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Executive Director Update

As Executive Director of the AATSP, it gives me great pleasure to share with you the highlights of our 93rd annual AATSP Conference to be held July 6-9, 2011 in Washington, DC. We look forward to joining with you for three days of professional development, networking, exhibits, and immersion experiences in our nation's capital.

For the first time in the history of the AATSP, the annual conference will be held in Washington, DC. The nation’s capital promises to be an exciting location for the 93rd conference because the city has much to offer teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Many of the historical sites and museums of Washington, DC have a connection to the cultures of the countries and cultures where Spanish or Portuguese are spoken and teachers of either language should be able to collect materials and information to share with their classes.


  • The theme of this year’s conference is Spanish and Portuguese for a New Era: Advocacy, Policy and Programs. This theme relates well to the conference location and to our changing times in world language education.
  • Many conference sessions and talks will concentrate on the conference theme and provide information about how to promote and strengthen our courses and programs to meet the special challenges that confront us.

  • The majority of the 2011 AATSP Conference sessions and events will be held in the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel. The Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel is located in the heart of the city with easy access to transportation, restaurants, and DC sites.
  • The Metro Center subway station is located in the lower levels of the hotel. Many important sites, including the museums on the Mall, are within walking distance of the hotel.
  • The special conference rates include Internet access in the guest rooms.
  • The Grand Hyatt is extending its special conference rates to include two nights prior and two nights following the AATSP conference.This will be the perfect opportunity for you to bring your family or friends with you to DC to experience the 4th of July in the nation’s capital!


  • Some 200 sessions, workshops, and academic panels focusing on the Spanish and Portuguese languages and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literature, film and culture
  • Electronic poster presentations focusing on research and program implementation
  • Special workshop at the Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Featured author sessions sponsored by Santillana USA and the Ministerio de Cultura de España
  • Graduate credit sessions through New Mexico State University
  • Higher Education Employment Networking Session

  • President’s Welcome Reception held at the Residence of the Spanish Ambassador to the US
  • Three special focus sessions dealing with aspects of the conference theme
    • Diego Fernández Alberdi, Consejero de Educación en Estados Unidos y Canadá, Embajada de España: Growth of Spanish within the United States
    • Rosemary Feal, Executive Director of the Modern Language Association: Language programs in higher education
    • Myriam Met, World Language Consultant: World language education
  • K-8 Awards Banquet with the presentation of scholarships, travel stipends and awards to AATSP members
  •  Exhibit Breaks with light refreshments to enjoy while browsing the Exhibit Hall with booths representing publishing companies, study abroad programs, travel agencies, universities, and vendors of classroom materials
  • Chapter Delegate Assembly
  • Tours of the Organization of American States Building and Museum and the Holocaust Memorial Museum

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