Have a Great Summer and Stay Connected
Reminders from Sarah
Sarah Shackelford, Advocacy Chair
One of the best teachers I know recently remarked that the most powerful counsel he could give to any teacher is to continually invest in your own professional development. These days, in addition to joining our professional organizations and attending conferences and special workshops, this also includes following these organizations on listservs and social media. Doing so provides us immediate, free access to ongoing sources of professional development and networking. OFLA, CSCTFL, ACTFL and the individual language organizations active on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest put swift news updates in our hands and provide a constant source of current professional articles, blog posts, lesson ideas /resources, and more. If you are not currently active on social media, it is time to begin! Start with the list below, which includes our state, regional, and national organizations. All of them (and particularly our state and regional social media) are very active and informative.
Social media to follow:
ACTFL Twitter :https://twitter.com/actfl
Listservs to follow:
OFLA Listserv: send subscription message to firstname.lastname@example.org
The most current source of “go to” advocacy articles (other than posts to the OFLA Facebook and Twitter accounts) is the Languages/Language Advocacy Pinterest Board that I maintain for CSCTFL. It serves all 17 states in our Midwest region:http://www.pinterest.com/csctfl/languages-and-language-advocacy/
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