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  1. Chicago AATSP Winter Workshop, Barrington
  2. Centro MundoLengua: AP teachers’ workshop, teacher and student programs and tours
  3. National AATSP Spanish and Portuguese POSTER CONTEST
  4. National Spanish Exam Registration
  6. CSCTFL: Central States March Conference
  7. ACTFL: Washington, D.C. Conference
  8. Resource: America Reads Spanish
  9. AATSP national news to use: San Diego Conference and more!
  10. Job Opening: New Trier Division Head
** Important NSE alert: Because of the severe winter weather conditions many have experienced, NSE registration will be extended until February 5th **
Chicago Area AATSP Winter Workshop:
Winter Warm Up of the 5 C’s
February 23rd @ Barrington High School
Don’t miss this opportunity for professional development, known for variety and quality packed into 3 hours of sessions! Plan to join us from 9-12:30PM. This year our talented presenters will offer a wide range of topics that should appeal to elementary through AP teachers. Choose 3 of 6 presentations that will demonstrate ways to differentiate instruction and satisfy your professional development needs:
  • Vertical Alignment of Literature across Levels
  • Proficiency Mindset
  • Language Students Transitioning to Workplace and Careers
  • ACTFL’s offerings for the Heritage Learners’ Classroom
  • Staying Alive in Spanish 5 (Grammar in Context)
  • Too Many Preps? One song adapted to any level
ALL details of the event and a full description of the presentations can be found here.
We invite members, non-members, and student teachers to take advantage of this opportunity for PD hours. You will find something for all levels of Spanish, as well as other languages

Register and payment - HERE

- AATSP Members -- $20 registration
- Non-members-- $30 registration
- Student teachers-- $10 registration
**For more information on this event and other AATSP events, visit our website or email**
Centro MundoLengua: student and teacher programs

This center has been providing quality student (middle school through university) and teacher programs in Spain.

Centro Mundolengua offers teachers an excellent summer AP workshop in Seville and Madrid.   

Proficiency Workshop for teachers in Seville during Semana Santa: April 14 - 21 

2019 National AATSP Poster Contest

¡Juntos más fuertes: el español y el portugués!
Juntos mais fortes: o espanhol e o português!
Each year the AATSP sponsors the Poster Contest that is open to K–12 Spanish and Portuguese students whose teachers are current AATSP members. All students must interpret the above slogan in their poster. There are cash prizes at both the chapter and national level. Last year we had no entries from our chapter and we are hoping that Chicago area students are well represented this year!

Our Chicago Area Chapter acts as the first-round judge, hoping to send 3 posters in each level:
  • K-3rd
  • 4th-5th
  • 6th-8th
  • 9th-12th    *There is also a separate DIGITAL contest for the 9-12 level.*

This is an excellent project for Hispanic Heritage Month and world language celebrations to:
  • Encourage cross-curriculum collaboration (social studies, art, and technology)
  • Verbalize appreciation for other languages and cultures
  • Promote creative thinking
  • Celebrate visual learners
  • Celebrate artistic expression
  • Advocate for program
To enter this contest, get all the rules here as well as the student information form for each poster.  

Posters must be sent to Danielle Moore,
c/o Chute Middle School,
1400 Oakton St, Evanston, IL 60202
*Teachers of winning students will be notified by the end of May 2019.

This is an opportunity for awards, trips, and scholarships for your students and trip awards for participating teachers. You should check this out! Each year our chapter has awarded prizes to members’ students totaling almost $20,000. The registration is now open until February 5th, 2019. There will be a late registration period from February 15 - February 25, 2019, for teachers who miss the regular registration period; however, there is a $2 late fee per examination.

Testing takes place at your school between March 1st and April 10th. You can find all information on our website.

Explanation of the 2019 National Spanish Exam &
Chicago Area Chapter 017 NSE Contest Details

One online exam makes students eligible for monetary prizes! All questions can be directed to our NSE Coordinator, Beth Sanchez, at Additional information here.

Winners receive an invitation to the Awards Ceremony to claim their award. Our chapter has awarded monetary prizes ranging from $30 to $100 to the top thirteen scorers in all categories. The number and amount of the awards are determined by the amount of money the chapter receives in registration money.


Interculturality and Social Justice:
Two options for a one day workshop. Choose the date and location best for you.
Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Niles North HS, Skokie (Host: Todd Bowen)
Interculturality - Ellen Ericson, Mahomet-Seymour HS & Dr. Kathryn Wolfkiel, Barrington HS;    
Social Justice - Dr. Michael Ayala, John Hersey HS
*Register online.
Saturday, February 23, 2019, at University HS, Normal (Host: Heather Sandy)
Interculturality - Catey Harshman, Milford HS & Melisa Lopez, Centralia HS;
Social Justice - Dr. Michael Ayala, John Hersey HS
*Register online.

*To register by regular mail or access more information visit
Questions may be directed to
Breaking Barriers
Building Bridges
Promoting Performance

The 2019 Annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) in conjunction with the annual Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA) conference will be held March 14-16, 2019, at The Hilton Hotel in downtown Columbus, OH.
ACTFL 2019 Convention

The annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) will be Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24, 2019 (Pre-Convention Workshops scheduled on Thursday, November 21) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. The ACTFL Convention features over 800 educational sessions covering a wide spectrum of the language profession. The ACTFL Convention is a national event bringing together over 7,000 attendees from all languages, levels and assignments within the profession. More information here

America Reads Spanish
Are you familiar with this resource - great for good reads and recent publications?
AATSP National News to Use
  1. Conference travel stipends and research study scholarships: Each year, the AATSP awards up to fifteen $500 conference travel stipends and up to ten scholarships for research or study abroad. You can find more details and download an application at – under the Awards & Scholarships tab.  Deadline is January 31st!
  2. San Diego Conference Hotel Registration - If you’re attending our 101st Annual Conference in San Diego this summer, make your hotel reservations online or contact the hotel directly at 800-772-8527, Option 2. (You must mention “AATSP” in order to receive the AATSP special discounted room block rate).
  3.  Hispania issued - Our December 2018 issue of Hispania is out now
  4.  Albricias issued - Also our latest issue of Albricias student journal and Spanish & Portuguese Review
  5.  Dues and member profile - If you haven’t renewed your membership, we don’t want to lose you. Please visit the AATSP site to maintain all your benefits and participate in the many programs. When you update your AATSP member profile online, please make sure your check “Yes” for allowing the AATSP to contact you, otherwise you will miss out on important information and opportunities for our members.  
  6.  Business office address: All AATSP moneys are to be sent to the Chesterton, Indiana office – not to Alabama. This includes financial transactions for the SHH. Send checks and money orders to: AATSP Indiana Branch, 160 Rail Road, Suite 3, Chesterton, IN 46304. 
  7.  Social Media - We recently surpassed the 8,250 mark for Facebook followers and we’re well on our way to 9,000.  Help us get there! @AATSPglobal on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. You can play a part on our efforts to grow the AATSP’s reach by following us on social media and recommending us to your friends and colleagues in language education. 
Job Posting

New Trier High School: Modern and Classical Languages Department Chair position.

The posting with a link to the online application can be viewed here
The posting will close on February 4.

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