, district PDs, and one-on-one online coaching. They have worked across the United States as well as several countries throughout Asia. Their trainings unite language programs and help teachers by showing how they (as classroom teachers) implemented proficiency: creating performance-based assessments, learning to grade with a common rubric, developing engaging lessons inspired by the target culture, and improving curriculum.

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WHERE WE’VE BEEN

St. John’s – Houston, TX – February 2017

Lamar Consolidated ISD, February 2017 – TX

Apple Valley Unified District, January 2017 – CA

Jefferson County Public Schools, January 2017 – KY

Ramsey Public Schools, January 2017 – NJ

“Best workshop we ever had!” “Wow!” “I can’t wait to make changes!”  These are some quotes from teacher feedback forms after our PD workshop with Megan & Kara.  As a department, we have been studying and discussing proficiency and best practices in world language instructional settings for quite some time.  Megan & Kara shared their innovative approach to developing authentic lessons and measuring student growth with proficiency rubrics.  So many teachers have said everything is starting to “click” now! Teachers are leading with culture, setting and sharing daily communicative goals, and embracing new approaches to grading.  Megan & Kara were dynamic presenters that easily connected with teachers and the daily teaching experience. We can’t wait to have the come back!

Ruthanne Cairoli

Supervisor of World Languages & ELL at Ramsey Public Schools, MA

ACTFL 2016 – Boston, MA

BOLT, November 8, 2016 – MA

I am a 20+ year veteran teacher who is just starting to learn about the Proficiency-based classroom.  Prior to Megan and Kara’s workshop, I had a limited amount of training about the proficiency-based classroom approach to language learning, but had not done much work with the practical, what-it-looks-like-on-the-ground.  Kara and Megan were exactly what I needed.  They presented in an entertaining manner that engaged the audience in an inclusive manner, meeting each participant at his or her level of experience.  Our particular workshop focused on Culture, which provided an easy entry point into trying out a proficiency-based approach without changing one’s entire approach to teaching.  I enthusiastically recommend them for professional development training.

Dan Bouvier

President, Berkshire Organization of Language Teachers

Spanish Teacher, Monument Mountain Regional High School

Waunakee, October 2016 – WI

MALT, October 2016 – Helena, MT

Jakarta Intercultural School, September 18-21 2016 – Jakarta, Indonesia

I already did the activities with the writing rubric (the JIS story) and the kids got it [proficiency levels] and are becoming familiar with its use. We are already using the stamp worksheet as a review sheet and evaluation of their learning throughout the unit. So thank you, thank you; it is a work in process and it is working indeed.

Laure Kruger

Middle School French Teacher at Jakarta Intercultural School, Jakarta Indonesia

East Grand Rapids, August 31, 2016 – MI

Katy ISD, August 17, 2016 – TX

Clear Creek ISD, August 2016 – TX

Amarillo School District, August 2016 – TX

Harvard-Westlake, June 18, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA

Adel (ADM), June 13-14 2016 – IA

Dawson School, June 1, 2016 – CO

FLENJ, May 26, 2016 – NJ

IEFLA, April 30, 2016 – San Bernardino, CA

Concordia International Shanghai, April 22-26, 2016 – Shanghai, China

Santa Rosa City Schools, March 28, 2016 – CA

As a teacher who has “ditched my textbook”, I was dying to spend more time with you. I love your style of teaching and I am ready to revamp again.

Carol Kovatch

Middle School Spanish Teacher in Santa Rosa County, CA

SAU 39 (Souhegan & Amherst), February 10-11, 2016 – Amherst, NH

Pinewood School, January 4, 2016 – Los Altos Hills, CA

ACTFL, Pre-convention Workshop, November 19, 2015 – San Diego, CA

TFLA, October 15-17, 2015 – Houston, TX

BOLT, Oct 9, 2015 – Berkshire County, MA

I first heard about Megan and Kara and the Creative Language Class through a friend in the Middlebury Language Schools. I began following their blog and really started to get excited about the ideas they had about proficiency-based instruction. At their Zoom into Culture workshop, they helped bring to light all of my wildest dreams for teaching and instructing students in a way that takes the focus away from “What’s my grade?” and that centers it more on “How can I communicate more?”. Their workshop also helped me identify my areas of strength and weakness in what I had already attempted to do to make the shift in instruction and what was still left in the dark ages. It then sparked an internal roller coaster between anxiety of changing what I had already been working on for years and the new excitement of knowing that my students might actually get excited about learning a new language! Kara and Megan made this roller coaster bearable through their dynamic presentations, their encouragement in the breakout sessions, and how approachable they both are as individuals. I am looking forward to attending more of their workshops in the future to continue this journey!

Maria A. Barbaglia

Spanish Teacher, Berkshire County, Massachusetts

EARCOS / Korea International School, Aug 22-23, 2015 – Seoul, Korea

I went to the [EARCOS] workshop in Korea which in my opinion it was fantastic. I can’t stop using your website and ideas.

