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2 Day Event:
Start Time:
Online at
6:00 am – 12:30 pm
Event Dates:
12/1/206 am PDT
Registration Fee:
First Day Only:
Second Day Only:
Two Days:
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We stand behind the high quality of our programs by providing the following unconditional guarantee:

If you are not satisfied with this program, we'll give you a 100% refund of your registration fee.

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This event will be presented as a Live Online Event.

Two-Day Conference:
Accelerating Communicative Proficiency in the Target Language: In-Person and Online

Presented by World Language Teachers for World Language Teachers

Bureau of Education & Research - Professional Staff Development Conference

Strategies for In-Person and Distance Learning!

Choose from 21 Strategy-Packed Conference Sessions

  • World Language Teacher Resources
  • Practical Strategies for In-Class and Online
  • … and Much More!
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Uniquely Qualified Instructors

Amanda Seewald is a dynamic and creative world language educator, author, curriculum developer, and teacher coach. She has been teaching, coaching educators and developing curricula for more than 18 years. Amanda works with educators and schools across the country to develop meaningful language programs at all levels of instruction. She is a regular presenter at national, regional and state conferences.

Rebekah Stathakis is an engaging, dynamic presenter, award-winning national board certified world language educator and author. Throughout her career, she has focused on finding engaging and effective ways to enable students to authentically use the target language while fostering a classroom culture where students want to use the target language. She has been honored with many educational awards, including the national Disney Teacher Award which recognizes creativity and innovation in teaching.

Tracy Rucker is an outstanding, award-winning world language teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience. A frequent regional and state presenter, he is known for helping world language teachers enhance their existing programs by incorporating many strategies that incorporate interpersonal communication and global awareness techniques into the classroom. Tracy brings to his seminars a high level of understanding of proficiency and how to train students to spiral through performance levels while honing skills.

Conference Agenda

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Live Online Conference
6:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific

Day 1

Opening General Session
Morning Sessions: Choose ONE Full Morning Session or TWO 70-Minute Sessions *One mid-morning break
Lunch Break
Afternoon Sessions: Choose ONE Full Afternoon Session or TWO 70-Minute Sessions *One mid-afternoon break

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Live Online Conference
6:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific

Day 2

Morning Sessions: Choose ONE Full Morning Session or TWO 75-Minute Sessions *One mid-morning break
Lunch Break
Afternoon Sessions: Choose TWO 75-Minute Sessions *One mid-afternoon break

Who Should Attend

World Language Teachers Serving Grades 6-12 Students

About BER Live Online Events

With the current health challenges, all BER in-person PD events are currently being presented in a Live Online format:

  • Outstanding Instructors
    All programs are led by outstanding BER national trainers
  • Extensive Resource Handbooks
    You'll have access to an extensive digital Resource Handbook before, during and after your seminar
  • Highly Interactive
    You'll be able to ask questions in real time and interact with the instructor and other participants
  • Program Guarantee
    As we have for 43 years, we guarantee the high quality of our programs. If you are not satisfied, we'll give you a 100% refund.

Special Benefits of Attending

Comprehensive Digital Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook, specifically designed for this conference. Included in the handbook are resource materials for ALL conference sessions, even those you don't attend. These materials include:

  • Strategies to accelerate communicative proficiency in the target language in sface-to-face and online learning environments
  • Timesaving strategies for self-assessment
  • Tips for managing an active classroom
  • Scaffolding and growth mindset ideas

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
Participants of both the Live Online Seminar and those completing the Recorded Version online can receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours. State CEUs are available for both versions of the course. For specific details, visit www.ber.org/ceus.

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