WAFLT Conference

2019 WAFLT Fall Conference

Mapping the Way to a Multiliterate Wisconsin

Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, Appleton, Wisconsin

October 31-November 2, 2019

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Onsite registration Available Starting Thurs. 6:30pm in the hotel lobby.

Thursday Pre-Conference Workshop:

Thursday, October 31, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

From Principles to Practice: Revised Wisconsin Standards for World Languages

Additional Fee – $45 (Members)/$55 (Non-members)

Pre-Registration Required


Pam Delfosse, World Language and Global Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Karen Luond Fowdy, Standards Writing Committee Co-Chair
Lynn Sessler Neitzel, Standards Writing Committee Co-Chair

The revised Wisconsin Standards for World Languages have been adopted! They are updated and ready for us to explore and to discover all that is familiar and understand elements that are new.

Give yourself the gift of time to unpack, understand, and apply the new Wisconsin Standards for World Languages. This full day workshop will examine what’s new, connect it with what you already do, and allow you to collaborate with others to plan for standards and proficiency-based learning. 

With revised standards featuring interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication along with new standards on intercultural communication and global competence and community engagement, this is not a workshop to miss! 

Registration cost includes lunch, served on site. 

Friday’s Keynote Speaker:

Friday, November 1, 2019

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Joe Kutchera is the founder of Latino Link Advisors where he works with his clients to develop digital marketing and content strategies with an emphasis in reaching the Hispanic/Latin American markets. He is a Wisconsin native and self-proclaimed Gringo Latino. Joe taught English as a Second Language in the Czech Republic in his first job after graduating from Macalester College. And later, he taught ESL in Puerto Rico.

Joe is the author of three books including Latino Link: Building Brands Online with Hispanic Communities and Content and E-X-I-T-O: Su estrategia de marketing digital en 5 pasos. During his nine-year tenure at Time Warner, Joe built such web properties as Warner Bros. Online, ThisOldHouse.com, CNNMoney, and started the digital ad sales team at CNNExpansion, the largest business news site in Mexico. Joe has an MBA from Fordham University and is a contributor to HuffPost and Fox News Latino.

KEYNOTE: Jet Fuel for Inspiring the Next Generation

A new report from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) shows that nine out of ten U.S. employers report a reliance on U.S.-based employees with language skills other than English. These multilingual needs will only increase in the years to come as students graduate into the working world. Yet, students may think they can simply use translation apps to do this work.

How can we prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s multilingual marketplace and ignite a love of learning languages along the way? New technologies such as gamification and virtual reality can lure students into learning more effectively. Yet when we utilize humor, storytelling and emotional intelligence, we can better manage these technologies. More importantly, we can lead students to the invaluable lesson that learning a language is not simply about translation but rather understanding how different cultures think and feel. So, if we challenge students to connect with other populations, we can facilitate deeper professional and personal relationships.

Joe will also be providing a Friday Morning Workshop: “An Entrepreneurial Approach to Learning Spanish: Taking your students into real-life situations”

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” We all know this refrain. But how do we put it into practice?

When students interact with native speakers in real-life situations, they remember that useful vocabulary more thoroughly. Workshop participants in this session will brainstorm and develop curriculum concepts with a foundation in students conversing with native Spanish-speakers in purpose-driven and goal-oriented immersive language learning experiences.

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.
  • Engaging Saturday technology sessions.

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 Dr. Keely Lake and the Keynote Address with Joe Kutchera
  • 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 – $45.00
  • Retired or Student Member – $30.00
  • Non-member – $80.00
  • Saturday Only Member – $35.00
  • Saturday Only Non-Member – $75.00

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

Optional Ticketed Events:

  • Thursday Workshop (includes registration, breaks, & lunch)  – Member $45.00, Non-Member $55.00
  • Friday Workshops – $20.00
  • Luncheons: Friday/Saturday – $17.50 each

Membership Dues:

  • Regular Member – 1 Year – $30.00
  • Regular Member – 3 Years – $80.00
  • Retired or Student Member – 1 Year – $25.00
  • Retired Member – 3 Years – $65.00
  • Lifetime – $600


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.
  • Download a 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!)

Onsite registration Available Starting Thurs. 6:30pm in the hotel lobby.


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. Click here for the online application

Refund Procedure:

  • Conference refund requests must be made in writing by November 30, 2019, and sent to WAFLT, P.O. Box 1493, Appleton, WI 54912.
  • A service charge of $20.00 is applied to all refunds.
  • No refunds for meals are possible after October 21, 2019.
  • Membership Dues and Workshop Fees are nonrefundable.


Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley 

333 W. College Avenue, Appleton WI

(920) 733-8000 

Make your hotel reservations directly with the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley. Specify 1119LANG as the Group code or click here.

(Please note the Red Lion Hotel has started charging a $3 transaction fee on online reservations. You can call the hotel directly to make a reservation if you would like to avoid this).

Deadline for block rate: October 2, 2019

Reservation Code Cancellation Policy Single Double Triple Quad
WAFLT 24 hrs. prior to arrival date $100 $110 $120 $130

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.

Onsite registration Available Starting Thurs. 6:30pm in the hotel lobby.

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