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It’s Showtime! Spotlight on Core Practices in Language Learning - ICTFL Fall Conference 2016

ICTFL Fall Conference 2016

October 20 - 22 • Tinley Park Convention Center

THANK YOU for attending our 2016 Fall Conference --- Look for news and updates on our 2017 30th Anniversary Conference soon.

2016!  What a momentous year it has been!  This is the year which culminates all of our work on the latest teacher evaluation system and on PERA. No Child Left Behind is being replaced with ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act.  And it is an election year.  No, we will not be bored!

However, to make sure that does not happen and to help our members continue on their paths of excellence, ICTFL will continue its tradition of superior professional development opportunities.  At the end of February, "Stamp Your Passport with Proficiency" is our WinterFest/WinterFLES theme.  The summer will bring more OPI trainings.  In September there will be a back-to-school workshop with Helena Curtain.  And Toni Theisen, another highly acclaimed world language expert, will be here with us for our Fall Conference 2016.  Look below to find descriptions of both workshops and sessions to be presented at this not-to-be-missed Professional Development opportunity.

So, plan now to attend many of ICTFL’s fine professional development events, including “It’s Showtime!  Spotlight on Core Practices in Language Learning” at the Tinley Park Convention Center on October 20-22, 2016.  ONLINE REGISTRATION is available.  If you prefer to register by mail, please download the registration form below.

We're very excited about our Fall Conference Workshop Trainer and Keynote Speaker, Toni Theisen and know that she will truly help Illinois educators facing all of the changes in our field.  This year's conference also offers an opportunity to learn about the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy from both ISBE and presenters whose schools have already implemented the program.  Our Fall Conference '16 co-chairs are Kathryn Wolfkiel of Barrington High School and Jane Swisher of District 67 are busy preparing for great proofessional development.   Learn more about them below.

Kathryn Wolfkiel, 2016 ICTFL Fall Conference Co-Chair

Kathryn is a French teacher and Department Chair of World Language at Barrington High School, as well as an adjunct professor at National Louis University. She is a professional development junkie who loves to attend conferences and learn from her colleagues. She has presented at past ICTFL and Central States Conferences, giving both workshops and sessions on assessment and curriculum. She presented at the Central States Conference with her colleagues Michael Camp and Jane Swisher. Their session about interpersonal communication was a Central States All-Star and was repeated this year. She is one of the original Teacher-Leaders from TALL-IL 1.0 and attended this summer’s TALL-IL 2.5 as well as an OPI workshop in the summer of 2014. She is proud to be a part of this vibrant organization of which she is a charter member.


Jane Swisher, 2016 ICTFL Fall Conference Co-Chair

Jane Swisher is a National Board Certified Spanish teacher at Deerpath Middle School, District 67 in Lake Forest.  She has taught for 38 years in both the United States and overseas.  A member of ICTFL, she was one of the original TALL-IL Teacher-Leaders and is an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) training alumni.   Jane was recently selected by ICTFL to attend the first ACTFL sponsored LILL Conference in the summer, 2015.   She applauds the new focus on proficiency in many schools and frequently attends conferences and workshops both as a participant and a presenter.