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LaTeS: Language Teacher Symposium



CERCLL hosts a biannual day-long symposium at which K-12 language teachers can share ideas and issues that are specific to their community. Arizona Continuing Education is available. The upcoming Spring 2017 event is below.

CERCLL is grateful to the University of Arizona's College of Humanities for its contribution to LaTeS.

Contact CERCLL with questions: coh-cercll@email.arizona.edu.

Click on these links for archived information on the first LaTeS event in 2014 and the events in 2015 and 2016.


Spring 2017 LaTeS

Activating Communication: Designing Learning and Creating Meaningful Assessments

Toni Theisen, the 2013 ACTFL President and the 2009 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, is a former French teacher Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado. She is the current Loveland School District WL Curriculum Representative and the Director of the Dual Language Immersion Programs. Theisen is a National Board Certified Teacher with a M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching and a M. A. in Education of Diverse Learners. She is a Google Certified teacher. She currently serves as the Colorado Dept. of Education’s World Language Liaison.

Very active in the foreign language profession, Theisen has presented many workshops, keynotes and webinars for national, regional, and state conferences and has authored articles on Multiple Intelligences, Differentiated Instruction and Technology for the 21st century learner. Theisen presented “Activating Communication” as part of the first ACTFL Webinar series and also presented at the 2011 LARC STARTALK Institute at San Diego State University. Theisen also helps facilitate the STARTALK Leadership Strand at the CLTA/CWLP California Summer Seminar in Santa Barbara, California.

Theisen has participated on many committees including the revision of the Colorado World Languages teacher standards for licensure. She chaired the 2009 revision of the Colorado World Languages Academic Standards. She served on the committee for the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards in 2000 and was the co-chair for the revision committee of the NBPTS Teacher Standards for WLOE in 2009. She also chaired the ACTFL 21st Century Skills Map committee in collaboration with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

Toni served as President of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Teachers in 1988-89. As an ACTFL Executive Board member from 2001-2005, Toni served as the program chair for the 2004 and 2005 conferences. She was the Local Chair for the CSC, SWCOLT and CCFLT Joint Conference in 1988 and the Program Chair for the 1991 Central States Conference.

Toni has received many honors including the ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for the Teaching of Culture, The Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SWCOLT Excellence in Teaching Award and the Genevieve Overman Memorial Service Award from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers.

Presented by Toni Theisen (Loveland School District, CO; 2013 ACTFL President and 2009 ACTFL Teacher of the Year)

Saturday April 8, 2017, 9.a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Harvill Building on the University of Arizona campus.

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A certificate for 6 hours of Arizona Continuing Education will be provided to attendees.

Attendance is free but registration is required (and includes lunch) by April 6.



Description: Our 21st century learners need a multi-sensory learning environment designed around authentic learning experiences that encourage collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. How can teachers use focusing lenses to guide thinking when creating relevant instruction that is more meaningful and engaging? How can focusing lenses be used to shape the instruction of a thematic unit? How can rigor and relevance encourage learners to critically think of solutions to real-world global issues in innovative ways? How can appropriate technology be integrated to support student learning? How can learning be differentiated to need the diverse needs of our students? And finally, how can we assess our students so they can demonstrate their learning. During this workshop, participants will explore these questions and experience learning activities that promote deeper, richer thinking that can enhance communication in all three modes.