Building Blocks of Proficiency

NYSAWLA Conference


In an abundance of caution, Hofstra University has made the decision to cancel all in-person classes until after their spring break. Given this unforeseen circumstance, the NYSAWLA Executive Board has also made the decision to cancel the 2020 NYSAWLA Annual Conference that was to be held at Hofstra University on Friday, March 13, 2020. The board is currently  exploring possible dates and locations to reschedule the conference for the fall of 2020. We will begin the work of issuing refunds to districts and individuals – credit vouchers will not be issued for a future conference. If you have requested a conference day, please remember to delete the request from MyLearningPlan.com or from the system you use to track your attendance at work. We thank everyone who was involved in putting the conference together! We thank you for your understanding. We promise to bring you an amazing conference experience in the fall! Stay tuned!!

The NYSAWLA Executive Board


Participating Vendors

Keynote Speaker

Amanda Seewald, M.Ed. | MARACAS Language Programs / Learning Kaleidoscope Educational Consulting

Amanda Seewald is the owner of MARACAS Language Programs and Learning Kaleidoscope Educational Consulting.   She is the author of the MARACAS curriculum and the upcoming MARACAS La Clase del Mundo easy reader series.

​Amanda has been teaching children, coaching educators, and developing curricula for over 20 years. Her expertise is in multilingual/multicultural curriculum and instruction, focused on early language learning as well as dual language immersion education.  Amanda works with educators and schools across the country as well as in Europe to develop meaningful language programs founded in globally engaged curricula and strong interactive instruction. Amanda is a regular presenter at national, regional, and state conferences.

As an advocate for language education, Amanda has been actively involved with JNCL-NCLIS as the official delegate for the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ) and as a small business member.  In New Jersey as well as at the federal level, Amanda works with legislative offices to garner support for legislation and funding. Her advocacy led to the signing of the N.J. Seal of Biliteracy into law in 2016 and to the development of pending legislation for dual language immersion grants.

Amanda is the Immediate Past President of FLENJ and President-elect of JNCL-NCLIS.  She is the N.J. State Representative for the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) and has also served on the board of the Northeast Conference for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL).  Most recently, Amanda joined the Board of Directors for the Pulsera Project to develop their education committee. Amanda is a speaker of Spanish, French, and Japanese.


Thank you for your interest in our conference!


Please note that if you are paying by PO, you must ask your Business Office to create a new vendor,

as our organization name has changed and we are no longer accepting checks/POs made out to FLACS.

Click here for our w-9: NYSAWLA w-9 and if you have any questions, please contact dhannaoui@nysawla.org

Conference Schedule and Workshop Listing

Conference Program



NYSAWLA – 2020 World Language Conference Exhibitor/Vendor Registration
Call for vendors!
Conference Date: March 13, 2020
Location: Hofstra University, Sondra & David S. Mack Student Center
Hempstead, New York, 11549
Please email jnesfield@nysawla.org if you are interested in participating in our event.
Click on the following link to register as a vendor/exhibitor:  VENDOR REQUEST
In case you need a w-9, click here >  NYSAWLA w-9
NYSAWLA- 2020 World Language Conference
Conference Date: March 13, 2020
Location: Hofstra University, Sondra & David S. Mack Student Center
Hempstead, New York, 11549

Thank you for your interest in presenting! Click HERE to submit a workshop proposal.

Please email jnesfield@nysawla.org if you have any questions about our event.