2022 Conference


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Vaccination Requirement

In order to make our on-site conference as safe as possible for attendees, staff, presenters and volunteers, we are requiring that all attendees show proof of vaccination. You may upload an image of your vaccination card or a screenshot of your state’s pass on our registration form. If you are not able to be vaccinated due to a religious exemption or for health reasons, you may submit proof of a negative Covid test via email, administered no more than three days prior to your arrival at the conference.
We are monitoring the Covid situation and local CDC guidance closely and will follow CDC masking recommendations at the time of the conference.

Thursday Pre-conference Workshops

Six-hour Workshops, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., $100

2. Museo Del Barrio: Connecting Culture, Community, and the Classroom
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Molly Monet-Viera, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA
Maria Datel, Boston University, Boston, MA

This workshop takes teachers to the Museo del Barrio to explore how to use local Latinx cultural resources in their classrooms. We will exploit the museum as an intersection of art, heritage, and narration as it tells the history of the Puerto Rican peoples from colonization to the contemporary immigrant experience in NYC. We will spend the morning in the museum taking a tour of the artwork. In the afternoon, we will consider how to plan classroom activities around a piece of art, demonstrate the building blocks of how to create a curricular thematic unit based on one or more works from the museum, and discuss the broader issues of how to connect our students to both local and global target-language community resources. Participants will meet in the presentation room at the hotel and travel together to the museum. Lunch will be on your own before returning to the hotel for the afternoon component of the workshop.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish and English Keyword: Communities/Workplace

Three-hour Workshops, 8:30–11:30 a.m., $50

3. Maximizing Student Performance on Proficiency-based Assessments
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Leslie Grahn, Independent Consultant, Clarksville, MD

During this workshop, participants will analyze student writing samples and refine strategies for using backward design to plan authentic learning experiences that will lead to student achievement on performance assessments. Participants will engage in a rubric calibration activity to encourage providing meaningful feedback that promotes student growth in proficiency. Finally, participants will reflect on ways to strengthen the assessment prompts.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Assessment

4. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A Roadmap for Learning German
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Christopher Gwin, Haddonfield High School, Haddonfield, NJ
Margaret Gonglewski, Ph.D., The George Washington University, Washington, DC

What does a sustainable future look like? How can we guide learners of German at varied levels of proficiency to deepen their understanding of the global climate crisis? This workshop offers a wide range of sample lessons, which weave the themes of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into existing German language and culture curricula at both the high school and college levels of instruction. Presenters share their paths in developing the materials and the experiences of learners in finding voice and agency in their classroom communities and beyond. These lesson samples can inform choices for instruction and materials in many traditional curriculum frameworks, or they can enhance already mandated texts and lesson plans.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: German Keyword: Curriculum

5. High Leverage Teaching Practices Lead the Way
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Beckie Bray Rankin, Lexington High School, Lexington, MA

In this workshop, participants will live-stream with Eileen Glisan, co-author of the second volume of Enacting the Work of Language Instruction, who will dive deep into establishing meaningful and purposeful contexts for language learning in the classroom. Participants will then collaborate with the workshop presenter and with each other to put their learning into practice. Learn from several LILL Advocates as they share their journeys of leading from the classroom with high-leverage teaching practices to affect change in their spheres of influence. Acquire strategies for dealing with challenges and setbacks when leading change. Work with facilitators and participants to create a personal plan of action to apply the learning back in our classes and communities.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English Keyword: Professional development

6. The Power to Choose: Rethinking the IPA with Choices
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Maureen Lamb, Kingswood Oxford School, West Hartford, CT

How do we provide our students with authentic learning experiences by allowing for choice in assessment? Come explore how student choice is leveraged within a re-envisioned IPA to accentuate student preferences, support diverse student needs, model differentiated learning, and develop proficiency. Participants will create their own modified IPAs and receive feedback as part of the workshop. Participants will receive templates and will brainstorm ideas to create IPAs for their own classes and to share with colleagues.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Latin, Spanish Keyword: Assessment

7. Using the Talk-Read-Talk-Write Strategy with Authentic Resources
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Greta Lundgaard, Consultant, Flower Mound, TX

Grow better readers and writers by letting them talk about authentic resources! As teachers shift to a performance-based proficiency-focused learning plan, being able to process and demonstrate understanding of authentic texts becomes a key component. Talk, Read, Talk, Write (TRTW) is a flexible and compelling learner-centered strategy that integrates all three modes: giving students opportunities to process texts, make meaning through social learning, and write for authentic purposes, all while increasing their language proficiency. Participants will experience the steps in the strategy themselves and collaborate on classroom application at different proficiency levels.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Instructional strategies

