2010 Fall Conference: SPEAKERS

September 16 - 18, Hilton Lexington Downtown


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Eileen Glisan (Keynote Speaker)

Eileen GlisanDr. Eileen W. Glisan is Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she coordinates the Spanish Education K-12 Program. In 2004-2005, she was the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. She holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Spanish Applied Linguistics / Teaching Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Glisan is serving as President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in 2010. She is certified by ACTFL as an oral proficiency tester of Spanish and co-directed the project that created the ACTFL/NCATE Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers, approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2002. She was Chair of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in 1997 and President of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) in 1992-1994. Her areas of research include standards-based instruction, proficiency assessment, listening comprehension, and teacher preparation, having published numerous articles in edited books and scholarly journals such as The Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, and The Canadian Modern Language Review. She is co-author of Teacher's Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction, a leading methodology text now in its fourth edition. Dr. Glisan was the 1996 recipient of the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, given by ACTFL and the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers. She was the recipient of the 2008 Stephen A. Freeman Award given by NECTFL for the best published article on language teaching techniques that appeared in 2006: "The Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA): Connecting Assessment to Instruction and Learning," Foreign Language Annals (co-authored). She also received the 2008 Nelson H. Brooks Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership to the Profession, given by NECTFL. Dr. Glisan was named Distinguished University Professor by IUP for 2000-2001.

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (Featured Presenter)

Silvia Rosenthal TolisanoSilvia Rosenthal Tolisano was born in Germany, raised in Argentina and currently lives in the United States. She holds a a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as a World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator and 21st Century Learning Specialist. Her passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, 21st Century skills and literacies, as well as digital storytelling. Silvia is known in the international blogersphere under the name of "Langwitches". To learn about her work, subscribe to the Langwitches Blog and follow her on Twitter. She is a regular contributor on the Tech & Learning Advisor Blog. Silvia is also the author of the book "Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators".