World/Foreign Language Teachers

2019-2020 Schedule and Topics

Headways for World/Foreign Language Teachers: Opening Doors through Communication will occur from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the below dates:

October 7, 2019: Foreign Language Education: Your School and the Evolving Landscape

Topics to consider: name of department (“world” vs. “foreign” languages), languages taught (past and present), graduation requirements, promotion of language/language study, etc.

November 4, 2019: What do you Know? Formative and Summative Assessments and Standardized Testing

Topics to consider: basis of standards (i.e. ACTFL), desired outcomes (for unit, level, entire program), formative and summative assessments, project-based learning, role of standardized tests (i.e. AP), etc.

January 13, 2020: Resource Roundup: Textbooks, Authentic Materials, Technology, and More

Topics to consider: curriculum development, textbook series, authentic materials, technology (e.g. apps, podcasts, iMovie, etc.), etc.

February 10, 2020: Differentiation: What Does it Mean and (How) Does it Matter?

Topics to consider: different outcomes/content/pedagogy for standard vs. honors levels, selection criteria, movement between levels, etc.

April 20, 2020: Use it or Lose it: Language Learning Opportunities Abroad

Topics to consider: locations, providers, liability, home stays, school exchanges, partnerships, access and equity, desired outcomes, etc.


Available exclusively to NCGS member schools, each cohort includes five conversation topics. A registration fee of $250 is required by each participant. Space is very limited with preference given to new, first-time participants who can commit to joining every session within a cohort.

Registration is now open! Click here to register.