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"A GALLERY OF STRATEGIES: Touch up your Professional Portrait" - ICTFL Fall Conference 2014 - CALL FOR SESSIONS


Join your fellow language educators at the October 23-25, 2014 at the Tinley Park Conference Center, Tinley Park, IL.  Online Registration has closed.  Onsite registration is available, details follow.


The ICTFL Board and Conference Co-Chairs, Leslie Rathunde and Ellen Ericson, are excitedly planning for this year's 2014 Fall ConferenceOur theme "A Gallery of Strategies:  Touch up your Professional Portrait" has been intentionally designed to help our Illinois language educators prepare for the new PERA Teacher Evaluation system and to add new strategies that effectively move language learners towards greater language proficiency.  Plan to join us October 23-25, 2014 at the Tinley Park Conference Center, Tinley Park, IL.


Thursday, October 23rd, will bring a "Snapshot of TALL-IL 2.0," an all-day workshop on Planning for Learning through Curriculum Design based on ACTFL Standards and text "The Keys to Planning for Learning."


On Friday and Saturday, October 24-25th, our special guest trainers will be Thomas Sauer and Alyssa Villarreal of AdvanceLearning.  Thomas, named a "Global Visionary" by the World Affairs Council, has played a number of key roles including the creation of the ACTFL World Languages 21st Century Skill Map and the TELL Project.  Click on "Speakers" on the left sidebar to elarn more about our trainers. 


Together we're choosing to "color outside of the lines" and are artistically designing a Conference with a very different look!  We've divided up our conference - just like our teacher evaluations - into four parts - each reflecting the four Danielson Domains structured in a way to drive student learning and language acquisition.  During the conference, you'll have a "Hands On" opportunity to personalize and customize each session with a trained facilitator.


Start planning now to learn how you, as a language teacher, can improve your techniques and touch up your professional portrait in all four Domain areas.   Learn more about this year's unique conference design.  Friday and Saturday attendees will receive training and complete "studio" application time in ALL FOUR DOMAINS using a World Language "model".  Sessions focus on advancing learning in the following areas:  Planning, Learning Experiences, Performance, Feedback (Assessment), Collaboration, Learning Tools and Professionalism.   Attendees will receive guidance by Advance Learning  (www.tellproject.orgfor each Domain and will then select one of eight sessions in that Domain to attend.  After the session, attendees will have a "reflection" and "studio" opportunity to apply and personalize the learning.  After the ICTFL Fall Conference, participants will be able to demonstrate activity in all four Domains. 



  • If you plan to register as a student, bring your student ID to check-in.
  • Download, complete and bring the paper Registration Form below with you to the Conference Center.
  • Credit cards cannot be processed onsite, please bring check or cash. (The facility has an ATM machine available.) No P.O. orders.
  • Check-in times are 5-7 PM on Thursday and 7-8 A.M on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • Arrive early enough to complete registration before the 8:00 Conference Opening Session that will provide orientation to the conference format and important PD (CPDU) information (one will be held on both Friday and Saturday).


Click here to learn more about the TELL Project.  Below find pdfs to view the TELL Project Guide and Conference Schedule Grids (DRAFT only) as well as a downloadable Conference registration form.