Our mission is to advance the teaching of languages and cultures in Minnesota.

Join us for our

2018 Fall Conference!

Fall Conference Registration Now Includes TWO DAYS of Breakout Sessions!

Conference Highlights:

We are entering an exciting period of extension and expansion for MCTLC as we stretch our fall conference to two days! 

Over 60 breakout sessions

Session Strands focusing on:

Integrated Performance Assessments

Proficiency-based Teaching

Testing and Implementing Seals of Biliteracy

Curriculum Design for Heritage Learners 

Over 15 sessions focusing on TPRS/CI  

Sessions and Workshops from National Presenters 

ACTFL Director of Education, Paul Sandrock

Carol Gaab - Fluency Matters

TPRS Books

Meredith White

Ya Po Cha

Get to Know our Keynote: Billy McLaughlin

Billy McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class guitarist, composer and inspirational performer who has appeared on Billboard’s TopTen Chart. Previously signed to Virgin Records’ Narada label, McLaughlin has 14 CD releases, 3 National Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards, 5 Minnesota Music Awards and his decades of national concert touring earned him the Hall of Fame Achievement Award.

But in 1999 McLaughlin vanished from sight as his career crumbled due to a little-known neuro-muscular disorder called Focal Dystonia. After suffering several years without a cure, he embarked on an unlikely attempt to regain his career by re-learning his instrument left-handed. His remarkable comeback is captured in the documentary film Changing Keys (airing on PBS 2010) and a concert film called Coming Back Alive featuring McLaughlin with string orchestra and a reunion of his longtime rock band. Prepared to be inspired during Billy's keynote at the MCTLC 2018 MCTLC Fall Conference.

MCTLC has a new VP!

Megan Budke currently teaches Spanish at Wayzata West Middle School.  She has served as the World Language Resource Teacher for Wayzata Public Schools, where she managed the curriculum review process for the district’s world language program.  She created and facilitates Wayzata’s Bilingual Seal program, awarding students World Language Certificates and Bilingual/Multilingual Seals based on language proficiency.  She also played an instrumental role in creating and facilitating Wayzata’s Grading for Learning program, which utilizes standards-based grading practices at all Wayzata middle schools. Megan has extensive experience collaborating and designing professional development for world language teachers at all levels.  She has provided regular professional development around world language curriculum design, Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs), proficiency versus performance in the world language classroom, and world language digital tools.  In 2015, she led the 4-part professional development series IP- Yay! Assessing What Matters in collaboration with MCTLC, MDE, CARLA, and MNCoWL and facilitated the Measuring What We Value in the K-8 Classroom session in collaboration with MCTLC.  This year, she is leading the 5-part series Rate it! Assessing Student Performance in the World Language Classroom in collaboration with MCTLC, MDE, CARLA, and MNCoWL.  She has presented at the Wayzata Summer Technology Institute, the Minnetonka Technology Summer Institute, and the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures Conference.

2017 Fall Conference

New ways of seeing, more ways of being

October 27th & 28th

Conference at a Glance

Session Descriptions

Get to Know Our 2017 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael 'Migizi' Sullivan

Dr. Michael 'Migizi' Sullivan is an Anishinaabe linguist from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe reservation in northwestern Wisconsin.  He holds degrees from Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  He is currently on leave from the College of Saint Scholastica serving as the resident linguist for the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School at LCO where he contributes to curriculum design, language proficiency assessment, and immersion teacher training.  He enjoys singing at powwows, round dances and ceremonies, in addition to hunting and fishing with his family.

IN HIS WORDS:  A preview of his keynote:

Us Against the World: Key Issues in Endangered Indigenous Language Revitalization

Language revitalization for indigenous populations in North America began to take shape roughly 20 years ago. Since language loss became apparent in the majority of indigenous communities, various programs have been developed with varying degrees of success.  In this talk, I provide the context for language revitalization in indigenous North America including a brief history of American Indian education and assimilation policies, the tribally-initiated response to language loss and failed education efforts, as well as the current efforts underway in Minnesota and Wisconsin to revitalize the local indigenous languages.  I highlight the unique challenges of endangered minority language teaching ranging from curriculum development to language proficiency assessment. As a tribal member having served as a language educator in both the higher education and primary school settings, I offer a drastically different perspective on the topics of endangered indigenous language learning and teaching. 

Learn more about Michael Sullivan here! 



Images from a fantastic 

2016 MCTLC Fall Conference!

Upcoming Events

26 Oct 2018 • FRIDAY @ Earle Brown Heritage Center SATURDAY Post-conference workshops @ Brooklyn Center High School or SATURDAY ACTFL Workshop with Paul Sandrock @ Minnesota Department of Education
26 Oct 2018 7:00 AM • Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
27 Oct 2018 9:00 AM • Brooklyn Center High School, 6500 Humboldt Ave N, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430)
27 Oct 2018 9:00 AM • Minnesota Department of Education, 1500 Commerce St., Roseville, MN 55113

Nominate a Champion of Languages

MCTLC accepts nominations through June 15 of every year for our annual recognition of stellar work and dedication to language learning in Minnesota. Visit the awards page now to learn more.

Career Opportunities in Language Education

The educational job hunt is always on! MCTLC maintains a page dedicated to career opportunities for language professionals. Whether your organization is hiring or you are looking for your next professional home, bookmark our Job Postings page.

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