Category Archives: Advocacy

Why Should Your Students Take Advantage of Rotary Study Abroad?

Dr. Susan Colville-Hall, The University of Akron (Retired) Imagine one of your students in the country of the language you teach with an 11-month immersion experience that gives them an opportunity to experience school, social activities, family life and travel … Continue reading

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The First and Easiest Step Toward World Language Advocacy

Richard Emch, OFLA Parliamentarian and Bylaws French Teacher, North Royalton City Schools Are you an advocate for world language learning? An easy way to advocate for world language learning is often overlooked by world language professionals. Maintaining membership in several … Continue reading

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Around the State

Ryan Wertz and Kathy Shelton, World Language Consultants Ohio Department of Education As the 2019-2020 academic year begins, we at the Ohio Department of Education would like to express a heartfelt “Welcome Back” to our outstanding Ohio world language teachers. … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Around the State, Fall 2019, Uncategorized

Maintaining an Effective Teacher Workforce

Barbara A. Sposet, Ph.D., OFLA Teacher Education and Licensure Committee Chair Baldwin Wallace University After a year of sharing facts, reasons for and possible solutions to the national teacher shortage (with foreign languages being among the top five shortage areas), the … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, General, Summer 2019, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Conversation On Language Advocacy with Dr. Bill Rivers

Angela Gardner, OFLA Public Relations and Advocacy Chair Spanish Teacher, Ross High School Dr. William “Bill” Rivers is the executive director for the JNCL-NCLIS, leading efforts among language educators and other stakeholders to advocate for language education in the United … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Summer 2019, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tips to Advocate for Languages in your Community

Angela Gardner, OFLA PR and Advocacy Committee Chairperson In the last edition of The Cardinal, we shared tips for advocating for languages in your building. You can further enhance and support these efforts through some simple tips for advocating for … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, General, Uncategorized, Winter 2019 | Leave a comment

Tips to Advocate for Languages in your Building

By Angela Gardner, OFLA PR and Advocacy Committee Chairperson, Spanish Teacher, Ross High School With a new school year already underway, language educators can start gearing up their program recruitment and advocacy efforts early on to maximize their reach. If … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Fall 2018, General, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SB 216 – Will It Hurt or Help the Teaching Profession?

Barbara A. Sposet, Ph.D., Teacher Education & Licensure Committee Baldwin Wallace University In early October, Ohio Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) introduced Senate Bill 216 called the “Public School Deregulation Act.” The bill has many provisions recommended by school district superintendents in … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Uncategorized, Winter 2018 | Leave a comment

Staying One Step Ahead: Becoming A Proficient 21st Century World Language Teacher

Debbie Varga, OFLA Public Relations and Advocacy Chair I have been reflecting quite a bit this school year on what an effective 21st-century world language teacher entails. Many things keep crossing my mind: the use of technology, student engagement and … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Fall 2017, General, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Student Travel is Advocacy in Action!

Lisa Sobb, OFLA Secondary Language Learning Committee Chair Spanish Teacher, Sylvania Schools To me, nothing can compare to the look on students’ faces when they use their language for the first time with a native speaker and are understood. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Fall 2017, General | Leave a comment