Three-hour Workshops, 12:30–3:30 p.m., $50

9. Developing Proficiency through Language Functions and Forms
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Bill Heller, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
Joanne O’Toole, Ph.D., SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY

Each communication standard in the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages identifies several language functions for students to carry out. As language functions — the purposes for language use — remain the same across proficiency levels, it is through differentiated and increasingly sophisticated lexical forms and grammatical structures that students progress. In this workshop, participants will discover how to select appropriate lexical items and grammatical structures for each language function that align with course proficiency targets. Then, they will identify ways to create authentic communicative contexts and explore research-informed strategies to support students in carrying out these language functions and advancing their proficiency.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Curriculum

10. The African Diaspora:Highlighting Connections, Comparisons, and Communities
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Rhashida Hilliard, Ph.D., Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY
April Broussard, Town School, New York, NY

The United Nations has declared the years 2015–2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent. As such, the international community recognizes that people of African descent ‘represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.’ With at least 200 million people of African descent living in the Americas in addition to other parts of the world, this workshop seeks to highlight ACTFL’s 5 C goals, especially stressing connections, comparisons, and communities between and within the African Diaspora. Moreover, this workshop seeks to explore ways World Language educators can incorporate the rich backgrounds of their own classrooms into their lessons to promote interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication in the target language.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

11. Getting Your Department On Board: Rewriting the Curriculum
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Michael Travers, Wellesley High School, Wellesley, MA

As we teach for proficiency we may have to rethink the way we plan and write our units. Oftentimes this needs to be done with a full department and that can pose its challenges. In this workshop, we will look at some of the steps to lead curriculum revisions in a department by looking at different models, examining unit design strategies, and discussing how to collaborate on quality curriculum where language and culture are front and center.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English Keyword: Curriculum

12. Critical Thinking: Tools for Connecting Classroom Roots to Global Reach
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Lucy Lee, Seton Hall Preparatory School/CLASS, West Orange, NJ
Yu-Lan Lin, Boston Public Schools/CLASS, Boston, MA
Baocai Jia, Fremont Union High School District/CLASS, Cupertino, CA
Carol Chen-Lin, Choate Rosemary Hall School/CLASS, Wallington, CT

The integration of critical thinking skills in language learning is a crucial issue in 21st-century learning. In this workshop, the presenters will focus on the use of authentic Chinese resources that teachers may utilize to encourage students to think more deeply. Effective questioning and probing techniques will be shared with sample lessons taken from Chinese classrooms. The presenters will discuss and share teaching strategies on how to transform language classrooms into places of higher order thinking, even at the introductory level. Participants will follow the demonstration and examples of how to frame language classrooms as places where students learn a new language and its culture and where they employ critical thinking and analytic skills to make better sense of the world.

Language of presentation: English/Chinese Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Chinese Keyword: Instructional strategies

13. Unveiling the New French Standards
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Anne Jensen, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Randa Duvick, Ph.D., Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, ID

This workshop will introduce participants to the newly revised French standards available through ACTFL. Participants will have the opportunity to work with each other and see how they can apply these standards to their French classrooms. Presenters will provide participants with an overview of the standards document (introduction, performance indicators, and learning scenarios). The newly revised French standards were completed in June 2021 after a three-year effort to bring this project to fruition.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: French Keyword: Curriculum

A complete listing of all sessions (Friday and Saturday) will be posted soon!

Registration is with our online form only. Should your district require you to submit a registration form prior to issuing a Purchase Order, use this form. Do not mail this form. Once you have a Purchase Order, register with our online form.

Documents and ID Numbers:

NJ Business Registration Certificate
NYS CTLE Sponsor ID: 23206
NYCDOE Vendor ID# 131972962
Sole Vendor Letter (PDF)

Kim HaasKim Haas is Executive Producer, Host and Creator of Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, a travel show celebrating the African influence in Latin America. She has traveled extensively throughout Latin America. Kim has been active in Afro-Latino issues for more than a decade and is founder of losafrolatinos.com, a blog celebrating Afro-Latino culture. She has extensive experience in media and communications. Kim served as Director of Marketing for WWSI TV Telemundo in Philadelphia. She also served as an on- camera pledge host (English, Spanish and Italian) for WYBE TV in Philadelphia. She has appeared in numerous videos and commercials for companies such as Kohl’s, Time Warner Cable and Walgreens. She speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Spanish. Kim is owner of Haas Media LLC, a multilingual community outreach, translation services, and communications firm located in the Greater New York City area.

