World language teachers present at 2016 FLAVA conference

Each year, the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) hosts a conference to support the professional learning needs of teachers and administrators from world language programs across the state.


The 2016 FLAVA conference held in Williamsburg Oct. 6-8 featured presentations by several VBCPS staff members:

  • Jen Carson, VBCPS World Languages Coordinator (four presentations): Principles of Effective World Language Programs; LangTalks; K-20+ Bridging Forum; Year One of the Biliteracy Seal in Virginia
  • Shirley Hall, Ocean Lakes High School Latin teacher (two presentations): Mobilize Student Ability through Grammar; Increase Student Activity in the Classroom
  • Kathryn Hatcher, Shawnda Hinton and Bianca Zaldivar, Tallwood High School Spanish teachers: Engaging Students with Technology BYOD
  • Eric Jaworski, Ocean Lakes Spanish teacher, and Mary Bruce Jaworski, Independence Middle School Spanish and German teacher: Boosting Students’ Communication!
  • Zach Neumann, VBCPS World Languages Instructional Specialist: Everyday Activities for Interpersonal Communication
  • Rosario O’Neil, Ocean Lakes High School Spanish teacher: Through the Eyes of a Spaniard
  • Sachiko Sakamaki, Landstown High School Japanese teacher: Virginia Governor’s Japanese Academy
  • Fatima Zahraoui, Tallwood HS Arabic and French teacher: Innovative Activities that Bring Arabic to Life

Teachers from the division’s Spanish partial immersion elementary school programs also attended the FLAVA conference which featured the inaugural meeting of the Virginia Dual Language Educators Network (VADLEN).  Lorena Wornom, first-grade Spanish immersion teacher at Alanton Elementary School was elected President-elect of VADLEN. Wornom discusses her experiences as a teacher in the partial immersion program in this video about the division’s world language immersion program.

Wornom (center) is VADLEN president-elect
Wornom (center) is VADLEN president-elect


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