WELCOME TO CI LIFTOFF
SUPPORTING EDUCATORS IN SUPPORTING STUDENTS
We provide professional development in methods to teach language and culture
to help educators connect with kids and
connect kids with the
joy of learning
About our Instructors:
Tina Hargaden is an English Language Development teacher in Portland Public Schools. She has taught in the K-12 and university setting for 16 years, including nine years as a Language Arts and Social Studies teacher and three years as a French and Spanish teacher. She has pursued extensive training in literacy education through Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and extensive training in teaching languages using Comprehensible Input. Tina is on a mission to get more student choice and voice into classrooms all over, and to make teachers' lives easier and less stressful. She founded this company in 2012 to do that work, starting with literacy workshops for English Language Arts and content-area teachers, and adding World Language offerings in 2016. She is the author of many resources for professional development in proficiency-oriented language instruction, which can be accessed through the CI Liftoff online school. Check out her sometimes-updated blog, Nobody Expects the Spanish Acquisition or catch her in the CI Liftoff group on Facebook, an active community of over 5,000 language teachers.
Diane Neubauer, 杜雁子, taught Mandarin Chinese at elementary through high school levels for ten years. Making Chinese language and literacy more enjoyable and accessible to all learners is a strong goal in her instruction. Language teacher development and coaching are other strong interests. In 2017, Diane began a PhD program at the University of Iowa (Foreign Language and ESL Education) to delve into those topics more deeply. Diane aims to work in language teacher education and research in K-12 world language classrooms, keeping an eye on Second Language Acquisition and Chinese language specifics. See Diane in action on her YouTube channel or check out her blog posts on the site TPRS for Chinese and her guest blogger series on the site Hacking Chinese.
Diego Ojeda is a passionate Spanish teacher and an accomplished world language presenter. He has been recognized and awarded for his outstanding teaching style that he brings to the class and enjoys sharing with his colleagues. A native of Bogota, Colombia, with many years of experience teaching in his native country and in the United States, Diego brings a refreshing, cultural awareness and innovative perspective to the teaching of the Spanish language. Diego's instructional strategies can be easily adapted to any Spanish language proficiency level. Diego is co-founder of #langchat, a Twitter chat that has supported many world language educators in the US since 2011. He also is co-founder of #CharlaELE1 a Twitter chat where Spanish teachers around the world share and collaborate. Diego is currently the World Languages department chair at Louisville Collegiate School in Louisville, KY.
Mike Peto was Department Chair of World Languages at Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore, CA until June 2017. He has been a Spanish teacher since 2000 and ran the heritage speakers program at his high school since 2007. He is a dedicated CI teacher (that is, a teacher who designs classroom instruction following the research of linguist Stephen Krashen) and writes about his teaching on the education blog My Generation of Polyglots. He presents frequently at regional and national conferences, including NTPRS and ACTFL (2018). Among his publications is an essay in the seminal guide to the TPRS method, Fluency through TPR Storytelling and an essay in A Natural Approach to the Year. He has also published his own succinct guide to teaching, My Perfect Year, and Practical Advice for Teachers of Heritage Learners of Spanish, as well as several limited vocabulary novels for language learners of Spanish, French and Portuguese. If you meet Mike in person, ask him about Japanese, the latest of five languages he has been acquiring.
Craig Klein Dexemple is a native Spanish speaker from Colombia, South America. He was born and raised in Cúcuta, a city near the Venezuelan border. Craig has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Spanish Literature, and currently teaches Spanish in the state of Iowa. He is passionate about teaching the Spanish language through comprehensible input and has created unique approaches to instruction that include current events, culture, storytelling, music, literature, games, art, and more. He is a frequent presenter at many world language conferences and his presentations have been voted as best of the state. In 2018 Craig was also recognized as Iowa Educator of the year. He is the founder ofwww.spanishcuentos.comand author of popular Spanish readers such as El ratón Pablito, La familia de Federico Rico, La piñata de Renata, ¡Papacito!, El silbón de Venezuela, Peter va a Colombia, as well as posters, maps, animated videos and other educational materials.
Justin Slocum Bailey is a longtime language teacher raised in Vienna, Austria. He trains teachers and designs programs for schools, districts, universities, publishers, and non-profits worldwide, with characteristic kindness, humor, and outside-the-box thinking. His experience in the United States ranges from top private schools to the poorest districts in the country. You can find Justin’s bio on his website, Indwelling Language, and read rave reviews from folks he has worked with. A simple sample: “If everyone taught language like Justin Slocum Bailey, we would have a world of self-directed polyglots.”
Jason Bond originally hails from Kennebunkport, Maine. He discovered a love of languages while studying medieval Gaelic prose and poetry at university in Nova Scotia, Canada. This new love eventually led to five years teaching Scottish Gaelic in a high school on the Isle of Islay in western Scotland. Jason has been teaching Gaelic through comprehensible input for five years, both in the classroom and online, and is currently teaching an intensive course through the University of Dundee. Meditation and mindfulness is the foundation for Jason’s everyday life. He teaches and blogs about mindfulness at Tall Mountain Mindfulness & Meditation. Learn more about Jason here.
Sarah Breckley currently teaches high school Spanish language and culture via comprehensible input, facilitates the UW-Green Bay College Credit in High School program, organizes travel immersion experiences, produces a vlog to share classroom videos with teachers around the world, and presents her strategies at workshops and conferences. Prior to her present placement she taught at the elementary level, at the Concordia Language Villages, and as a Global Discovery Leader for CIEE in Sevilla, España. Her favorite teaching methods include providing CI using TPRS while riding a unicycle, target language karaoke, TPR selfies, and drawing sweet dry-erase cartoons to increase comprehension. Sarah was selected as a Generation Study Abroad Fellow in 2015, as a Kohl Fellow in 2016, and as a Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year in 2017. Stop by her vlog, ‘Spanish Class Diaries’ at SarahBreckley.com, and prepare for some learning and laughter.
John Bracey has been a Latin teacher in Massachusetts since 2010. John holds a B.A. in Classics from UMass Amherst and an MA from Boston College. He has taught Latin exclusively using Comprehensible Input for the past several years. He leads workshops around the country for language teachers of all kinds. John is also the 2016 Massachusetts Latin teacher of the year!