Welcome to the Vista Higher Learning Professional Development Archive page. Here you can access all of our professional development webinars, created specifically for world language educators like you. Enjoy anytime!

Webinars

Language Instructors as Architects
Presented by Ken Stewart

Architects don’t design majestic monuments overnight, and neither do great writers! Guided practice, scaffolding, and meaningful feedback are important from the start of instruction, because they can lead to writing effective persuasive essays in AP® and beyond. Take away practical writing strategies at all levels of instruction to reach the highest level of personal expression and performance on assessments and exams.

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Sustaining Student Engagement by Establishing a Community of Inquiry
Presented by Dr. Bobby Hobgood 

Sustaining student engagement is among the top challenges for online, blended, and face-to-face instructors. While participation is high in the first couple of weeks of class, students can eaisly fall into a culture of "last minute" participation. Tips on how to foster and sustain engagement throughout the semester, as well as how to identify when and where engagement is likely to wane are offered in this webinar. 

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Assessing Student Performance in the World Language Classroom 
Presented by Megan Budke 

Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs) help our students acquire diverse perspectives and engage our learners in meaningful activities that go beyond our classroom walls. In this three-part series, concrete examples will be shared of how to design, create, and implement IPAs that assess students in their three communication modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. This series of webinars shows how IPAs can measure what we value in our language classrooms.

Webinar 1: Rating Students in the Interpretive Mode
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Webinar 1: Rating Students in the Interpersonal Mode
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Webinar 1: Rating Students in the Presentational Mode
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Understanding the new IB language acquisition curriculum assessment 
Presented by Dr. James Monk 

Learn about the key changes to the IBDP language acquisition curriculum and assessment models, the rationale for those changes, and the implications for instructors. This webinar will help you prepare an action plan for identifying and working with authentic resources to develop formative assessments.

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Educating in the "Present Tense"
Presented by Linda Egnatz and Amanda Seewald

Experience how to engage and empower students in the current generation who are “now-focused”. With a focus on interculturality and fluency, this webinar will help you to re-imagine unit design with a global perspective taught with a proficiency purpose.

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Interpretive Mode: Increasing Critical Reading Skills
Presented by Linda Zins-Adams

Understand how to use and adapt authentic materials in all levels of instruction, while analyzing question types that encourage students to go beyond the text and apply a higher-level of thinking. Explore relatable interdisciplinary themes and how these readings benefit students in advanced courses. 

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Connecting with Millennials in the World Language Classroom
Presented by Devon Hanahan

Instructors know their content area, study pedagogical approaches, and immerse themselves in the latest technology, but they also have to understand the most important factor of all in the language classroom: the learners themselves. This session will provide practical, proven tips for reaching across the generation gap and enhancing the success of students. 


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Big Ideas, Small Steps: Thematic Learning

Presented by Ken Stewart

Learn to use back-mapping to scaffold instruction from advanced to novice language learners. Discover how to integrate authentic sources to build proficiency across levels and develop a framework for leveraging thematic planning and instructional design with a variety of language learners.


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Teaching with Film from the Very Beginning
Presented by Norah Jones

Discover the unique strengths of using film and media in the world language classroom. Learn how to select film or media appropriate to course objectives and contexts and develop scaffolded activities around the selected piece.


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Preparing Students to become Attentive L2 Listeners
Presented by Dr. Bobby Hobgood

Explore techniques from low-tech to high-tech for exposing students to a variety of voices from the target language while developing their ability to listen. 

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Project-Based Learning for Global Education
Presented by Ken Stewart

Learn new techniques to integrate project-based learning into your world language program, by exploring driving questions to guide inquiry and student-centered instruction. Discover new ways to use authentic resources to create and assess tasks and individualize instruction to better prepare students for a global market and society.

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Promoting Purposeful Learning
Presented by Cris Sparks-Early

Language instructors are required to teach five skills in one class: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and culture. Thoughtful lesson planning and re-thinking assessments, however, can enhance class time focused on forming and assessing communicative proficiency. 


