Digital Seminar

Creating brave, affirming LGBTQ+ spaces of inclusion and agency in the WL Classroom

Discover new ways to be brave and become agents of change. This new digital seminar initiative will focus on the praxis behind the creation of brave, affirming LGBTQ+ spaces of inclusion and agency in the WL classroom. Attendees will be encouraged to embark on a journey of sustainable anti-bias practices by reflecting on their own biases, curriculum design, curation of resources, and the binary nature of Spanish. When revising the whys behind our praxis as educators, we can become aware of the ways in which language-biased norms can grant a privilege or marginalize entire communities. Although this seminar will have some components of Spanish as examples, we invite all educators - of all levels, contexts, and languages - to join us on this learning journey!

The seminar will open from July 1st to July 31st, and we will host a one-hour synchronous session on July 14th at 6:00 PM EST.

Certificate: By the end of this seminar, participants will receive a total of four (4) hours PD certificate.

About the Presenter: Françoise Thenoux

Françoise is a firm believer in decolonial praxis and equitable, gender inclusive, ABAR, World Language curriculums. For her, languages have the potential to be windows to perspectives, and bridges of understanding. She is a speaker, a writer, a coach, a teacher of teachers, and a consultant. She engages and interacts with an international community of educators by sharing critical consciousness educational bits, best decolonial practices, and self-made resources through social media as “The Woke Spanish Teacher.” 


ACTFL Discovery is ACTFL's new series of digital seminars designed to provide best practices, foundational instruction, and other support to educators regarding the important topics facing world language education today and in the future. Learners will be able to build a community throughout their professional development journey, having access to high-quality materials and content that will support them with fundamental and practical resources. The official learning program will begin in January 2023, but ACTFL will present this beta seminar to promote the program and collect feedback so that it may be tailored to your specific needs.

What learners will receive with this seminar:
Unlimited access until October 31st to the materials through ACTFLearn Central.
On-demand content, with additional practical resources. 
90 minutes of live sessions to engage in direct discussions with the facilitator and other educators. Main sessions will have an ASL interpreter present. All recordings will be posted with English captions and available to be accessed.
Opportunity to participate in asynchronous discussion forums and social learning opportunities.
60-minute live Discovery Session (optional). Discovery Session is designed to provide all participants the opportunity to connect at the end of the month to reflect and learn from each other.
Earn a certificate of completion with 4 hours of professional development credits.
If you have any questions about the program, don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

We can't wait to see you there!
9/30/2022 - 10/31/2022

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