Professional development for teachers

One-Week Summer Courses
for French Teachers
at the Taft Educational Center
June 27 through July 30


The Taft Educational Center has been providing outstanding workshops for public and independent school teachers and administrators since 1976. Over the years of the Center's operation, we have worked with teachers from all fifty states and more than fifty countries. Our first-class facilities, and our teaching staff of master teachers from high schools and colleges, have produced highly successful programs in an educationally exciting environment. This summer five separate week-long sessions will run from June 27 to July 30. Teachers, department heads, Advanced Placement coordinators, curriculum developers, and heads of schools should request and budget funds for summer work as soon as possible.
Graduate Credits & CEUs
Graduate Credits and Grades
The Taft Educational Center is pleased to continue our association with the University of Hartford as our graduate credit-granting authority. Each week at TEC will be granted three graduate credits by the university. Each participant will receive a grade for a completed workshop, but graduate credit is optional for an additional fee. Please contact TEC for fee information. Forms for the University of Hartford will be available in the TEC office during the workshop sessions.<>
Continuing Education Units
The Taft Educational Center is approved as a provider of Continuing Education Units by the Connecticut State Department of Education. For each week of successful academic work, the Center will grant 3.0 Connecticut CEUs. A number of other state Departments of Education will accept Connecticut CEUs for accreditation purposes.
Workshops are subject to change or cancellation.
Specific World Language Workshops:
YouTube "is where it's at" for young people today. They pay attention to fast, short bursts of information. Capitalize on that, by implementing YouTube video clips. It's a spectacular way to supplement classroom instruction, and to develop affect and positive relations with students. With over six million videos designated as educational, you're almost guaranteed of finding videos on any topic.
Learn how to create lessons, activities, and worksheets for individual video clips. Research and search for YouTube videos, align them with national standards, organize and categorize them, as well as create a library for yourself. Then, spice up your World Language classes, by creating electronic activities and worksheets, using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher. Create electronic worksheets that come alive for your students, as they click and drag words, sentences and pictures, then produce language for you. Fashion electronic activities, in which students produce surveys that generate tables and charts. Customize your own graphic organizers, to teach vocabulary, grammar and culture. The workshop implements minimal teaching and modeling time, and focuses on you creating dozens of actual activities, then exchanging them with colleagues.<>
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  • L'atelier semble tres inétessant, mais je ne suis pas disponible pour les dates indiquées. Peut-être l'année prochaine. L'autre inconvenient, c'est que notre école blocque YouTube complètement. Contourner les filtres nécessite deux étapes de plus pour créer qqch d'utilisable en classe. De l'autre coté, si c'était facile d'être professeur, tout le monde le serait.
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