Raquel Parra Tong

Middle/High School Teacher at Concordia International School, Shanghai, China

Jamestown Community College, Aug 16-18, 2015 – Jamestown, NY

Padua Academy, Aug. 12, 2015 – Wilmington, DE

TELL Collab 2015 – Austin, TX

SWCOLT 2015 – Broomfield, CO

ACTFL 2014 – San Antonio, TX

KWLA 2014 – Lexington, KY

ACTFL 2013 – Orlando, FL

JCPS New Teacher Induction 2013 – Louisville, KY

Liberty Christian School, 2013 – Argyle, TX

Jefferson Co. Public Schools, 2012 – Louisville, KY

Fayette Co. Public Schools, 2012 – Lexington, KY

KWLA 2012 – Lexington, KY

KWLA 2011 – Lexington, KY

CSCTFL 2011 – Indianapolis, IN

KWLA 2010 – Lexington, KY


21 comments

  1. Kristi Blakemore

    I am teaching a Hispanic culture class next year and am lost and overwhelmed at the number of things I could cover in 18 weeks. Could you help me out? What culture resources do you have? I have taught Spanish for 10 years, but this class will be taught in English and will cover all Spanish-speaking countries. HELP PLEASE!

    • Kara Parker

      Hi Kristi! Megan and I just talked about how complete freedom is awesome and overwhelming. Two years ago, I had a Hispanic Humanities class which was a dream to me. It was very project-based and I owe a big thanks to Yanay Feria who helped me plan this. Here were my units: What is culture? (covered aspects of culture), Art, Music, Dance, Food, Holidays. I picked one country to always use as the teaching/input. I picked Spain because I knew it best. After that, they picked different countries or a specific style to then research and present to class. It was very hands on (made art, danced, sang, played instruments, created a party planning board to represent a holiday with Latin-inspired decorations, appetizers, music, etc)! I would love to do posts about this one day when I gather all my pictures and resources. The students left with a general overview of the major topics. I taught it in Spanish/English. We had native speakers too that really enriched the conversations.

    • Kara Parker

      Hey Pam! We are putting that information under “Calendar” tab on the homepage at the top. Where are you located?

  2. Olivia Bradley

    Hi Kara and Megan,

    I teach at a private school in Los Altos Hills, California and I was wondering if you guys do on-site workshops. We have a professional development day on January 4th, 2016 and we were hoping you could come to present on the proficiency-based classroom.

    Please let me know if this is something you do, if you are available and the cost for a one day workshop.

    Thanks for your time,

    Olivia Bradley

    • Kara Parker

      We definitely do on-site workshops! We just finished up one in Korea. 🙂 I’ll email you to discuss details.

  3. Kathleen

    Hello,

    It looks like your transitioning to a proficiency based class workshop would be a perfect fit for the needs of our World Language Department. Could you please contact me about possibly coming to NH.

    Thank you

  4. Anita Collins

    Hello, I would like to attend your PD classes–transitioning to proficiency, zoom in on culture, snapshots and selfies, and developing authentic lessons, but a password is required for most of them. How can I sign up? I’m in Dallas, Texas

    • Megan Smith

      Hey Anita! These pages are actually set up for teachers to access after they have attended a conference or workshop with us. We presented at TFLA last year and we’re working with a few districts in Texas this year, but not in Dallas. If your school or district is considering new PD opportunities we would be happy to talk to them! If not, we do offer 1-on-1 coaching! Email us if you’d like to talk! creativelanguageclass@gmail.com

  5. Samantha Vazquez

    Did Anita Collins find what she is looking for? I need that too and I live an hour or so away from her.

  6. Kasey Lane

    Are you available for me to come watch you in action? Or do you have any videos of you teaching? I have been to so many workshops on different things, and I hear the great ideas, but I want to see it in ACTION!!!! I want to see the speaker doing it, not just telling HOW to do it, or how wonderful it is. I am a visual person, and I need to have a model to follow. Especially on engaging students. All these wonderful ideas, like the stations, but that is very time-consuming, and it is very difficult when I teach Spanish I and II mixed up. I need help!!!:) I’ve been doing this a long time, but I can’t seem to keep the kids engaged much past the “Honeymoon” time. How do you make sure the kids are speaking Spanish when they are in pairs or groups? I can’t be everywhere. Do you take off points for not speaking Spanish? Then do they quit talking at all?

    I have many questions that I would love to ask you.

    • Kara Parker

      I understand Kasey! I also had mixed level classes and seriously, stations saved me! We are not in the classroom this year, but I have a few videos of me teaching. I have one of setting up stations and one leading a QA (teaching language through culture). Email us about some options: creativelanguageclass@gmail.com. We do one-on-one coaching where I would show the videos and would dig in deep on your questions as we talk it out. Every situation is different and you can to figure out how to make it fit your students/situation.

  7. Maria Pilar Tompkins

    I am really interested in your workshops, now I am teaching via vidyo long distance learning but still I like to have fun with students, dance,joke and make my class interesting, you guys are that for me, please, let me know how your workshops are, ironically I like to be in the place in order to learn.

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