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Date:  June 25-27, 2018

Location:  Tom Hicks Elementary School Frisco, TX

Guiding Text:  The Truth About Leadership, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

What is LILL?

The Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL) seeks to:

  • empower individuals to become agents for change,
  • foster a growth mindset focused on effective teaching and learning, and
  • purposefully nurture leadership skills, all in the service of learners.

LILL’s summer initiative is based on the premise that every educator is a leader and strives to be highly effective. For language educators, effectiveness is demonstrated by evidence of learners’ growth in proficiency, including their growth in interculturality. This initiative aims to bring the best and brightest language educators, teacher leaders, and national experts to explore this issue and others important to you and the language organization naming you as an Emerging Leader. As an Emerging Leader, you will have the opportunity to discover your sphere of influence for effecting change, engage with peers, and create your own proactive plan to grow in your effectiveness as a leader and language teacher.

Why Experience the LILL Summer Institute?

Share And Learn

Interact with emerging leaders and “veteran” leaders.

Engage with teacher presenters as they share their ideas and lead discussions.

Focus on your organization’s area(s) of interest to celebrate successes and discover new strategies for improvement.

Practice And Grow

Examine leadership strategies.

Collaborate in small and large groups.

Determine ways to apply these strategies in emerging leadership roles.

Plan And Act

Create your personal plan to support your organization’s goal(s).

Identify your leadership spheres of influence and design ways to share your learning.

Share your plan with other participants and use their feedback to refine your plan.

2018 Institute Guiding Questions:

  1. How do I become a more effective leader?
  2. How do I grow my expertise and deepen my experiences?

2018 Agenda

Monday, June 25

Plan travel to meet at Tom Hicks Elementary School at 1:00 pm.

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Focus on the Core Practices

Tuesday, June 26

8:00 am – 5:30 pm: Focus on Building Background Knowledge around Leadership Skills

Wednesday, June 27

8:00 am – 1:30 pm: Focus on Integrating Expertise and Leadership

Hotel Accommodations

We have a rooming block with Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott which runs $119/night. It includes breakfast and WIFI. ACTFL will send your information to the hotel once you have registered. It is not necessary for you to contact the hotel or book a room. Upon checking in, you will need an ID and a credit card. You will be billed the $119/night during check-in. Please email Trey Calvin ( if you plan on sharing a room with others.

Leadership Initiative for Language Learning is a collaborative project of the following partners: