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June 24-26, 2019

Centennial High School

Franklin, TN (Nashville Area)

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.

The Leadership Initiative for Language Learning 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 in support of the organizing naming you to participate, while growing in your effectiveness as a leader and language teacher. LILL is a two-year commitment for this new cohort of Emerging Leaders, agreeing to participate in two summer institutes: June 2019 and June 2020.

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.

Interested in attending?

To be nominated to attend, you must be selected by your state, regional, or national professional organization. Contact your professional language organization for more details on how to be nominated as an Emerging Leader (to fill one of 50 Emerging Leader slots). Not sure which organization you belong to? View the Organizational Members of ACTFL here for more details. (preference given to those with active memberships in the designated organization).

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



  • June 24-26, 2019
    • Arrive by noon on Monday, June 24
    • LILL Summer Institute runs through Wednesday, June 26, 2:00 PM




  • Language educators (Pre-K through Postsecondary)
  • A leader who demonstrates the following characteristics:
    • Energy, positivity, and a growth mindset (in plans, projects, or tasks)
    • Self-confident, self-starter and self-motivator
    • Commitment to and ownership in the organization
    • Potential to expand one’s sphere of influence outward
    • Risk-taker interested in growing in expected and unexpected ways
    • Grit and perseverance when confronted with an obstacle, problem, or issue
    • Creativity, new perspectives, and innovation in developing solutions
  • State, regional, or national language professional organizations are invited to identify an Emerging Leader to participate in this new cohort of the Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL). Organizations are encouraged to support the Emerging Leader in the following ways:
    • Identify an area where your organization would like the Emerging Leader to design a plan to create or improve a process or initiative (past examples include: networking, mentoring for new or veteran educators, professional development beyond a conference, advocacy for Seal of Biliteracy, resources around core practices).
    • Solicit applications or identify an individual to serve as your organization’s Emerging Leader.  Here is an example of an application form for those interested in becoming Emerging Leaders (used by Colorado).
    • Identify the level of financial support for the Emerging Leader; this is an investment in leadership for the profession (beyond the immediate product for your organization), not an expense.
    • Collaborate with the Emerging Leader to begin to outline the action plan that will be developed through the LILL institute where the Emerging Leader receives input, feedback, and coaching 
  • To be nominated to attend, you must be selected by your state, regional, or national professional organization. Contact your professional language organization to find out if you could be nominated as their Emerging Leader (to fill one of 50 Emerging Leader slots). View the Organizational Members of ACTFL here for more details.


Know before you go!

The institute fee ($310) sustains our work and includes:

  • All institute materials and on-site presenters
  • Lunch and snack breaks (June 24-26)
  • Dinner on June 24 and June 25

These expenses are NOT included in the institute fee and are your responsibility:

  • Lodging
    • Single/King Bed: $129/night plus tax
    • Double Occupancy (Queen): $129/night plus tax
    • Breakfast included
    • 10-minute walk from the institute site
  • Airfare or driving costs to and from the institute
  • Do not book hotel arrangements until you receive confirmation of your acceptance to the institute
  • You MUST book a hotel prior to May 31st to receive the group rate

You will be provided a registration link in the confirmation email you receive from ACTFL. To register, be ready to fill out the following information:

  • Name
  • Affiliation – Company, institution, school, university, or organization
  • Address
  • Contact email
  • Phone
  • Special Dietary Needs
  • Payment information for the $310 institute fee