2010 Fall Conference: WORKSHOPS

September 16 - 18, Hilton Lexington Downtown


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FEATURE WORKSHOP I: Around The World With SKYPE
Friday, September 17, 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Presenter: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

The world we live in requires schools to address new kinds of literacies in addition to basic literacy. These new literacies include media, information, intercultural, digital citizenship, ethical and network literacies in addition to specific skills such as communication, collaboration, and being able to create connections. World Language classrooms can especially benefit from making authentic connections in the target language with native speakers and/or target language cultures. Skype is a tool that can easily be used to successfully integrate these literacies and skills at all grade levels. The presentation will address strategies on how to find and contact possible partners, explore many other ideas how to use Skype in the World Language classroom and how to prepare students for these connections. Attendees will learn from the example project "Around the World with 80 Schools" the benefits and challenges of connecting their students to the world. Limited to 25 participants.

FEATURE WORKSHOP II: Crossing the Major Border: Strategies to Promote Advanced-Level Performance"
Saturday, September 18, 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Presenter: Dr. Eileen Glisan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania & 2010 President of ACTFL

Helping students to work toward Advanced-level oral proficiency can be challenging. This workshop will explore the nature of proficiency at the Advanced level and will offer ideas for promoting performance at this level. Strategies to be explored include spiraling of Intermediate-level activities, use of meaningful contexts to elicit discussion, the role of literature and film to develop narration skills, and building of linguistic accuracy. Videotaped classroom segments that exemplify some of these strategies will be viewed and discussed. Participants will be given hands-on practice in working with these strategies.

FEATURE WORKSHOP III: Digital Storytelling
Saturday, September 18, 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Presenter: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Storytelling - An ancient form of teaching and learning. Digital storytelling combines audio, image and video tools that harness students' and teachers' voices to tell, present and distribute their stories in a whole new way. Digital Storytelling combines technology with communication, language arts, and media literacy skills by encouraging students to create new ways of communicating a story, different from the traditional paper and pencil linear narrative. Attendees will get acquainted with digital storytelling tools such as MixBook, VoiceThread, MovieMaker, Wordle, Animoto, Google Maps and many more. Learn how to find and contribute to global communities that will bring language learning to your classroom as well as connect your students to authentic material and culture. The workshop will also touch on copyright issues and provide resources to media that teachers and students can use to create their digital stories. Limited to 25 participants.


Pre-Conference Workshops: Thursday, September 16


WORKSHOP 001: Beginning Teacher Workshop
Thursday, September 16, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Presenters: Michele Randolph, 2009 KWLA Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Meyzeek Middle School & Nadine Jacobsen, Dunn Elementary School & Randy Barrette, Menifee County High School

This workshop provides participants with an introduction to proficiency-based teaching and learning. Presenters will give background information, ideas for strategies, and an example or two using the group. Recent updates in Kentucky's World Language Learner Standards and other policy issues will also be discussed. Come prepared to see the beginning of your career from a new perspective.

WORKSHOP 002: Speak Up for Languages
Thursday, September 16, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Presenters: Janna Chiang, Stopher Elementary School; Susann Davis, Western Kentucky University; Lucas Gravitt, Scott County High School; Thomas Sauer, Jefferson County Public Schools

A continuation of the 2009 advocacy workshop, this workshop is aim to provide hands-on strategies to help/guide educators to become a strong advocates in their community. Using ACTFL successful "Discover Languages & Discover the World" campaign model, practical advice and strategies will be provided during the workshop in different breakout sessions to encourage individualized advocacy plans.

WORKSHOP 003: New Chinese Teacher Workshop
Thursday, September 16, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Presenters: TBA

This workshop provides participants with an introduction to proficiency-based teaching and learning. Presenters will give background information, ideas for strategies, and an example or two using the group. Recent updates in Kentucky's World Language Learner Standards and other policy issues will also be discussed. Come prepared to see the beginning of your career from a new perspective. (This workshop is specifically designed for teachers of Chinese.)

WORKSHOP 004: Immer am Ball bleiben - Frauenfußball im Deutschunterricht
Thursday, September 16, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Presenters: Katja Fullard & Roma Schultz, Goethe Institute Chicago

A professional development session to be offered by representatives from the Goethe Institut.


Conference Workshops: Friday, September 17


WORKSHOP 005: Make your move to a Performance-Based Classroom
Friday, September 17, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Alice Spagnola, Jefferson County Public Schools

So you've heard all about backwards design and performance assessments. Now you're wondering how to develop and use them in your classroom. Teachers from Jefferson County who have been developing and testing units will walk you through the process of developing your own unit-based performance assessments. You will leave not only with your unit but with access to an online Professional Learning Network of all the teachers in the workshop. Bring your laptop to get started!

WORKSHOP 006: Authentic Language, Authentic Materials: Proficiency Focused Effective Instructional Activities
Friday, September 17, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenters: Janna Chiang, Stopher Elementary School; Xue-lian Lei, Crawford Middle School; Yan Wang, Dixie Elementary School; Cheng Zhao, Field Elementary School

It is a priority for the language teaching to make student's learning effective. In this session, four experienced certified elementary and middle school Chinese teachers will co-present various effective instructional activities. They will demonstrate standard- based and proficiency focused instructional activities by use authentic materials and target language. The activities will be separated into listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Useful teaching materials will be showed and displayed. The tips of classroom management for each activity will be provided as well. The use of technology for each language skill will be demonstrated also. The attendees of this session will interact with presenters closely.

WORKSHOP 007: Using Performance Assessment in the Post-Secondary Classroom
Friday, September 17, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Kelly Schario, Martha Layne Collins High School

After attending this workshop, participants can discern when, how and why to use a variety of performance assessment in the college classroom. Participants can also design performance assessments for the college classroom that focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing.

WORKSHOP 008: El español en el aula. ¿Estamos usando el lenguaje apropiado?
Friday, September 17, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenters: Alicia Vinson, Fayette County Public Schools & Manuel Collazo, Education Advisor, Consulate General of Spain

Las lenguas son elementos vivos y como tales evolucionan a través del tiempo. Este taller pretende llamar la atención sobre los distintos cambios que se están produciendo en la lengua española causados por la influencia de la lengua inglesa, de la tecnología y las diferencias geográficas. Se le propondrán a los asistentes una serie de actividades prácticas que les permitirán reflexionar sobre la lengua que están utilizando en el aula con sus alumnos.

WORKSHOP 009: Assessment Best Practices: A Data Driven Approach
Friday, September 17, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Kyle Ennis, Avant Assessment

It is time to assess our assessments! This workshop will take a look at assessment best practices and national trends through the lens of data collected from the STAMP test. Participants will be able to view the data collected over several years and observe the proficiency expectations after specified numbers of years of study. We will then apply this learning to current assessment practices and identify areas that can be improved through understanding best practices and how best practice can be applied to our classrooms.

WORKSHOP 010: PLN-ology (Personalized Learning Network)
Friday, September 17, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Janna Chiang, Stopher Elementary School & Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell, Whitfield Academy

PLN-ology is the study of the professional network. Today's fast-paced technology brings professional development to your fingertips, as you'll discover in this session. You'll create your own personal and professional learning network (PLN) tailored to your needs and learn how to collaborate more effectively and find prompt support and ideas from colleagues around the globe. Bring your wireless internet-enabled laptop.