Dear Colleagues,
I would like to welcome you to our First Virtual Regional Conference. The PNCFL
board members have been working hard over the past few months to prepare
this conference for you, our members. We hope you will find that we’ve met our
goal of providing an opportunity for professional development and networking
with old and new friends so that you may become renewed, refreshed, and
energized.
In addition to thanking our board members and conference committee members, I would like to
thank all of you who submitted proposals for the conference. We could not do this without you.
We were thrilled with the quantity and quality of the proposals we received, which made our job
of designing the program so much easier. Enjoy this virtual weekend together.
Lynn Johnston, PNCFL President (WAFLT)
Welcome to everyone from every corner of our region! We are so delighted to be able to bring you
outstanding professional development and the opportunity to connect - or reconnect - with your
PNCFL colleagues. Our conference goals are to connect and support teachers from our region,
recognize outstanding service and educational leadership, and provide advocacy opportunities
that members can implement at the local and state levels.
The planning committee would especially like to thank former ACTFL Presidents and PNCFL
members Barb Mondloch, Ann Tollefson, and Bridget Yaden and 2020 PNCFL Teacher of the Year
Carla Swick for stepping forward as keynote presenters. ACTFL and JNCL-NCLIS also deserve our
deepest thanks for their contributions to our program.
Please visit our sponsors at their websites, share your professional learning on
Twitter or Instagram w/#pncfl21, follow us on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/PNCFL1949, Twitter: @pncfl1949
and on our PNCFL YouTube channel.
Best wishes for an engaging and enjoyable conference!
Lisa Werner, Conference Chair / PNCFL Treasurer (MALT)
Program of Events
All times listed are in Pacific Standard Time.
Friday, March 5th
4:30 (PT) President’s Welcome
PNCFL Awards Presentation
PNCFL Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching of World Languages
Ray Verzasconi Northwest Postsecondary Language Teacher of the Year
The PNCFL Friends of Languages Award
2021 Teacher of the Year
5:00 - 6:00 Keynote Presentation: Carla Swick, PNCFL 2020 Teacher of the Year
6:00 - 7:00 Concurrent Sessions #1: Presentations by all six member states
7:00 - 7:30 General Membership Meeting
7:30 - 8:00 Game Breakouts! Gimkit, Kahoot!, GooseChase, & Blooket
8:00 Raffle
Saturday, March 6th
9:00 - 9:55 Concurrent Sessions #2: Sponsor Session: Andégo Internships  
10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Presentation:
Coffee and Conversation: PNCFL Leading in Languages
Barb Mondloch, Ann Tollefson & Bridget Yaden
11:10 - 12:10 Concurrent Sessions #3: Sponsor Session: Creative Language Class  
12:15 - 1:15 Language Luncheons: Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese
1:15 - 1:30 Zumba with Susan Donahue (OR)
1:30 - 2:30 Concurrent Sessions #4: Sponsor Session: Wayside Publishing  
2:45 - 3:45 Concurrent Sessions #5: Sponsor Session: Vista Higher Learning  
4:00 - 5:00 Concurrent Sessions #6: Sponsor Session: Avant Assessments  
5:00 - 6:00 Concurrent Sessions #7: Sponsor Session: Carnegie Learning  
6:00 - 6:30 Sunset Talk: Advocacy
Host: Brandon Locke, PNCFL Past President
Guest: Amanda Seewald, JNCL-NCLIS President
6:30 Closing Remarks and Final Raffle

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Clock Hours/CEU/PDU Guidance
The PNCFL Conference is a regional conference encompassing six different member states, as
well as attendees outside of the PNCFL region. PNCFL, as an organization, is not able to issue
clock hours/continuing education units.
Because each state has different policies regarding receiving clock hours/CEUs, attendees
from states not listed below who wish to receive clock hours for their participation should
contact their state’s department of education/public instruction for guidelines on submitting
documentation for approval.
WYOMING: UWYO 5959 Professional Development Credit: WFLTA is offering a professional development
course for UW 5959 credit (usually what is needed for salary upgrades and recertification) this spring. Much
like our class this fall, it is a “Build your own PD” style course. You will complete 12 hours of independent or
collaborative professional development that is meaningful to you. Track your learning on the log linked in
the syllabus and participate in the May 11th virtual meeting to share your learning and reflect with others
from around the state. The upcoming PNCFL conference would be a great way to get these hours and earn
your credit. Thank you so much to WFLTA President-Elect for organizing this course and to Mary
Brummond for being the instructor of record! Click here for the syllabus. Enroll in the course on WyoLearn
using this link, or search the WyoLearn enrichment catalog for Mary Brummond.
WASHINGTON: If you are already a WAFLT member, we will email you the WAFLT Clock Hours eval during
the conference. Since there will be some recorded sessions that you can watch after the actual conference
dates, please submit the clock hours form to michele@anciauxinternational.com by March 31, 2021. You can
earn up to 20 clock hours.
If you are not a WAFLT member currently, please join (or renew) now for the special price of $25
(Feb-Oct 2021) at https://www.waflt.net/membership. Complete the Google form and then pay by
PayPal, if you can. (You can also mail a check, but it’s a lot faster and easier for us if you can pay by
PayPal.) Then, we’ll send you the Clock Hours Eval form too during the conference.
MONTANA: Please request your CEU certificate by emailing Lisa Werner lisawerner65@gmail.com, and it
will be sent to you via email.
ALASKA: AFLA members may request Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) from the Alaska Department of
Education and Early Development (DEED).
https://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/non-academic-credit-CEU-info CEUs may be used for
teacher recertification but are generally not accepted by districts for salary advancement. ACTFL is listed as
an approved professional organization for world language teachers, and as a regional affiliate, PNCFL is also
approved. If you have questions or if you would like a certificate of attendance, please contact Brandon
Locke at Locke_Brandon@asdk12.org.
OREGON:Professional Development Units for COFLT members: Please request your PDU certificate by
emailing the COFLT Board at cofltoregon@gmail.com after attending the conference. You will receive the
documentation to submit to your District or TSPC. COFLT does not submit forms on your behalf. Portland
State University offers one university credit for $265 for attending. Participants interested should email
Bernd Ferner at FernerB@pdx.edu before the conference. This offer is not limited to COFLT members or
Oregonians.
