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Liliana Smith received her Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Literature and Philosophy from Universidad del Valle in her native Cali, Colombia and her Master degree in Spanish from Framingham State University. Liliana has taught Advanced Placement Spanish Language at Weston High School (Massachusetts) since 2004. A nationally endorsed College Board consultant, she has presented at numerous AP and Pre-AP workshops and institutes across the United States. Prior to this, she taught Spanish at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as at the college level as an assistant professor of philosophy for the course: Language Philosophy and Theory of Argumentation. She also developed curricula for the Colombian Secretary of Education through their outreach program for rural communities. Liliana participated in different projects with the Colombian Ministry of Education to enhance teaching practices in different school settings, including writing a textbook series that is currently used in all public schools across the country (Escuela Nueva). In the United States, she has been a College Board Consultant for a more than a decade. She has participated in different World Language curricular alignment initiatives for College Readiness (Seattle, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts and New York). Liliana also published an article about the integration of National Standards in the Spanish language classroom in College Board Teacher’s Guide (2008). Additionally, she has been a grant reviewer for AP programs for the Department of Education. Liliana has served as an AP reader, and has contributed and edited AP Spanish Language and Culture textbooks (Triangulo 5th edition; Cumbre and Ventanas). Liliana traveled to Cuba as part of a delegation of educators who wanted to successfully integrate Cuban history and culture into their curriculum. In her twenty four years of teaching, Liliana is a strong believer in world languages education as the most powerful tool to promote cultural understanding and social change.
Welcome to the AP Spanish Language and Culture session at Monterey Bay. I’m very excited to work with you during the week of June 26-29, 2018. During this week, we will familiarize ourselves with the A. P. Spanish Language exam format and we will share and explore best practices to prepare our students for this course. Since one of our goals during the Institute is to address the use of authentic materials and technology in the classroom, please bring your laptop. Also, please bring a hard copy of one activity that has worked very well in you class, as well as your syllabus (if applicable). The week promises to be filled with lots of information and hands on activities. We are really lucky to teach such an interesting course and I’m very excited to meet you during a week of intense learning and collaboration. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org