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Step-By-Step Through the Year

Foundations: A Natural Approach to the (Transition) Year

Make this school year your simplest, most productive ever. Have a coach on your desk, holding your hand with your next steps day by day. Pep talks, encouragement, and help to see around the bends ahead in your school year.

This book is an update to Tina’s first book (Year One: A Natural Approach to the Year). If you purchased that book and would like a special discount on this update, please email help@ciliftoff.com and we will assist you in obtaining a substantial discount for the update to your “software.” ✅

FREE Year of Curriculum Materials!

During the Covid-19 lockdowns, we worked hard to produce a whole year of digital materials to help support teachers as they navigated one of the most challenging situations I can imagine that most of us have ever faced. You can still use the year of materials, available in French, Spanish, English, and German (the first semester is available in Latin and Italian, and the three Launching Lessons are available in Chinese).

Click here to get a PDF with the first two cycles (about the first 12 weeks of school), or visit our TpT store to access the whole year…FREE!

Let’s keep in touch!

I love working with departments. Nowadays I am doing all trainings virtually due to COVID. To learn more about scheduling professional development, please contact pd@ciliftoff.com.

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CI Liftoff Online SchoolBooks, materials, online coaching groups, and video trainings from me and some of the many talented friends I have met in my teaching journey

CI Liftoff Facebook group:  Join a growing community of over 10,000 positive, supportive, nonjudgemental, growth-oriented educators interested in moving our instruction towards Massive Student Proficiency, each in our own way.  

This is my happy spot on the internet and I’d love to see YOU there!

You can see tons of videos at the CI Liftoff YouTube channel

 I love conferences!

OMG conferences!  They are Nerd Heaven!
Here’s a partial list of past conferences I have enjoyed…


Comprehensible Online
Conference Website
Online, 2019, 2020, 2021

Spanish Teachers Success Academy
Conference Website
2019, 2020, 2021

CSCTFL (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in conjunction with OFLA (the Ohio Foreign Language Association)

MALT (Montana Association of Language Teachers)

CI in the Mitten Conference
2017, 2018, 2019

Comprehensible Cascadia Conference
2017, 2018, 2019

IFLTA (Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association)


COFLT/WAFLT Joint Conference
Portland, OR October 2016
WAFLT (Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers)
Eastern Washington March 2017, Western Washington April 2017
CI in the Mitten
Saline, Michigan April 2017
Comprehensible Iowa
Nevada, Iowa June 2017
Comprehensible Cascadia Conference
Portland, Oregon June 2017
Express Fluency Teacher Training
Brattleboro, Vermont August 2017
Comprehensible Midwest
Ripon, WI, September 2017
COFLT (Confederation in Oregon for Language Teaching)
Eugene, OR October 2017
CLTA (California Language Teachers Association)
Ontario, CA, March 2018
Comprehensible Online Conference
Everywhere, USA (and beyond!), March 2018
CI in the Mitten
Saline, Michigan April 2018
Express Fluency Teacher Training
Brattleboro, Vermont August 2018
Comprehensible Midwest
Milwaukee, WI, October, 2018
COFLT/WAFLT Joint Conference
Portland, OR October 2018
MiWLA (Michigan World Language Association)
Lansing, MI October 2018
TFLTA (Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association)
Franklin, TN, November 2018
ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
New Orleans, LA, November 2018
TULIP (Teaching and Understanding Languages in Paradise)
Honolulu, HI, December 2018
CCFLT (Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers)
Aurora, CO, February 2019
AWLA (Alabama World Languages Association)
Montevallo, AL, February 2019