A ONE-CREDIT COURSE offered through the
University of Alaska Anchorage
THIS COURSE IS BEING OFFERED THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE,
PROFESSIONAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
THE COST IS $104.00 FOR ONE GRADED PROFESSIONAL (500-LEVEL) CREDIT
AND IS AVAILABLE TO ANY PNCFL CONFERENCE ATTENDEE INTERESTED.
YOU CAN VIEW THE SYLLABUS HERE
CONTACT BRANDON LOCKE, THE INSTRUCTOR FOR THE COURSE, WITH ANY QUESTIONS:
Locke_Brandon@asdk12.org
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It’s been too long…
PNCFL turned 50 in 1999 and founder, Howard Nostrand was on hand
to lead the celebration. Carl Falsgraf, one of our presenters at this
conference, was PNCFL President when, in the Winter 2000 edition
of Lingo, he wrote about the work that the PNCFL Board of Directors
had done in redefining PNCFL in the 21st century. One change that
was made at that time was the elimination of the annual PNCFL
conference.
We applaud the Board’s vision in 1999 but have long since wished
that we could reunite at a regional conference! How could they have
known that the events of 2020 would bring us the opportunity and
courage to put this together?
Games and Raffles
Please join us on Friday from 7:30 - 8:00
for some gaming fun in four breakout rooms!
Gimkit Kahoot!
hosted by Lynn Johnston (WA) hosted by Paris Granville (WA)
GooseChase Blooket
hosted by Catherine Ousselin (WA) hosted by Jaime Basham
(WY)
Thanks to the following for their
prize contributions!
PNCFL Member Organizations
Thanks to ACTFL and JNCL-NCLIS
for their generous support!
A Special Thanks to our
2021 Sponsors
Distinguished Sponsor
Saturday, 11:00 - 11:55
Toolbox Top Picks Passcode: toolbox
Kara Parker and Megan Smith, Creative Language Class
Experience our favorite go-to lesson activities for different modes and skills. Learn how
to implement them for distance learning and the classroom. Discuss how to adapt
them to fit any unit/lesson you teach.
Kara Parker is a co-creator, trainer, and blogger of the teacher websites AdiósTextbook and Creative
Language Class. She has taught Spanish and ELL and was National Board certified in Louisville, Kentucky.
She is enthusiastic about proficiency-based instruction inspired by culture in order to positively impact
students’ language learning experiences. Currently, she lives in Minneapolis, MN.
Megan is a co-creator, trainer, and blogger on the teacher websites AdiósTextbook and Creative Language
Class. She studied International Business and Spanish and has a Master’s in Education. Her time working
and studying abroad inspired her to create more authentic lessons with real-world tasks to develop 21st
Century skills. She taught high school Spanish in Louisville, Kentucky, and now lives and works in
Charleston, South Carolina.
Distinguished Sponsor
Saturday, 1:30 - 2:30
Teaching and Learning Vocabulary in Context:
The Way to Language Acquisition
Carolyn Taylor, Instructional Strategist, Wayside Publishing
Dr. Carolyn Taylor has been a language educator for more than 30 years, serving in teaching or
administrative capacities in five U.S. states and seven countries. She has taught French, English, and EFL in
diverse secondary and postsecondary settings and has been a language teacher educator. She was a state
supervisor for world languages and has held leadership roles in several national, regional, and state
language organizations. She earned a doctorate in foreign language curriculum and instruction from
Louisiana State University. Her dissertation research examined the relationship between foreign language
study and academic achievement.
Distinguished Sponsor
Saturday, 4:00 - 5:00
Phoenix Rising: Leveraging the Crisis to Create Opportunity
Carl Falsgraf, Former Director of CASLS
Out of crisis and strife comes innovation and growth. It is natural to want to "get back
to normal," but, if we are honest, the old normal wasn't always so great. While we are
still in the midst of the strife, now is the time to reflect on the hard lessons of COVID
and apply them to the new world we are creating out of the ashes. In this hands-on
session, we will identify concrete strategies and techniques we have created --
sometimes out of desperation -- and apply them in our classrooms going forward.
Carl Falsgraf is the former director of the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) and former
PNCFL president. He spearheaded the development of the STAMP (STandards-based Measurement of
Proficiency) test delivered by Avant Assessment.
Distinguished Sponsor
Saturday, 2:45 - 3:45
SMASHUP: Content Stories for Proficiency 
Natalie Ardagna
So you have a vocabulary list and a suggested pacing guide…. How do you make that
comprehensible and fun for the students in a way that moves their proficiency forward
and gives them the confidence to speak? Stories! Characters they want to know more
about! A Love Story! The Presenter will model ways to embed “the list” and “the
pacing” into manageable steps that model what students can do with content.
Natalie Ardagna has been in World Language instruction for 15 years. Over the course of her career, she has
had the pleasure of working in both private and public high schools. Additionally, she is the Biliteracy Seal
Coordinator at her school and is an AP Spanish Language and Culture grader for ETS. Her educational
background includes a MA in Linguistics, and she is completing a second MA in Educational Leadership
and Policy.
Distinguished Sponsor
Saturday, 5:00 - 6:00
Raising Social-Emotional Awareness in the WL Classroom 
Jennifer Kilmore
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an ongoing process—there is always more that
can be done and more that students will need on their own SEL journey. This
workshop will examine how to make SEL a continuous part of the world
language teaching practice, reflecting on current practices-explicit or otherwise,
and incorporating strategies to take next steps regardless of where one is on
their own journey.
Jennifer Kilmore is a member of ACTFL's Cohort 2 of LILL. She has 15 years of classroom experience and has
spent her career being a learner and contributor in professional organizations across the country. She loves
all things French and everything about language learning. She is the past-President of the Arkansas
Association and was a TOY finalist in the Southern Region.
Superior Sponsor
Saturday, 9:00 - 9:55
Gap Year English Assistant Internship in France 
Robert Zenk, Andégo Internships Abroad
Students shouldn't have to decide between exploring the world and gaining professional
experience! Discover our program that allows students to anchor their language skills and gain
professional experience while exploring another culture as a Language Assistant with Andégo.
We're accepting applications for 2021-2022! Interns spend a 10-month gap year (before or
during college) in one of our 30+ partner schools in France. All interns have room and board
included with a host family on weekends plus receive a monthly stipend to cover expenses
abroad and facilitate travel and exploration.
