Heritage Teacher Workshop (Virtual) June 21-22 or July 28-29, 2022

Registration now open!

Register for June workshop here (June 21-22)

Register for July workshop here (July 28-29)

Adrienne and Mary Beth have put together two days with an AMAZING lineup of interactive sessions that will give you some great innovative ideas and strategies for working successfully with heritage learners.

Important Details

When: June 21-22 OR July 28-29, 2022 (the content will be the same), 8:30-3:30 MST

How: We highly recommend attending the sessions live because this will be designed as an synchronous workshop so we can make it as interactive and collaborative as possible. However, content portion of each session will be recorded and available for 14 days after the workshop ends.

Where: Virtual! This workshop will be held over Zoom and will use the Google Drive platform.

Who: This workshop will cater to teachers who teach (or will teach) classes for Spanish heritage speakers at the middle or high school level. This workshop is for both new and experienced teachers, especially those teachers interested in improving their literacy pedagogy and those teachers looking for ways to affirm and value student identities and language practices. Because it is interactive, it is especially valuable for teams to attend together. It is also valuable for curriculum specialists, teacher trainers, and curriculum developers who support heritage teachers.

Content: We are planning on revising our content and sessions this year; if you have attended our workshop in the past, you may still find this year’s sessions valuable. We hope to support both new and veteran heritage teachers by sharing what we’ve learned along the way and how our teaching has changed, and why. That said, we continue to focus on ensuring that our sessions are highly practical and relevant for classroom teachers. There will be a consistent theme of acknowledging, honoring, and validating identity and language practices in our students, as well as culturally sustaining pedagogies and antiracist, antibiased teaching in the heritage classroom.

This year, we will offer sessions on: humanizing our heritage classes and not giving in to deficit frameworks or labels, prioritizing free choice reading as a matter of equity, how to teach reading and writing successfully to heritage speakers (including a session on how to fill in some of those foundational literacy skills that some students with interrupted formal education might be missing, and units and themes that affirm the identities of our students. For a complete list of sessions and descriptions, please visit this link.

Additional information and goodies:

  • Participants will receive a certificate for hours completed.
  • UPDATE: The graduate credit registration is now open. Important changes: the cost is $65 and work is due within 2 weeks of the end of the workshop. In addition, once you register, you cannot drop or get a refund. We recommend registering about a week before the workshop. All information can be found here.
  • We anticipate sharing many curriculum resources during this workshop; more info to come.

Cost: Both workshops will be capped at 30 participants and we will be unable to add any space this year, as that is the maximum to ensure a great experience for everyone. Based on our experience from past years, we anticipate that the spots will go fast! Please register as soon as possible. We do process purchase orders but it takes additional time so please let us know as soon as possible by emailing us at adventuresinheritageteaching@gmail.com.

The following prices/dates apply to both the June and July workshops.

  • Early bird: $250 (+$16.85 fee) by April 30th
  • Regular: $275 (+$18.38 fee) by May 30th
  • Late: $300 (+$19.89 fee) up until workshop

Register for June workshop here (June 21-22)

Register for July workshop here (July 28-29)

Feedback from previous years of this workshop:

This workshop was worth it. It was interactive, personal, and gave me and my new colleague the confidence we needed to get our program under control. We left with great tools and ideas that we could immediately put into action.” –Meghan Loveless

“As a teacher new to teaching native and heritage speakers of Spanish, I found this workshop invaluable. I left feeling energized, encouraged, and ready to implement all the new ideas and strategies I learned.” –Nina Hidalgo

“I highly recommend the Heritage Teacher Workshop. Throughout the workshop, presenters shared valuable resources, provided access to curriculum and curriculum planning and modeled meaningful instructional strategies that were proven to engage heritage learners. Also, the opportunity to collaborate with heritage teachers from around the country was a welcomed opportunity to learn from each other. This workshop was just what our district team needed to the move the process forward for our students.” –Toni Theisen, Thompson School District World Language and Dual Language TOSA, Loveland, CO; ACTFL President 2013; ACTFL Teacher of the Year 2009

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Meet your workshop leaders, Adrienne Brandenburg and Mary Beth Johnson

  • Have been teaching high school heritage Spanish since 2012 and 2010, respectively
  • Mary Beth has served as the World Language Curriculum Supervisor in her school district for the last several years
  • Have each developed their own heritage curriculum and heritage programs from the ground up
  • Have presented on heritage topics at ACTFL, SWCOLT, IFLT, CCFLT, RFILA, PNCFL, AATSP conferences, and the Inspired Proficiency and What in the World? Language podcasts
  • Moderate a powerful PLN on Facebook
  • Have published essays in books for heritage teachers
  • Adrienne was recently elected to the ACTFL Board of Directors and has served as the Chair of the Spanish for Heritage Language Learners Special Interest Group
  • Have served as district consultants about meeting the needs of Spanish heritage speakers
  • Look forward to working with you!

Questions? Feel free to reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or via email at adventuresinheritageteaching@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Cancellations: Refunds must be requested in writing to adventuresinheritageteaching@gmail.com before June 1, 2022 for the June workshop and July 1, 2022 for the July workshop ; however, Eventbrite fees are non-refundable. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of the request. After these dates, no refunds will be given.

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