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Professional Development Conference (PDC) 2018 Schedule
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January 18-19, 2018

Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Monterey, CA

Download the Conference Program here

Conference Schedule               

(subject to change)


Thursday, January 18, 2018

9:00 - 9:30: Welcome & Announcements


9:40 - 10:40      

Collaborative Test Development in an IEP: Challenges, Choices, & Consequences

Ahead of the Game: Grammar Board Games to Engage Students

Working with Agents: Professional Advice for Educators

Research-based activities to TEACH listening instead of TESTING listening

Individual Engagement Plans at a University Intensive English Program


10:50 - 11:50  

Juniors in Homestay and in Residence: Challenges, Risks and Rewards

Individual and Organizational Thriving in Difficult Times

Engaging Students in Academic Writing with Task-Based Instruction

All Aboard! Conducting a Curriculum Revision

Creating and Implementing the International Year One Program


12:00 - 12:30  

Plenary:  Dr. Jody Greene, Founding Director, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL), University of California, Santa Cruz


12:30 - 1:30: Lunch


1:40 - 2:40      

Grassroots Advocacy: Making Your Voice Heard

Talk to the Hand: Getting Your Ideas Heard by the Right People

Extensive Reading in EAP Classrooms: Effective Motivation through Dialogue-Focused Activities

Creating and Implementing a Global Engagement Certificate Program on a Shoestring Budget

Shared Commitment: IEP and ISSS Collaboration for Student Success


2:50 - 3:50      

Formula for Success: Creating and Sustaining a Content-Based Stem Course

Looking Outside your IEP for Inspiration

Navigating the Regulatory Sea: Helping Your IEP Students to Safety

Increase Your Social Media IQ to Effectively Engage International Students

Using Google Classroom and Hangouts to Complement Existing Learning Management Systems

The Why and How of the Community-based Tutoring Program in an IEP


4:00 - 4:20: Coffee Break


4:00 - 5:00      

Supporting Resilience in Students

Maximize International Education Recruitment by Leveraging U.S. Government Resources

"Business English" or "English through Business"? Advantages of Field Authenticity

Using Digital Marketing Techniques to Increase Trust & Diversity in Student Recruitment

Language Acquisition through Experiential Learning

Creative Formative Assessments; Engaging Students and Highlighting Language Improvement

5:00 - 7:00

Networking Reception (hors d'oeuvres and beverages sponsored by Study in the USA)


Friday, January 19, 2018

9:00 - 10:00

IEPs North of the Border: As Simple as Miles vs. Kilometers or Z vs. Zed?  

Yes and No: When IEP Policies and ISSS Policies Contradict

Teach Abroad with the U.S. Department of State’s English Language Fellow Program

Using Academic Faculty’s Expectations to Prepare IEP Students for Academic Success

Re-imagining the University Library for Internationalization:  A New Design within Reach

Creating Effectively Scaffolded Lesson Plans


10:10 - 11:10  

Developing an Innovative IELTS Test Preparation Program

Planning for Change: Successful Responses to Internal and External Developments

Teaching through Storytelling

Benefits of Working with Agents: Everything that IEP’s Should Know

Win-Win! Student-Generated Materials Increase Engagement


11:20 - 12:00: Posters & Exhibitors

Developing an IEP Marketing Strategy 101

Teaching Academic Writing to International Graduate Students in Colleges of Engineering

Democratic Equality Through Service Learning

Teacher Development Frameworks; Creating a Standard for Quality Professional Development

Forging the Path of Least Resistance: Change Management for Administrators and Teachers

Making the Most of Student Services in a Rural Environment

Change Management Strategies Implemented in an IEP: Policies for Academic Success

2018 Exhibitors (to date) include: Carnegie Speech, Department of State, EDMISS, Emmersion Learning, ETS/TOEFL, Expedition America, Higher Education Marketing, ICEF, IELTS USA,  iTEP, Pearson ELT, Study Travel, Voxy            


12:10 - 1:10 : Lunch


1:20 - 2:20      

Compliance is Not a Dirty Word

Ten Quick, Low-prep Activities for Promoting Deeper Processing of Vocabulary

TED Talks: Powerful Ideas to Inspire 21st Century Learning

Case Studies of Chinese Students and an Intensive English Program

Bridging the Gap: Managing Multi-Level Classes with Differentiated Instruction


2:30 - 3:30        

Doing an IEP Program Evaluation: Comparing Student's Level Advancement and Proficiency Development

Difficult Dialogues: Tools for Instructor Care & Student Retention

Mandating Citation Styles across IEP Levels and Curricula: Stakeholder Benefits

Take Me Out to the Ballgame—IEP Electives

Incorporating Interactive Learning Paradigms and Projects into IEP Infrastructure

Contact Us


2900 Delk Road

Suite 700, PMB 321

Marietta, GA  30067
Tel: 404-567-6875