Conference Workshop/Extension Workshop

Mary Goodwin

Committee Members
Kerisa Baedke, Lucas Hoffman, Shasha Gibbs


Conference/Extension Workshop Form



  1. Publicize workshop and select participants
  2. Organize, conduct, and evaluate leadership seminars
  3. Ensure that participants make follow-up presentations


Conference Workshop/Extension Workshop (CW/EW)
Thursday, March 14, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Making Standards Based Grading Work in Your World Language Classroom
Presenters:  Jenni Highfill, Kim Lackey, Denise Pahl, Eureka, MO

If we agree that grades have great power to motivate or discourage students, then we must not only plan excellent lessons, but also assess student knowledge and ability in the most efficient, meaningful, and dynamic ways possible.  What should count in a grade?  What shouldn’t count in a grade?  How do we deal with extra credit, late work, low-quality work, participation, and homework?


Participants will be given an overview of basic principles of Standards Based Grading and practical ideas about how to communicate clearly with students about their strengths and weaknesses.  We’ll discuss ideas from A Repair Kit for Grading; 15 Fixes for Broken Grades by Ken O’Connor.  Discover practical strategies for dealing with potential pitfalls of Standards Based Grading.  Examples of teacher-created standards-based scoring guides for speaking, writing, listening, reading, grammar, and vocabulary assessments will be shared.  Explore how to make your class about learning and not just grades!


Participants apply in advance to attend this daylong workshop; the proposal form can be found here.
Each year approximately twenty-five participants are selected to attend the Conference Workshop (CW) on Thursday during the annual meeting of Central States. Here they receive information and materials about recent trends in foreign language teaching. Participants are then asked to conduct a similar Extension Workshop (EW) in their local area in order to bring the Conference and its new and evolving ideas to a greater number of teachers.


The CW is the training session during which participants learn to conduct their own workshops. Participants receive a set of materials from each of the presenters, giving them the content information that they can use for their own EWs. They also receive guidelines and ideas for organizing, publicizing, and presenting a workshop. The emphasis in the CW is on the practical application of the new ideas for the classroom. At the end of the six-hour CW, participants are ready to conduct one or more EWs for foreign language educators in their own states. They can adjust the format, time frame, and material selection for their needs. 


The ultimate goal of the CW/EW Program is to improve the quality of foreign language instruction by providing up-to-date information to teachers unable to attend the Central States Conference. The CW/EW program offers participants the opportunity to learn how to organize and present a workshop, to meet other foreign language educators throughout the CSCTFL region, to strengthen ties with teachers in their local area, and to serve as resource people in their foreign language community. Once participants have attended the CW training, presented their own EW(s), and filed a brief report, they will receive a small honorarium to help cover expenses. The Extension Workshop is open only to those whose proposals have been submitted and accepted, so apply early. Once accepted, the participant must register for the conference and pay a nominal workshop fee that will be fully refunded when the report is filed. Participation in the CW/EW will not replace previous registration in another conference workshop. Questions should be directed to Mary Goodwin, CSCTFL CW/EW coordinator at


Coordinators:Mary Goodwin, Chair, Carol Eiber, Anne Nerenz, and Susanne Wagner