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 States of America. OFLA Public Relations and Advocacy Chair Angela Gardner reached out to Dr. Rivers for his comments on how language educators can get involved, and why these efforts are so vital to our programs.

AG: Language educators have a great deal of responsibility and many duties in their institutions. Why should we also be tasked with advocacy efforts?

BR: Firstly, and most importantly, what we do every day in our classrooms, with our colleagues in our departments, and in our buildings is in fact the most important form of advocacy. Bringing enthusiasm, dedication, and a love of languages to our students, modeling that for our peers and principals, is the foundation of all other advocacy. If your classroom is alive, if your students love what they are learning, we are all a long ways towards a better future for languages in America. Continue reading

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2019 Ohio World LanguageTeacher of the Year and 2019 CSCTFL

Milton Alan Turner, President
French and Spanish Teacher, Saint Ignatius High School

2019 Teacher of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Angela Gardner of Ross High School has been named the 2019 Ohio World Language Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize very accomplished language teachers that follow best practices, both state and national standards, as well as proficiency guidelines. The Teacher of the Year portfolio submitted by applicants consists of letters of recommendation from a supervisor, a current student, and a current/former parent. Applicants must also include a Curriculum Vitae/Resume; a five-hundred-word personal statement on the value of learning languages and developing cultural competence for all learners; samples of student work that reflect the goals of the State and National Standards for Learning Languages; a video of the candidate teaching of 15-20 minutes; and an interview with the Teacher of the Year Selection Committee.
Angela has taught Spanish at Ross High School since 2007 and currently serves as department chair. Her principal and superintendent praised her hard work and professionalism through her many efforts which include: service learning, having her student work published in magazines, starting a National Spanish Honor Society chapter, leading student trips, and developing policies on international student travel. Angela earned a BA in Spanish from Longwood University and an MA in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. She has served on the OFLA Board as the AATSP representative and currently serves as the Public Relations and Advocacy Chair.
In her personal statement, Angela asserts “The question in the modern era is not one of whether there is merit in language and cultural learning, the question in the modern era is where we need to start building a new language program or expanding an existing one, today, so that more citizens can enjoy and reap these benefits as soon as possible. Allons-y! ¡Vámonos! Let’s go!”
As Ohio’s Teacher of the Year, Angela will represent OFLA at the Central States Conference in Columbus March 14-16. Please join us in congratulating Angela and wishing her luck at Central States!

Central States 2019

We look forward to seeing you in Columbus for the 2019 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/OFLA Conference March 14-16, 2019 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus. The theme for this year’s conference is “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges, Promoting Proficiency.” You can register for the conference at the Central States web site at https://csctfl.wildapricot.org/Central-Connection-2019-Conference-Preview. To take advantage of the low conference rate which includes free in-room Wi-Fi, you can make hotel reservations at: https://book.passkey.com/event/49639130/owner/9521521/home

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2019 Ohio World LanguageTeacher of the Year and 2019 CSCTFL

Milton Alan Turner, President
French and Spanish Teacher, Saint Ignatius High School

2019 Teacher of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Angela Gardner of Ross High School has been named the 2019 Ohio World Language Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize very accomplished language teachers that follow best practices, both state and national standards, as well as proficiency guidelines. The Teacher of the Year portfolio submitted by applicants consists of letters of recommendation from a supervisor, a current student, and a current/former parent. Applicants must also include a Curriculum Vitae/Resume; a five-hundred-word personal statement on the value of learning languages and developing cultural competence for all learners; samples of student work that reflect the goals of the State and National Standards for Learning Languages; a video of the candidate teaching of 15-20 minutes; and an interview with the Teacher of the Year Selection Committee.
Angela has taught Spanish at Ross High School since 2007 and currently serves as department chair. Her principal and superintendent praised her hard work and professionalism through her many efforts which include: service learning, having her student work published in magazines, starting a National Spanish Honor Society chapter, leading student trips, and developing policies on international student travel. Angela earned a BA in Spanish from Longwood University and an MA in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. She has served on the OFLA Board as the AATSP representative and currently serves as the Public Relations and Advocacy Chair.
In her personal statement, Angela asserts “The question in the modern era is not one of whether there is merit in language and cultural learning, the question in the modern era is where we need to start building a new language program or expanding an existing one, today, so that more citizens can enjoy and reap these benefits as soon as possible. Allons-y! ¡Vámonos! Let’s go!”
As Ohio’s Teacher of the Year, Angela will represent OFLA at the Central States Conference in Columbus March 14-16. Please join us in congratulating Angela and wishing her luck at Central States!

