2009 Fall Conference: WORKSHOPS

September 17 - 19, Lexington Downtown Hotel (A Hilton Affiliate)


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KWLA is pleased to once again offer a wide variety of hands-on workshop experiences. You will find several workshop options each day of the conference. Be sure to register early as space is limited.


Thursday, September 17


WORKSHOP 001: Beginning Teacher Workshop
Thursday, September 17, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Presenters: Alice Barrette, 2008-2009 KWLA New Teacher of the Year, East Jessamine High School & Linda Zins-Adams, KWLA and SCOLT Teacher of the Year, Candidate for ACTFL Teacher of the Year, Highland High School

This workshop provides opportunities for communication among world language teachers new to the profession. Sample topics include, but are not limited to, expectations and realities in the world language classroom, clarifying one's "message," professional development and travel opportunities for language teachers, and issues facing beginning world language educators. Opportunities for brainstorming and idea sharing will be provided. All beginning teachers are encouraged to attend. Limited to 30 participants.

WORKSHOP 002: World Language Program Promotion Materials and Techniques for Busy People
Thursday, September 17, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Presenters: Nathan Patton, Scott County High School & Janna Chiang, Stopher Elementary School

Have you ever gotten even more fired up to advocate for you program after attending a conference only to fall short on follow up due to being too busy? If so, this session may be just what you need! Attendees will be able to walk out with individualized finished products for any or all of the following world language program advocacy tools: press releases for your events, letters to political/educational leaders, pamphlets/ flyers promoting your program, advocacy letters to parents, and techniques using technology to promote your program.
NOTE: This workshop will be held offsite. Participants will meet in the atrium in front of the conference registration desk (top of the escalator) at 6:30 PM. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Limited to 20 participants.

WORKSHOP 003: Latin Dance Teaser: The Basics
Thursday, September 17, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Presenter: Jennifer Larson and students, Daviess County High School

This workshop will be a basic introduction to Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue, Bolero, Paso Doble, Rumba, and Tango. Participants will learn to recognize the different styles of music, their count, and how to dance the basic steps of each style. Emphasis will be placed on form and technique of the basics. Teachers will receive brief step explanations and histories of each style along with internet references so that teachers will want to start a Latin Dance program at their school.
NOTE: Don't forget to wear appropriate/comfortable shoes! Recording is permitted. Limited to 30 participants.


Friday, September 18


WORKSHOP 004: Planning for Learning: Making Every Minute Count
Friday, September 18, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Laura Terrill, Indianapolis, IN

Current research is providing teachers with an increasing knowledge base that can be used to design units and lessons that will maximize learning in the classroom. Participants will analyze how the average student's attention span impacts what we do in the classroom and will explore the use of transitions to increase retention. Instructional strategies that increase student engagement will be highlighted as teachers participate in activities that require little additional preparation time. Classroom management strategies for student accountability will also be addressed. Limited to 25 participants.

WORKSHOP 005: (Be)coming a Digital Citizen: Discovering Classroom 2.0
Friday, September 18, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenters: Janna Chiang, Stohper Elementary School & Thomas Sauer, Jefferson County Public Schools

Twitter? Wii? Wiki? Web? What? -- No idea? No problem! This session is for the absolute beginner. Discover what the difference is between a blog, a wiki, and a podcast. Find out what makes Web 2.0 different from Web 1.0. Jumping into the digital age can be a scary proposition - come to this session and find out how you can get started and join your students in the wonderful world of classroom 2.0 and the digital age. If possible, bring your wireless internet-enabled laptop to begin exploring Web 2.0 opportunities and be(come) a digital citizen. Attendee is responsible for acquiring his or her own internet access. Limited to 20 participants.

WORKSHOP 006: From Schooling To Learning: Preparing For Teaching ... When The Shift Starts To Fly.
Friday, September 18, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Tom Welch, TWelch Consulting

What are the elements behind the shift from the Age of Schooling to the Age of Learning and how can teachers prepare themselves for the road ahead? This workshop will focus not only on why it's time to leave "reform" behind, but how to be ready for a golden age of teaching! The workshop is also planned to give you ways to complement David Warlick's Saturday workshop with ideas about how to pave the way to implement the technology he will turn you on to! Limited to 50 participants.

WORKSHOP 007: Creative Uses of Google Earth in the Language Classroom
Friday, September 18, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Andrew Tabor, Cengage Learning

This hands-on session will give participants the basics of using Google Earth and will help them think "outside the box" when creating activities for use inside and outside the classroom. Numerous activities will be presented and participants will spend time creating their own activities. Materials will also be handed out so that instructors can immediately begin using this resource.
NOTE: *Participants must bring a laptop with Google Earth already downloaded. Limited to 15 participants.

