Professional Growth, Involvement, Leadership and Advocacy - Grant Boulanger - CSCTFL TOY Candidate

  • Nicaraguan Potter Exchange - El Colegio Charter School

    Nicaraguan Potter Exchange - El Colegio Charter School
    Planned and executed 6 week residency for Cristina Carrasco, Nicaraguan potter, at El Colegio Charter School. Major partners: Potters for Peace, Northern Clay Center.
    View Project Overview
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  • Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference

    Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
    Attended the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
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    Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Ongoing professional development directed by the National Urban Alliance with the goal of eliminating the Achievement Gap by empowering teachers to develop relationships with underserved students and connect teaching to students' lives.
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    Instructional Coach, Site Liaison for National Urban Alliance

    Organized local cohorts, worked with NUA consultant to support teachers through onsite collaborative sessions and peer observations.
    View CEUs
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    Member, Guest Blogger - Online Comprehensible Input-focused Professional Learning Community

    "Over the years I've watched Grant grow from inquisitive teacher to innovative contributor to leader. He's a powerhouse. The hundreds of educators from around the world on my online PLC benefit from his contributions, guidance and advocacy. His great strength as a teacher lies in connecting real research to real classrooms. Grant is the real deal." Ben Slavic
  • Habits of Mind, Cognitive Coaching Training

    Habits of Mind, Cognitive Coaching Training
    From 2005-2010 I participated in over 80 hours of training by Dr. Art Costa and associates in Cognitive Coaching, developing skills, strategies and concepts to think and collaborate in ways that result in increased performance and resourcefulness.
  • Certfied Trainer for Thinking Maps for ISD 281

  • Mentor Student Teacher from Second Languages and Cultures - UMN

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    Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy - Spanish Language Director

  • Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference

    Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
    Attended the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
  • Middlebury's Language Pledge for Secondary Students

    Middlebury's Language Pledge for Secondary Students
    Co-Presenter: 1 hour session at the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
  • Creating a Collaborative Culture for Effective Professional Learning Communities

    Creating a Collaborative Culture for Effective Professional Learning Communities
    View Certificate
  • International Baccalaureate Level 1 Training Middle Years Programme

  • Bringing the Power of Language to ALL Students

  • MN Teacher's Licensure Exam Review Committee

    Reviewer of new Licensure Exam with other K-16 Spanish language teachers.
    View Certificate
  • Central States Conference

    Central States Conference
    Attended 2010 Central States Conference in Minneapolis, MN
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    Owner - Boulanger Pottery, LLC

    Creator, Owner, Teacher - Spanish Immersion Pottery Camps for Youth
    View Slideshow of Students and Student Work
    View Testimonials from Participants and Parents
  • Donna Clementi Training on Staying in the Target Language

    District Inservice: Donna Clementi on Staying in the Target Language
  • Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference

    Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
    Attended the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
  • Addressing the Achievement Gap in the Urban Language Classroom

    Addressing the Achievement Gap in the Urban Language Classroom
    Presentation at the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
  • Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers

    Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers
    Bethel University - Presentation to pre-service teachers enrolled in Methods in Teaching World Languages (and TESOL). View letter of recommendation from Lisa Bekemeyer, Instructor
  • National TPRS Conference

    Attended National TPRS Conference in St. Louis, MO
  • Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers

    Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers
    Bethel University - Presentation to pre-service teachers enrolled in Methods in Teaching World Languages (and TESOL). View letter of recommendation from Lisa Bekemeyer, Instructor
  • Standards-Based Grading w/ Dr. Tom Guskey

  • M.Ed. University of MN, Curriculum and Instruction

    M.Ed. University of MN, Curriculum and Instruction
    Received my M.Ed. with an emphasis on Second Languages and Cultures Education
    View Diploma
  • International Forum on Language Teaching

    Attended International Forum on Language Teaching, Breckenridge, CO.
  • Bryce Hedstrom Training on Reading in the Language Classroom

    District Inservice: Bryce Hedstrom Training on Reading in the Target Language
  • Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers

    Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers
    Bethel University - Presentation to pre-service teachers enrolled in Methods in Teaching World Languages (and TESOL). View letter of recommendation from Lisa Bekemeyer, Instructor
  • I Co-Wrote Our Pioneering District-Wide Goal Statement

    I Co-Wrote Our Pioneering District-Wide Goal Statement
    Collaborated with World Language Department Chair to create district-wide goal statement focused on proficiency and communicative competence. The statement blends ACTFL Standards with ACTFL 90% position statement and our district's own Equity Initiative.
    View Pioneering Goal Statement
  • St. Paul Villager Article: Local Bilingual Clay Camp