Central States 2019

We look forward to seeing you in Columbus for the 2019 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/OFLA Conference March 14-16, 2019 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus. The theme for this year’s conference is “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges, Promoting Proficiency.” You can register for the conference at the Central States web site at https://csctfl.wildapricot.org/Central-Connection-2019-Conference-Preview. To take advantage of the low conference rate which includes free in-room Wi-Fi, you can make hotel reservations at: https://book.passkey.com/event/49639130/owner/9521521/home

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2019 Ohio World LanguageTeacher of the Year and 2019 CSCTFL

Milton Alan Turner, President
French and Spanish Teacher, Saint Ignatius High School

2019 Teacher of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Angela Gardner of Ross High School has been named the 2019 Ohio World Language Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize very accomplished language teachers that follow best practices, both state and national standards, as well as proficiency guidelines. The Teacher of the Year portfolio submitted by applicants consists of letters of recommendation from a supervisor, a current student, and a current/former parent. Applicants must also include a Curriculum Vitae/Resume; a five-hundred-word personal statement on the value of learning languages and developing cultural competence for all learners; samples of student work that reflect the goals of the State and National Standards for Learning Languages; a video of the candidate teaching of 15-20 minutes; and an interview with the Teacher of the Year Selection Committee. Continue reading

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Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2019

This is a friendly reminder that this year’s OFLA conference is a joint conference with the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL)!  The conference will take place March 14-16, 2019, at the Hilton Downtown in Columbus.

Are you aware of the benefits of attending CSCTFL?  The conference brings together world language teachers from 14 states.  The expertise and knowledge of teachers from all of these states is shared with conference attendees during the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday workshops as well as during the sessions on Friday and Saturday.  The CSCTFL program is available for you to peruse all of the great workshops and sessions available from teachers in the CSCTFL region. 

The conference hotel is located a short distance from Columbus’ North Market and the Short North Arts District.  Both have dining options while you attend the conference and the Short North has many shops if you are looking for something to do during the evenings of the conference.  

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity in our state capital!  Registration is open and you can reserve your hotel.  You will want to get registered ASAP as early bird registration ends February 18th.  There are discounted rates for full time students (with proof of enrollment) and retired teachers.  You can find all registration details here: https://csctfl.wildapricot.org/event-3081773

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your OFLA board members or the CSCTFL director if you have any questions.  We can’t wait to see you for a great conference in Columbus!

csctfl2019

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AROUND THE STATE

Ryan Wertz and Kathy Shelton, World Language Consultants, Ohio Department of Education

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope 2019 will be a year full of energized teaching and learning, one marked by significant proficiency gains and intercultural development for your students. Here at the Ohio Department of Education, your world language team remains firmly committed to supporting your work through strong standards, helpful model curriculum tools and resources, a robust Seal of Biliteracy program, and focused professional development opportunities.

Update on the Revision of Ohio’s World Language Learning Standards
The revision of Ohio’s Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages is finally underway! The current 2012 standards were posted online in mid-December along with a survey tool to collect stakeholder feedback, and they will remain accessible to the public through January 21, 2019. The comments we receive will form the basis for refreshing the standards. Hopefully, you took some time to complete the survey and provide your own comments. If the survey is still open at the time this article is posted and you haven’t yet provided your feedback, we would strongly encourage you to have a say in the future set of standards that will inform your future work!

The timeline for the revisionary process was recently updated, and it is as follows: Continue reading

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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 languages and increase their reach and impact by conducting community outreach.

Tip #1-Repurpose those classroom photos

In our last article, we talked about how to snap photos of your students enjoying daily activities and using those photos to attract prospective language students in brochures or displays around the building. Maximize the potential of these photos by sharing them with parents, administrators, and local stakeholders. You can do this through a classroom newsletter, a school-based newsletter, or even through local press outlets. Provide a description of what the focus of the lesson was, and voila, you’ve got a wonderful way to not only celebrate your students’ learning, but also to inform public stakeholders and help educate your local community about practices, products, and perspectives! Continue reading

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