Beth Hanlon, 2017-2018 OFLA President
Spanish Teacher, Oberlin High School
Dear OFLA colleagues,
I hope your 2017-2018 school year is drawing to a close on a positive note! I also hope this summer will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated to head into the 2018-2019 school year.
I would like to take this opportunity to look back at the 2017-2018 OFLA year. It began with the August board retreat at the Cleveland Marriott. During the retreat, board members discussed and planned for the year as well as created goals. Each board member has been working on accomplishing their goals during this school year based on their board position. In creating these goals, we considered the data that was provided to us from the OFLA member survey that was available in May 2017. Continue reading
Milton Alan Turner, President Elect
French and Spanish Teacher, Saint Ignatius High School
I would like to thank our outgoing OFLA board members Debbie Varga for serving as our Public Relations and Advocacy Chair, Kerry Parker for serving as Secondary Language Learning Committee Chair, and Shasha Gibbs for serving as Technology Integration Committee Chair. Following our elections earlier this year, we will be adding a few new and familiar faces to the OFLA board. Even though Lucas Hoffman is ending his term as Immediate Past President, we are fortunate to continue to benefit from his wealth of experience and wisdom as he will continue to serve as Executive Treasurer. Richard Emch will continue serving as Parliamentarian and Bylaws Committee Chair. We welcome back Cheryl Johnson from Denison University as Executive Vice President. Cheryl previously Continue reading
Lesley Chapman, OFLA Executive Vice President
French Teacher, Sycamore High School
When Ohio adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in late fall, 2017, it joined the ranks of a total of 32 states recognizing students who achieve a high level of proficiency in listening, reading, writing, and speaking in two languages. This means that the class of 2018 is the first graduating class from Ohio that can add this honor to their high school transcripts.
At my high school, Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, we decided to take the plunge, and in April we tested our juniors and senior advanced World Language students for the Seal. There are multiple tests you can give to prove proficiency, and our school chose the STAMP4s test. We tested in French, Spanish, and Chinese. Our Latin teacher tested his students using ALIRA. Continue reading
Lucas Hoffman, Past President
French and Spanish Teacher, Sylvania Schools
Congratulations to these 2018 OFLA Award winners! They were recognized on Friday, April 6, 2018, at the annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio. A detailed description on how to nominate for 2019 awards can be found at the end of this article and on our website, http://www.ofla-online.org.
Julie Frye, OFLA Membership Chair
French Teacher, Lexington High School French
Oh là là! The membership speaks and the OFLA board listens! You want Professional Development during the summer break and you want it in various regions throughout the state-That is exactly what we are bringing to you. I hope you have been receiving the emails promoting our PD offerings taking place around Ohio this summer. Each event promises to be energizing, educational and beneficial to your students (and YOU) when you return for the 2018-19 school year.
But wait, there’s more! Did you know OFLA offers a number of awards, grants & scholarships each year, which we distribute at our annual conference? We currently offer 9 award categories for OFLA members, as well as 4 categories for non-members. It’s not too early to start thinking about nominating a deserving colleague (or asking someone to nominate you). Awards & scholarships are available to members, university students, and new-to-the-classroom teachers, and those more experienced who may be searching for a way to immerse themselves in the culture of their target language. All of the info can be found at our website, ofla-online.org. Continue reading
Holly Haputa, Professional Development Chair
Spanish Teacher, Avon Lake High School
Whew! We made it!
Like you, I love the summer for a variety of reasons. Time with family and friends, the smell of fresh cut grass, focusing on a hobby, and enjoying that morning coffee without your mind racing with all things teacher. I also get time to check out a few new strategies for the new year. I invite you join us this summer for one of our offerings and connect with colleagues around the state, check our events page https://tinyurl.com/OFLAEvents. Our CSCTFL digital extension workshop can be completed poolside https://tinyurl.com/ICCWkshp. Finally, the ODE is offering a two day institute on proficiency implementation/enhancement July 10-11, 2018.
Please connect with us on the OFLA Google group, Facebook, and Twitter to stay informed of upcoming events. Thank you for all you do for students. I hope you find time to decompress doing something you love and I hope you check out something new you could add to your classroom next year.
Kerry Parker, OFA Secondary Language Learning Chair
French Teacher, Edison High School
It is a topic that is once again coming back to the attention of educators, policymakers and journalists alike – we have a national shortage of teachers. And not just a national shortage, but it is hitting us harder and harder here in Ohio. Several articles have been published in the last few years to draw attention to the growing shortage. But this topic has come at me from multiple sides in the last few months and got me really thinking about the depth of the issue and my role as an educator in finding a solution. Continue reading