Robert Zenk, the father of two little francophones, is an IB French teacher at South Salem HS in Salem, OR.
He wants to open doors of opportunity for students similar to those he had in order to live the language
that he’s so passionate about.
Friday, March 5th
4:30 (PT) President’s Welcome 
PNCFL Awards Presentation
PNCFL Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching of World Languages
Ray Verzasconi Northwest Postsecondary Language Teacher of the Year
The PNCFL Friends of Languages Award
2021 PNCFL Teacher of the Year
5:00 - 6:00
Keynote Presentation
Carla Swick
PNCFL 2020 Teacher of the Year
& Japanese Teacher at Palmer High School, Alaska
Stronger Together:
What kind of people do we want to be?
In a year of uncertainty, ever-changing agendas and challenges, fear and loss… how do
we keep going? How do we create a safe space for our students and selves to breathe,
grow, and connect? Join the 2019 PNCFL Teacher of the Year to learn from her “tried
and true” teaching routines, activities, and strategies pre-pandemic, as well as trials
and errors this last year. This message of hope and humility is proof that we truly are
stronger together.
Carla Swick teaches Japanese at Palmer High School in Alaska, her alma mater, where her true love of
language, other cultures, and people began as a student.
A three-week homestay and high school exchange to Palmer’s Sister City, Saroma, Japan ignited a desire to
explore the world. After high school, she studied in Gnosjo, Sweden for one year as an AFS exchange
student. She then majored in Secondary English Education and minored in Japanese Language at the
University of Wyoming. In her junior year of university, she studied as a Rotary Scholar at the University of
Edinburgh, Scotland. After university graduation, she was invited to return to Saroma to teach English in
the town’s middle schools and work as an educator and translator for the local school board. She taught in
Japan for three and a half years and is in her 24th year of teaching Japanese in Alaska. She is a proud
participant of the 2019-2020 J-LEAP program and is the Pacific Northwest Council For Languages (PNCFL)
2019 Teacher of the Year.
When she’s not teaching, you can find her playing in Alaska’s outdoors with her husband Lance and
eight-year-old son Billy. She loves hiking, playing hockey, floating the Kenai, watching Kansas City Chiefs
football games, and traveling the globe.
6:00 - 7:00
iCan Integrate Social Media: Communicative Tasks for All Three Modes!
Catherine Ousselin (WA)
Intrigued by authentic resources on social media on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and
TicTok, but need support with designing purposeful and authentic communicative tasks? Discover
school-appropriate social media and create research-based activities for all three modes that
support proficiency-based thematic units and World-Readiness Standards.
Let’s Lighten Your Load
Kristen Wolf (MT)
In this session, teachers will walk away with concrete examples that will help them to reduce their
stress and workloads while also supporting their learners. Students are more engaged when they
fully understand the grading methods we use. Help them to grow as you learn to relax!
Take a break! One-minute ideas for movement and mindfulness in the language classroom
Natalie Stamper (OR Teacher of the Year))
Research shows students (and teachers!) benefit from quick moments that allow them to relax or
re-energize. This session will provide practical tips for designing brain breaks that maximize target
language and explore interdisciplinary connections. "Rest is not idleness, nor is it a wasted
opportunity for productivity," (Immordino-Yang, 2012). When our minds wander or switch into
'default mode,' our minds are far from ‘inactive,' they are working on processing new information.
These mental breaks are essential for improving memory, divergent thinking, and reading
comprehension. Teachers will emerge with better strategies to combat Zoom and classroom fatigue
through movement and mindfulness.
Language Advocacy Through Student Involvement:
Language and Cultural Events and Community Outreach
Yan Wang (AK) Passcode:552502
Have you ever wondered how to get more students to our classrooms so we can help them open
the door to the world? How do we keep our students continue with their language study through
their secondary education and beyond? If that’s you, come and explore how we:
1. Keep students involved in their learning through classroom activities, afterschool
activities/clubs, empowering them to be in charge of their learning.
2. Utilize holidays/festivals and turn those into different events that our students will fondly
remember for years to come.
3. Involve students in their community for cultural, language, and other service events.
Treat Yourself to a Graduate Certificate in Computer Assisted Language Learning
Kelly Arispe (ID)
It's been one year of the online/hybrid marathon in teaching in the pandemic. Come celebrate your
accomplishments by taking the time to reflect and identify all you've accomplished to norm your
practice to teaching with technology. In this session, I'll showcase a new, fully online Graduate
Certificate Program in Computer Assisted Language Learning designed for language teachers. I'll
share five practical tools and best practices from the courses I teach and talk to you about the
program. It has been an exhausting year for teachers; come learn how you can invest in yourself and
honor all that you've accomplished by taking the next step in your career towards a graduate
certificate.
Teaching and Learning World Languages and Culture Through A Deep Approach Lens
Dilnoza Khasilova (WY)
The presentation focuses on introducing the practical methods of teaching and learning world
languages and cultures through a deep approach. Examples include methods used in a non formal
Wyoming's World Language and Culture Program. The participants can ask questions and engage
in mini activities during the session. The presenter will show and share resources that can be used in
the language teaching environment. 
7:00 - 7:30 General Membership Meeting
7:30 - 8:00 Game Breakouts! Gimkit Lynn Johnston
Kahoot! Paris Granville
GooseChase Catherine Ousselin
Blooket Jaime Basham Passcode: PNCFL
8:00 Raffle 
Saturday, March 6th
Keynote Presentation
10:00 - 11:00
Coffee and Conversation: PNCFL Leading in Languages
Did you know that four ACTFL presidents have come from our Pacific Northwest
Region? Please join Ann Tollefson, Barb Mondloch, and Bridget Yaden, 3 former ACTFL
presidents from the Pacific Northwest, as they share their experiences as leaders in our
profession. PNCFL Past-President Brandon Locke will host this informal conversation.
Coming from different contexts, our three ACTFL past-presidents leadership
trajectories have been very similar, starting with their state organization, then service
at the PNCFL regional level, and then national leadership at ACTFL. They will share
anecdotes of their experiences, discuss past and present challenges as well as
opportunities, and reflect on what they have learned about leadership along the way.
There will be time for questions from participants as well during this informal
conversation. 
