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    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • 22 Jul 2022
    • 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Long Acres Ranch, Richmond, Texas
    • 33

    Planning, Implementation, and Assessment with IMPACT!

    This interactive institute will focus on effective strategies to implement proficiency-focused performance-based units and lessons that align with the TEKS for LOTE. Institute goals focus on strategies and guidelines for developing formative and summative assessments that provide evidence of learner progress in using language in real world contexts.  Embedded facilitated application sessions will provide opportunities for small group collaboration and feedback.  Come with a team from your school or district and join other teams as you improve your own instructional proficiency!


    Experienced educator Greta Lundgaard taught German, Biology, and English before leaving the classroom to become the LOTE Coordinator at Lewisville ISD and Plano ISD. Greta was instrumental in pushing through pathways for certification for Texas teachers of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese in 2007 and participated in the development of the 2014 TEKS for LOTE, serving on the Level 1-4 TEKS Committee. She was the 2016 recipient of the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education and was named the NADSFL Supervisor of the Year in 2014. Greta works nationally and internationally with world language educators in all educational settings.

    • Topic 1 title & description:    Finding my thunder and lightning: Exploring teaching and leadership strengths and how they impact teaching practices
    • strengths, instructional efficacy, TEKS for LOTE, Core Practices refresh
    • Topic 2 title & description:  Let it Rain:  Exploring student progress in the I do and we do guided phases of teaching through impactful checks for understanding and checks for learning.
    • GRR phases 1 & 2; importance of interactive input & processing, effective teacher input & student processing, language support (scaffolding), what do checks for understanding and learning look like here?
    • Topic 3 title & description: Set Fire to the Rain: Identifying student progress in the you do together and you do alone phases of teaching through impactful formative and summative assessments.
    • GRR phases 3 & 4, importance of collaborative use of language, student-to-student TL, shifting teacher roles, fading scaffolding, what does formative assessment & summative assessment look like here?
    • Topic 4 title & description:  Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Increasing student growth, proficiency, and outcomes through impactful feedback based on success criteria and look-fors from the TEKS for LOTE and the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and Performance Descriptors.
    • teacher, peer & self feedback of formative assessment; exit tickets as student reflection & feedback, using summative assessment data to inform "next unit" instruction

    Conference Location:

    Long Acres Ranch

    2235 Richmond Parkway

    Richmond, Texas 77469

    Lodging: (not included with registration)

    Fairfield Inn and Suites Houston Richmond - 1.7 miles from location 

    La Quinta Inn and Suites Richmond- Sugarland- 8.2 miles from location

    Spring Hill Suites Houston Rosenberg - 5.2 miles from location 

    Hampton Inn and Suites Houston - Rosenberg - 4.8 miles from location

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston SW - Rosenberg - 5.0 miles from location

    • 20 Oct 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center

    From Best of Texas 2021 Presenters

    Fluency + Fun=5: Takeaways to Improve Fluency, Have Fun, and Make a 5 on the AP IV Exam

    This session will focus on engaging activities that improve and fine tune fluency while preparing students for a 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam. Activities will be provided for each task and will pay attention to both native and non-native speakers. The activities can be used in lower and higher-level classrooms as they work towards building proficiency wherever the student is at. Participants will experience what a "Glow and Grow" peer review is and how to play the culture game. They will be shown a variety of ways to not only prepare students for the AP exam but create a classroom culture of collaboration and community. In addition to engaging in the activities, attendees will be provided with guides and samples to use the next day in any level language classroom.

    About Carolyn

    I’m originally from Wisconsin but studied abroad in Puebla Mexico where I fell in love with the Spanish language and culture. In my seventeen years of experience in the classroom, I have taught all levels of Spanish and ELL and developed curriculum for my district.  I have also presented best practices at TFLA, SWCOLT and ACTFL.  I am currently Department Chair and teach upper-level Spanish at George Ranch High School in Lamar CISD. In my classroom I believe it’s important for my students to engage with Spanish daily in structured ways that allow them to play with the language and acquire practical skills for real world usage.  I also share my passion for culture with students through educational trips abroad to Spain, Costa Rica and other Spanish-speaking countries. I am married to another educator and together we have two beautiful daughters.

    About Stacy

    I am a native Texan, my passion for Spanish language and culture was sparked on mission trips in high school.  I received my Bachelor’s in Spanish from Texas A&M and studied abroad in Costa Rica for one semester.  I have taught all levels of Spanish but I have always taught Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 and 2 and Spanish 4 AP. I have been the LOTE department chair for 12 years.   This is my 15th year in the classroom and I have been at B.F. Terry High School in Lamar CISD for all of those years.  I am married to Tito, a Colombian who jokes that I am getting my Ph.D. in Colombian Spanish with him. We have two fun-filled kids. 

    • 21 Oct 2022
    • (CDT)
    • 22 Oct 2022
    • (CDT)
    • Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center

    Pre-conference Workshops will be offered on Thursday, October 20th.  Each will be posted as a separate event.  

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