“One of my goals is to be able to work with both teachers and with students in the different roles that I have, in order to help people feel like they can continue to improve their practices, so that we can really develop the proficiency and intercultural communicative competence that we know our students need as they face these exciting and demanding challenges of our times.”
Lea Graner Kennedy is my guest for Episode 34. Lea is her name, dynamo is her M.O., and service to the world language profession is her superpower. If you already know her, you’re smiling. If you don’t know her yet, take a glance at her bio, listen to this podcast, and be ready to meet a new and joyful friend.
Lea Graner Kennedy’s Bio
Lea Graner Kennedy is currently the ACTFL Education Senior Advisor and an educator in Connecticut. She has served as the Humanities and World Language Coordinator, French and Spanish Teacher and Curriculum Writer for Stonington Public Schools in CT over the past 24 years in the district. Lea also works with districts around the country as an ACTFL consultant teaching professional development. She presents at the state, regional, and national conferences each year.
Lea has a passion for teacher training and collaborating with dynamic language teachers to design and teach authentic, proficiency-based curriculum in alignment with ACTFL Standards. Through her work on the Board for CT COLT and NADSFL, she works to bring language educators together to advocate for and deliver quality language programs for all students.
ACTFL – National World Language organization
NADSFL – National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Language
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