WAFLT Conference

2023 WAFLT Fall Conference

Reconnect, Reflect, Renew

Hilton Appleton Paper Valley, Appleton, Wisconsin
November 2 – 4, 2023

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Onsite Registration Available starting Thurs. 11/2.

Thursday Pre-Conference Workshop: Enacting a Justice-centered Language Curriculum

Thursday, November 2, 2023

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Social justice (SJ)-centered pedagogies seek to enact equitable, anti-discriminatory, inclusive, and liberating curricular and instructional practices. While language educators may agree that those are all worthwhile endeavors, there remain unique challenges and misconceptions regarding how a SJ-centered curriculum might be enacted in the language classroom specifically. This workshop seeks to demystify the process and offer concrete theoretical and practical considerations for engaging language learners in the SJ-centered classroom. The presenter will share resources and ideas for planning, implementing, and assessing learning experiences at a variety of proficiency levels. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how social justice learning goals and activities can be effectively embedded into their existing curricula.

Additional Fee – $50 for members, $60 for non-members

Pre-Registration Required. Registration cost includes lunch, served on site.  


LJ Randolph, Assistant Professor of World Language Education – University of Wisconsin-Madison and President-Elect of ACTFL

Friday’s Keynote Event and Awards Ceremony: Resilience Redefined: Rise, Reflect, Reimagine!

Friday, November 3, 2023

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Resilience Redefined: Rise, Reflect, Reimagine!

In the last four years, educators have faced unprecedented challenges that have tested their resilience like never before. In her keynote, Annabelle will take us on a journey of redefining resilience. Through inspiring stories and practical insights, she will guide the WAFLT community to rise above adversity, reflect on their teaching journey, and reimagine education in innovative ways. Drawing from her 12 years of experience as a dynamic language educator, Annabelle empowers you to embrace change, find strength in your adaptability, and bring new perspective to setbacks to turn them into opportunities for growth. Come rediscover your passion for teaching, ignite your creativity, and redefine resilience at this year’s fall conference!


Annabelle Williamson, La Maestra Loca
Jody Schneider, 2023 Distinguished Language Educator

Consider attending. . .

  • The informal orientation meeting for first-time conference attendees and new teachers Friday morning at 7:45 in Salon D.
  • Exciting Friday Morning workshops.
  • A variety of one hour sessions on both Friday and Saturday.

Don’t miss:

  • The Thursday evening reception in the Lawrence Room at 8:00, a great way to reconnect with colleagues and to meet new friends.
  • The Friday luncheon featuring the recognition of the student winners of WAFLT Discover Languages Student Postcard and video contests.
  • The Awards Ceremony honoring Distinguished Language Educator Jody Schneider, and the Keynote Presentation, Annabelle Williamson (“La Maestra Loca”)
  • Become a WAFLT Webizens. Collaborate, Connect & Converse with colleagues who are integrating technology. Get new ideas and problem solve in this informal social starting at 9:30pm Friday in Blaze.
  • The Saturday morning WAFLT Business Meeting including a complimentary continental breakfast.

Conference Registration Fees:

  • Regular Member – $50.00
  • Retired or Student Member – $30.00
  • Non-member – $90.00
  • Saturday Only Member – $35.00
  • Saturday Only Non-Member – $80.00

On-site Registration (Friday and/or Saturday) $10 extra

Optional Ticketed Events:

  • Thursday Workshop (includes registration, breaks, & lunch)  – Member $50.00, Non-Member $60.00
  • Friday Workshops – $20.00
  • Luncheons: Friday/Saturday – $25.00 each


WAFLT New Teacher Scholarships are designed to help teachers new to the profession attend their first professional conference.  Applicants must be in their first, second, or third year of teaching and current members of WAFLT.  Scholarships will be awarded to the first 10 qualifying teachers. Scholarships will include registration to the WAFLT conference and one free luncheon ticket.  Applicants must first join WAFLT. Apply here!

Membership Dues:

  • Regular Member – 1 Year – $35.00
  • Regular Member – 3 Years – $90.00
  • Retired or Student Member – 1 Year – $25.00
  • Retired Member – 3 Years – $65.00
  • Lifetime – $600

Onsite Registration Available starting Thurs. 11/2. 


Please note:

  • Whether mailing in your payment or paying by credit card, begin your registration online!
  • Be sure to carefully read dates and times, registration instructions and note coding of workshops indicating which days they are offered and pricing.
    • Make a copy of this conference planning guide to help you manage your workshop and session selections.
    • Workshops and sessions are correlated to the PI34 standards (in brackets following the session title). View the Standards to learn more.
    • Scholarships for Tomorrow’s Teachers – Are you enrolled in a teacher education program?  Are you a cooperating teacher or a methods teacher?  Check out the scholarships for teachers-in-training to attend WAFLT.  For more information, visit our “Grants and Scholarships” page and download an application. (Deadline: September 25!)

    Refund Procedure:

    • Conference refund requests must be made in writing by November 30, 2023 and sent to WAFLT, P.O. Box 1493, Appleton, WI 54912.
    • A service charge of $20.00 is applied to all refunds.
    • Refunds for meals and/or workshop tickets are not possible after October 18, 2022.
    • Membership dues are nonrefundable.


Hilton Appleton Paper Valley
333 W. College Avenue, Appleton WI
(920) 733-8000 

Make your hotel reservations directly with the Hilton Appleton Paper Valley.

If reserving online, https://group.hilton.com/9716ox

If reserving by phone, specify WAFLT Convention as the reservation code.

Deadline: October 16th, 2023 @ Midnight

Reservation CodeCancellation PolicySingleDoubleTripleQuad
WAFLT24 hrs. prior to arrival date$104$114$124$134

Parking: Washington Street Ramp (entrances on Washington or Division) and Midtown Ramp (entrances on Superior, Appleton, and Lawrence Streets) have skywalks to the Paper Valley Hotel. The maximum cost to park is $5.00 per 24 hours which is paid to an automatic machine.

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