Fall Conference

2023 Fall Conference

Adapt & Empower

  • WHEN: October 12 – 14, 2023
  • WHERE: Norfolk Waterside Marriott

The FLAVA Fall Conference is a prominent gathering that brings together educators for an enriching blend of workshops, sessions, and discussions that address the current trends and challenges in foreign language teaching. Each year, FLAVA gathers educators, administrators, and scholars of Virginia’s world language programs and supports their professional development needs and interests in teaching, technology, pedagogy, and learning. This annual event creates a space for pedagogical innovation, reflection, and forward-thinking strategies aimed at enriching the language learning experience for students. Our last Fall Conference featured over 160 engaging sessions and approximately 650 participants.


A teacher of 14 years and a lifelong student, Ben Tinsley has dedicated his professional and personal life to the pursuit of substantive diversity, equity, and belonging in education. In the classroom, he has had the opportunity to work with teachers and schools around the world to develop curricula that center Black Indigenous Communities of Color and other historically marginalized peoples. Ben’s recent work has focused primarily on leveraging language acquisition and language education toward developing global literacy and 21st-Century competencies.


Register for the conference using our secure online form. You will have the option to register yourself, or on behalf of one or multiple individuals as a group. Additionally, you can pay by credit card, check, or money order. Click on the button below to register for the conference.

Hotel Information

As a result of your input, the FLAVA Executive Board has decided to change venues for our Fall Conference. We are very excited about our new venue, the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, and FLAVA 2023 will feature almost 200 sessions, an exhibit hall, and many social opportunities to reconnect and collaborate with each other. We look forward to welcoming all of you to FLAVA 2023: Adapt & Empower on October 12 – 14, 2023.

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitors and sponsors are integral to the success and vitality of FLAVA conferences. Your contributions not only add to the diversity and richness of the event, but also directly support our community of language educators by providing access to the latest resources, technologies, and services in foreign language education. We warmly invite you to join us and help shape the landscape of language learning in Virginia. Click below to learn more about opportunities to exhibit at the conference and to register.

Booth and Sponsorship Purchases are now closed for this conference. Stay tuned for information about how to purchase for the 2024 Conferences.

Disability Accommodations

Any person with a disability who needs special accommodations to fully participate in the conference must notify the association no later than 60 days before the conference. This notification should include a written description of the accommodations needed and should be sent via the FLAVA contact form (linked below). Once on the form, please choose “Conference” as the topic. FLAVA will make every attempt to meet your needs within the limitations of the association’s resources.