Ann Tollefson
Wyoming Department of Education
(retired)
Independent Consultant
Casper, Wyoming
PNCFL President 1992, 2001
1997 ACTFL President
Dr. Barbara Mondloch
Principal, Collins Elementary School
Tacoma, Washington
PNCFL President, 2005
2011 ACTFL President
Dr. Bridget Yaden
Professor, Hispanic and Latino Studies
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, Washington
PNCFL President, 2007
2020 ACTFL President

Saturday, March 6th
9:00 - 9:55
Supporting each other in Stressful Times
Jessica Haxhi, ACTFL President, and Howie Berman, ACTFL Executive Director 
How can we continue to deal with all the changes we face as educators? How can we survive and
thrive both as educators and in supporting our learners? One enduring lesson from 2020 was to
focus on what is the most important: relationships. Let’s identify our current challenges and find
specific ways to support each other and our learners. Examine strategies to focus and simplify
planning for learning, take steps to tap professional learning networks, identify helpful resources,
and set your personal goal of supporting yourself and others as language educators.
WATJ: A Sustainable Collaboration Model
Kei Tsukamaki, Alicia Ceban, Gwen Johnston, Kim Roberts (WA)
How do we as language teachers avoid burnout and isolation? How do we collaborate with
each other in consistent, meaningful, and sustainable ways? The Washington Association of
Teachers of Japanese(WATJ) Board Members will share their model of collaboration, with a
focus on their monthly gatherings called "Benkyookai," where teachers share current
challenges, tools, and successes.
101 things you should know about AR, VR, and 360 imaging 
Zoe Jiang (WA)
Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and 360-degree Imaging create innovative
possibilities in a hybrid, fully online, or post-pandemic physical classroom. This session will
explore various apps and websites to demonstrate how to utilize VR, AR, and 360 imaging to
develop proficiency and cultural understanding.
SEL (Social Emotional Learning) in the Hybrid/Virtual Language Classroom
Jennifer Schwester Passcode: 4Ufc70
This interactive workshop will help teachers to understand what SEL is and is not, as well as
practice ways to help students work on their social emotional learning skills. By helping
students identify their emotions, acknowledge them, and work on ways to deal with them,
teachers are giving students valuable life skills to be more effective and productive learners,
as well as strengthen the classroom community. Attendees will be provided with
opportunities to participate in SEL activities and share ways to use them in the classroom. 
Gap Year English Assistant Internship in France 
Robert Zenk, Andégo Internships Abroad
Students shouldn't have to decide between exploring the world and gaining professional
experience! Discover our program that allows students to anchor their language skills and gain
professional experience while exploring another culture as a Language Assistant with Andégo.
We're accepting applications for 2021-2022! Interns spend a 10-month gap year (before or during
college) in one of our 30+ partner schools in France. All interns have room and board included with
a host family on weekends plus receive a monthly stipend to cover expenses abroad and facilitate
travel and exploration.
Kinesthetics to Boost Proficiency: Energize and Engage Every Student 
Emma Bricker
Students don't always seem to share our excitement about language learning. How can we motivate
them, keep them on-task, and help them to love it like we do? In this session, participants will learn
to use kinesthetic strategies and techniques to inspire even the most reluctant learner and leave
with energizing ideas to engage ALL their students.
Gamification in the L2 Classroom
Abby Cain (ID)
In this presentation, Abby Cain, a middle school Spanish teacher in Meridian, Idaho, will discuss
gamification in the L2 classroom. This engaging presentation will give an overview of gamification,
resources to add to your toolbelt, as well as provide authentic examples for implementation in your
classroom (that's right - you will get to play games!). Please be prepared with a device and internet
access.
Language advocacy tools everyone can use in today's educational world Passcode: Y2a7E8
Amanda Seewald and Jon Bernstein, JNCL-NCLIS
How do you advocate for students, yourself, programs, and language education in today's world?
Learn essential advocacy tools and explore issues locally, regionally, and nationally. Come away
understanding how you can make a difference and how JNCL-NCLIS builds legislative impact to
catalyze growth in our field. Participants will leave with an actionable set of resources to build their
own advocacy plans.
10:00 - 11:00 
Keynote Presentation:
Coffee and Conversation: PNCFL Leading in Languages
Barb Mondloch, Ann Tollefson & Bridget Yaden
Did you know that four ACTFL presidents have come from our Pacific Northwest Region? Please join
Ann Tollefson, Barb Mondloch, and Bridget Yaden, three former ACTFL presidents from the Pacific
Northwest, as they share their experiences as leaders in our profession. PNCFL Past-President
Brandon Locke will host this informal conversation. Coming from different contexts, our three
ACTFL past-presidents leadership trajectories have been very similar, starting with their state
organization, then service at the PNCFL regional level, and then national leadership at ACTFL. 
They will share anecdotes of their experiences, discuss past and present challenges as well as
opportunities, and reflect on what they have learned about leadership along the way. There will be
time for questions from participants as well during this informal conversation.
11:10 - 12:10
Supporting Your Students
Elena Kamenetzky, ACTFL 2021 Teacher of the Year
This school year has brought unprecedented uncertainty into the lives of our students. Join the
ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year to explore how language learning can develop
communication skills and self-confidence to build learners’ resilience and support their mental
health. Walk into the classroom of the Teacher of the Year to acquire more strategies to help
learners lower their affective barriers and develop healthy relationships - using the investigation of
and reflection on cultural similarities and differences.
Uncover and Address Biases in the World Language Classroom 
Janet Boring Passcode: 970292
Everyone has conscious and unconscious personal and cultural biases that affect every area
of their lives, including their world language classrooms. Recognizing how biases affect the
the way in which teachers see their students, how teachers manage their classroom, the
cultural elements they choose to focus on, and how lessons are structured is more critical
than ever. This session will help participants identify biases, find ways to minimize the
impact of those biases in their world language classroom, and brainstorm activities that will
allow students to safely explore their own potential biases as they are studying the target
cultures.
 

Teach Big Ideas, Even with Small Words
Chela Crinion
One challenge that students face when learning a new language is feeling limited in their
expression. Simplistic vocabulary can constrain learning to concrete ideas centered on
one's own experience. By reframing units with essential questions and powerful key words,
teachers can maintain target-language instruction while inviting deeper learning. Even
beginner-level classes can explore topics such as having vs. being and luxury vs. necessity.
