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At the 2020 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) national virtual conference, Anastasia Cartlidge, Coordinator for World Languages, co-presented an on-demand session with David Eifert, former World Languages Instructional Coach, about the benefits of instructional coaching related to supporting, engaging, and retaining high-quality language instructors.

Participants were actively engaged in a variety of ways from the moment they began viewing the session by contributing to a digital word cloud to pausing the presentation to allow time to process reflective questions to support their new learning. Strategies to facilitate reflective practice through coaching cycles aligned to the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Framework and ACTFL core practices were shared. Participants reflected on how coaching supports engagement and retention. Authentic examples were shared from the presenters’ experiences coaching individuals and PLCs. Finally, participants considered how coaching might apply to their unique school settings.

While there was no way to know in January of 2020 that the convention would eventually need to be held virtually, this was still an incredible opportunity to share about instructional coaching in world languages at a national level. Sessions are available to view by conference registrants until December 31, 2020.

Anastasia Cartlige WL coordinator