    St. Paul Villager Article: Local Bilingual Clay Camp
    This interview spotlighted my Spanish immersion summer pottery camps for area youth and was highlighted in the Villager's Summer Camp Preview Issue.
    View article.
  • Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers

    Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers
    Hamline University - Presentation to pre-service teachers enrolled in Methods in Teaching World Languages. Gaelle Berg, Instructor
  • Mentor Student Teacher from Second Languages and Cultures - UMN

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    Admin/Moderator - Best Practice World Language Facebook PLN with over 1200 Members

  • International Forum on Language Teaching

    International Forum on Language Teaching
    Attended International Forum on Language Teaching, San Diego, CA. Attended concurrent 12 hour Mandarin class.
  • Jan Kittok Training: Rethinking WHAT We Teach: Content-based Storytelling

    District Inservice: Jan Kittok Training: Rethinking WHAT We Teach: Content-based Storytelling
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    Creator/Moderator MN - TCI Facebook PLN

    Created MN-TCI - Discussion, Networking and Collaboration for MN World Language Educators - 65 Members as of Dec, 2015
    Visit MN-TCI Facebook Page
  • Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference

    Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
    Attended Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
  • Skills, Strategies and Mindset for Success

    Skills, Strategies and Mindset for Success
    3 hour workshop presented at MN Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures Post Conference Workshops,
  • District-Wide Transition to Teaching with Comprehensible Input

    District-Wide Transition to Teaching with Comprehensible Input
    1 hour session at MN Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures Fall Conference
  • Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers

    Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers
    Bethel University - Presentation to pre-service teachers enrolled in Methods in Teaching World Languages (and TESOL). View letter of recommendation from Lisa Bekemeyer, Instructor
  • GrantBoulanger.com - Exploring the Convergence of Language Acquisition and the Arts

    GrantBoulanger.com - Exploring the Convergence of Language Acquisition and the Arts
    Visit GrantBoulanger.comLaunch of webpage dedicated to my professional endeavors, spreading the love of language learning through best practice teaching, discussion and collaboration of techniques and strategies as well as engaging young learners in languages through the arts.
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    Blogger at GrantBoulanger.com

    Over 20,000 views as of Dec. 2015
    Blogging since April 2014. Dedicated to spreading the love of language learning through best practice teaching, discussion and collaboration of techniques and strategies as well as engaging young learners in languages through the arts.
    Visit the Blog
  • National TPRS Conference

    National TPRS Conference
    View CertificateAttended National TPRS Conference in Lisle, IL.
  • The Art of Engaging Beginners in the Target Language:

    1 hour presentation at National TPRS Conference. Keeping middle schoolers engaged is an art. Keeping them engaged in a language they don’t speak is beyond artful. If you teach beginners, let me share with you how demanding engagement, slowing my pace, personalizing the classroom, raising my eyebrows and suspending reality has kept my 35 students per class engaged and made their acquisition skyrocket.
  • One District's Journey to Transform Language Education: Raising Enrollment and Achievement by Focusing on Comprehensible Input

    1 hour presentation at National TPRS Conference. Trying to spark change in your school, district, state? Our suburban Minnesota district began transitioning to Teaching with Comprehensible Input as their instructional model in 2013 with goals of unifying curriculum across buildings, increasing college readiness for all students, and aligning with current research and National Standards. View the proficiency exam data that spurred this district-level decision and our growth over time.
  • The Art of Engaging Novice Learners in the Target Language

    The Art of Engaging Novice Learners in the Target Language
    1 hour presentation at the MN Council of Teachers of Languages and Cultures. Representing BEST OF MN at CSCTFL in March 2015
  • Increasing Achievement and Enrollment through Comprehensible Input

    Increasing Achievement and Enrollment through Comprehensible Input
    View Presentation1 hour presentation detailing data and decisions driving district-wide transition of instructional practices, including proficiency-based curriculum changes.
  • Training: Mahtomedi, MN

    Training: Mahtomedi, MN
    1 day training: Understanding the Precepts, Purpose, Process and Power of TPRS
    View Presentation
  • Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference

    Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
    Attended Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
  • Elected to Executive Board of the MN Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures

    Elected to Executive Board of the MN Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures
  • Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers

    Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers
    Bethel University - Presentation to pre-service teachers enrolled in Methods in Teaching World Languages (and TESOL). View letter of recommendation from Lisa Bekemeyer, Instructor
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    Executive Board Member, MN Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures

    Elected Secretary of the Board, October 23, 2014. Two year position.
  • Go SLOW to Go Fast: 3 Ingredients to Engagement and Accelerated Acquisition for ALL