From quick bell-work prompts to more in-depth activities, this session will provide ideas
and resources for teaching about identity and diversity, as well as global and social issues.
Examples are in Spanish, many adaptable to other languages.
Redes: An Interactive Exploration of Culturally Relevant Materials
Ines Warnock (OR)
This presentation will discuss the process of creation and presentation of culturally relevant
materials for an open educational textbook for intermediate Spanish. It will present
Pressbooks as an authoring platform that offers interactive content for in-person, online,
and blended courses.
Building Language Community
Kate Kithil (MT)
While pondering the ever-present question, "Why should I learn German?” I have stumbled on the
realization that community is the answer. Community happens in all language classes, but thanks to
our smaller programs, we have the opportunity to build strong bonds in our classroom and beyond.
Since coming to Montana State University, I have been working on building these bonds between
German speakers in our community without really realizing what I was doing. It took COVID to help
me recognize the importance of German community. I will discuss some of the projects we have
been doing in Montana, and we will talk with each other about community outreach and German.
Take It From The Students: Creating Relevant and Authentic Content In Class 
Jaclyn Hathaway Rubé, Director of Operations of Organic World Language & OWL Facilitator (OR)
Student buy-in is a challenge impacted by class structure and relevance of content. This interactive
session will collaboratively demonstrate several examples of class formats that achieve 100% target
language usage and maximal engagement. Five specific strategies will be shared to help keep the
content authentic and can be used immediately.
Toolbox Top Picks Passcode: toolbox 
Kara Parker and Megan Smith, Creative Language Class
Experience our favorite go-to lesson activities for different modes and skills. Learn how to
implement them for distance learning and the classroom. Discuss how to adapt them to fit any
unit/lesson you teach.
12:15 - 1:15 Language Luncheons French- Mary Anne O’Neil (WA)
Passcode: dPK142
Spanish- Kristin Odegaard (WA) Russian- Svetlana Nuss (AK)
Passcode: 181KWH
Japanese- Kei Tsukamaki Sensei (WA) Chinese- Tracy Ge (WA) Passcode: CLTAWA
German-Paul Asleson (MT) and Alysha Holmquist (WA)
1:15 - 1:30 Zumba with Susan Donahue (OR)
1:30 - 2:30
Journey to Proficiency: Map the Route, Guide the Tour, Enjoy the Ride
Jessica Haxhi, ACTFL President, and Howie Berman, ACTFL Executive Director
Every year students enroll in your class eager to “travel” through the target language and cultures.
You are the “travel planner” and “tour guide” on the language learning journey. What motivates
learners more than acquiring language to meet their purposes? Plan the journey by picturing the
destination (advanced proficiency), stops along the way, assistance for your travelers, and helpful
tips. Focus on proficiency to ensure learners are motivated to stay on the “journey.” Learn to plan,
teach, assess, engage, and celebrate learner success – tapping ACTFL resources to lead learners on
the best trip ever to reach their desired destination: proficiency! 
Wait, What? The 5 C's in remote teaching????? (2-hour Presentation)
Teresa Mountains, Montana Teacher of the Year / Passcode: 631390
The journey of remote teaching during a pandemic has had its share of challenges.
Teaching remotely in a new block schedule had me feeling like it was my first year. Come
share, explore technology & successes, its failures, and the learning curve. I’ll share
discoveries as we progressed in this new frontier. Creating a safe place that builds
community is paramount for our students struggling during the pandemic. I’ll share
synchronous and asynchronous learning activities with technology, culture, and comprehensible
input that has helped me find success with my remote language learners. 
Teaching and Learning Vocabulary in Context: The Way to Language Acquisition
Carolyn Taylor, Instructional Strategist, Wayside Publishing
le non-verbal : un outil complémentaire pour l’exploitation du document authentique
(2-hour Presentation)
Madeleine Flanagan
Cet atelier cherche à faire appréhender les ressorts et les spécificités du non-verbal dans les
situations de communication d'un document authentique (photos, vidéos). Il vient compléter les
principes de la démarche pédagogique « Apprendre et Enseigner le français avec TV5MONDE ». Un
ensemble d'exemples d’activités est proposé pour mieux comprendre le rôle de cet outil
pédagogique et comment il vient compléter les pratiques courantes de la classe de français tout en
offrant de nouvelles perspectives d’exploitation du document authentique. Cet outil est utilisable
avec différents types d’apprenants et de différents niveaux.
Five-Minute Communicative Activities to Enrich Language Learning in a Virtual Classroom 
Liping Su (WA)
Using examples from her own Chinese language class, the presenter demonstrates how
five-minute communicative activities, carefully designed and routinely scheduled into each
class has provided a versatile and engaging space for the students to have an enriched
learning experience that highlights natural communication strengthens student
connection scaffolds the learning process and enhances the understanding of modern and
traditional Chinese cultures.
Fingernails on a Chalkboard - Helping Intermediate Students Overcome "Errors"
Paris Granville (WA) Passcode:764887
Traditional grammar teaching is like throwing Jello at a tree; not much sticks, and what
does is messy. Join me for a speedrun of techniques to help students sound more
native-like. A whirlwind tour of what we can teach and the limitations. Followed by research
and classroom-tested tasks to help students level up.
Advancing Proficiency through Connections and Community Building
Darcy Rogers (OR)
How can I increase proficiency and foster student connections? Aligning class content with real-life
creates relevancy, connecting language and life. This session explores how to provide rich context,
build trust, and reduce the affective filter to foster proficiency. Teachers will gain practical tools to
advance proficiency and student connection.
K-5 World Language Programs: How to virtually leverage proficiency growth!
Danyelle Quincy Davis (ID)
K-5 language and culture seeding programs are more needed than ever but struggle for time and
resources. This presentation offers a virtually leveraged model for assessment, feedback, and
tracking to transform weekly language classes into a formidable program. Empower students to
own their learning and grow their skills strategically year to year.
2:45 - 3:45
Towards Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion through Critical Cultural Awareness
Pablo Muirhead, ACTFL Treasurer
Power is essential to a complete understanding of culture. After some of the most divisive
years of our lives, the need to build critical cultural competence (CCC) is vitally important.
