Lead with Languages in Middle School – Open a World of Opportunities
Presenter: Paul Sandrock, Dr. Laura Roche Youngworth

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Join AMLE and ACTFL as we check out the best ways to teach world language in the middle grades and how everyone can incorporate world language across the curriculum! Learning another language is a critical skill for all middle level learners—not just for their future careers but to participate in local communities today. What makes for an effective world language program in middle school grades? Learn how to connect middle school language learning with any prior experiences and future opportunities; examine appropriate standards-based program goals and how to implement them; and identify instructional strategies that build learners' proficiency in using the new language. Middle school language learning opens a world of opportunities for all learners!

Paul Sandrock
Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), directs this national organization's professional development and initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment. Previously, Paul was Assistant Director of Content and Learning at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) , coordinating the areas of English language arts, mathematics, international education, and world languages. He earlier served as the DPI state-wide consultant for world languages. Paul taught Spanish for 16 years in middle school and high school and authored The Keys to Assessing Language Performance as well as Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages. Paul previously served ACTFL as a board member and president and received ACTFL's Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12.
Dr. Laura Roche Youngsworth
Dr. Laura Roché Youngworth, the World Language Specialist for Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS), provides support to over 35 world language and 6 immersion programs within the FCPS district. Her main emphasis is on providing professional learning and initiatives that foster teacher growth and enhance student learning. Prior to this role, Laura taught French for 24 years at both the high school and middle school levels, serving as a new teacher and student teacher mentor. She has been recognized twice as the Kentucky French Teacher of the Year, as well as the 2015 KY World Language Teacher of the Year, 2016 SCOLT Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for the 2017 ACTFL Teacher of the Year. Most recently, Laura served as President and Vice President of the KY Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and is a current Board member of the Kentucky World Language Association where she chairs the Professional Development offerings for KWLA members.
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