Beth Hanlon, 2017-2018 OFLA President
Spanish Teacher, Oberlin High School
Happy 2017-2018 school year!
As a teacher, I always feel as though a new school year is THE new year. It is a time for fresh starts as well as new ideas and goals.
Let me ask you: What is your context? Dictionary.com defines context as “the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.” My context is a small city high school in between many small rural districts. My students are diverse and many deal with poverty. My context is not shared by many of my world language friends as they have their own unique context. Continue reading
Milton Alan Turner, President-Elect
French and Spanish Teacher, Saint Ignatius High School
LILL Conference-We Are All Leaders!
40 world languages teachers participated in the Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL) Summer Initiative for Emerging Leaders June 27-29 in Skokie, IL. Over the three days we shared ideas about leadership and worked collaboratively to develop goals for ourselves and our organizations. There are two major takeaways I would like to share.
1. We are all leaders! Leadership is not confined to a title. Identify your spheres of influence (classroom, department, colleagues, school district, state, professional organizations, etc.) and work to effect positive change within those spheres. You have more power than you may think. Continue reading
Lucas Hoffman, OFLA Awards Chair
Sylvania Southview High School
Please consider nominating a deserving friend or colleague for an OFLA teaching award. As teachers, we serve others without asking for recognition. Recognizing others for their hard work, dedication and professionalism can make for a meaningful and unique reward.
Each year OFLA seeks nominations in thirteen categories: ten for OFLA members and three for non-OFLA members. The categories are listed below.
Please see this page for more information, including complete descriptions of award categories, and a nomination form. Any questions should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. A nomination letter, CV or résumé, letters of support, and additional support documentation are due December 1, 2017. Continue reading
Preparing for the Implementation of Ohio’s New Seal of Biliteracy Program
Ryan Wertz, Kathy Shelton, and Paula Sondej, World Language Consultants, Ohio Department of Education
As the school year gets underway, the excitement building around Ohio’s newest language-based program is palpable! Many are beginning to ask some great questions about our new Seal of Biliteracy. Here are some initial answers to the burning questions we are being asked that will help your school or district prepare for implementing the program and ensure that your future graduates can be in the running for an award that will carry some significant weight with college admissions officers, military recruiters and perspective employers.
1. What is the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy?
The Ohio Seal of Biliteracy is an award conferred on graduating high school seniors who can demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English and at least one world language, which includes modern languages, classical languages, American Sign Language, and native American languages. Continue reading
Denise Broda, OFLA Scholarship Chair
Spanish Teacher, Wooster High School
Did you know that the Ohio Foreign Language Association offers scholarships to attend the annual conference and scholarships to help teachers study abroad? Do you want to attend the conference in Cleveland this spring, but you could use some help funding it? Every year, OFLA makes it possible for deserving university students and teachers in their first three years of teaching to earn a stipend to help pay for the costs of the conference registration, lodging, and meals. Following are reactions from some of last year’s recipients:
“The 2017 OFLA conference inspired me to continue growing in my practice as I completed my third year of teaching. I gained relevant and practical advice from the Continue reading