2005 Extension Workshop


“Vertical Teaming to Enhance Student Achievement!”


The Central States Conference Extension Workshop is the oldest foreign language outreach program in the United States.  Since its inception in 1982, over sixteen thousand foreign language educators have participated in workshops generated by this outstanding outreach program.  During the first two decades of the program’s existence, twenty-five participants were selected to attend the Conference Workshop (CW) during the annual spring meeting of the Central States Conference, where they received information and materials about recent trends in foreign language teaching and learning.  Participants were then asked to conduct a similar Extension Workshop (EW) in their local area in order to bring “The Friendly Conference” and its innovative ideas to a greater number of foreign language educators.


To usher in the national foreign language education initiative of celebrating 2005 as “The Year of Languages!” the CW/EW program coordinators will maintain the highly successful outreach formula described above, but will modify the program policy of selecting twenty-five participants to inviting fifty participants to attend this free-of-charge workshop!  The first fifty participants who complete and forward the application/proposal form by the date deadline will be invited to attend the CW/EW in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, March 10, 2005.


The CW is the training session where participants who are first-time workshop presenters will learn how to conduct their own workshops.  At the same time, the CW is also the training session for veteran workshop presenters to hone their skills while serving as mentors to the novice presenters.  All participants receive a set of materials from each of the presenters containing the content information that they can copy for their own EWs. They also receive guidelines and strategies for organizing, publicizing, and presenting a workshop.  The emphasis of the CW is on the practical application of 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 state.  Participants are encouraged to adjust the workshop format, time frame, and material selection to meet their needs.


Topics for the CW/EW Program vary from year to year but always reflect current trends in foreign language instruction.  The speakers are considered to be specialists on the topic of the CW and often are former participants in the EW Program.  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  who are unable to attend the Central States Conference.  The program offers participants an opportunity to learn how to organize and present a workshop, to meet and network with foreign language educators from throughout the seventeen Central States region, to strengthen ties with teachers in their local area, and to serve as resource people in their foreign language community.


The topic for the 2005 CW/EW Program is   . . . “Vertical Teaming to Enhance Student Achievement!”  The program coordinators are pleased and proud to announce the names of the workshop presenters---all three known and lauded for their “high energy” presentations highlighted by dynamic interactive activities:


Davara Potel:    French Teacher, Solon (Ohio) High School

Carol Eiber:      Spanish Teacher, Stow-Munroe Falls (Ohio) High School

Lori Winne:      German Teacher, Grove Patterson Academy (Toledo, Ohio)


To apply for an invitation to the 2005 CW/EW Program, complete a one-page proposal describing your plans to conduct an EW.  The deadline to submit an application/proposal is January 15, 2005.  Invitations to the CW will be forwarded to prospective participants by February 1, 2005.  Once a participant has attended the CW, presented an EW, and filed a brief report,  s/he will receive a small honorarium.  The Conference Workshop is open only to those whose proposals have been submitted and accepted during the established time frame.                         

Judi Fowlkes and Pat Westphal, Program Coordinators