Monday, November 25, 2013

WL Director Receives National Board Certification

World Language Director, Catherine Ritz, was awarded National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood/World Languages, with a specialty in French on Saturday. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards requires teachers to go through rigorous examinations and develop a portfolio demonstrating that they meet high standards for excellence in teaching.

Teachers must demonstrate:
1) A strong command of content;
2) The ability to design appropriate learning experiences that advance student learning;
3) The use of assessments to inform instructional decision making; and
4) Partnerships with colleagues, parents and the community.

Catherine completed her portfolio and assessments last spring, and received her scores this past weekend.

Friday, November 8, 2013

WL Teachers Attend BER Workshop

World Language teachers in both the high school and middle school in Arlington attended a Bureau of Education and Research (BER) workshop this week entitled, "Strengthening Your World Language Instruction with the Three A's: Activities, Articulation and Assessment." In attendance were Véronique Lahey, Tony Di Sanzo, Meagan Bassett, Katia Haberman, Tara Kfoury, and Na Lu-Hogan. The workshop gave teachers strategies they can use to better differentiate instruction, support student-centered instruction, and keep their classes close to 100% in the target language. Teachers will be sharing what they learned at upcoming department meetings so that all members of the World Language department can benefit from their experience.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Language Clubs Present at Club Day!

The Language Clubs were all out in force on Club Day at AHS, recruiting new members and sharing their excitement for languages!