Professional Development Workshops

Are you wanting to start off this year strong? Hone your skills and connect with students in new and powerful ways? Meet state standards and also see how they can work for you in real life? Increase student engagement? This interactive training will collaboratively demonstrate several examples of questioning strategies that achieve a target language environment and maximize engagement. Participants will engage in hands-on practice of questioning strategies that scaffold and naturally ‘push’ language growth, while keeping the content authentic. Based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, this training will focus on question samples at the Novice to Advanced ranges. This training also effectively bridges the gap from standards to everyday instructional practice in a way that produces consistent results. By bringing the standards to life and incorporating them seamlessly in our classroom, it allows students to see their growth and feel confident and successful in their language use. 

For more information about OWL, check out their website here or their Facebook here

Professional Development Details:

NEW VENUE: Greenoch Country Club, 220 W. Park Street, Lee, MA 01238



8:00am (Breakfast and Check-in/Registration)

9:00am-3:00pm Workshops

1 hour Lunch included.


TypeDatesPrice (including BOLT ’22-’23 membership)
Early-birdUntil and including September 14$175.00
RegularSeptember 15 – September 30$200.00
Late (no meals included)
*Meals now included due to change in venue
October 1-7$250.00


BOLT is happy to award two deserving teachers with scholarships to attend the OWL Professional Development. Here are the requirements:

  1. Priority of scholarships will be awarded to teachers from districts that DO NOT pay for PD.
  2. Teacher must register during the Early-bird time frame.
  3. Teacher must email to apply and include in the email: description of financial situation, how you plan to give back to BOLT’s mission as well as your school community.

To register for this Professional Development and BOLT membership for the 2022-23 school year, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Complete the BOLT Registration/Membership Form.
  2. Make your payment through the Paypal link/QR code below or send a check (made out to BOLT) to:
    • BOLT Treasurer, 62 Spadina Pkwy, Pittsfield, MA 01201
  3. Schools or groups may make one lump payment, but each registrant must complete the Registration form separately.

Click Here to Purchase LATE Registration (Please indicate the names of those registering if purchasing multiple registrations.)

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Mike Peto is coming to the Berkshires in October 2019!

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2015 and 2016 SPEAKERS: “Creative Language Class” creators KARA PARKER & MEGAN SMITH

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Sample of their work:  Rome wasn’t built in a day!


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Samples of his work: Work Samples and ¨Free Stuff¨


2017: Virginia Maurer, ACTFL, The role of grammar in the development of proficiency

2015 and 2016: Kara Parker and Megan Smith from the Creative Language Class – Zoom in on Culture; Developing Authentic Lessons

2014 – Bryce Hedstrom – Developing a Rapport in the Target Language and Developing a Comprehensive Reading Program

2014 – Lisken Van Pelt Dus – Serving the Poem

2012 – Louis Mangione – Powerful Strategies for Strengthening Instruction in your Language Learning Classroom

2012 – George Watson Lopez – Using Popular Music in the World Language Classroom

2010 – Julia Wildfong – Hitting the Technology Mark in the World Language Classroom

2008 – Susan Gross – TPRS

2005 – Susan Gross TPRS