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

    • 20 Oct 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center
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    From TFLA Regional Coordinator: Teresa Tattersall

    TEKS Alive!

    Texas World Languages TEKS are alive! This session will focus on three main areas that are relatable to the TEKS. Participants will understand the foundational knowledge of the TEKS and how the ACTFL performance  descriptors are present in the TEKS. Secondly we will look at what we do in class, in person and online, in order to identify the activities that support the TEKS. Lastly, we will address how the TEKS are relevant to the T-TESS teacher evaluation instrument. Participants will have tools and materials so they can implement and/or use as a source of inspiration.

    About Teresa

    Teresa Tattersall is a dual credit Spanish Teacher at Sonia Sotomayor High School (NISD) in San Antonio. Teresa has taught all levels of Spanish throughout her years of teaching. She was a member of the team to produce and write the 2017-18 LOTE TEKS for Texas.

    • 20 Oct 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center
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    From TFLA's 2022 Teacher of the Year: William Lee

    NOVUM INITIUM: A NEW BEGINNING

    As we slowly proceed with cautious optimism out of the pandemic of the past two and half years, teachers must reflect upon practices from previous years and decide what will continue to work in a post-pandemic world vs. what must be discarded. Teachers will also need to use their newly acquired "super powers" during the pandemic to help their students navigate a new reality. This workshop will examine how to utilize technology tools (e.g. GooseChase, Breakout EDU, etc.) in World Language classrooms to build proficiency-based instructional practices and, at the same time, reflect on pre-pandemic activities that can still be utilized in this new era. The activities presented in this session can be adapted for any language.

    About William

    William H. Lee has been the Latin teacher at Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, TX, for the past twenty years and taught at Barbara Bush Middle School and Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio for three years prior to accepting his current teaching position at Clark. He is currently serving as President of the San Antonio Classical Society, a State Chair of the Texas State Junior Classical League, and as a member of the College Board AP Latin Development Committee. Having served ten years as Communications Chair, National Committee Secretary, and Certamen Chair for the National Junior Classical League, and three years as the Chair of American Classical League’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, William has also presented at various conferences on the Cambridge Latin Course and educational technology for the past fifteen years. William was the recipient of the Society of Classical Studies Excellence in Teaching at the Pre-Collegiate Level Award in 2019 and the Texas Classical Association Gaylan Dubose Excellence in Teaching Award in 2020. He is also the 2021-2022 TFLA Teacher of the Year and the 2022 SWCOLT Teacher of the Year.

    • 21 Oct 2022
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    • 22 Oct 2022
    • (CDT)
    • Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center
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    Pre-conference Workshops will be offered on Thursday, October 20th.  Each will be posted as a separate event.  

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