Pandora Languages – Maria Gamboa
Ms. Gamboa has been teaching Spanish at Bixby Elementary School in Boulder, for nine years, where she noticed that most materials for Spanish-language learning and teaching were designed for older students. She began designing materials for the elementary level (12 and under). Her instructional materials feature pictures and games, because she says these aspects appeal to younger students and their visual learning style.
B.A.K. to School – Brett Boyles, Anna Spillen, Kerry Nixon
This Colorado-based company offers all-online professional development courses for the purpose of teacher re-certification. The service is BOCES certified and offers re-certification for multiple subject areas including languages. Sample courses include mindfulness, classroom management, and digital portfolios. The process can be completed within a month.
Walking Tree Travel – Alla Rubinstein
This Denver-based student travel program business offers conservation expeditions and volunteer service learning experiences coupled with language immersion. Students live with host families, receiving an authentic language experience while seeing conservation or community service projects to completion. Each country has a local country director to support participants in this unique immersion experience.
Fluency Fast – Karen Rowan
Fluency Fast is a company which offers online and live language classes and uses books to teach reading. The books that Ms. Rowan brought to the CCFLT Fall Conference were in Spanish, French, German, Latin, and Mandarin. Ms. Rowan, who has travelled extensively exhibiting at conferences, wanted us to know that CCFLT’s conferences are among the best!
TPRS Books (Blaine Ray Company) – Mike Coxon
TPRS Books offers materials for students and teachers, district trainings and nationwide workshops. Mr. Coxon wants CCFLT members to know that the company is in the process of modernizing the themes of the books and improving teacher guides and training materials. When asked why TPRS chooses to exhibit at CCFLT conferences, Mr. Coxon replied that Colorado is a “bedrock for comprehensible language input” and a lot of people want to know what Colorado is doing.