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Why do we need to learn another language? – To directly communicate with the world, and productively live in the global community. The Connecting with the World Project aims to create groups of teachers who want to join efforts in developing partnerships with colleagues in countries where the target language is spoken. These partnerships will allow our students to experience an authentic connection with the language and culture they are studying through collaborative class projects.

At the first stage of the project, teachers will become familiar with some ways to find a classroom match, and to create or join collaborative projects.

Later, the collaborative process will develop at two levels: 1) between each teacher and his/her partner abroad, and 2) between CCSD teachers who share ideas and experiences in developing and conducting classroom exchange projects.

For more information about this project, please contact our Project Leader, Svetoslava Dimova Ph.D. NBCT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

college recruiting football game planWhat are ideas, activities, and strategies that promote student engagement?

What prompted the project?

Times have changed and our teaching practices must change with them.  Student engagement in the classroom is needed.  We need to help students buy in to what is going on in the classroom.

         With increased class sizes, not all students are recognized and included in the classroom community. They are left on the fringes and not all the time participate willingly in classroom activities.  Other students are unfocused and do not seem to work to their potential.  Still others are unsure of why they are in school, for them, school is a time to interact socially. Along with these groups, focused students can be found, students that come to learn and to get good grades. How does a teacher create a cohesive community out of this mixture of backgrounds, ambitions and abilities?

          The idea is to create a resource of engagement activities to help teachers create respectful and inclusive classrooms. Classes where all the students feel a part of and all are encouraged to do their best.  Classes that promote friendships and help develop respect among the students and teacher.

For more information about this project, please contact our Project Leader, Dee Malmo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

contact support webThe Teachers Helping Teachers Project provides an avenue for new and veteran CCSD World Languages teachers to communicate and collaborate on-line with each other (via the CCSD World Languages Department website forum).

Teachers are encouraged to ask questions, discuss, and share ideas and resources in various topics such as “effective teaching standards in the areas of classroom environment, standards-based planning and assessment, instruction and professional responsibilities” (CCSD New Teacher Institute Flyer, 2012).

This project aims to reduce any feelings of isolation and stress and to increase the conditions of belonging, having heroes, feeling a sense of accomplishment, experiencing fun and excitement, being curious and creative, having a spirit of adventure, leading others responsibly and having confidence to take action (Quaglia, 2014, pp. 176).

A future aspect of this project includes the training and development of future teacher leaders who would serve as mentor teachers through professional learning opportunities offered by the county office (more details will be offered during the session)

 

For more information about this project, please contact our Project Leader, Dr. Terri Ognibene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

holisticalthinking2The Putting All the Pieces Together is a curriculum development project designed to build a thematic unit based curriculum for all language that incorporates course and student language proficiency and 21st century skills expectations. The curriculum will include course mapping, student “can do” descriptors, assessment, and instructional resources.

Goals for the project:

  1. create an overarching "theme" that encompases the content for each level across all languages.

  2. create Can Do Descriptors we expect from students at the end of each level using the ACTFL standards.

  3. create sample units to include in the curriculum guideline, which includes implementation timeframe, assessments, "can do" descriptors, resources, unit contents (such as vocabulary, grammar, etc.).

For more information about this project, please contact our Project Leader, Xiaoman Zhang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

group chat interaction 400 clr 9894The Language Connection Project aims to promote and increase communication and collaboration among language teachers in the district. Using tools as the CCSD World Languages Website, the Teacher Forum, Twitter, and others, our team aims to provide a platform wherein teachers can ask questions, share resources, and discuss strategies. This will help to facilitate communication between teachers as well as identify potential professional development needs and desires as the county transitions to a proficiency-based curriculum.
Additionally, the use of social media such as Twitter cultivates awareness of and interest in world languages across the district. To this end, over the course of the year, members of this project will seek to inform more teachers on the potential uses for Twitter as well as will facilitate Twitter contests and scheduled chats.
 
For more information about this project, please contact our Project Leader, Rachel Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.