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Join us at the RIFLA Winter Workshop!

March 6, 2021

Teaching for Proficiency in a 21st Century World

Meredith White

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Georgia Foreign Language Teacher of the Year 2020

Session1 (9:00 - 12:00 pm):  Teaching for proficiency, specifically, conceptualizing, planning, and grading for proficiency with an emphasis on how to do so both in-person and digitally in a hybrid model.

Session 2 (1:00 - 2:00 pm): A one-hour presentation about technology, specifically, which technology Meredith recommends depending on which mode is being assessed (Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentation). 

Attendees of Session 1 will receive 3 PLUs; Attendees of Session 2 will receive 1 PLU

Meredith White earned her B.A., B.S., M.Ed., and Ed.S. all in World Language Education from the University of Georgia. Her focus on novice learners works to ingrain proficiency, authentic resources, genuine tasks, student-guided thematic units, and making language learning enjoyable. When she isn't at Peachtree Ridge High School teaching Spanish, she's at Georgia State University teaching educational methods classes or presenting/attending state, regional, and national workshops. Passionate about sharing and collaborating with other teachers, she blogs, moderates the PLN #langchat, and serves on the GGC College of Education Advisory and SEALLT Executive Boards.


One of RIFLA's missions it to award language excellence to secondary students, college students, teachers and advocates.

For secondary students: please don't miss our newest award, the RIFLA Student Ambassador!

For college students: opportunities for travel scholarships

For teachers: study and professional development awards

Also, Teacher of the Year and the Norma Garnett Advocacy Award

Please help us recognize the amazing work going on in our small state by nominating or applying for one of these awards!

Please click the Awards link at the top of this page to find out more about all of the opportunities.

The Seal will go LIVE as a RIDE endorsed designation with RI legislative support this year, 2021! See the FAQ documents below for details. This is a highly recommended program for all graduating seniors in Rhode Island!

How do I administer the Seal of Biliteracy test while teaching remotely? Check out this slideshow and feel free to adapt to your population and needs.

Testing with AAPPL 

Testing with AVANT 

RIFLA Statement and Call to Action

     Today we stand in solidarity with all those who are protesting, and most     especially with our students and with the Black community of Rhode Island. We   condemn the killing of George Floyd and recognize that it is yet another racially   motivated death in a country where people of color are oppressed due to   centuries of systemic racism.

     As educators, we realize that we must do our part to combat all systems of   hate, injustice, racism, and violence in our society and that we must strive to   make our classrooms inclusive, safe places for all students. We acknowledge   that  we must confront and try to dismantle our own biases and be willing to   talk  openly and honestly with our students about race and personal identity. As   language educators, we recognize that language has the power to build   empathy and traverse the divide within our communities. Making space for   dialogue on race, and racism in the US, while difficult, is essential. Having   challenging discussions with our students on equity and justice is essential. 

     What we say matters. Speaking up matters. However, what we do matters   more. Our actions matter more. We pledge to do more, to honor this work and   our students, by learning, questioning, listening, and taking action. 

     Black Lives Matter. Always. 

Remote Teaching Resources

Here are some resources curated by language teachers and organizations around the country. Feel free to add to the slideshow! Now more than ever we need our network of RIFLA members to get through!

RIFLA Curated Resources Slide deck

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