Bridge theory and practice as you link CCC and language learning. Leave with strategies
informed by the Can-Do Statements that build this essential skill.
(Cont.) Wait, What? The 5 C's in remote teaching????? (2-hour Presentation)
Teresa Mountains, Montana Teacher of the Year / Passcode: 631390
The journey of remote teaching during a pandemic has had its share of challenges.
Teaching remotely in a new block schedule had me feeling like it was my first year. Come
share, explore technology & successes, its failures, and the learning curve. I’ll share
discoveries as we progressed in this new frontier. Creating a safe place that builds
community is paramount for our students struggling during the pandemic. I’ll share
synchronous and asynchronous learning activities with technology, culture, and
comprehensible input that has helped me find success with my remote language learners. 
SMASHUP: Content Stories for Proficiency 
Natalie Ardagna
So you have a vocabulary list and a suggested pacing guide…. How do you make that
comprehensible and fun for the students in a way that moves their proficiency forward and gives
them the confidence to speak? Stories! Characters they want to know more about! A Love Story! The
Presenter will model ways to embed “the list” and “the pacing” into manageable steps that model
what students can do with content.
(Cont.) le non-verbal : un outil complémentaire pour l’exploitation du document authentique
(2-hour Presentation)
Madeleine Flanagan
Cet atelier cherche à faire appréhender les ressorts et les spécificités du non-verbal dans les
situations de communication d'un document authentique (photos, vidéos). Il vient compléter les
principes de la démarche pédagogique « Apprendre et Enseigner le français avec TV5MONDE ». Un
ensemble d'exemples d’activités est proposé pour mieux comprendre le rôle de cet outil
pédagogique et comment il vient compléter les pratiques courantes de la classe de français tout en
offrant de nouvelles perspectives d’exploitation du document authentique. Cet outil est utilisable
avec différents types d’apprenants et de différents niveaux.
Getting Real with Translation & Interpreting
Caitlyn Walsh
This interactive session will feature a number of online resources for teachers to bring translation
and interpreting to their students. Introductory materials suitable for students with emerging
proficiency will be reviewed, and additional strategies and materials will be provided for more
advanced learners who are ready to challenge themselves.
Setting Sail for New Horizons!
Dawn Samples
Ahoy Mates! Setting sail into new territory? Sailing into new uncharted waters can be
intimidating and exhausting. However, new, exciting horizons lie ahead! Participants in this
session will learn ways their assessment practices and feedback support and impact the
proficiency outcomes of their learners, creating new opportunities for the future!
The Refreshed ACTFL/CAEP Standards for WL Teacher Preparation
Teresa Bell, ACTFL Program Review Coordinator
This session will present proposed updates to the ACTFL/CAEP Standards for preparing
World Language Teachers. These Standards were most recently approved in 2013. Every seven years,
CAEP suggests a revision to update the Standards to ensure that they are still in line with the most
current research on second language acquisition, language learning, and language teaching.
Participants will be shown a side-by-side comparison of the 2013 Standards with the proposed
revised Standards. Participants will be encouraged to share feedback.
Cue Words: Promoting pragmatic awareness in beginning Japanese
Karen Curtin (OR)
This interactive presentation will introduce cue words – how to create them and how to
apply them in the Japanese language classroom. Cue words are a type of feedback device,
but they can be adjusted to promote learner self-correction, understanding of cultural
communication, and keep students in the target language. Examples of actual use of cue
words from beginning Japanese classes, techniques, and teacher and student feedback will
also be discussed.
4:00 - 5:00
Growing as Educators through the Lens of High-Leverage Teaching Practices 
(2-hour Presentation)
Greta Lundgaard, ACTFL Consultant
What are high-leverage teaching practices that are effective with language learners? Reflect on
your classes and how to be even more intentional in supporting language learning. ACTFL’s Guiding
Principles and the TELL Framework serve to unpack teaching practices into components to analyze
learning and set and monitor goals for growing as an educator. Examine the correlation of ACTFL’s
Guiding Principles and the TELL Framework to outline the WHAT and the HOW of being an effective
language educator. Focus your teaching and improve students’ learning.
Testing in the age of COVID (2-hour Presentation)
Becca Sibrian, Idaho Teacher of the Year
When we went to remote learning in March 2020, I was concerned about how I would be able to
formally assess my students' progress and truly hear their 'voices.’ I quickly transitioned to
Project-Based Assessments and have not looked back. This session will include a brief discussion of
what PBAs look like in my classroom, how to implement them in place of traditional tests, how to
align these with ACTFL's Core Practices and Standards, and hands-on planning and brainstorming
for our classrooms.
Non-targeted Comprehensible Input (2-hour Presentation, Presented in American Sign Language)
Fredrick Stamps (OR)
Come experience synchronous instruction that demonstrates non-targeted
Comprehensible Input in American Sign Language. Let's examine the core features of
compelling language instruction.
ANVILL, Interaction, and Remote Teaching (2-hour Presentation)
Jeff Magoto (OR)
In this workshop, you will learn to use the latest version of the free and open-source
software, ANVILL-LTI (anvill.uoregon.edu). This new version, rebuilt from the ground
up, is optimized for pedagogical contexts that are fluid (F2F-hybrid-online) and for
teachers who have very little time for authoring. One innovation that is particularly beneficial during
a time of remote teaching is the way ANVILL extends H5P's interactive apps. The combination
means that speech and video can be easily combined with more traditional kinds of practice on a
single page.
Un monde de ressources au bout de vos doigts: Et ensuite? (2-hour Presentation)
Catherine Ousselin (WA)
Impressed by the quantity and quality of the AATF's curated authentic and curricular
resources, but not sure how to organize and integrate them? Connect and collaborate with
Catherine Ousselin, Director of AATF Social Media Integration and Curated Resources as we explore
the curated resource platforms, incorporate strategies to organize resources, and design units,
activities, and assessments that integrate resources for all three modes of communication. This
session will be conducted in both French and English.
Phoenix Rising: Leveraging the Crisis to Create Opportunity
Carl Falsgraf
Out of crisis and strife comes innovation and growth. It is natural to want to "get back to normal,"
but, if we are honest, the old normal wasn't always so great. While we are still in the midst of the
strife, now is the time to reflect on the hard lessons of COVID and apply them to the new world we
are creating out of the ashes. In this hands-on session, we will identify concrete strategies and
techniques we have created -- sometimes out of desperation -- and apply them in our classrooms
going forward.
