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Summer series: Avant - MFLA W7

"Fostering (Bi)Literacy for all students: Strategies for Including Heritage and Native Learners”

Join T.J. Troche, Spanish Teacher, President of the Professional Language Association of Nevada, and Ryan Smith, 2018 NADSFL Supervisor of the Year for Washoe County School District as they present very relevant and meaningful strategies to support ALL learners in your language programs!

Air date: 6/29/2020

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summer series: Avant- MFLA W6

"Bringing the World to Your

Schools & Communities"

Join award winning advocate and teacher, Akash Patel, CEO of The Happy Foundation to find out how you can use Zoom, Skype, Google hangout or other virtual platforms to connect your scholars LIVE and for FREE with Happy World Foundation Inc.’s 1,500+ volunteers from over 150 countries.

Air date: 6/26/2020

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Summer Series: Avant-mfla w5

"Understanding Proficiency Assessments and data"

Join Aziz Ebinghannam from Avant Assessment to learn more understanding proficiency and assessment data.

Avant is the world’s leading language proficiency test provider giving students a true picture of their language skills. We created Avant to improve language proficiency in over 32 languages. We are very proud to have created the first online Yup’ik language proficiency test that is being used to award the Seal of Biliteracy. Year after year, schools choose Avant because of our accurate, consistent scoring, and great customer service. All of Avant's online, computer-adaptive proficiency tests are aligned with the ACTFL Proficiency Scale and designed to meet your goals such as creating a path to the Seal of Biliteracy, gathering data on proficiency growth, illustrating program quality, and more.

Air date: 6/25/2020

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Summer series: Avant-MFLA W4

"Caution: Heavy Load - Practical Ways to Keep Proficiency-Based Teaching Sustainable and Purposeful"

Join our presenter; Meredith White, 2020 FLAG Teacher of the Year!

Many times, we as teachers are overwhelmed with professional development: session options, new technology tools, constant collaboration, lesson planning, the list goes on. Meanwhile, we still have the same goals: foster students’ enjoyment of language and culture while advancing their proficiency. This presentation will provide ideas to empower teachers to keep language teaching sustainable and forward-moving, divided into three tiers: organization, planning, and assessing. Don’t come for the latest, greatest, all-new teacher shiny; come to reflect and possibly even level-up what you’re already doing. You, as a teacher, are already enough, and this session looks to validate and align the work you’ve already put in and see if it can be pushed further. All slides, resources, videos, and tools mentioned will be available before, during, and after the presentation.

Air date 6/24/2020

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Summer Series: Avant-MFLA W3

"Getting them talking: Engaging and empowering Novice learners"

Join our guest presenter, Rebecca Aubrey, 2019 ACTFL TOY as she shares TONS of ideas and activities!

How can we get novice learners exchanging information in the target language when they have limited language to draw on? Maintaining a 90%+ target language environment is challenging with novice learners, particularly as their affective filter increases. In this session, participants will learn strategies for scaffolding learning to promote target language use, as well as explore specific activities to promote interpersonal speaking and build circumlocution skills with novice language learners of all ages.

Air date 6/23/2020

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Summer Series: Avant-MFLA w2

"Easy steps to implement the MS Seal of Biliteracy"

Join Sandra Elliott and Limeul Eubanks from the Mississippi Department of Education as they provide MS educators with an opportunity to learn details about the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy policy and guidelines which establish minimum criteria for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in awarding Seals of Biliteracy.

Key points of the webinar include: understanding of the State Board Policy, the guidelines, and requirements for district adoption of local policy.

Mississippi Seal of

Biliteracy State Board Policy

Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines

Air date: 6/22/2020

Summer Series: Avant-MFLA W1

"The Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway to Awards"

Join Avant MORE Learning and the Mississippi Foreign Language Association (MFLA) as we welcome our presenter, Linda Egnatz, Exe Director of The Global Seal of Biliteracy! In this webinar, Linda shares information about how to attain the Global Seal of Biliteracy - A three-step proficiency pathway of awards to recognize and certify ANY language learners (young learners or adults) through competency-based learning.

Air Date: June 19, 2020

"Meeting the Challenges of Instruction, Practice, and Feedback in World Language Teaching Online"

Aired: MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020

Since we as world language teachers are having to re-purpose our skills in order to deliver our classes remotely, there are challenges that we have encountered. These challenges are only intensified because of goals, standards, and performance ratings that have to be met in our teaching and in our students’ learning. Join us and let’s work together to jump-start effective, agile new ways to teach and address students’ learning needs as we advance in this century.

Guest Speakers Included:

Allison Carneiro da Silva from Stonewall Jackson Middle School

Rhode N’komba from Falls Church High School

Rebecca Fox, Ph.D., from the College of Education and Human Development

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Follow and participate on Twitter! #jumpstartWL

"Assessing for proficiency During uncertain Times"

Aired: May 11, 2020

1:00 EDT/2:00 CDT/11:00 PDT

MORE Learning at Avant is pleased to partner with CSCTFL (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language) to offer this FREE webinar for teachers of all languages and levels!

This webinar features guest speakers who discuss strategies that sustain engagement for students and teachers across non-traditional learning platforms.

Guest Speakers include

District Dept. Chair & Spanish Teacher Melissa Dalton

Instructor & Basic Spanish Program Coordinator, Melanie Kleeschulte

and World Languages Consultant for Ohio Dept of Education, Kathy Shelton

Visit the MORELearning website for up-to-date information on professional learning opportunities and watch past webinars with our partners.

Access the Slide Deck here!

NCLIVE Webinar 4/30/2020

Tools that Prepare Learners for a World of Opportunities

Avant Products and Services that Support Language Learning

In today's world where exchanges of information with world partners (business, education, medicine etc...) are at the touch of our fingertips, clear communication and inter-cultural competencies are at a premium. As language learners across the country are striving to attain the Seal of Biliteracy in two or more languages, earn college credits, or increase job opportunities by demonstration of proficiency, how are language programs ensuring that students are inspired and prepared to continue their learning and growth in the language? In this webinar, participants will gain insight into best practices and national data from programs across the country, and learn how data and professional learning from Avant Assessment can assist them in preparing these learners for the future.

Remote Places, Engaged Spaces - 4/22/2020

This webinar was a collaborative presentation between MORE Learning at Avant Assessment and the Southern Conference on Language Teaching. The original LIVE air date was 4-22-2020. SCOLT President Dr. Bobby Hobgood, 2020 SCOLT TOY Elena Kamenetzky 2020 AWLA TOY Chrissy Roe explore the challenges and solutions for sustaining student and teacher engagement in a non-traditional learning environment during the COVID-19 crisis.

MORE Learning Director for Professional Learning at Avant Assessment, Dawn Samples, the SCOLT Exe. Director, Dr. Leslie Baldwin and the Past President of SCOLT, Carmen Scoggins, facilitate and moderate the discussions between the panelists and the audience via chat and Twitter (hashtag #engagedspaces). You may access the slide deck to the webinar here.

Visit scolt.org for more information about the 2021 conference!

Keeping the classroom Door Open when the school is closed - 3/31/20

With the onset of the COVID-19 virus, World Language classes have shifted swiftly to a "remote environment." Teachers across the country are facing enormous changes in how they connect with their students and carry on language learning practices that promote proficiency in the language. This webinar will feature guest speakers who will discuss strategies that work across age groups and levels and address how teachers are responding to the current situation and practicing self-care. Guest Presenters include: Rebecca Aubrey, T.J. Troche, Meredith White and Julie Speno. Host: Dawn Samples, Director for MORE Professional Learning at Avant.

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Power Up Proficiency and Go Global Webinar - 1/23/20