Kansas World Language Association

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KFLA Conference 2004


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October 8-9
at Overman Student Center
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, Kansas

Friday, October 8

  8:00 a.m. Check in at registration table located in the NW Entrance of Overman Student Center at Pittsburg State University.
Visit exhibits on 3rd floor of Student Center.
  9:00-11:30 a.m. Workshops:
La Francofolie!
Use Your Language Skills and Cultural Understanding to Benefit Your Community
  9:00 a.m. Sessions:
Rubrics and More: Focus on Performance Assessment
Creating Learning Opportunities for All Students
Foreign Language Children's Theater Serves Many Purposes
AATF Makes a World of Difference
FL Teachers Meet the Challenge of Interactive Distance Learning
Jewish Life in Berlin
  10:00 a.m. Refreshment break in exhibit area
  10:30 a.m. Sessions:
Verbs-Methods for Success
Distance-Learning Foreign Language (DFL) Teachers: Making a RIPPLE
Using Films for Teaching Conversation and Civilization
Visitons le Québec: Un monde différent
Evolving Views, Evolving Practices: Language Labs and the Communicative Method
  11:30 a.m. Box lunch in exhibit area
  1:00-4:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation:
"Hands-on, Minds-on Activities" - Cherice Montgomery

Participants in this workshop will learn to transform traditional activities into inherently interesting, cognitively engaging, interactive experiences for learners at various stages of language development by applying research-based principles related to thinking, learning, and instructional design.

  2:30-2:45 p.m. Refreshment / exhibit break
  4:00-5:00 p.m. Juice and cheese reception in the exhibit area
  4:30 - AATF business meeting followed by dinner at Old Miner's Inn in Alba, Missouri.
  4:30 - 9 p.m. AATSP meeting, Jornada de inmersión, Salón de conferencias 422 Grubbs Hall
  4:30 AATG gathering at a table at the "Juice and Cheese" reception to make dinner plans.
  6:00 p.m. VIP dinner for new teachers as guests of the Executive Council

Saturday, October 9

(Comfort Inn provides complimentary breakfast)
  7:00 a.m. Breakfast for Distance Learning Foreign Language teachers, location TBA
  7:30 a.m. Registration Open / Exhibits Open
  8:30-11:30 a.m.

Les films français

  8:30 a.m. Sessions
Too Much to Use and too Little Time to Use It!
Reading, Writing, Math Lessons for your School's QPA/NCLB Goals
Performance Assessment: How Do We Assess Out Student's Perfomance
Cooperative Learning Structures for Language Learners (Part 1)
Communicty College Round Table Discussion
  9:30 Refreshment / exhibit break
  10:00 Sessions
Teaching and Assessing a Foreign Language in Students with Learning Disabilities
Okay, I've Got My Own Class. . . Now What???
Too Much to Use and Too Little Time to Use It!
Instructional Time in Secondary Language Acquisition
More Cooperative Learning Structures for Engliah Language Learners (Part 2)
Involve Me and I'll Learn - A Central States Conference Extension Workshop
  11:30 Awards Banquet
Teacher of the Year / Best of Kansas / Garinger Scholarship / Loren Alexander Award

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation:
"Taking Control of Your Textbook" - Cherice Montgomery

Participants in this workshop will:
1) explore a collection of successful teaching strategies, projects, and activities developed and accumulated over ten years of teaching Spanish in a large, urban, high school, 2) redefine their relationship with their textbook in order to better meet the needs of diverse student populations, and 3) learn to use their textbook as a powerful resource for developing thematically-organized, content-based curriculum units that exploit the communicative value, cultural depth, contextual richness, and motivational potential inherent in standards-based activities. Participants are encouraged to bring their textbooks.


Keynote Presenter

We bring you one of our state's award-winning teachers, Cherice Montgomery, as the keynote presenter for this conference. Increasingly called on as a regional and national presenter, KFLA recognized her as 1999 Kansas Teacher of the Year, and as "Best of Kansas 1995" for a conference presentation. Because she keeps busy presenting at national and regional conferences, we were lucky to engage her for two keynote presentations that everyone appreciated.

Cherice Montgomery holds a B.A. in Spanish and a MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction. She has spent most of her career teaching Spanish at Southeast High School in Wichita, recently serving as an Instructional Facilitator, supporting faculty in standards implementation, curriculum development, classroom management, technology training, grant writing, and staff development. This fall she moved north to begin work on a PhD at Michigan State University. She served on the ACTFL New Visions in Foreign Language Education Task Force and is a member of the Advisory Board for the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center at Iowa State University, where she has co-facilitated numerous summer institutes. Professional activities include contract work for several publishers and universities, a position as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Inquiry Into Curriculum & Instruction, frequent presentations, and various publications. She participated in the team that developed the Kansas Curricular Standards for Foreign Language and the "Colorful Connections" standards training program. Cherice has been the recipient of several awards for excellence in teaching, and was recently honored by SCOLA in a television spot highlighting her contributions to FL education.



We wish to thank this year's exhibitors for supporting our conference.

Blue Valley School District #229, Glencoe/McGraw Hill, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, McDougal Littell, Multimedia Learning Systems, Hiko Arte & Artesanias, CLU Publications, SANS, Inc., Wright Group (World Languages)

Graduate Credit

Conference participants were able to sign up for 1 hour of graduate credit by writing a paper following the conference.

Pre-service teachers

The Loren Alexander Award assisted Erin Douglas, Pittsburg State University in attending the conference and paid her student membership for one year.

First Year VIPs

First and second-year teachers, as well as some pre-service teachers were able to attend the conference and attend the VIP dinner with the Executive Council and Keynote presenter. This year's VIP's were Chris Colyer, Kerri Hoisington, Kristine Gregory, Michelle Tamburini, and Ann Walker.