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ACTFL 2015 Videos

ACTFL 2015 Videos

ACTFL 2015 Opening General Session

Watch Rick Steves' Keynote Address!

The audience was inspired by the five regional finalists vying for the title of the 2016 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. View the presentation of this prestigious award below.

During the Opening General Session, President Jacque Van Houten and Susan Candiotti demonstrated the power of connectivity by engaging with business leaders and professionals from around the world. You can view their dialog here.

The convention's Opening General Session featured a keynote address by Rick Steves, the famed guidebook author, TV host, and all-around travel guru.

TOY Talks

Students Don’t Need a “Cushion”
Nicole Naditz, 2015 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, Bella Vista High School
This talk invites viewers to reconsider the purpose of assigning and communicating grades. In grading systems most teachers use, grades include components that are more about compliance than proficiency. The result is a grade that often sends the wrong message about what the students know and can do in the language.

Envisioning the Win: Coaching for Intrinsic Motivation
Linda Egnatz, 2014 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, Lincoln-Way North High School
The most important role we play for our students is the visionary. Robert Frost wrote, "I am not a teacher, but an awakener." The 21st Century world offers our students many opportunities, and we, as language educators, must inspire our students to see themselves in that world; communicating and interacting in culturally appropriate ways as global citizens in a language, not originally our own, but rather, adopted and loved for its ability to connect us with others.

Recognizing Assets & Opening Doors
Noah Geisel, 2013 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, Denver Public Schools
Digital Badges are evidence-based credentials to recognize achievement and display endorsements (to colleges, employers, etc.). This talk explores how Digital Badges may be used to validate soft skills like language accomplishments and proficiency in ways that are meaningful to students and all other stakeholders.

Impacting Student Achievement by Hearing What Teachers Need
Lisa Lilley, 2010 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, Springfield MO Public Schools
A teacher's view of their ability to impact learning plays a pivotal role in student achievement. A positive outlook can be diminished by challenges such as larger classes and diverse learning styles. This talk looks at what language educators need to effectively manage classrooms and promote student engagement.

Balance: Listening to the Voices of Students and Teachers
Toni Theisen, 2009 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, Loveland High School
The world is so hectic. There is hardly any time to reflect and listen.. How can we slow down and stop jumping on to every bandwagon? How can teachers listen both to their intuition as well as the voices of students in order to make learning more authentic?

Connected Circles...Skipping Stones...Spheres of Influence
Christine Lanphere, 2007 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, Natomas High School
We participate in many circles, navigating them in a variety of ways. Consider the types of circles you operate in and recognize your spheres of influence. Like ripples when a stone is thrown in a pond, do you seek out opportunities to expand your circles? If you skipped a stone into your activities, what would happen?