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St. Louis Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS)

  • Mon, July 29, 2019
  • 8:30 AM (EDT)
  • Fri, August 02, 2019
  • 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • Crestview Middle School- 16025 Clayton Rd. Ballwin, MO 63011
  • 17


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
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  • For groups of three or more colleagues from the same school, professional learning network, or local group. You must submit an email to with the group members' names and emails, and a statement from each group member outlining how you will collaborate to support each other in implementing the learning from the week.

    To pay the full amount please use this registration page. To use our $95 a month six-month Payment Plan, please visit

    Note: Payment Plan users will need to pay the $50 materials fee on-site with a check.

    To pay via PO, please register on this registration page and select "Invoice Me"

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Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS)
Summer Institute

The World Language Proficiency Project welcomes you to an intense week of professional growth with Tina Hargaden and Wade Blevins!  

This week will immerse you in experiences, ideas, and practice, to equip you with skills and a plan for how to build a plan for next year focused on proficiency for your students, engaging, student-centered lessons, and more ease and happiness for you in planning and teaching.  

This Institute is designed for teachers of first- and second-year classes, or third-year and higher classes who have not yet been immersed in a proficiency-oriented program in their first two years.  Learn a system for building student-driven characters and stories, develop literacy, and incorporate students' interests and lives into the classroom.  Learn about proficiency/performance assessment, how to assemble portfolios of student work to document progress, and receive editable rubrics for assessing listening, reading, speaking, and writing, both formatively and summatively.

Daily teaching demonstrations in Cherokee with Wade will allow you to experience class as a student for three hours daily. 

Debrief time with Wade will show you the thought process that went into the instructional decisions you saw happening in your class.

Then in the afternoons, join Tina for two and a half hours of work on the Nuts and Bolts of how to make proficiency-based instruction work in your classroom, including focused demonstrations in French.  We will cover foundational skills and the nuts and bolts of lesson and unit planning, assessment, literacy, classroom management, and just enough theory to help you defend and support your proficiency-oriented classroom!  Then, we will coach you through partner work to develop your skills in a supportive, guided coaching environment for an hour and a half.

You will receive a 225-page Resource Manual in hard copy and as a PDF and editable Word file to give you the lesson plans, assessment resources, rubrics, and coaching guides to help launch your teaching practice into higher orbit this fall.  Sample pages from the manual can be found by scrolling below.

We will live, eat, and breathe proficiency-oriented teaching for a whole week!

Be prepared to work hard... 
and have lots of fun!

  • Light morning snacks and coffee are provided.  

  • Lunch will be available to purchase for $15 a day, or bring your own. Going off-campus for lunch is not encouraged, as we have a jam-packed schedule of learning experiences scheduled for your growth.

  • 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  Doors open at 8:00 on Monday for coffee and registration and at 8:15 Tuesday through Friday for coffee.

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