Annual Conference 2022


NYSAFLT 2022 will be on-site in Rochester!

Hyatt Regency and Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY
October 21–22, 2022


Click here to view complete registration details.


You must be a NYSAFLT member in order to attend the NYSAFLT Annual Conference. If you are unsure of your membership status, please login to the Members Only are of our site to check your account. If your membership is not current, you may renew it separately and then register for the conference.


Use our online form to pay by credit card or upload a PO. We’re sorry, but due to limited in-office staffing, we are not able to accept paper registrations or registration by check. If you need a paper registration form in order to request a Purchase Order from your school, please click here.

Registration includes:

  • Access to all on-site sessions, keynote, exhibits, etc., Friday and Saturday, October 21–22
  • Up to eleven hours of CTLE credit
  • The option to add a three-hour pre-conference workshop ($35)


General Information

Pre-registration and Confirmation

You may pre-register for the conference online with the registration form available at Please note cut-off dates, fee schedules, and refund information on the registration form. Confirmation of conference registration will be made by email only to the address you provide on your form. If you do not receive a confirmation email, it may be in your spam folder. If you are unable to locate our confirmation email, let us know and we’ll resend it.

Arrival and Conference Check-in

Conference materials (programs, badges, banquet tickets) will be pre-packaged for those participants who have pre-registered and will be available at the conference registration desk in the Hyatt. The registration booth will be open during the Annual Conference from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Program Overview and Schedule at a Glance

The Annual Conference will run from Friday morning 8:30 a.m. through Saturday afternoon 4:00 p.m.:

  • Three-hour, ticketed workshops are scheduled for Friday only, 8:30–11:30 a.m. A separate $35 fee applies.
  • Regular 60-minute sessions begin Friday afternoon. There are three 60-minute session time slots on Friday and five on Saturday.
  • The General Session, Annual Business Meeting, and Keynote Address will be held Saturday morning from 10:00–11:00 a.m.
  • Exhibits: The exhibit area will be open Friday immediately after lunch and in the morning on Saturday.
  • Recognitions of the year’s scholarship, grant, and award winners will take place during Friday’s lunch.
  • A special event honoring former Executive Director John Carlino will be held Friday evening before the Banquet.
  • Our Annual Awards Banquet will be held Friday evening.
  • Our Service Award Luncheon will be Saturday.


Attendees at the conference are asked to WEAR THEIR BADGES AT ALL TIMES. You will not be permitted to attend workshops or enter the exhibit hall without your name badge.

Schedule and Locations

All workshops and sessions, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the Hyatt Regency or Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY. The schedule will be determined prior to the Annual Conference and will be posted at Please note that the listing of workshops and sessions is subject to change. All attendees are asked to be at sessions and workshops on time and to remain until the end. Please silence your cell phone while in workshops.


Exhibitors are present for consultation and to demonstrate and/or sell their materials, which include texts, journals, digital media, literature, games, fundraisers, authentic resources, travel services, and more. Most exhibitors accept cash, checks, or credit cards. The grand opening of the exhibit hall will be after lunch, 12:30–1:00 p.m., on Friday, followed by a coffee break at 3:30 p.m. and our traditional wine and cheese hour Friday evening 4:45–5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the exhibit hall will be open 8:30–11:30 a.m. Participants will have ample opportunity to examine a variety of materials. Raffles for valuable prizes will be held in the exhibit hall. 

Directions and Parking

Parking for guests will be in the South Ave Garage, which is attached to the Hyatt. Hyatt guests get a discounted rate of $12 per night during their  stay, with unlimited in and out access.
Day parking is subject to prevailing rates in the garage, which is owned and operated by the City of Rochester.

Quick Links


Dr. Angèle Kingué

Dr. Angèle Kingué is a professor of French and Francophone Studies and Special Advisor to the Provost at Bucknell University. A writer and scholar of Francophone African culture and literature, she has published two novels and a children’s book. She has received numerous awards, including the University Medal of Honor from the Université de Tours, the 2016 Best of NECTFL. Kingué holds a PhD in French-Foreign Language Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition, Penn State University.



125 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604

(585) 546-1234

Please use this link to book your reservation or you may call the hotel at (585) 546-1234 and use the block code “G-TONE” to receive the group rate. Our negotiated hotel rate is valid Thursday, Oct. 20 – Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.

Single/Double rate: $150

Reservation Cut-off Date: September 24, 2022. Requests after this date will be taken on a space available basis.

Check-In time at Hyatt Regency Rochester is 3:00pm. The Check-out time is 11:00am, after which time guests will incur an additional night’s charge. Requests for late checkout at no additional charge for individual rooms are evaluated based on length of extension and incoming demand for rooms. Room assignments prior to that time are on an availability basis. On the date of arrival, guests can call 1-800-CHECKIN (1-800-243-2546) to pre-register at the Hotel. The Hotel check-out time is 11:00am. Video check-out is available in all guest rooms for your convenience.


Meal Information

  • Breakfast will be on your own. Corso, the lobby-level restaurant, is open for breakfast 6:30-11am daily. Starbucks is open 7am-4pm daily for coffee and quick bites. The Market is open 24/7 and offers grab and go options, such as granola bars and pre-made breakfast sandwiches for guests who are in more of a hurry.
  • Lunch will be included in conference registration Friday and Saturday.
  • Friday NYSAFLT Awards Banquet dinner tickets ($75) can be purchased with conference registration.


