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
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
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
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