School of World Languages and Cultures
MBWLP: Monterey Bay World Language Project
For over 25 years the Monterey Bay World Language Project (MBWLP), one of the sites of the California World Language Project affiliated with the California Subject Matter Project, has been offering seminars to promote best practices for teaching language and cultures in Monterey, San Benito & Santa Cruz counties. MBWLP is housed in the School of World Languages and Cultures at CSU Monterey Bay and sponsors research-based professional learning opportunities for World Langauge educators, advocates for the retention, expansion, and articulation of World Language programs across language levels, and supports California schools with the creation of World Language programs in order to prepare California’s students to successfully interact in our global society. As members of the California Subject Matter Project network, program activities are supported with federal and state grants and are guided by an Advisory Board and Concurrence Committee composed of representatives from diverse state educational institutions and the private sector.
The Monterey Bay World Language Project at California State University, Monterey Bay invites you to participate in the 2020-2021 Seminars for World Language Teachers
Teaching with Clarity: Designing A Weekly Lesson Plan with Global Competence. A 3-Day Seminar and Coaching Opportunity presented by Yo Azama, 2012 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, with MBWLP Team on September 12, 19, & 26, 2020
Lesson design is a big part of a teacher's life. Good teachers understand that a well-designed lesson is key for successful learning. However, a unit planning process can take time and often feels overwhelming for busy teachers. In this series, participants will design a weekly lesson that they can use immediately for the upcoming week in cohorts. Three consecutive weekends are designed to provide ongoing lesson design experiences that are supported by the presenter and cohort members.
Goals: As designing a weekly plan, participants will…
- Gain a deeper understanding of the Global Competence Framework
- Develop meaningful communicative tasks
- Identify and establish key assessments
- Develop clarity on language task sequence
Sample one-day schedule: 9am - 11am: Seminar; 1pm-3pm: Collaboration + Coaching*; (*Collaboration time with presenters to design your weekly engaging tasks and activities for immediate use.)
Offered via Zoom. CEU Credits Available. Limited time registration rate $60, all inclusive.
Tips and tools on how to address the social/emotional needs of teachers, students, and families during virtual learning. This session will focus primarily on helping educators learn how to prioritize their own mental health needs, but will also cover ways to support students and families in a virtual world.
Saturdays, October 10th and 17th, 9:00-11:00: Seminar; 1pm-3pm: Collaboration + Coaching*
(*Optional Collaboration time with Jessica for additional questions and support. Please RSVP via registration or email.)
Offered via Zoom. CEU Credits Available. Limited time registration rate $60, all inclusive.
Seminar Sessions presented by: Jessica Rodgers, Assistant Principal, River City High School and Assistant Principal, River City High School and AP over MTSS at River City
- Assistant Principal, River City High, Sacramento
- Admin over MTSS at River City High
- M.Ed. in Cross Cultural Education
- Piloted the first Wellness Center and the first comprehensive Alternatives to Suspension program led by a Social Workers in Monterey County
- 9 years in Title 1 Schools
- PBIS Administrator of the Year 2018
- Foster/Adoptive parent and mom of 5
Join Nicole Naditz (2015 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year) in two sessions focusing on student engagement, with particular emphasis on strategies to maximize engagement during distance learning. Many of these strategies are easily adapted to in-person contexts, making them equally useful when your programs return to brick-and-mortar settings.
The first session will explore engagement strategies that are designed to ensure that learners are the ones doing the active work of learning as they interact with you, each other and the content (including authentic texts) in meaningful ways.
The second session will focus more heavily on specific strategies for engaging learners in the interpersonal mode.
Dates: January 16th and January 23th, 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00pm
Duration: 3 hours Synchronous
Registration Fee: $100 per 2 sessions (Early Bird- Register by January 4th, $80 per 2 sessions)
1 CEU credit available
About Nicole Naditz: Nicole Naditz, M.Ed is the Program Specialist for Instructional Technology and World Languages for San Juan Unified School District. Prior to her current role, she taught French to grades 3 through 12 for almost 25 years. Nicole is a National Board Certified Teacher and has won numerous honors including 2012 Sacramento County Teacher of the Year and finalist for California State Teacher of the Year. Most recently, she was named the 2015 National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and served on California's Instructional Quality Commission, an advisory body to the State Board of Education. Nicole is also a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and Apple Learning Academy Specialist.
