Category Archives: Advocacy

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

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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

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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

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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

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How to Resolve the Teacher Shortage in Foreign Languages?

Dr. Barbara Sposet, Baldwin Wallace University OFLA Teacher and Education Licensure Chair A U.S. Department of Education report released in August, 2016, reveals that in the state of Ohio there has been a teacher shortage in foreign languages the past … 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. … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Around the State, Uncategorized, Winter 2017 | 2 Comments

Ohio Legislators Vote for the Seal of Biliteracy!

Martha Halemba, Hudson City Schools Professional Development Chair On December 15, Governor Kasich signed SB3 that also contained HB 487, our Seal of Biliteracy Bill. In ninety days, it will become state law. We have done it! We have provideda … Continue reading

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