    Go SLOW to Go Fast: 3 Ingredients to Engagement and Accelerated Acquisition for ALL
    View Presentation1 hour presentation at CSCTFL.
  • Raising Enrollment and Achievement through a Focus on Comprehensible Input

    Raising Enrollment and Achievement through a Focus on Comprehensible Input
    View Presentation1 hour presentation at CSCTFL.
  • #iFLT15 Registration is FULL

    #iFLT15 Registration is FULL
  • Co-Director: International Forum on Language Teaching

    Co-Director: International Forum on Language Teaching
    Co-directed iFLT. More than 225 world language educators from 6 countries. 131 language teachers from MN present.
    Personally recruited over 80 elementary and secondary students to participate in French, Mandarin and Spanish demonstration classes.
    View Student Recruitment Flyer
    View iFLT Flyer
  • International Forum on Language Teaching - Learning Lab Teacher

    International Forum on Language Teaching - Learning Lab Teacher
    Learning Lab Teacher. Demonstrated best practice techniques and strategies in a level 2 secondary Spanish class.
    View Video Clip from iFLT15
  • ACTFL OPI Familiarization Workshop

    ACTFL OPI Familiarization Workshop
    Workshop Participant
  • Training: Delivering Compelling ! Understandable Messages: !!Techniques and Strategies ! that Result in Unprecedented !Levels of Fluency for ALL Learners!

    Training: Delivering Compelling ! Understandable Messages: !!Techniques and Strategies ! that Result in Unprecedented !Levels of Fluency for ALL Learners!
    Training for World Languages Department at The Blake School, MN
  • Training: Leysin American School, Leysin, Switzerland

    Training: Leysin American School, Leysin, Switzerland
    View Letter of Recommendation from Paul Magnuson, Director of Research & Curriculum
    Provided a two day training for teachers from three international schools near Leysin, Switzerland. Training included strategies for delivering comprehensible input, TPRS, coaching and teaching their students in a demonstration lesson.
    View Presentation Day 1
    View Presentation Day 2
  • TAKK - A Participatory Professional Learning App for iPhone

    TAKK - A Participatory Professional Learning App for iPhone
    Collabotor in the development of a professional learning app for iPhone. I am developing and piloting its use in the world language classroom.
    Major Collaborative Partners:
    Director of Research and Curriculum of Leysin American School, Paul Magnuson
    Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland ( CHILI )
    TAKK Pilot Report
    TAKK Concept Paper
  • Selected 2015 MN World Language Teacher of the Year

    Selected 2015 MN World Language Teacher of the Year
  • Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference

    Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures - Fall Conference
  • TOY Session: 6 Steps to Creating Compelling Understandable Messages

    TOY Session: 6 Steps to Creating Compelling Understandable Messages
    View PresentationTeacher of the Year Special Session - 1 hour presentation at the MN Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures Fall Conference
  • Feeling Like a Citizen: Engaging Students and Creating Community in the Classroom

    Feeling Like a Citizen: Engaging Students and Creating Community in the Classroom
    View PresentationCo-Presenter with Bryce Hedstrom, CCFLT President Elect - 3 hour workshop at MN Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures Fall Conference
  • Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers

    Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers
    Bethel University - Presentation to pre-service teachers enrolled in Methods in Teaching World Languages (and TESOL).
    View letter of recommendation from Lisa Bekemeyer, Instructor
    View student feedback from this presentation.
  • ACTFL 2015 - San Diego

    ACTFL 2015 - San Diego
    Attended ACTFL National Conference in San Diego, CA.
  • Achievement Award - District 622

    Achievement Award - District 622
    Recipient of School Board of Education's Achievement Award for outstanding contributions and service to ISD 622.
    View Certificate
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    Guest Blogger - StacieBerdan.com

    Invited Guest Blogger - Scheduled to submit a series of 4 blog entries in 2016. Stacie's blog reaches thousands looking for ideas, insight, advocacy and inspiration, including K-16 teacher, administrators and parents; state and federal legislators; business leaders; higher education presidents & provosts (and other higher ed groups such as IIE, NAFSA, or study abroad groups); and other advocates.
  • Feeling Like a Citizen: Engaging Students and Creating Community in the Classroom

    Feeling Like a Citizen: Engaging Students and Creating Community in the Classroom
    View PresentationCo-Presenter with Bryce Hedstrom, CCFLT President Elect - 3 hour workshop at Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teacher's Spring Conference
  • Central States Conference

    Central States Conference
    Conference WebsitePresentation: Best of Minnesota - The Art of Engaging Novice Learners
  • International Forum on Language Teaching

    International Forum on Language Teaching
    Learning Lab Master Teacher - I will teach a class of secondary students using best practice techniques and strategies for adult participant observers.
    View Conference Flyer