The Stanford Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), the Monterey Bay World Language Project (MBWLP) and the Stanford World Language Project (SWLP) invite new and experienced teachers of Spanish for Heritage Learners to join this professional learning course tailored to the special needs of the Heritage Spanish classroom! This course is also appropriate for teachers of advanced Spanish classes.
Dates: January 23, February 6, March 6, and March 27
Time: Time: 9:00-12:00, 1:30-2:30 plus optional time for collaboration, coaching and support
Location: Online, blend of synchronous and asynchronous sessions
Team Leaders: Eduardo Muñoz, Antonio Tunzi
Powerful Assessment Practices: Feedback and Grading that Fosters Student Investment--March 13th, March 20th & April 3rd, 2021
Presented by Nicole Dimich
When assessment is designed and used as information to understand students’ strengths and next steps, it becomes engaging and powerful- a way to focus on deep learning. This session will share important research, practical tools, and templates, and many examples to explore effective feedback and grading practices.
Nicole Dimich will share key insights into how to:
- effectively and efficiently engage in formative feedback practices
- explore grading and reporting practices that focus on communicating learning and fostering hope and efficacy and
- tie assessment evidence to standards to increase the quality and validity of grades.
- Increase understanding and implementation of formative feedback practices that lead to student investment
- Learn and explore grading practices that support learning and communicate effectively in a distance learning context
- Understand the relationship between grading and assessment evidence, including tools for effective design
Dates: Saturdays, March 13th, March 20th & April 3rd, 2021, 9:00 am - 11:30am
Duration: 2.5 hours Synchronous Sessions
Registration Fee: Full rate: $200 per 3 sessions; Early Bird-Register by March 1st: $150 per 3 sessions; Student Teacher or 3 or more teachers from the same school: $100 per 3 sessions
2 CEU Credit Available for Purchase
About Nicole Dimich
As an educator, consultant, author and practitioner, she works with elementary and secondary educators to facilitate, present, and empower the rebranding of assessment. She has numerous publications by Solution Tree Press on Student Motivation and Assessment. Nicole recently launched a nonprofit, Thrive Ed, whose mission is to transform education by empowering students, educators, and families
The state-wide subject matter projects suggest http://www.ocwlp.org/basics as a resource for preparation if you're teaching virtually.
MBWLP Leadership Team
MBWLP Site Director
Dr. Yoshiko Saito-Abbott
Professor of Japanese, School of World Languages and Cultures; MBWLP PI and Site Director. Selected awards: CLTA Hall Wingard Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014; The Allen Griffin Award for Excellence in Teaching; President of The Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) 2016-2018; Professional Development Director of AATJ 2020-present. Campus Directory Information
MBWLP Teacher-Leader Team
Lead Instructional Coach/ World Language Curriculum Specialist in Salinas Union High School District. Selected awards: 2012 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year (TOY); Elgin Heinz Teacher Award; Outstanding Teacher of America Award by Carlston Family Foundation
Soquel High School, Spanish teacher leading in Global Competence in the World Language Classroom; CTLA 2021 California Teacher of the Year
Harbor High School, Spanish, Nominated for California League of High Schools Educator of the Year for Region 5 in 2014; CLTA Outstanding Teacher in 2015; Recipient of the The Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation’s LIGHT Award grant (Leveraging Innovation by Growing and Honoring Teachers) in 2015-2017 to work with 5 other teachers in California to support the teaching of heritage language learners.
North Salinas High School, Japanese
Kristal KW Gaskell
Everett Alvarez High School, Spanish
Everett Alvarez High School, French, 2018-2019 Everett Alvarez High School Teacher of the Year; February 2018 EAHS Teacher of the Month
Rancho San Juan High School, Japanese
Alisal High School, Japanese, CLTA Outstanding Teacher Award, Teacher of the Year at AHS, TCAL Coach of the Year
The MBWLP Project
For over 25 years the Monterey Bay World Language Project (MBWLP), one of the sites of the California World Language Project affiliated with the California Subject Matter Project, has been offering seminars to promote best language teaching practices in Monterey, San Benito & Santa Cruz counties. The MBWLP Team is composed of experienced language teachers because we believe that “Teachers Teaching Teachers” is the most effective way to encourage the use of proficiency-oriented, standards-based strategies to improve student performance. Please join us, fees negotiable!
MBWLP Contact Information
Mailing Address: MBWLP, 100 Campus Center, Building 504, Room 2411, Seaside, CA 93955
Street Address (for GPS navigation only!): 3050 Divarty Street, Seaside, CA 93955 See on Google Maps