Looking Back, Moving Forward:

Teaching World Language Learners through the Pandemic

For: World Language Teachers


Monday, August 17, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.





During the spring of 2020, teachers shined as heroes. When faced with emergency closures and struggling with distance teaching without any preparation, we quickly shifted from survival mode to creative planning mode. It’s a testament to how teachers just get things done.

Along the way, we learned a lot: we streamlined our curriculum by dropping things we didn’t like or need from our former teaching models and innovated what we needed to replicate because it was missing in the virtual space. In this session, we’ll draw upon teacher experience to chart a course forward using the best of what we all have collectively learned. Whether your next school year is in person, remote, or a hybrid, we'll make sure you're equipped to handle it.

Attendees will reflect on their past experiences and look at case scenarios of other educators. Presenters will lay out the process and tools to:

Plan and organize
Teach synchronously and asynchronously
Aim for proficiency growth in evaluation

$85 per registrant, Member Schools

$135 per registrant, NonMember Schools



Presented by:

Nathan Lutz is the Global Learning Coordinator and Primary School French Teacher at Kent Place School, a leader in girls education, located in Summit, New Jersey. As an advocate for early world language instruction for all children, he serves the profession in various leadership roles: vice president of programs of the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ); immediate past president of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL); and the vice chair of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL). Nathan is a frequent conference presenter, program consultant, and writer for various early language programs.


Amanda Seewald, M.Ed., instructional coach and expert in multilingual curriculum and instruction, is Author and Owner of MARACAS Language Programs / Learning Kaleidoscope Educational Consulting. Amanda has taught all age groups, developed and published curriculum materials and music, and provides professional development to educators across the U.S. as a teacher coach and consultant. She is a regular presenter at national, regional, and state conferences.Amanda is a former President of the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey and President elect of the Joint National Committee for Language - National Council for Languages and International Studies. Amanda spends much time advocating for language programs and policy with legislators.

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MEMBER INFORMATION: If your school is a member of NJAIS, upon receipt of your registration, we will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice.

NON-MEMBER INFORMATION: If you are an employee of an organization or school that is NOT a member of NJAIS and you are registering for this workshop, please provide the company/school address. We will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice. Thank you.

Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation two weeksprior to the program. You may transfer your registration to a colleague in your school at no cost.