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8:30 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Saturday, April 29, 2023

Dunn Lobby
(Upper lobby of the Performance Center)

Event Coordinator

Come Together with Our Community of Language Educators!

Discuss and exchange ideas about:

  • Impactful advocacy for area P-12 WLC programs.
  • Invigorating our language classrooms.
  • Resources and opportunities offered through the Indiana Roadmap...and more!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided in addition to presentations, roundtables, networking opportunities, and open discussions.



Welcome and Continental Breakfast (Dunn Lobby-Upper lobby of the Performance Center)

Dr. Jessica Garcés Jensen, Director of the M.A. in Second Language Acquisition, Policy and Culture, Associate Professor of French (USI)



Keynote address:  Language Learning: Privilege or Right?  (Performance Theatre)

Dr. Vesna Dimitrieska, Coordinator of Global Education Initiatives (IU)
Learn about out keynote speaker here.



Panel A : ACTFL Proficiency Refresher (UC East 2219)

Dr. Vesna Dimitrieska,  Coordinator of Global Education Initiatives (IU)

Dr. Emilija Zlatkovska,  Director of Intensive English Program, Executive Director of International Programs and Services (USI)

Panel B: Advocacy Groups and Resources: Professional Organizations and the Language Roadmap Initiative (UC East 2220)

Dr. Silvia Rode, Professor of German, Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts (USI)

Dr. Bartell Berg, Associate Professor of German (USI)



Coffee break (Dunn Lobby)



Panel C : Favorite Teaching Activity Swap (UC East 2219)

Panel D : Engaging Students in the Target Culture (UC East 2220)

Karla Razor, Signature School

Lorenna Boyle, Signature School

Panel D.2: Actividades lúdicas para la adquisición y practica del vocabulario en los primeros años de escolarización (UC East 2218)

José Cabrera, Huntingburg Elementary School



Roundtable Discussion: Sustaining Language Programs:  Our Place in the Language Eco-systems in Indiana (Performance Theatre)

Dr. Bartell Berg, Associate Professor of German (USI)

Dr. Vesna Dimitrieska, Coordinator of Global Education Initiatives (IU)

Dr. Emilija Zlatkovska,  Director of Intensive English Program, Executive Director of International Programs and Services (USI)

Marcia Mishler, EL Director, South Gibson School Corporation


12:00 -1:00      

Lunch (Dunn Lobby)

Updates on the College Achievement Program (CAP)

Jaclyn Dumond, Director, College Achievement Program (CAP) and Lifelong Learning (USI)


1:00 - 1:30           

Panel E : Engaging Students and Families through Faculty- led Travel and Study Abroad (UC East 2219)

Anna Gergely, Evansville Day School

Virginia Fields, Castle High School

Isaiah Seibert, Signature School


Panel F: Homework Assignments, Equity and Administrative Demands (UC East 2220)

Dr. Bartell Berg, Associate Professor of German (USI)


Panel G: Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy (UC East 2218)

Dr. Ross E. Halvorsen, Signature School



Coffee break and Final Remarks (Dunn Lobby)

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Vesna Dimetrieska standing on a wooden deck with trees in the background

Dr. Vesna Dimetrieska is a Coordinator of Global Education Initiatives in Indiana University’s School of Education and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. Her work focuses on advocacy and expanding the world language programs in K-12 education across Indiana as well as internationalizing P-16 education. Dr. Dimitrieska’s research interests include language teacher identity, reflective practices of teacher educators, as well as instructional practices and professional development of language teachers in foreign/second language contexts and dual language immersion programs. She has published numerous articles and book chapters, and leads joint IU Hamilton Lugar School of International & Global Studies NRC Title VI Centers/IU School of Education teacher workshops and professional development opportunities. Dr. Dimitrieska is the 2020 national recipient of the Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the 2020 national award winner of the National Network for Early Language Learning Award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning, and the 2014 Paul Simon Award recipient for the Promotion of Language and International Studies(group award for the work on the Indiana University NRCs’ Title VI Project, Bridges: Children, Languages, World). 


Getting here

The Teaching Journey event will be held in the Performance Center and University Center East, which is located in the center of campus.

Please follow signs to UC East and the Performance Center. Then, go to the Upper Lobby of the Performance Center (which is called Dunn Lobby-- although there are no signs) and you will see the event! 

Parking is located across University Boulevard in front of the Screaming Eagles Arena (Lots C, B and D are the closest).