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Saturday, October 6
 

7:00am

Registration, Refreshments, and Vendor Pavilion
Welcome to NILA's 2018 Fall Conference! This year we will begin registration at 7:00. In the Vendor Pavillion you'll find the refreshments. Make sure to say hi to vendors.

Saturday October 6, 2018 7:00am - 8:45am
Vendor Pavillion

8:00am

Discussion with the Nebraska Department of Education WL Specialist
Topics such as new NDE WL Standards, as well as many other topics will be brought to the forefront!

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
ROOM 142

8:00am

Making the “Incomprehensible” Comprehensible
The recent resurgence of world language curricula devoted to comprehensible input begs a reexamination of the theory behind this construct. This session will define comprehensible input as well as explore its practical and theoretical limitations based on historic and current research in the field of second language acquisition. In addition, the presentation will consider the practical and theoretical benefits of what might be termed “incomprehensible” input. Finally, the presentation will close with practical ideas and classroom activities that teachers can use to make “incomprehensible” input not only “comprehensible,” but also beneficial.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
ROOM 146

8:45am

Vendor Pavillion
Grab some coffee and explore our vendor area. Don't forget to put through your name in to receive door prizes!

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 8:45am - 9:15am
Vendor Pavillion

9:15am

Keynote
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 foreign 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
Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SWCOLT Excellence in Teaching Award and the
Genevieve Overman Memorial Service Award from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers, and the SWCOLT Honorary Lifetime Member Award.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Commons

10:20am

IPAs & IPA Management
In this session we will discuss IPAs and IPA Management.

Saturday October 6, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
ROOM 132

11:00am

Cooking in the Classroom
Julie Jahde Pospishil has been cooking with kids for the past 20 years in her Spanish classrooms and camps.
She will share some of the joys and fails. She will also show some of her food network style kids cooking videos in Spanish. Julie will share stories and ideas for cooking simple Hispanic recipes in a classroom without even a kitchen sink. Recipes and examples will be in Spanish with mostly elementary students but all languages and levels are welcome.


Saturday October 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
ROOM 136

11:00am

Dual Language Immersion Discussion
Come learn and discuss the path to Dual Language Immersion.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
ROOM 146

11:00am

Fancy Free with Freewrites and Free Reading: How to Assess Reading Comprehension and Writing in a Comprehensible Input Classroom
In this session, presenters will discuss how they use timed freewrites and weekly free voluntary reading to
assess comprehension in a non-targeted Comprehensible Input classroom. This will include background
information on methodology, practices, and extensions to others in the field who have practiced this assessment technique.


Saturday October 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
ROOM 132

1:15pm

Becoming a More Knowledgeable Global Citizen Using Language, Culture and Social Justice
Exploring topics of social justice that frame the world in which they live naturally piques student curiosity. The presenters will demonstrate ways to explore essential questions of social justice, using authentic materials and frameworks that develop critical thinking, problem solving as well as build learners linguistic and intercultural competence.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
ROOM 136

1:15pm

Everybody Needs a Break!
Give your students (and yourself) a quick break in rigor while building a positive classroom culture, sustaining attention and building vocabulary. Brain breaks energize students (and teachers) by increasing blood flow and sending oxygen to the brain. This increases attentiveness, participation and retention of content. Brain breaks range from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, and can be totally in the target language. Presenters will demonstrate a variety of quick breaks guaranteed to get your students up and moving, and will share resources to find more ideas.


Saturday October 6, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
ROOM 146

1:15pm

FVR - Free Voluntary Reading in the World Language Classroom
FVR, or maybe SSR to you, is a research-proven strategy; in exchange for a just a little planning and
investment, it pays huge dividends to language acquisition, no matter the level of the learner. We'll explore the basics and beyond about what makes the most successful FVR programs work, preparing you to implement free, voluntary, reading in your classroom.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
ROOM 132

1:15pm

Google-Sweet - Collaboration at its Finest
When you're trying to collaborate across levels, across languages, and across disciplines, keeping everything going smoothly can be rough. But, with GoogleDrive and the rest of the Google Suites, things can go much smoother. Collaboration can become an easy thing to do! Come explore Google Drive!

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
ROOM 134

2:15pm

What Can I Do Tomorrow?
We have all attended conferences and come home with great ideas we would love to try, but in our busy lives they get put on the back burner and forgotten. The goal of this session is to give you ideas to engage your students, get them up and moving and use technology (I used Ipads) that you can use tomorrow! Low prep or no prep is the goal.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
ROOM 142

3:15pm

Discussion with the Nebraska Department of Education WL Specialist
Topics such as new NDE WL Standards, as well as many other topics will be brought to the forefront!

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
ROOM 142

3:15pm

Making the “Incomprehensible” Comprehensible
The recent resurgence of world language curricula devoted to comprehensible input begs a reexamination of the theory behind this construct. This session will define comprehensible input as well as explore its practical and theoretical limitations based on historic and current research in the field of second language acquisition. In addition, the presentation will consider the practical and theoretical benefits of what might be termed “incomprehensible” input. Finally, the presentation will close with practical ideas and classroom activities that teachers can use to make “incomprehensible” input not only “comprehensible,” but also beneficial.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
ROOM 146