Around the State

Ryan WertzRyan Wertz and Kathy Shelton, World Language Consultants
Ohio Department of Education


Thank You for a Job Done Extraordinarily Well during a Time of Great Adversity

The Ohio Department of Education would like to recognize the outstanding efforts of world language educators around the Buckeye State who have been working very hard to overcome tremendous challenges to provide their students with opportunities to continue learning and maintain their proficiency gains. Seemingly overnight, you have transformed yourselves from classroom teachers into blended learning facilitators, embracing new practices and technologies along the way with determination and grit. We are truly in awe of the amazing accomplishments you have made in just a short time, and when we proudly boast that Ohio has some of the best and the brightest our profession has to offer, we truly mean it! Thank you for your outstanding efforts in the face of tremendous uncertainty and challenge! Your students and their families are so very lucky to have you in their corner! Continue reading

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OFLA Needs Your Support Now

Teri Wiechart, OFLA Membership Chair
Delphos Jefferson High School, Retired

There are many reasons to stay involved at this time in OFLA!  Most importantly, it is a way to stay connected when we need it most.  OFLA needs your voice and your support as we continue to provide advocacy and services for our members. Continue reading

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Dennis Boyd, AATG Ohio Treasurer
German Teacher, Brunswick High School

Due to the cancelation of the 2020 OFLA Conference, the AATG Ohio 2020 Spring Meet and Greet has been canceled. More information about possible upcoming (virtual or in-person) meetings in fall 2020 or spring 2021 will be forthcoming. Please contact the AATG Ohio Officers with any questions!   Continue reading

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OFLA Election Results

Cheryl Johnson, OFLA President-Elect
Instructional Technologist for the Modern Languages, Denison University 

I would first like to thank everyone who voted in our 2020 OFLA election. The board appreciates your participation in this process. We especially appreciate that you took the time to vote as our attention was being focused more and more on the pandemic. Continue reading

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2020 OFLA Awards

Milton Alan Turner, OFLA Immediate Past President
Saint Ignatius High School

This year OFLA recognizes one educator and two friends of world languages as our 2020 Award Winners. Gary DiBianca of Orange High School was named the Leona Glenn Award Winner for Outstanding Language Teacher and State Senator Kristina Roegner and former State Representative Sarah LaTourette were named the Non-Educator Friends of World Languages. Continue reading

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Connection is the Key

Angela Gardner, OFLA Public Relations and Advocacy Chair
Spanish Teacher, Ross High School

First and foremost, I hope that you are all either safe at home, or, at the time of the publication of this article, healthy and free to engage in activities outside your home and feeling safe to do so.  Continue reading

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Message from the President


Lesley Chapman, OFLA President 2019-2020
French Teacher, Sycamore High School

Are you considering coming to the OFLA Conference in Cincinnati on April 2-4?  We are planning three days of excellent workshops and sessions for Ohio’s teachers and hope to welcome as many of you as possible.  I would like to take an opportunity to introduce our invited guests. Continue reading

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OFLA Teacher of the Year: Deadline Approaching


Cheryl Johnson, OFLA President-Elect
Instructional Technologist for the Dept. of Modern Languages, Denison University

The February 21st deadline, extended from February 15th, for submitting your portfolio items for consideration as our OFLA Teacher of the Year is fast approaching! In order to submit the required documents, please email Upon receiving your email, you will receive instructions explaining where to submit your materials. See the list of required documents below. Continue reading

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Grammar in Context

A Core Practice of World Language Teaching

Lucas Hoffman, OFLA Treasurer
Sylvania Southview High School

This is the fifth article in a series about the nationally developed core practices of world language teaching.  Are you new to the Core Practices? These are researched-informed best practices that should be mastered practices by any beginning teacher in world language education.   Continue reading

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Teri Wiechart, OFLA Membership Chair
Delphos Jefferson High School (Retired)

  1. Use your voice. Our profession takes hits from all angles, not the least of which is the talk of replacing it with computer coding. We need you to speak out, to emphasize that learning another language is NOT something for the few and IS a necessary 21st Century skill. There is strength in numbers when communicating our needs with local administrators, state officials, and national leaders. Are you ready to stand up for your profession?
  2. Become an advocate. OFLA has an Advocacy Chair and Committee who work tirelessly at the state and national levels. Camp OFLA is held every June and has created students who go home and advocate for continuing and expanding languages in their own schools. Can we count you in as one more advocate?
  3. Take advantage of the many opportunities to improve your craft. OFLA offers many Regional Professional Development offerings across the state and through the year and summer months. The annual OFLA Conference ( 1842602) is one of the best around. Over 100 sessions are offered on Friday and Saturday, including special optional workshops all day Thursday and on Saturday morning. Have you asked for time off? Have you registered?
  4. Make new friends. You’ll have people who are professional and support and understand the work that you do. This is especially good for teachers who feel isolated in their schools. With  Facebook pages, Twitter, and the listserv there are many opportunities to continue the dialogue of language teaching and acquisition. Are you ready to join the conversation?
  5. Give back. OFLA and our profession need you to lead and mentor. Use your experience and expertise to guide others. You can do this in small ways by commenting on social media posts or by attending local meet-ups, by writing an article for the Cardinal, by presenting at the conference, or by volunteering with the OFLA Board. What is your strength?

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