This past week, we had the pleasure of connecting with our immersion point people at the add.a.lingua Spring Training. We value the collaboration that occurs between our team and our partner schools during these two days of training. We want to share with you a brief overview of what went on during our two days together. We are so excited to continue to see growth in our partner schools’ immersion programs and are thankful for the leadership and passion for language learning that these point people provide.
On Tuesday morning, we took a moment to refresh and refocus on the amazing opportunity we have to educate students to become bi-cultural and bi-literate citizens of the world. We spent time talking about how these goals are truly embedded in the mission statements represented by each of our schools. After that, our instructional support team unveiled a new vision for professional development as it pertains to our teachers. The team explained the scope and sequence for the coming professional development (PD1) and demonstrated how the summer trainings will connect to specific teacher meetings back at your school. After lunch, we shared a new collection of add.a.lingua produced videos centered around promotion of immersion programs and those frequently asked parent questions. These videos will be made available to your point person for downloading and distribution within your school community. We rounded out the afternoon by explaining the vision for English instruction and having a time of open-ended questions and answers.
Wednesday was interactive, and the point people did much more talking and sharing. We took the teachers in small tour groups for observations at our model school. The visits brought up excellent questions regarding resources, next steps for each program, and prompted forward thinking about the next phases of each individual school. Prior to lunch, the point people explored various forms of assessments that add.a.lingua promotes. In summary, they learned how and why we are piloting AAPL testing at our model school and also began to discover the ways in which AALPAs (add.a.lingua performance assessments) are reshaping the way we think about teaching. After lunch, we ended the day by turning the tables on our point people and putting them in the hot seat. They were asked to deal with difficult scenarios regarding immersion students and teachers and together find a solution to the problem. They had many of the right answers, and we all had quite a few laughs in the process!
It’s such a great time to be part of this immersion community–we definitely count ourselves lucky to share it with all of you.
your friends at add.a.lingua