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Personalizing Learning Pathways
Presented by Linda Markley

Learn how to hook students on learning another language and keep them moving along the learning path toward proficiency. This webinar will show you how to encourage your students to be motivated and to take risks in developing their language skills.


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Strategies for Success on the AP® Spanish/French Language and Culture Exam
Presented by Parthena Draggett

Are your students ready for the AP® Language and Culture Exam? Help them prepare by listening to these AP® webinars, one for Spanish teachers and one for French teachers. You’ll learn how pace and organize instruction to prepare for the AP® Exam in May.

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Authentic Avenues to Proficiency
Presented by Ken Stewart

In this webinar, participants will learn how to adapt and scaffold authentic materials to develop proficiency. Learn how to connect language and culture for students' success in their future workplaces, by providing them with tasks that have real-world context. 

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Envisioning the Win: Coaching for Intrinsic Motivation
Presented by Linda Egnatz


Participants will briefly review proficiency levels and learn coaching strategies designed to invite student engagement, grow intrinsic motivation, and push proficiency levels higher. Feedback and reflection activities that assist students as they design their own game-plan for language acquisition and take ownership of their progress will be explored. 

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Design Your Virtual Classroom: Teaching Online with the Supersite
Presented by Kate Grovergrys


Are you looking for ideas to bring life to your online language courses? This webinar discusses key strategies and technology tools that facilitate online instruction and promote student engagement.

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Technology in Formative and Summative Assessments
Presented by Catherine Ousselin


This webinar explores engaging Web tools and mobile apps important in creating meaningful interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal tasks. Watch this webinar to gain concrete skills and comprehension of the tools you will be able to use directly in your classes and collaboratively with your colleagues.

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Interculturality: Where Language and Culture Meet
Presented by Ken Stewart

Want to expand you understanding of interculturality? Curious about ways creative strategies can broaden the cultural perspectives of you and your students?


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Classroom 3.0: Personalize, Engage, and Integrate
Presented by Linda Zins-Adams

Interested in expanding your understanding of personalized learning through technology? Want to develop activities that allow students opportunities to create and take risks in the language?


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Every Day's an IPA
Presented by Norah Jones

Eager to understand the five key elements of an Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA)? Looking to learn ways to identify simple, available resources that can form the basis of brief IPAs?


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Seal the Deal: Be #2bilit2quit
Presented by Linda Egnatz

Want to expand your understanding of the "State Seal of Biliteracy" movement? Want to develop simple yet creative strategies to move students from novice to intermediate in the target language?

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Tired of Fill-in-the-Blanks? Try IPAs.
Presented by Cris Sparks-Early


Want to expand your understanding of Integrated Performance Assessments? Curious about creative strategies to differentiate the type of IPA that is best for your various student needs? Then, this webinar is for you!

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How to Teach With Film
Presented by Norah Jones


Want to affirm objectives for using film in world language instruction? Eager to identify instructional steps for effective film usage?

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Inductive Language Instruction Using Protagonistas
Presented by Armando Brito

 
Interested in expanding your understanding of inductive learning? Want to help your students achieve greater levels of proficiency?

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Support and Retention: Set your students up for success (Spanish)
Presented by Kate Grovergrys


Eager to learn successful strategies for keeping your students motivated and on track?

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Support and Retention: Set your students up for success (French)
Presented by Erin Hart-Johnson


Eager to learn successful strategies for keeping your students motivated and on track?

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Tips and Tricks for a Communicative Classroom (Spanish)
Presented by Kate Grovergrys


Want to learn how to provide your students with opportunities for meaningful practice and communication inside and outside of the classroom?

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Tips and Tricks for a Communicative Classroom (French)
Presented by Erin Hart-Johnston


Want to learn how to provide your students with opportunities for meaningful practice and communication inside and outside of the classroom?

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Make Compositions Meaningful to Students (Italian)
Presented by Grazia Spina


Want to design authentic IPAs (Integrated Performance Assessments)? Interested in developing creative technological tools to assign and assess compositions?

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Stay tuned for more webinars!