Schreiben trainieren - von A1 bis C1 (Presented in German)
Gabriele Maiss Minkler, Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA) Passcode: :059225
Schreiben bleibt nach wie vor die schwierigste Fertigkeit im Deutschunterricht. Diese Präsentation
möchte einige Methoden anbieten, die Schreibkompetenz zu fördern - von den Anfängen bis zum
Level C1.
5:00 - 6:00
(Cont.) Growing as Educators through the Lens of High-Leverage Teaching Practices 
(2-hour Presentation)
Greta Lundgaard, ACTFL Consultant
What are high-leverage teaching practices that are effective with language learners? Reflect on
your classes and how to be even more intentional in supporting language learning. ACTFL’s Guiding
Principles and the TELL Framework serve to unpack teaching practices into components to analyze
learning and set and monitor goals for growing as an educator. Examine the correlation of ACTFL’s
Guiding Principles and the TELL Framework to outline the WHAT and the HOW of being an effective
language educator. Focus your teaching and improve students’ learning.
(Cont.) Testing in the age of COVID (2-hour Presentation)
Becca Sibrian, Idaho Teacher of the Year
When we went to remote learning in March 2020, I was concerned about how I would be
able to formally assess my students' progress and truly hear their 'voices.’ I quickly
transitioned to Project-Based Assessments and have not looked back. This session will
include a brief discussion of what PBAs look like in my classroom, how to implement them
in place of traditional tests, how to align these with ACTFL's Core Practices and Standards,
and hands-on planning and brainstorming for our classrooms.
(Cont.) Non-targeted Comprehensible Input (2-hour Presentation, Presented in American Sign
Language)
Fredrick Stamps (OR)
Come experience synchronous instruction that demonstrates non-targeted
Comprehensible Input in American Sign Language. Let's examine the core features of
compelling language instruction.
(Cont.) ANVILL, Interaction, and Remote Teaching (2-hour Presentation)
Jeff Magoto (OR)
In this workshop, you will learn to use the latest version of the free and open-source
software, ANVILL-LTI (anvill.uoregon.edu). This new version, rebuilt from the ground
up, is optimized for pedagogical contexts that are fluid (F2F-hybrid-online) and for
teachers who have very little time for authoring. One innovation that is particularly beneficial during
a time of remote teaching is the way ANVILL extends H5P's interactive apps. The combination
means that speech and video can be easily combined with more traditional kinds of practice on a
single page.
(Cont.) Un monde de ressources au bout de vos doigts: Et ensuite? (2-hour Presentation)
Catherine Ousselin (WA)
Impressed by the quantity and quality of the AATF's curated authentic and curricular
resources, but not sure how to organize and integrate them? Connect and collaborate with
Catherine Ousselin, Director of AATF Social Media Integration and Curated Resources as we explore
the curated resource platforms, incorporate strategies to organize resources, and design units,
activities, and assessments that integrate resources for all three modes of communication. This
session will be conducted in both French and English
SPARK for German
Susanne Rinner (WA)
This session introduces SPARK for German, a joint project of the American Association of
Teachers of German (AATG) and the Goethe-Institut. Come and learn how you can join a growing
number of SPARK Labs across the US. SPARK offers a playful approach to German lessons in
after-school programs—providing early access to language instruction free of charge and creating
opportunities for students to learn German into advanced levels. SPARK’s long-term goal is to
increase demand and build capacity to integrate German into the regular curriculum in immersion,
elementary, middle, and high school programs and to foster the next generation of German
educators.
Raising Social-Emotional Awareness in the WL Classroom 
Jennifer Kilmore
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an ongoing process—there is always more that can be done and
more that students will need on their own SEL journey. This workshop will examine how to make
SEL a continuous part of the world language teaching practice, reflecting on current
practices-explicit or otherwise, and incorporating strategies to take next steps regardless of where
one is on their own journey.
6:00 - 6:30 Sunset Talk
Advocacy: Take a Personal Inventory
Host: Brandon Locke
Guest: Amanda Seewald
With grim budgets, ongoing financial struggles, and a lack of understanding of the importance of
world language education, languages are often on the chopping block. What does it mean to be a
language advocate? Why is advocacy important? How can you better position yourself to advocate
for language education, starting at the local level? Special guest Amanda Seewald, President of
JNLC-NCLIS (Joint National Committee for Languages-National Council for Languages and
International Studies) joins PNCFL Past President Brandon Locke in this informal yet informative
session on how to be a language advocate at all levels.
6:30 ACTFL RAFFLE
CLOSING REMARKS
Recorded Presentations
Supporting Student's Social and Emotional Learning Virtually
Alissa Farias (WA)
Discover ways to implement social and emotional learning into the virtual classroom through
mindfulness, brain breaks, collaborative spaces, and unintentional moment creators. The provided
strategies focus on how to use the target language in engaging ways while still building community
and supporting student social and emotional learning.
Creating a Free-Trade Economy Based Incentive Program
Katherine Boehnke and Aline Cassidy (WY)
This presentation will provide a look into a department-wide free-trade economy based incentive
program. Learn how one middle school has been teaching economics, culture, and math skills
through classroom PBIS-inspired incentives. They will share what has worked well and what they've
changed as the program has evolved. Come away from the presentation with ideas and materials
for your own free-trade incentive program.
Something That Could Have Been Brought To My Attention Yesterday
Charles Beattie (AK)
Google Drive makes for an easily accessible platform with high storage and easy integration across
multiple Learning Management Systems. What's more: Easily shareable amongst colleagues! This
presentation will use Google Slides that would have been VERY helpful to have known prior to
moving to online instruction, but still applicable today. Besser spät als nie! Draggable Worksheet
ideas, virtual breakout rooms, and Slides as lesson manipulatives will be highlighted.
Around the World in One Class Period:
Designing Virtual Field Trips for use in the Foreign Language Classroom 
Alysha Holmquist (WA)
Have you ever heard of "armchair travel?" Well, how about some "desk chair travel?" In these times
when we are teaching virtually, hybrid, or both at the same time, we need asynchronous
assignments that are culturally meaningful and fun for our students. In this presentation, viewers
will be shown tips and tricks for creating virtual field trips using Google Forms and other tech
websites. Examples will be in German, but all languages are welcome!
