Tatyana Vdovina is a senior technical specialist at the Center for Applied Linguistics with fifteen years of experience in language teaching and teacher education. With inter-disciplinary expertise in applied linguistics and language assessment and instruction, she currently serves as a PreK-12 professional development specialist. In this role Tatyana facilitates Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) professional development workshops and Training of Trainers institutes in the United States and abroad. Tatyana regularly provides technical assistance and coaching to ESL and content area teachers and staff. She is currently developing an institute on the foundations and best practices of classroom assessment. Tatyana also works on the STARTALK teacher program at CAL. She is actively involved in developing and facilitating the face-to-face workshop for STARTALK teachers, and will serve as the lead instructor for the STARTALK online course in the spring of 2018.
In addition to working at the CAL, for the last eight years Tatyana has been teaching the Assessment and Evaluation course in the Adult ESOL, Literacy, and GED (AELG) program at Montgomery County Community College. In this course, she works with current and aspiring instructors and volunteers who teach linguistically and culturally diverse adult and K-12 students. Tatyana helps teachers understand the foundations of language assessment and principles of formal and informal classroom assessment of English language skills. Tatyana has also conducted program evaluations and classroom observations for the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy.
Tatyana has written several peer-reviewed journal articles and regularly presents at national and international conferences. Before coming to CAL, she taught multiple foreign language and ESL courses at the University of Maryland in College Park and Montgomery County Community College and worked on the development of a large scale language assessment battery. Tatyana holds a Master’s degree in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Maryland in College Park with over thirty additional credit hours in the same field that include several courses in Educational Measurement and Statistics.