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Blazing New Trails


September 16-18, 2022

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Mark your calendar to join us at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and Talkeetna Elementary School for the 2022 AFLA Conference: Blazing New Trails.

  • Enjoy a weekend retreat for world language educators as we return to our first in-person conference since 2019.

  • Gather with colleagues and friends to build community and forge ahead with new ideas.

  • Strengthen your program and build on your successes in the company of like-minded professionals.


Registration Information

Register at the link below to take part in the 2022 annual AFLA conference. The current rate is $160, which includes AFLA and PNCFL membership dues for the 2022-2023 school year. We are thrilled to partner with Talkeetna Elementary and the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge as our venues and hosts. Submission is still open both for session proposals and award nominations.

Keynote Speaker Highlight: Leslie Grahn

Leslie Grahn has twenty-seven years of language teaching experience at the middle and high school levels and twelve years of experience at the central office level, most recently as Coordinator of World Languages for the Howard County Public School System in  Maryland. She has experience in teacher and leadership development and leads training on instructional coaching, mentoring, leadership, and communication skills. Leslie is the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction and has served on the boards of NECTFL, NADSFL and ACTFL.

Speaker Highlight: Rick Beck

Rick is the long time, newly retired German teacher at West Valley High School in Yakima, Washington. In 1991 he helped institute the German program there and taught German fulltime the next twenty-nine years. He was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Güstrow, Germany in 1997-98 and initiated a GAPP (German-American Partnership Program) with his school there, which is still active today. He organized and led fourteen trips to Germany with students. West Valley has hosted eleven short-term exchanges and over thirty individual, yearlong exchanges over the years.

He is the recipient of the 20003 Goethe-Institut Certificate of Merit, the 2016 Washington State World Language Teacher of the Year Award, the 2020 AATG/Goethe Institut Outstanding GAPP Coordinator Award and West Valley High School was recognized as a German Center of Excellence in 2019.

For him, the greatest accomplishment is that over the past five years 97% of his advanced students qualified for the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy.

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