Thank you for your interest in the second annual CI: Comprehensible Iowa Conference!  

The conference theme for 2017 is Harvesting a Comprehensible Classroom and it will be held at Nevada High School in Nevada, Iowa on Saturday, June 10th.  The conference will offer three session types: Beginner, Experienced, and General Sessions.  Beginner sessions are for those world language teachers who have not been to a CI/TPRS training, who have only dabbled in CI/TPRS practices, and those who are not completely comfortable with the basics of CI/TPRS.  Experienced sessions are for world language teachers who have been to a CI/TPRS training, who have used CI/TPRS at least a full year in all their classes, and those who feel comfortable with basic strategies.  General Sessions are good for both groups!     

This conference was created in 2016 by Elizabeth Dentlinger and Kim Huegerich in response to a growing, local interest in comprehensible input, a sense of responsibility to help those who need training in the method, and a desire to collaborate with other practicing CI teachers.   

Keynote Speaker: Carrie Toth
Carrie Toth #CIIA17 Keynote Speaker Headshot

Carrie Toth is a Spanish teacher in Salem, IL.  She began her career in 1994 and now 23 years later is serving in the classroom and also as a local, regional, and national workshop presenter and keynote speaker. As an author, Carrie has four published novels, many teachers guide materials geared toward language proficiency goals, and has worked with Sr. Wooly on building a more proficiency based curriculum for his website! 

Carrie has been National Board certified in World Languages other than English, Spanish, since 2006 and in 2011, she earned her Master’s Degree in Spanish Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In 2009, Carrie first learned about using Comprehensible Input in the classroom and because of the changes it brought about, she was named the IPA Horace Mann Innovative Educator of the Year in 2011.  Her continued pursuit of best practice has led to being named ICTFL Teacher of the Year in 2013 and  Central States Teacher of the Year in 2014.  In 2014 Carrie represented CSCTFL at ACTFL as a finalist for the 2015 ACTFL TOY.  

Carrie's hope is that all language teachers, herself included, will continue seeking new ways to engage students and to increase enrollment in language programs. Every change starts with one!