Come join us at the 2017 OFLA Conference in Columbus, Ohio!

1Lucas Hoffman, OFLA President 2016-2017

French & Spanish Teacher, Sylvania Southview High School

Come join us at the 2017 OFLA Conference in Columbus, Ohio! It will take place March 30-April 1 at the Hilton Polaris.

Many of you will remember this venue where OFLA hosted the 2014 conference. It is conveniently located on the north side of Columbus just off of the I-71 Interstate. You will find lots of options for food, fun and shopping at the Polaris Fashion Place.

The conference registration is now open! Take advantage of the early-bird registration rate of $50.00 for OFLA members. If you would like to stay on-site, you can reserve a hotel for a discounted “OFLA” rate here. Early-bird registration and the conference-rate hotel rooms are available through February 27 (or sooner if the hotel rooms sell out). Continue reading

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2017 Board Elections, Meet the Candidates!

Beth Hanlon, OFLA President-Elect

After working with the OFLA Nominations Committee, it is time to present the members that will be running for OFLA Board positions during the upcoming election! Please take the time to read about each the eligible professional members and to cast your vote for the leadership of the organization. Continue reading

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OFLA Scholarship Winners for 2017

Teri Wiechart
Scholarship Chair

1. Arbogast, Angela Edison High School
2. Carrasquillo, Ashlyann Arts & College Preparatory Academy
3. Davis, Amelia Eastern Local School District
4. Fencil, Marc Marysville Early College High School
5. Forgie, Ashley Bay High School
6. Hunt, Leah Sycamore High School
7. Kryc, Valerie Oberlin High School/Langston Middle School
8. Murphy, Megan Valley Forge High School
9. Robbins, Lauren Delaware City Schools
10. Starczak, Nathalie Horizon Science Academy, Cincinnati
11. Thomas, Julia Prospect Elementary, Oberlin
12. Vandersommers, Julie Roswell Kent
13. Ward, Marcy Central College Christian Academy Continue reading

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The Twelve Months of Membership

Julie Frye, Membership Chair
Lexington High School French teacher


*I am enrolled in OFLA via OEA, and so my OFLA dues are automatically deducted from my paycheck. The renewal date for OFLA members who choose this option is 15 January annually. All other members have a renewal date of 1 September annually (or every 3 years on the same date).

For the first month of 2017, my OFLA membership gave to me… two gifts! One, the auto-renewal of my membership* through OEA payroll deduction. And two, Early-Bird registration for the OFLA Annual Conference! Continue reading

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What is a Seal of Biliteracy and What Will It Mean for Ohio Language Learners?

Ryan Wertz, Kathy Shelton and Paula Sondej

World Language Consultants, Ohio Department of Education

On November 30th, the Ohio Legislature passed Ohio Senate Bill 3, which – among other things – created a provision for an Ohio Seal of Biliteracy. At the time this article was being written, the governor had just signed the bill into law on December 15th. Now that it has been signed, the law will go into full effect in 90 days. At that point, the State Board of Education will assume responsibility for creating the education rule that enacts the Seal of Biliteracy legislation. In turn, the State Board of Education will turn to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to work out the details: the requirements for qualifying for a seal of Biliteracy, the timeline for its implementation and the logistics of conferring the Seal on deserving learners. This process represents the culmination of years of advocacy work initiated by the Ohio Foreign Language Association with strong partnership by the members of Ohio TESOL and spearheaded most recently by OFLA Advocacy Chair Martha Pero Halemba. Passage of this legislation is proof that, when our profession comes together to collaborate and advocate for something it wants, anything is possible. Continue reading

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