Summer 2021 Mellon Workshops
Summer 2021 will start a new cycle of workshops. NOTE: Participants may attend multiple workshops in one Summer.
Please note that all workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please read through our FAQ page before applying.
• ACTFL 5-Day MOPI Workshop: May 10-14, 2021 – Online
• Mellon Test Design and Development Workshop: June 14-18, 2021 – Online
• Mellon Curriculum Design Workshop: July 12-14, 2021 – Online
ACTFL 5-Day MOPI Workshop
May 10-14, 2021 – Online
ACTFL training is an essential prerequisite to participation in our project. This workshop is conducted in English for mixed languages. It delivers deep assessment literacy, focusing most critically on the difference between achievement and proficiency assessment, and familiarity with the ACTFL levels across the four skills. Please note that some work will take place asynchronously before the workshop, between April 26 and May 10.
Eligibility criteria: You must hold a full-time language teaching position or a leadership position in a language center at an institution of higher education in North America.
To apply: Individuals who wish to take part in the MOPI workshop should submit a one-page statement of purpose that describes why the project is of interest to them and how it might impact their testing and teaching practices, along with a brief letter or email of support from a chair or dean. Please send your materials to Cathy Baumann (email@example.com) before April 15, 2021.
Mellon Test Design and Development Workshop
June 14-18, 2021 – Online
In this five-day workshop, participants work with partners or cohorts (see above) to design end-of-sequence proficiency assessments. By the end of the workshop, you will have a complete test design, which is then developed more fully (i.e. finding reading and listening inputs, fleshing out prompts, and creating rubrics). Upon completion of test and rubric development, participants receive a $1,000.00 incentive payment per test, or equivalent compensation.
Eligibility criteria: You must have participated in an ACTFL OPI or MOPI workshop to attend the Test D&D Workshop and you must sign up with a partner or cohort. You must also hold a full-time language teaching position at an institution of higher education in North America.
To apply: Each individual wishing to take part in the Test Design and Development Workshop should apply here before April 30, 2021. We will be in touch with you soon to let you know the status of your application.
Mellon Curriculum Design Workshop
July 12-14, 2021 – Online
Once Mellon-developed end-of-sequence assessments are complete, participants are eligible to embark on curriculum re-alignment projects. We are offering three-day Curriculum Design Workshops to address multiple issues in curricular alignment and to guide participants in crafting their projects. By the end of the workshop, you will be prepared to complete a curriculum design. Upon the completion of your curriculum design matrix and the presentation of your resulting curriculum, we offer incentive payments of up to $2,000.00 per person, or equivalent compensation.
Eligibility criteria: Those who wish to participate in the Mellon Curriculum Design workshop must have an assessment in place that was developed through the Mellon Test D&D workshop (see above). Only a curricular project that stems from a Mellon-approved assessment may be designed. You must also hold a full-time language teaching position or a leadership position in a language center at an institution of higher education in North America. You must sign up with a partner or cohort.
To apply: Please apply here before April 30, 2021. We will be in touch with you soon to let you know the status of your application.