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E-mail Blast (1/26/16)

26 Jan 2016 10:53 AM | Jason Noble

Iowa World Language Association

Iowa World Language Association

E-mail blast

January 26, 2016

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Hello all!

I hope you're all off to a great start for 2016 after a good rest over break! IWLA has been working for you and we have some great upcoming events!

First, a reminder that our 2016 Conference will be held at the Coralville Marriott on October 7-8, so mark your calendar now! The theme is Keys to the World Language Classroom and the keynote speaker will be Marty Abbott, the ACTFL Executive Director. Start thinking now about a session you would like to present! We'll let you know as soon as the session proposal form is available. Have a great idea for improving teaching and learning in your classroom that just needs a little financial support? IWLA offers up to two grants for up to $500. The application and rubric are available NOW at under Awards & Grants. We'll also be giving awards for Educator of the Year (Elementary, Secondary and Postsecondary), Distinguished Service and the Teacher of Promise award, so be thinking of a deserving colleague to nominate!

The Tête-à-Tête at the University of Iowa will be held on Saturday, February 20th. "From High-Tech to Low-Tech: Using Technology in ALL World Language Contexts". It is from9AM-12PM at the University of Iowa in the Lindquist Center - Teacher Leader Center. It'sFREE, but registration is required at or contact Pam Wesely at or (319) 335-5261. Parking is nearby and the team at University of Iowa puts on a great event!

Café Latino Professional Development Immersion Weekend will be Friday, March 4th at 6PM to Saturday, March 5th at 9PM. It will be held at Grand View University. The topic is El Amor Dominicano and the syllabus is available in the Events section of the IWLA Facebook page and here. Graduate credit is available. Some work needs to be completed before the event. For more information, go to the IWLA Facebook page under Events. 

Do you have foreign exchange students looking for things to do?
Please let your foreign exchange students know about the IFA HS International Weekend - Feb 19th-21st, 2016 - everything is FREE! They only need arrange for transportation to and from Iowa Falls. They will be set up with a weekend host family, meals will be covered as well as activities which will include, ice skating, bowling, a movie, social gatherings, potluck, hanging out at the activity center, the Coffee Attic, and homes of our students! Have them RSVP ASAP via e-mail to!

Looking for great opportunities for your students?

Are there students you are aware of who might have an interest in an exchange program with a family in Europe? The OSEF (Organisme de Séjours Educatifs Francophones - Association Sans But Lucratif) offers a foreign exchange opportunity for American students in France, Belgium or Spain. Suzanne Stenson O'Brien is a volunteer U.S. Coordinator who would be happy to come to you and/or present for a parent cohort if you think there is interest! They have students in France and Belgium and over 100 students in Spain who would like to exchange. OSEF is an all-volunteer organization and runs as a non-profit registered in Belgium. More information is available at, where there is an informational flyer available. Or you can contact Suzanne Stenson O’Brien by phone at (612) 868-7619.

Watch for more information at postings are listed including a long-term sub position in Spanish at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids. Just go here for more information. 

Want to stay in touch with IWLA between e-mail blasts? Like the IWLA (Iowa World Language Association) on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@iwla)! Our social media guru is Elizabeth Dentlinger who does a GREAT job sharing informative, funny and helpful items to our followers. A Like on Facebook will get you updates on deadlines for session proposals, early bird conference rates and more!

If you have colleagues who are new to the building or the profession, they may not be on our list.  Feel free to pass this message on and they are welcome to contact me to be added to the list.  I’m always glad to take more items to include in the e-mail blast.  Just reply or e-mail me at  

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Thanks for reading!
Carrie Morris
IWLA Secretary
Carrie Morris
Professor - Spanish
Des Moines Area Community College, Urban Campus
1100 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50314
Phone: (515) 697-7729

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