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Professional Development

To receive ISBE Professional Development for attending a workshop, conference, seminar, etc. sponsored by ICTFL or one of its designated Affiliates, please complete your ISBE Evaluation for the event.

To receive ISBE Professional Development for presenting at a workshop, conference, seminar, etc. sponsored by ICTFL or one of its designated Affiliates, please complete your ISBE Educator/Presenter Request to Receive Professional Development Hours form in addtion to the ISBE Evaluation form above.


Listed below are opportunities to grow professionally and enhance your students' classroom learning experience.  You'll find conferences, workshops, study programs and travel opportunities designed to increase your knowledge and teaching skills as well as to enrich your classroom.  Additional postings are welcome; click on the CONTACT tab and let ICTFL know about your Professional Development opportunity.


ICTFL 2015 Fall Conference - “Packing the Essentials:  The Journey to Professional Success" - October 15-17, 2015 at  Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park.  The conference includes a wide variety of sessions and keynote address and training.  Click on the FALL CONFERENCE tab for more information.

ICTFL TALL-IL 2015 - "TALL-IL 2.0" or "Training for Assessment of Language Learning: Planning for Student Growth" is offered again this summer with ACTFL Trainer/author, Laura Terrill  (ACTFL Keys to Planning for Learning, co-authored with Donna Clementi).  Attendees will have hands-on training on curriculum and unit design that will support proficiency-based assessments and student growth measures.  For information, click TALL-IL.

ICTFL offers members two 2015 dates (June and August) and two locations (Glenbrook North HS and Lincoln-Way North HS) this summer to particpate in ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Training (OPI).  This four-day training provides in depth understanding of language proficiency levels and training on how to identify those levels through Oral Proficiency Interviews.  To learn more, click OPI.

ICTFL is ready to help you get back in your “best practices” rhythm by inviting Helena Curtain to present this Kickstart 2015-16 workshop on Sat., Sept. 19, 2015, at Glenbrook North HS, Northbrook.  Helena is a renowned speaker, writer, and trainer on language education.  She and Carol Ann Dahlberg co-authored the book, Languages and Learners: Making the Match, the newly retitled 5th Edition of the popular Languages and Children---Making the Match, is a standard text in many teacher preparation programs.  The content of this workshop applies to the teaching of all levels of language learners, to all languages taught, and to pre-service teachers through university professors. The registration fee includes luncheon and 5 PDs.  To learn more or to register, click KICKSTART.


National Board Teacher Certification - Become a National Board Certified Teacher.  The Board currently offers certification in World Languages Other than English and in French and Spanish but will be expanding to make this valuable training available to teachers of all languages.  For local Illinois support contact Illinois National Board Professional Preparation and Support System.


ACTFL Professional Development Workshops - The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages offers a wide variety of seminars and workshops, including onsite options.  Some of these workshops are also held in tandem with their annual Conference in November.


CARLA - Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota - offers a number of resources, publications and classes for language educators.


CLEAR - Technology Workshops - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 


Cemanahuac Educational Community - Each summer Cemanahuac offers stimulating seminars for educators, on a variety of topics of interest to teachers who want to bring the culture of Mexico into their classrooms and improve their Spanish for use with their students and their families. Many seminars are available for graduate academic credit.  ICTFL offers an annual scholarship to Cemanahuac.  See Awards for details.


Concordia Language Villages - Bemidji, Minnesota - Summer Teacher Seminars

When you enroll in our seminar on Second Language and Immersion Methodologies, you’ll join a community of language educators to discuss current methods of teaching a second language. Guided by expert instructors, you’ll draw on your own experiences to enhance the discussions and understandings.


Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Program - Fullbright offers teaching abroad and exchange programs for teachers.


ACTFL - 2015 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo - "Inspire.  Engage.  Transform."  - November 20-22, 2015 -  San Diego, CA