Conference Workshop/Extension Workshop

Sarah Shackelford

Committee Members
Cathy Stresing and Richard Emch


Conference/Extension Workshop Form



  1. Select topic and speaker for the annual workshop
  2. Publicize workshop and select participants
  3. Ensure that participants make follow-up presentations


Conference Workshop/Extension Workshop (CW/EW)
Thursday, March 9, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Proficiency GO!  How to Power Up and Evolve Your Classroom

Presenter: Kathy Shelton, World Language Program Specialist, Ohio Department of Education


Finding the time to search for resources and create activities for a proficiency-based classroom can leave teachers feeling “powered-down”. This collaborative workshop is designed to help Power Up and Evolve the classroom and student learning! Participants will share specific resources and strategies to facilitate the evolution to proficiency-based planning, teaching and assessing. They will walk away with ideas and materials for design of curriculum, thematic units and performance assessments; student-friendly rubrics for performance and proficiency; real-world activities across the three modes of communication; implementing Can-Do statements for communication and culture; and using authentic resources to effectively integrate culture in the target language.  “Brain breaks” specifically designed for the world language classroom will also be included.  Proficiency GO!

Participants apply in advance to attend this daylong workshop; the proposal form link can be found above on this page.

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 the presenter, 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 workshop fee of $95 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 Sarah Shackelford, CSCTFL 2017 CW/EW coordinator at