Home / Honing our Craft: KWL’s Conference 2022
We are proud to announce our inaugural conference, Honing our Craft in Chicago this fall. This conference aims to provide world language educators of all levels with a forum to dissect, discuss, and discover the up-and-coming trends in world language teaching and learning.
Honing our Craft is a hybrid event, open to both online and in-person participation. The program includes 3 plenary sessions, 1 round table, 9 hands-on workshops and other interactive formats we will announce in the coming weeks. Participants will leave with practical takeaways that they will be able to implement in their own classrooms and educational environments. Join us for a weekend of development, networking, and fun this October 1st and 2nd!
Join us October 1st & 2nd at The Library!
190 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60603
Act now and get a 25% discount, but hurry up – this offer ends on August 17th!
Kim Potowski is Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on Spanish in the United States: Who uses it, with whom, and for what purposes? What changes is it undergoing? How does it connect to identity and to promoting social justice? She began directing her campus’ Spanish Heritage Language Program in 2002 and is the founding director of its summer study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she spent a year as a Fulbright scholar. Her advocacy for the value of education in two languages for all U.S. children was the focus of her 2013 TEDx talk “No child left monolingual.” She has authored and edited over 12 books including:
Toni Theisen, the 2013 ACTFL President and the 2009 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, taught French at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado for over 40 years. She is currently the Thompson School District World Language Curriculum Representative and TOSA for the Dual Language Immersion Programs. Theisen is a National Board Certified Teacher with a M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching and a M. A. in Education of Diverse Learners. She is also a Google Certified teacher.
Very active in the world language profession, Theisen has presented many workshops, keynotes and webinars for national, regional, and state conferences and has authored articles on Multiple Intelligences, Differentiated Instruction, Technology for the World Language learner and strategies that help design proficiency-based curriculum and assessments. Theisen presented “Activating Communication” as part of the first ACTFL Webinar series. She works with the California Foreign Teachers’ Association Summer Seminar as part of the instructional team for the STARTALK Teacher Leadership Program.
Theisen has participated on many committees including the revision of the World Languages teacher standards for licensure. She served on the Colorado World Language Task Force for the 2018 Revision of the Colorado World Language State Standards and she chaired the committee for the development of the Colorado World Languages Academic Standards. She served on the committee for the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards and was the co-chair for the revision committee of the NBPTS Teacher Standards for WLOE. She chaired the ACTFL 21st Century Skills Map committee in collaboration with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.
Theisen served as President of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Teachers. As an ACTFL Executive Board member, Theisen served as the program chair for two ACTFL conferences. She was also the Local Chair for the CSC, SWCOLT and CCFLT Joint Conference and the Program Chair for the Central States Conference.
Toni has received many honors including the ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for the Teaching of Culture, the ACTFL Florence Steiner National Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12, the JNCK-NCLIS J. David Edwards Power of Advocacy National Award, The Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SWCOLT Excellence in Teaching Award, the Genevieve Overman Memorial Service Award from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers, and the SWCOLT Honorary Lifetime Member Award.
Using Authentic Materials to Create Interpretive Activities at All Levels of Proficiency
Transgender and Non-Binary Gender Pronouns and Expressions in Foreign Language Classrooms
Yours, mine, and ours: Community Building in the Language Classroom
The use of songs as a tool to teach culture in the WL classroom
Developing the Intercultural Communicative Competence of Language Learners
"Teaching heritage speakers for social justice", plenary session by Kim Potowski (University of Illinois Chicago)
"Be Bold: Cultivating Leadership Skills and Advocacy Strategies for Strong Language Programs", plenary session by Toni Theisen (Thompson School District World Language and Dual Language Specialist)
Lunch break (included)
"Teaching students to use the language: What gets in the way?", plenary session by Claudia Fernández (University of Illinois Chicago)
"Reflections on post-pandemic education: Takeaways for future innovations in teaching and learning", round table/Q&A moderated by Denise Bouras (Northwestern University)
9:15 - 10:15 am
10:30 - 11:30 am
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Order before August 17 to receive 25% off your ticket!
Klett World Languages If I were a Reportero/a/e contest
We at Klett World Languages value heritage, culture, and community. Our series, REPORTEROS, upholds these values by inspiring students to be at the very center of language learning as doers and creators.
We’re looking for an educator of K-12 Spanish to step into the role of a Reportero/a/e and show us the empowering process of exploring a community and experiencing culture firsthand.
We are offering a 6 day trip to Costa Rica to the educator who shows us what it is to be a true Reportero/a/e.
What is a true Reportero/a/e?
In order to show us that you have what it takes to be the KWL Reportero/a/e, we ask that you send in a 3-minute video including the following:
How will we choose our Reportero/a/e?
What will we ask of our new Reportero/a/e?
First, they must enjoy a free trip to Costa Rica! We will pay for their travel, hotel, and scheduled itinerary. There will be free time for them to explore at their own expense.
Second, as our Reportero/a/e we ask that you document your trip. This can be done in several predetermined ways. Some examples of this is through social media posts, blogs, vlogs, live streams, ect. Tag @KlettWL in your posts or send us a link to your pages/livestreams so we can promote it!
Third, relate your experience to correlating chapters in our REPORTEROS book. Each scheduled activity correlates with a topic in a chapter of our book. We can help you plan this part 😉
Think you have what it takes?
Get inspiration from our sample video here!
Send us your video at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: SEND ME TO COSTA RICA! The submission deadline is September 4, 2022.
Don’t forget to follow us on social media to see if you make it to the finals! If you have any questions please contact our marketing coordinator Camila Wede at email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you
Your KWL Team
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