NYSAFLT is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) pursuant to Section 80-6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2026, CTLE Identification number: 23167. Attendees will be able to submit a request after the conference via our online form (below), in which you will verify which sessions you attended and/or viewed, if recorded. Submission of the form will generate an email confirmation of attendance. Certificates are only available upon request.  It is attendees’ responsibility to maintain accurate records, including a copy of the program with session details, presenter names, etc. Credit-bearing components of the conference are as follows:

  • Three-hour pre-conference workshops, 3 hours (Friday)
  • General session, keynote address, and annual business meeting, 1 hour
  • Regular sessions A, B, C, D, E, F,  and G, 1 hour each, (Friday and Saturday)

Please refer to your local school district guidelines for professional development credit. If your school requires a certificate format, please submit the online request form first and then contact us at to request a PDF certificate.

Check back here for a link to submit a form for CTLE credit.


2022 Scholarship Information – NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

There are THREE types of scholarships available:

Option # 1: The RBERN Mentor/Mentee Scholarship Program (10 scholarships and 10 stipends)

The Language RBERN at NYU funds ten new teacher scholarships and ten $50 stipends for experienced teachers. The ten new teachers are paired with a mentor to help guide them through their first conference experience!

Click here to apply.

The deadline has passed.

Option # 2: NYSAFLT-funded Annual Conference Scholarships (4 full scholarships)

For teachers who have not attended any of the past three Annual Conferences (2019–2021): There are 4 scholarships given annually, divided between 2 categories: Teachers who have been teaching 3 years or less, and teachers who have been teaching more than three years. Each scholarship covers conference registration and will be awarded to world language teachers at any grade level from elementary to post-secondary who are members of NYSAFLT, and have full-time world language teaching responsibilities. Winners are expected to attend the entire Annual Conference from Friday through Saturday.

Click here to apply.

The deadline has passed.

Option # 3: Heidi Connell Memorial Scholarship (1 available)

If you are a Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes-area French teacher, consider applying for this award, which was funded by a donation from the AATF-Rochester Chapter and other donors in memory of former board member Heidi Connell. Heidi was a curious, fun-loving and adventurous individual. She loved to travel, experience all that life had to offer and forge lasting friendships wherever she went. After having spent many happy years at home with her husband and three children, Heidi began her teaching career in the Canandaigua City School District in 2012. She is remembered fondly by her students and colleagues as an innovative and inspiring teacher. Heidi demonstrated her passion for education through her membership and active participation with the PEO Chapter CJ in New York as well as in NYSAFLT. Heidi was a long-time member of the NYSAFLT Rochester Regional Planning Committee and also served as the Western New York Director for NYSAFLT from 2016–2018. Throughout her teaching career, Heidi offered numerous professional development workshops for her colleagues on such topics as student engagement and technology integration. She would be pleased to know that this scholarship will promote the next generation of language educators. This award includes one year of membership to NYSAFLT.

Click here to apply.

The deadline has passed.

Covid Precautions

COVID precautions

In order to make our on-site conference as safe as possible for attendees, staff, presenters and volunteers, we will monitor the situation and provide update as the event nears.

2023 Conference

NYSAFLT 2023 106th Annual Conference: Syracuse, NY

Chair: Swaz Piron

Call for proposals coming soon!

Pre-conference workshops

Three-hour ticketed pre-conference workshops have their own time slot on Friday morning. Please note: There is a separate $35 fee for pre-conference workshops.

101. Teach Like A Rebel! (Brenda Buckley) – Ditch the textbook and get on those feet and teach like a rebel! This session is sure to get you to move with these interactive activities. Learn multiple strategies to engage students and learn how to create activities with a purpose. Session attendees will step into the shoes of a student by participating in the activities and reflecting what they have learned. In return, they will have guidance in creating these activities to match their language to bring to their classrooms the following school day. It’s time to step it up a level and get that brain flowing!

102. Multiple Models of Standards-Based Lesson Planning (Dr. Joanne O’Toole) – As language educators prepare to implement the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages, they may feel challenged in knowing where to start and how to proceed in planning lessons that integrate both communication and culture standards and that teach vocabulary and grammar in service to language functions. This pre-conference session will show participants how to turn potential lesson planning challenges into opportunities to expand their repertoire of approaches. Participants will learn about and apply five different standards-based lesson planning models, each of which has its own structure and purpose. This session is recommended for teachers who already have familiarity with the revised learning standards.

103. Moving Towards Proficiency with Fun and Engaging Activities (Valérie Greer & Wendy Mercado) – This session will be three hours of fun, engaging, hands-on activities where you will be the student. We will demonstrate many different activities that will be sure to get your students excited to participate and move towards achieving their proficiency goals. Activities presented will include interpretive, interpersonal and presentational tasks aligned with the new standards. Participants will have the opportunity to play and practice all activities which can be implemented at any level for any language. This will be a highly interactive experience which will require audience participation. Samples of all activities will be provided. Join us to learn new creative ways to engage your students.

104. Framing Conversations about Race in the Classroom (Dr. Angèle Kingué) – This workshop will provide a space for participants to engage in deep conversations about the challenges and the rewards of teaching about issues related to race in the classroom. More specifically, we will examine the most effective and productive strategies for including discussions about race and inclusive practices in our teaching. Using the Human Centered Framework for Teaching Race in the Language Classroom, participants will develop activities to help students learn to interrogate and challenge assumptions, and provide them with the tools to engage in fruitful and transformative conversations with each other.

105. Imagine the Possibilities! Embracing the Revised WL Learning Standards  (Bill Heller) – In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to envision the Revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages as a lens to view current practice in a new way and a toolbox to help you focus your instructional approaches to maximize proficiency development. After some brief self-reflection tasks, participants will discover and explore five key elements that provide the foundation on which the new standards are built and a framework for creative and effective curriculum development. Then, participants receive a guided tour of the tools for teachers that are available from OBEWL to help practitioners examine current practices and develop thematic units and integrated lessons that align with the new standards.

Exhibitors & Sponsorship