Leading the Way to Proficiency

Become a Proficiency Leader

Do you want to grow your leadership skills and influence in the world language profession? Join Wayside’s Professional Learning team and other language educators in our collaborative learning events series designed to help you connect high-leverage practices with leadership skills.

Each session centers around a leadership topic relevant to language teaching and learning. Together with colleagues, we will share ideas, learn, and grow. The sessions build on previous ones, so you will gain the most from attending all of them, but you are welcome to join as many as you like.

New Year, New Me: Growing, Learning, and Leading Together

September 20th | 7 pm ET
It’s a new school year - time to level up your leadership skills! Come join us in learning and leading together. In this collaborative group setting, we’ll join forces to begin the school year with growth and goal setting in mind. Thomas Sauer will help us kick off this series with an introduction to the Catalyst Tool for goal setting and collaboration.
This is an interactive, collaborative learning event where participants will connect, learn, guide, and inspire each other.

Find a mentor be a mentor... Listen, Learn, Guide, Inspire

October 18th | 7 pm ET
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself” (Oprah Winfrey). As a teacher leader you may be mentoring new teachers, but do YOU have a mentor? Mentors can provide you with valuable insights and guidance to help you grow personally and professionally. Finding a reciprocal mentor can help you grow both your knowledge and skills in teaching for proficiency, but also hone the leadership and communication skills needed to influence and lead others.
This is an interactive collaborative learning event where participants will connect, learn, guide, and inspire each other.

The Gift of You... Learn to Lead with Your Strengths

December 6th | 7 pm ET
What are your gifts? You have so much to offer! In this session, we will celebrate YOU as we learn about the power that comes from leading with your strengths. Using the results from a strengths assessment, we’ll talk about how you can transform your personal style to grow your leadership within the world language profession and build stronger collaborative relationships.

New Year, New Start! Reflect and Reset

January 17th | 7 pm ET
Happy New Year! Let's welcome 2023 by reflecting on the personal and professional goals that we set at the beginning of the school year. How’s your progress? Do you feel the need for a tweak or a reset? Considering what we’ve learned over the past few months through our colleagues, conferences, students, and professional learning, let’s join forces in discussing how to adjust our sights and vision for the upcoming semester. Come find inspiration and maybe an accountability partner to help end the school year strong.

There’s More than One Way to Lead

February 21st | 7 pm ET
The world language profession needs YOU but how do you identify opportunities to grow and expand your influence? Are you interested in presenting at conferences? Do you want to be more involved in curriculum writing? There are many ways to engage in our profession – there’s not one way to be a leader! Join us for a panel discussion with world language leaders in a variety of positions to spark your imagination and envision the next steps in your own professional journey.

Don’t fence me in! An eclectic approach to language teaching

March 21st | 7 pm ET
Does everyone in your school or district teach exactly the same way? Of course not! And that’s okay if everyone has a shared vision and goals for student proficiency. But conflict can arise when teachers choose different methodologies to reach the same language learning goals. As leaders, how can we honor one another’s practices and continue to work effectively together to improve language learning?
In this session, we’ll talk about how teachers can embrace Principled Eclecticism - a method of language education that combines various approaches and methodologies to teach language depending on the aims of the lesson and the abilities of learners. Let’s learn together how to choose the best methods that match our strengths and what our students need to become proficient language users and culturally competent global citizens!