Wednesday, February 23, 2011


8-9:00  Registration / Coffee & Breakfast
9-9:30  Welcoming Remarks
  • Ms. Katrina Griffin, AATG Maryland/DC Metro
  • Dr. Lawrence Poos, Catholic University
  • Ms. Andrea Christ, Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany
  • Mr. Ulrich Braess, Goethe-Institut Washington
 9:30-12:30  Discussion Panels (consecutive)
  • Panel 1: Why learn German? Perspectives from the Business and Government World (Moderator: Dr. Mohamed Esa, McDaniel College)
    Dr. Daniel Hamilton, Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS

    Mr. Dennis Burnett, EADS North America, Inc.

    Mr. Peter J. Esser, Representative of German Industry & Trade

    Mr. Tyson Barker, Bertelsmann Foundation, Washington DC
  • Plenary Address: The State of German Education in the US
    Ms. Helene Zimmer-Loew, Executive Director of AATG

    Coffee Break
  • Panel 2:  Current Challenges to Offering German  – Facts on the Ground (Moderator: Ms. Amy Peterschmidt, Bryn Mawr School)
    Ms. Susan Spinnato, Maryland Department of Education

    Ms. Claudia Bezaka, Washington, DC Public Schools 

    Ms. Helen Small, Virginia Department of Education

    Ms. Leslie Grahn/ Ms. Debbie Espitia, Howard County Public Schools
  • Panel 3:  Success Stories / Direct & Local (Moderator: Ms. Deborah McGee Mifflin, Johns Hopkins University)
    Dr. Bill Heiser, Mr. George Lindley, and Ms. Katrina Griffin, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

    Ms. Jennifer Kraeer & Attilie Kilmon, Dorchester County Public Schools

    Dr. Lawrence Poos, Dr. Claudia Bornholdt, Catholic University
12:30  Lunch

1:30 – 3:00  Breakout for Working Groups (concurrent)
  • Group 1: Creating partnerships with the business community
  • Group 2: Creating new promotional materials – Why learn German?
  • Group 3: Creating educational partnerships across school levels
  • Group 4: Improving the pool of qualified German teachers
  • Group 5: Connecting / Outreach to the community
3:00 – 3:30  Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:15  Group Reports

4:15  Future Planning: “Sustaining the Momentum” & What’s Next?

4:30  Cocktail Reception

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