31 May 2014

Convention 2014

On 21 March, nearly 75 language teachers from around Vermont came together at St. Michael's College for the 2014 Annual Convention.  Our theme this year, "Languages Nourish the Brain," proved to be a dynamic and engaging program led by Dartmouth College Neuroscientist Chris Jernstedt. HIs compelling presentation enlightened the audience with the latest findings in neuroscience as they relate to language learning. Speaking of Chris and his presentation one attendee states, "He was outstanding. His presentation was engaging, relevant and challenging. I feel like I learned important information, and feel inspired to follow up by looking at my practice and incorporating my new knowledge."

Even exhibitors were interested
in what Chris had to share!
We were thrilled to offer our convention this year in a beautiful new space at St. Michael's, the Dion Family Student Center. This state-of-the-art facility is equipped with all the latest and greatest amenities, all of which contribute to both comfort and functionality. One attendee remarked, "The facilities provided to us were excellent...they were clean, bright and comfortable." Three years ago, VFLA connected with St. Michael's College about hosting our convention on their campus. Since then they have welcomed us on the Friday of their spring break when students are not on campus. Additionally, St. Michael's continues to provide the beautiful space for our convention at no cost to VFLA. This is a significant savings, as costs for most university or convention spaces run in the thousands of dollars! So if you have found yourself wondering why we haven't moved convention around the state in recent years, this is the reason! This partnership allows us to organize a high-quality convention at a low cost to our members. Thank you, St. Mike's, for your continued generosity!

This year nearly a dozen vendors joined us as well to showcase their wares and services. Many teachers made connections with student travel companies and other local organizations offering a wide variety of educational products, services, and professional development opportunities.

This attendee's comment sums up our amazing day together: "I have left today's conference with a sincere desire to use the information I learned to improve my teaching. It was fantastic!" VFLA wishes to extended our most sincere thanks to Chris Jernstedt, our vendors, Board members, and most importantly all our our attendees for making the 2014 Convention a truly memorable one! 

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