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Christine Brown

Deputy Head, Carol Morgan School - Dominican Republic
Ms. Christine Brown

Educators' Conference
Area of Specialty:World Languages

Deputy Head, Carol Morgan School, Dominican Republic. Formerly, Assistant Superintendent, Glastonbury (CT) Public Schools; Director of the Languages Program GPS, the oldest, award winning, grades 1-12 languages program in US.

Service: President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL); Chair of the US FL Standards Task Force; Chair, AERO+ Languages; President of the National Network of Early Language Learning; AP Language Commission; Language Task Force for the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards; Language and Arts Task Force of the National Association for State Boards of Education; Chair, Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; President, Connecticut Council of Language Teachers.

Awards: National Foreign Language Supervisor of the Year -National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages; Outstanding Administrator Award - American Association of Teachers of French; Outstanding Educator - New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers; Outstanding Educator - Connecticut Council of Language Teachers; Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (ACTFL); "Visionary Leadership in Education" Commendation, CT Commissioner of Ed & CT Legislature.

Consulting: American Education Reaches Out (AERO) USDOS, STARTALK Program; Arabic, Chinese and Korean K-20 Language Standards Projects; numerous schools and districts in the United States and abroad.

Full Day Institute
Title Planning, Teaching and Assessing Standards-Based World Language Units and Curricula Using Understanding By Design
Programme Educators' Conference
Days Offered Monday October 22, 2012 (10:00-17:00) and repeated Tuesday October 23, 2012 (10:00-17:00)

This session will be devoted to a review of the Standards and Benchmarks for Language Learning from the US and the AERO World Language Standards. Language specific standards and benchmarks across the 12 languages represented in the Foreign Language Standards for the 21st Century (ACTFL and the Standards Collaborative) will be basis for the unit discussion and work that participants will engage in during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to come with curriculum designs both for their language programs and for other themes used in their schools in English Language Arts, Social Science, Science and or MYP, PYP and IB. New AP themes will be provided.

  • Participants will understand how these standards can be used to design and teach a standards-based language curriculum.
  • Participants will be able to identify culture topics that need to be at the core of the units and work to identify cross-disciplinary themes that can be infused to reinforce other important content at the grade levels.
  • Participants will have samples of standards-based units in multiple languages, including Arabic, French, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean,several African languages and have an opportunity to begin a unit using a common template.
Target Audience Administrators and Educators
Conference Material None.
3-Hour Workshop
Title Understanding and Constructing Standards Based Assessments in World Language and ELL Learning and Teaching
Programme Educators' Conference
Days Offered Wednesday October 24, 2012 (10:00-13:00)

This session will complement the standards based unit design session but that session will not be a prerequisite for this session. Participants will learn about new, emerging, standards-based assessments under development by the US Dept. of Education via the FLAP program in collaboration with ACTFL, long sequenced language programs in school districts and other federal and state agencies of the US govt. Examples of Performance Based Learning Assessments will be shared along with rubrics to gauge increasing student proficiencies in the three modes of communication outlined in the national and aero language standards along with rubrics for the culture, comparisons, connections and communities standards. The new ACTFL AAPPL Test will be demonstrated.

  • Participants will learn about models for constructing standards and benchmarked world language assessments and see examples of thematic assessments that incorporate benchmarks from the national and AERO language standards.
  • Participants will learn about and discuss new, emerging, standards based assessments under development by ACTFL in collaboration with a public school district in the US and other partners.
  • Participants will view and discuss rubrics that can be used to gauge student progress against the communication modes, culture knowledge and the connections, communities and comparison standards and benchmarks.
Target Audience Administrators and Educators
Conference Material None.

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