Digital Tools for Virtual / Hybrid / Live Classes
Jaime Basham (WY Teacher of the Year)
Are you teaching in person? Are you teaching virtually? Are you teaching in a hybrid model?
Whatever your teaching situation may be, here are some helpful digital tools and hacks to help
facilitate your teaching and the learning of your students. Please join me in learning about Blooket,
Genially, Pear Deck, and adaptive Google Forms.
The Pathways Project Language Teaching Repository:
Open Educational Resources (OER) for Your Language Classroom! 
Amber Hoye (ID)
The Pathways Project, an initiative from the Department of World Languages at Boise State
University, is an open and collaborative network of 600+ “classroom-ready” instructional materials
and professional development created by and uniquely for Idaho’s K-16 language teachers and
students (and beyond!) In this presentation, we will walk you through how to access and download
our free language teaching materials. In addition, we’ll showcase a selection of student-created
materials and discuss how upper-division students are developing and sharing their own original
materials for language instruction, promoting recruitment and retention amongst language
students.
Making it all Fit Together
Kristen Wolf (MT)
In this presentation, we will dive into a fabulous way to make all of the strategies/ ideas fit together
to help you build a great year and program in your world language classes.
Using modified Socratic Seminar to spur class conversations around the AP Themes in levels 3 & up 
Sarah Evans (WY)
AVID's "Socratic Seminar" class discussion strategy can help world language students engage in TL
conversations that encourage spontaneous language use in a scaffolded and supportive setting. I
will share the ways my AP course and my students’ interpersonal speaking skills were dramatically
changed by the consistent use of this strategy over the last three years and my efforts to “bring
down” the approach in simple ways into my level 3 & 4 courses. I will also share insights and
resources from Spanish colleagues who use the approach. Attendees will be given access to
conversational sentence-stem documents in French, Spanish, and English.
Expert Panel on Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT): History, research, and reflection on practice
Dr. Svetlana Nuss, University of Alaska, GCU, and FNSBSD. Dr. Wendy Martelle, University of Alaska
Fairbanks. Dmitrii Pastushenkov, Ph.D. Candidate, Michigan State University, Dr. Snezhana Zheltoukhova,
Stetson University, Dr. Sabine Siekmann from the University of Alaska Fairbanks
This panel is of interest to anyone who is practicing, researching, or simply curious about Task-Based
Instruction. The panel opens with a brief introduction to task-based language teaching (TBLT), its
history, promise, potential, and details of practice. The panelists will address some common
misconceptions about TBLT, persisting challenges of its implementation, and recent advances in the
field of Task-Based Language Teaching. The panelists will reflect on their experiences working with
tasks and illustrate the discussion with examples of task-based instruction in language learning
classrooms.
Using Art and Literature to Teach Social Justice (2-hour Presentation in Spanish
Linda Villadoniga
Have you ever thought about using Art and Literature to teach Social Justice? We will explore artists
and writers whose works reflect social justice issues of their time. Participants will create both a
piece of art and a short poem about a Social Justice Issue that concerns them. Come and learn how
to TOTALLY engage your students using Project Based Learning as a summative assessment that
will not only have them using the TL but also their creativity.
Prioritizing Free Choice Reading in a Heritage Classroom 
Adrienne Brandenburg
Teaching heritage language classes can be a challenge for many reasons, but it can also be a joyful
and rewarding experience. The presenter will describe a cornerstone of her heritage Spanish
classroom: free choice reading. She will discuss the many reasons why free choice reading is crucial
in a heritage classroom. She will also spend time describing how to set up free choice reading in
your own classroom, including choosing books, setting up routines, accountability, and ideas to
embed the joy of reading into your classroom culture. Examples and book suggestions will be from
her high school Spanish heritage classroom.
Interactive Whiteboards For Online Classes
Shujun Xiang
When it comes to online classes, teachers choose different whiteboards to use as a main tool to
engage students in synchronous and asynchronous lessons. In this presentation, we will share how
to use Jamboard and whiteboard.fi in online synchronous lessons and compare each of its different
functions to interact with our students. Participants will learn how to use different whiteboard tools
in this presentation for online Chinese lessons and choose some sample activities to apply to their
classes to interact with students.
Care and Feeding of Teachers
Jennifer Schwester
Take some time for yourself and learn ways to help navigate your own stress and anxiety during this
“new normal”. You cannot pour from an empty cup, so let’s take some time to refill and recharge.
 

PNCFL
Awards
Who will you nominate next year?
Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching of World Languages
in the Pacific Northwest
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This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to
the teaching and learning of world languages in the Pacific Northwest over an
extended period of time. Nominees should be service-oriented leaders in the field,
working to support world language education in their state and region.
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Ray Verzasconi Northwest Postsecondary Language Educator of the Year
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This award honors Dr. Ray Verzasconi, Professor Emeritus of Spanish (Oregon State
University) and longtime Executive Director of PNCFL (1977-1999). This award
recognizes outstanding teaching, service, and/or research at the university level.
Nominees must be affiliated with a college or university within the PNCFL region
(referring to PNCFL’s six member states).
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PNCFL Friends of Languages Award
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This award recognizes an individual or organization not necessarily directly involved
but may be, in the teaching of world languages, and who/that has significantly
supported, championed, or advocated for world language education within the
Pacific Northwest (referring to PNCFL’s six member states). Nominees for this
award are not required to be members of PNCFL, however, the nominator must be.
Please contact your state representative for additional information.
Alaska Yan Wang Washington Alissa Farias
Oregon Inés Warnock Idaho Mary Jackson (interim)
Montana Kristen Wolf Wyoming Dustin Lee
PNCFL
would like to warmly acknowledge and
express their gratitude to the
following individuals that helped
make this conference a reality
Conference Chair / PNCFL Treasurer - Lisa Werner (MALT)
PNCFL President - Lynn Johnston (WAFLT)
PNCFL Past President - Brandon Locke (AFLA)
PNCFL President-Elect - Catherine Ousselin (WAFLT)
IATLC President - Danyelle Quincy Davis
COFLT Past President - Scott Goodman
COFLT President - Sandra Terra
AFLA Member - Svetlana Nuss
AFLA Past President - Charles Beattie