Professional Development Workshops & Courses

K-8 World Language Core Practices  | Spring Workshop 2019

For FLES, Middle School World Language, Dual Language, Immersion, & ELL Teachers ( Earn 5 Hours ISBE PD Credit)

Friday, May 17, 2019, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm        

The Avery Coonley School -1400 Maple Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60515

Presenters: Talia Block, Denise Clivaz, Kathleen Priceman, Elizabeth Roberts

Morning Session: Interpersonal Communication

What does interpersonal communication look like at the novice to intermediate low levels? Come learn how to create activities to support interpersonal communication and successfully monitor student progress in this area.

Afternoon Session: Backward Design

(a NNELL café by Nathan Lutz) The NNELL café on backward design will serve as a springboard for conversation and collaboration on effective use of this core practice in enhancing your instruction and program development.

Cost: NNELL members: $20, Non-NNELL members: $50 (registration includes lunch)

Organizer: Kathleen Priceman, President of NNELL  Bring your current curriculum overview, ideas for curriculum enhancements, challenges, successes and enthusiasm! Work with fellow early language colleagues to create and plan for next year as you reflect on your prior experience with students.

To register online, please go to our NNELLcafé page>>

NYC FLES FEST  | Spring 2019

Sponsored by the Dalton School and co-sponsored by NNELL

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm        

The Dalton School – 108 E 89th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), NYC

FLES Fest 2019 is on May 18 (9am-12noon) this year. Bagels, pastries, tea/coffee and juice will be served (as well as collegiality, curriculum, and community)!
Our keynote speaker is author, curriculum designer, teacher and FLES leader Dr. Tori Gilbert. As in past years, we will have job-alike and grade-level group chats, exhibitors with FLES materials, and a lesson/activity swap (NOTE: this year’s swap is “paper free.” Please contribute by uploading your materials to our shared online folder:
Please consider applying for our teacher award: The Mari Haas Prize for Excellence in FLES Teaching. This $1000 grant is open to any current FLES (K-8) teachers to develop materials to share with your colleagues. The application is available when you register online.
Visit to register. There is a $20 charge for this event (*please note: our credit card payment system has been troublesome this week. If you have trouble processing a credit card, choose the “pay by check” option, and you can pay when you arrive on the 18th).


Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (NY) announces a 3-credit graduate course taking place at Dowling College for FLES certification in New York State.
Click here for details.

Rutgers University announces a new online course, Methods of Teaching World Languages for Elementary Learners. Click for details.