University School of Milwaukee welcomed 260 world language teachers from 18 different states on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11 for the 4th annual Comprehensible Midwest Conference. The event was organized by Haiyun Lu, Upper School Chinese teacher, and featured keynote speaker Jim Wooldridge and plenary speaker Benjamin Tinsley. It also featured a variety of presenters, including Lu, who are master teachers and experts in creating joyful, inclusive, and personalized language acquisition environments.
“If we can bring positive impact on classroom teachers, convince them why it matters to create joyful, equitable, and personalized learning experiences for all students, and show them how, then think about how many students’ lives will be impacted by these teachers,” said Lu. “That’s what keeps us going each year.”
The Comprehensible Midwest Conference brings together a collaborative community that safely supports teachers to connect with each other and to teach in ways that respond to students' cultural and linguistic identities.