WORKSHOP 008: Podcasting, Vodcasting and iPods
Friday, September 18, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Catherine Del Valle, Greenup County High School

Podcasting? Vodcasting? Do you want to know how to use them in your world language class? You will go away with a podcast or vodcast that you can use with your classes on Monday and they'll be able to download to their iPods!
NOTE: Participants must bring a MacBook with Garage Band, vocabulary or short story they would like to tape. They may also wish to bring an iPod, a headset, a microphone and a power cord. Limited to 20 participants.

WORKSHOP 009: Post Time: Stamps and Horses in the Classroom
Friday, September 18, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Nancy Jentsch, Northern Kentucky University

Using inspirations drawn from stamps, horse-related topics ranging from art to history and from folklore to culture will be introduced. Workshop participants will then work in groups with laptops to produce their own unit of study. At the end of the session, groups will share their ideas. Participants will receive resource lists to use for their own classes. Limited to 20 participants.

WORKSHOP 010: Latin Dance: Mastering the Basics
Friday, September 18, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Jennifer Larson and students, Daviess County High School

This workshop will focus on the mastery of the basic steps for each style of dance. Participants will start from the beginning and work through the basic steps individually and once they are mastered, they will be placed into pairs. From there they will learn about leading and following. In this workshop you will also learn beginning and intermediate couples patterns and additional shines. Teachers will receive brief step explanations and histories of each style along with internet references and also instructional DVD recommendations so that teachers can start a Latin Dance program at their school.
NOTE: Don't forget to wear appropriate/comfortable shoes! Recording is permitted. Limited to 30 participants.

WORKSHOP 011: Chinese Classroom Visits
Friday, September 18, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Fayette County Public Schools

The classroom site visits offer participants the opportunity to observe powerful classroom teaching and student learning in Fayette County Public Schools. A variety of instructional and assessment practices will be demonstrated. This is a unique opportunity to view best practices in the classroom. Transportation from the hotel to the school sites will be provided. No on-site reservation will be possible for this workshop. Limited to 20 participants.


Saturday, September 19


WORKSHOP 012: Strategic Reading: Engaging Students with the Text!
Saturday, September 19, 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Presenter: Laura Terrill, Indianapolis, IN

Language Teachers are Reading Teachers! The current emphasis on reading instruction in schools provides an opportunity for language teachers to shine. Several before, during and after reading strategies that require readers to engage meaningfully with a text will be presented. A model for creating A.C.T.I.V.E readers - readers who ask questions, make connections, track down important ideas, make inferences, visualize, and extend their thinking - will be shared. This session will provide participants with models that challenge readers at all levels to engage in different types of thinking as they read both fiction and non-fiction texts. Participants will also work with reading texts to introduce language structures. You'll leave ready to enjoy your new role as a facilitator of reading and grammar discussions. Limited to 25 participants.

WORKSHOP 013: Creative Uses of Google Earth in the Language Classroom
Saturday, September 19, 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Presenter: Andrew Tabor, Cengage Learning

This hands-on session will give participants the basics of using Google Earth and will help them think "outside the box" when creating activities for use inside and outside the classroom. Numerous activities will be presented and participants will spend time creating their own activities. Materials will also be handed out so that instructors can immediately begin using this resource.
NOTE: *Participants must bring a laptop with Google Earth already downloaded. Limited to 15 participants.

WORKSHOP 014: Latin Dance: Beyond the Basics
Saturday, September 19, 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Presenter: Jennifer Larson and students, Daviess County High School

This worship will focus on learning additional footwork beyond the basics of each dance to include shines and pair work. Teachers should have attended one of the two Basics workshops or have some dance experience and want to learn more. In this workshop you will quickly review basics and partner worked before continuing on to intermediate and advanced couples patterns and more difficult shines. Teachers will receive brief additional explanations or sources for each move.
NOTE: Don't forget to wear appropriate/comfortable shoes! Recording is permitted. Limited to 30 participants.

FEATURE WORKSHOP: In-Time, On-Going, Self-Directed Professional Development: Cultivating Your Personal Learning Network
Saturday, September 19, 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Presenter: David Warlick, The Landmark Project

We teach in a time of rapid change, when, for the first time in history, we cannot clearly describe the future for which we are preparing our children. This is one reason why learning has become a critical part of what it is to teach. This engaging presentation will describe and demonstrate a number of emerging technologies that are increasingly being used by educators to form and cultivate their Personal Learning Networks - connecting themselves to people and resources that help them do their jobs.
Learn how to grow your own connections to information and experiences that help you remain an evolving expertise in your field and an engaged member of your profession. Learn how educators are blogging to both answer and ask questions, engaging in social chatting and attending virtual staff development events, and harnessing the magic of RSS to train valuable information to find them - to be a 21st Century Education. Limited to 25 participants.