STARTALK 2009 - Post-Program Network for Program Excellence Meeting

October 16–18, 2009 • Chicago, IL


The 2009 Network for Program Excellence meeting will be held on October 16, 17, and 18 at the Chicago Marriott on downtown Michigan Avenue. This is the wrap-up and debrief meeting for project directors and faculty from STARTALK 2009 programs as well as consultants whom we engaged to serve as resources to the programs and site visitors.

Address: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue (Driveway Entrance on 541 North Rush Street)
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 1-312-836-0100
1-800-228-9290 (toll free)
Fax: 1-312-836-6139

Hotel Parking

Valet Parking:$48 USD daily
Off-site Parking:$33 USD daily

Overflow Hotel Location

Courtyard Marriott
30 East Hubbard
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Travel to Hotel from Chicago Airports

The O’Hare and Midway Airports are served directly by rail, taxi, shared-ride van, bus, and shuttle. Below are detailed transportation options and rates.

Airport Shuttle Service

GO Airport Express provides daily service from O’Hare ($27) and Midway ($22) to the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile and Courtyard leaving every 10 to 15 minutes. There are group discounts available if you are traveling with more than one person. If you happen to arrive at the same time as other groups, a dedicated van cost is $130 and will fit up to 10 people. Reservations are not necessary from the airport to downtown Chicago.

Return service from the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile or Courtyard to the O’Hare or Midway Airport is available on a set schedule, and reservations are required. To schedule a time, please contact Go Airport Express. Lift-equipped vehicles are available on request for passengers with disabilities. For more information contact Go Airport Express at 773-247-1200 or 1-888-284-3826. You may also visit their website at

Taxicab Service

Taxicabs from O’Hare or Midway Airport to the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile or Courtyard are available on a first come, first serve basis. Shared ride service is also available. Expect to spend approximately $35 to $40 from O’Hare Airport and $25 to $35 from Midway Airport for a taxicab ride. Please note that the price may be higher due to a fuel charge of $1–$2. For wheelchair accessible vehicles, please call United Dispatch at 1-800-281-4466.

Train Service

The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) is an economical mode of transportation between O’Hare International and Midway Airport. The CTA Blue Line serves O’Hare Airport and is located at the lowest level of the Main Parking Garage, next to elevator center 4, and is accessible by pedestrian tunnels located in Terminals 1, 2, and 3. The CTA Orange Line serves Midway and is located near the airport right across Cicero Avenue. Clark and Lake is the free downtown transfer stop between the two lines. The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile and Courtyard are located .2 miles from the Grand Avenue and State Street Stop on the Red Line. For more information on the train service, please visit

Schedule of Workshops & Presentations

Friday, October 16

8:00–9:00am Continental Breakfast
9:00–10:30am Opening Plenary:
10:30–10:45am Break
10:45am–12noon Roundtable Discussion #1: Cultural Ways of Learning and Teaching
12noon–1:30pm Lunch
1:30–3:00pm Workshop #1:
What is a Standards-Based Curriculum?
Marty Abbott, Lina Kholoki, Gabriele Ileiva
Teaching in the Target Language Can Be Done!
Sun Burford, Antonia Schliecher
LinguaFolio Online
Carl Falsgraf
Training Standards-Based Teachers
Mary Curran, Lucy Lee, Donna Clementi
Research Questions for STARTALK: Implications for Student and Teacher Programs
Meg Malone, Marcia Rosenbusch, Cherice Montgomery
Managing Your NSA Award and Budget
Diane Varieur
3:00–3:15pm Break
3:15–4:15pm Roundtable Discussion #2 (see the agenda for details)
4:15–5:15pm Plenary #2:

Saturday, October 17

8:00–9:00am Continental Breakfast and Exposition (Rooms A/B/C)
9:00–10:30am Plenary #3: The NSLI Connection panel discussion:
10:30–10:45am Break
10:45am–12noon Workshop #2:
Thematic Planning
Greg Fulkerson, Cheryl Berman
Student-Centered Instruction
Priscilla Russel, Peng Zeng
Performance-based Assessment Tasks
Xia Zhang, Jennifer Eddy
Preparing Teachers to Teach in STARTALK Programs
Alwiya Omar, Mimi Met
Second Language Acquisition and STARTALK
Duarte Silva & Brandon Zaslow
Managing Your NSA Award and Budget (also available Friday)
Diane Varieur
12noon–1:30pm Lunch
1:30–2:45pm Materials Sharing (see the agenda for details)
2:45–3:00pm Break
3:00–4:15pm Workshop #3:
Unit Design
Rosanne Zeppieri, Thomas Sauer
Differentiated Instruction
Ahmed Elghamrawy, Wafa Hassan
LinguaFolio Online (also available Friday)
Carl Falsgraf
Transferring Beliefs into Practice
Iran Amin, Judith Klimpl
Research Questions: Heritage Language Learners
Olga Kagan, Iman Hashem
Selecting and Adapting Authentic Materials
Clarissa Burt, Pardis Minuchehr
4:15–5:15pm Plenary #4: Future Directions of STARTALK

Sunday, October 18

8:00–9:00am Continental Breakfast
9:00–10:00am Plenary #5: STARTALK: Accountability to the Learner (Helena Curtain)
10:00–11:30am Workshop #4:
Integration of Language, Culture, and Content
Clare Kotenbeutel, Wafa Hassan
Teaching in the Target Language Can Be Done!
Meng Yeh, Khaled Huthaily
Instruction for Heritage Learners
Olga Kagan, Norman Leonard
Formative and Summative Assessment
Lynn Thompson, Rita Oleksak
Coaching, Mentoring, and Reflecting Effectively
Duarte Silva, Norman Masuda, Helen Chan
Helping the Media to work for You, Your Languages, and STARTALK
Elizabeth Chung
Working with Parents, Schools, School Districts and Stages
Kun Shi, Najoua Hotard
11:30am–12noon Break
12noon–1:30pm Roundtable Discussion #3 (see the agenda for details)
1:30–2:00pm Closing

See Also

See also the full Agenda for the meeting.