hotel room

The Northeast Conference will once again be held at the New York Hilton Midtown. Visitors to New York City will find themselves within walking-distance from Times Square, MoMA, Fifth Avenue, and many of the Midtown attractions that make New York irresistible!  Please note that the hotel registration cut-off date is January 13, 2022. In order to receive the NECTFL conference rate at the hotel, you must use the hotel registration link below. The base rate is $242 plus taxes and fees. Rooms will be ready for check-in after 3:00 p.m. and checkout is at 12:00 p.m. If you are arriving before check-in or staying after checkout, luggage may be stored with the hotel.

Hotel Registration

NECTFL Future Language Educator Scholarship

NECTFL is pleased to offer the NECTFL Future Language Educator Scholarship. A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a future language educator from the NECTFL region to be used during the semester/year devoted to student teaching (graduate or undergraduate). The recipient will receive one night hotel stay and a complimentary registration to the NECTFL conference to accept the award. The scholarship will be awarded at the conference and may be used either during that spring session or the following fall semester.

Click here to apply now. Deadline: Friday, January 7, 2022.

Scholarship for a professional development course in Germany

Are you a German teacher and AATG member? Apply for a Goethe-Institut scholarship for a professional development course in Germany in 2022!
Click here to apply now. Deadline: January 7, 2022.

New Teacher Mentor Scholarships

Thanks to a very generous grant from The NYS Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN) at NYU, NECTFL is pleased to offer 20 scholarships for new teachers (1–5 years of experience) and 20 partial stipends for experienced “mentor” teachers (7+ years of experience) to attend the 2022 Northeast Conference.

  • Applicants must live and teach in the Northeast region and be a current member of their state professional association.
  • New teacher scholarships cover conference registration (Friday and Saturday) and one three-hour pre-conference workshop on Thursday.
  • Mentor teacher stipends are $50, which may be applied toward registration fees.
  • New teacher applicants must be currently employed in the Northeast region and have 1–5 years of teaching experience.
  • Mentor teacher applicants must have seven or more years of experience and have attended at least one Northeast Conference in the past five years.
  • Applicants must agree to attend the entire conference, including a focus-group meeting (2:15–3:15 p.m., Saturday, February 12).
  • Each scholarship winner will be paired with a mentor with the expectation that they will communicate with each other prior to the conference and will meet at different times over the course of the conference to touch base and discuss their conference experience. Mentors will provide support and guidance in navigating the conference.
  • Applicants should request a signed and scanned letter of support from their immediate supervisor to provide confirmation of employment, a commitment of support, and confirmation that the applicant will be allowed release time to attend the conference. This letter will be uploaded with your application. Alternately, your administrator may email us directly at info@nectfl.org.
  • All applications and letters of support must be received by Friday, January 7, 2022. Applicants will be notified by January 21, 2022.

Click here to apply now. Deadline: January 7, 2022.

This year we will once again use Sched as our conference app. An invitation to login will be emailed to attendees approximately two weeks prior to the start of the conference.

Documents and ID Numbers:

NJ Business Registration Certificate
NYS CTLE Sponsor ID: 23206
NYCDOE Vendor ID# 131972962
Sole Vendor Letter (PDF)


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Future Conferences

  • March 2–4, 2023, NY Hilton Midtown
  • February 22–24, 2024, NY Hilton Midtown
  • February 27–March 1, 2025, NY Hilton Midtown
  • February 26–28, 2026, NY Hilton Midtown

Past Conferences

2021: Finding Our Voice: World Languages for Social Justice, Michael Bogdan, Chairperson

2020: Languages for All: Envisioning Language Learning Opportunities for Every Learner, Nathan Lutz, Chairperson

2019: Authentic Language, Authentic Learning, Rosanne Zeppieri, Chairperson

2018: Unleashing the POWer of Proficiency, Bill Heller, Chairperson

2017: Strengthening World Language Education: Standards for Success, Carole Smart, Chairperson

2016: Developing Intercultural Competence through World Languages, Rebecca K. Fox, Ph.D., Chairperson

2014: Sustaining Communities with World Languages, Janel Lafond-Paquin, Chairperson

2013: Developing Leaders for Tomorrow’s Learners, Arlene F. White, Chairperson

2012: Global Identities, Jennifer L. Steeley, Chairperson