President’s Message

 

September 21, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

What an exciting time to be a world language educator in the state of Indiana! As you probably have heard, this year marks our 50th anniversary as an organization. I am thrilled to be a part of it, and I hope you are getting excited for this year’s many upcoming events!

As we are getting geared up for the annual Fall conference on November 1-3, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s helping to put it together. We have a great conference on tap with the world-renowned language teaching expert, Dr. Stephen Krashen, as our keynote speaker! He will certainly pack the house, and we hope that you have gotten a chance to get registered. In addition, we will have several Teachers of the Year in attendance from ACTFL and CSCTFL, along with tribute sessions for honorary members and dozens of past presidents. Conference Chair Israel Herrera has done an amazing job of putting the program together and you can find the conference program online right now.

Key dates:

1. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: October 1
All registration can be done online.

  1. GROUP HOTEL RATE: October 3 at 5 p.m. EDT

    If you are seeking administrative approval and/or support for attending the IFLTA conference, emphasize these important points:

  2. The IFLTA conference is the most affordable conference in our region for world language educators! We have striven to keep our prices very affordable, and in a time of shrinking budgets for professional development, our conference will meet your needs!!
  3. PGP points for license renewal are available for your participation. We have made it easier than ever to document your participation with forms printed in the Conference Program to fill in for your daily workshop and session attendance.
  4. Your language groups have important meetings and professional development opportunities at IFLTA. Our conference is a unique opportunity to network with educators in your language from throughout the state.
  5. This year, Randa Duvick, is spearheading a Leadership Seminar to encourage all of us—veterans, mid-career, and new educators alike to prepare for taking the reins of leadership outside the classroom.
  6. This year’s conference will involve many award-winning language teachers from all levels and from within Indiana and from different states to come give workshops and sessions. This will be a great opportunity for networking and professional development!

I am so excited about the conference this year, and I look forward to seeing you all in November!

One last note: I’d encourage all IFLTA members to vote for next year’s officers.

We thank these individuals for offering their time and energy to our organization, and I thank you for your participation in the elections!

Have a wonderful fall semester, and see you in Indianapolis!

All the best,
John Sundquist, 2018 IFLTA President

 

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