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WVFLTA Advocacy Members Participate in JNCL Language Advocacy Day 2020, Washington, DC

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Advocacy team members Peggy Dolan, David Marlow, Terri Marlow, and Nancy Ryan meeting with staff at Senator Capito’s Office. Photos by David Marlow


WV World Language Advocacy Website

The WVFLTA Advocacy Team has created a great resource for Advocating for World Languages! Thank you Terri Marlow, David Marlow, Nancy Ryan, and Peggy Dolan!

Go to advocacy4languageswv.com for information on national Initiatives (bills before Congress, etc.) and how you can support them, and ideas on how YOU CAN ADVOCATE in your local community.

There is also an extensive Resources page with a list of great materials available.  The committee welcomes your participation. Please share with us (and other teachers) the activities you use to advocate for languages! Visit the site today!


WVFLTA Members Attend ACTFL 2019, Washington DC



ACTFL Delegate Day 2019


West Virginians Aracelia Nieves, Bill Denham (WVFLTA Past-President), and Leah Devine, (WVFLTA President), spoke with staff members in the offices of Senator Joe Manchin III, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, and Representative Alex Mooney, on ACTFL Delegate Day November 21st, 2019.

While on Capitol Hill, they encouraged WV representatives in Washington to:

  1. Co-Sponsor legislation – S. 342 (U.S. Senate) and H.R. 2562 (U.S. House of Representatives) – to reauthorize Title VI International Education Programs in the Higher Education Act
  2. Support House passed funding increases for Title VI and Fulbright Hays language instruction programs in the final FY2020 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bill.
  3. Join the America’s Languages Caucus, co-chaired by Representatives David Price of North Carolina and Don Young of Alaska.

Learn more: https://www.actfl.org/news/press-releases/hundreds-language-activists-go-capitol-hill-advocate-language-education

Action Alert: Contact your Representatives and Senators and encourage them to support these language initiatives.




Congratulations Lynn Knowles, WVFLTA 2019 Teacher of the Year   


“One of the most important things that I can do as a teacher in in West Virginia was teach kids not just about verbs and nouns, but communication and empathy; seeing a world outside themselves so they can come back and make West Virginia better.” – Lynn Knowles

Link to Lynn’s acceptance speech: https://drive.google.com/open?id=14Sz3ZmzD5zUuwHFjYkRIcf7FvyHrdUJX


Members of the WVFLTA 2019-2020 Executive Committee pictured with 2019 Key Note Speaker, Señor Wooly


L-R Beth Novaro (Member at Large – MAL), Ashley Stephens (MAL), Nancy Ryan (Advocacy Committee – AC), Señor Wooly (2019 Keynote), Terri Marlow (AC), Eric Bennet (MAL), David Marlow (AC),Rob Demarest (French Rep.), Debbie Nicholson (WV World Language Coordinator), Amelia Richter (Immediate Past President), Gaby Bush (Secretary), Leah Devine (President), Dr. Amy Thompson (Higher Ed. Faculty Rep.), Shirlene Groseclose (Treasurer), Dr. Heiko Haseborg (Vice President), Lola Contreras (AATSP Spanish Rep.), Blanca Skaggs (Teacher of the Year Committee), Cheryl Romine (Higher Ed. Student Rep.), Jenny Santilli (Volunteer), Meri Cummings (MAL)

 A Collection of Photos from WVFLTA 2019


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