In episode 123, Carolyn Siegel interviews Sarah Aguilar-Francis about her department’s path to proficiency and how their multi-year transition has been going.

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Show Notes

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Sarah Aguilar-Francis is the Foreign Language Department Chair at William Penn Charter School, a college preparatory Quaker school in Philadelphia. She teaches Upper School students in grades 9 through 12. She has been teaching there for nearly a decade, and her department has been on the path to proficiency for the last 8 years.

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The ACTFL standards that Sarah mentioned are the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

For more on integrated performance assessments, check out these resources…

this blog post from podcast contributor Lisa Shepard

…and in fact, Episode 14: Making the Transition to Authentic Resources and Proficiency with Lisa Shepard

this episode of the Kid World Citizen podcast Language Latte


If you want to cite this episode, our suggested APA reference is:
Johnson, S.M. (Producer), & Siegel, C. (Interviewer). (2019). We Teach Languages Episode 123: Steady, Collaborative Change at an Independent School with Sarah Aguilar-Francis [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from



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