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WEST VIRGINIA FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD

The West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers Association wishes to honor and acknowledge outstanding world language teachers who exemplify the standards of highly qualified, effective teaching practices.  The teacher chosen will be honored at the Fall Conference.

Nominees are being accepted in the category of Outstanding K12 Teacher and Outstanding Higher Education teacher and should meet the following criteria:

  1. Active member in WVFLTA including but not limited to:
  • attendance at  WVFLTA conference
  • dues paying member  for five consecutive years
  • presenting  at WVLFTA conferences
  1. Professional Involvement in Strengthening Teaching
  • Examples might include membership in AATSP, AATF, AATG, ACL, ACTFL, SCOLT, NECTFL or other national language advocacy organizations
  1. Excellence in Teaching
  • Embodies current effective practices for language teaching
  • provides opportunities for language learning outside of the classroom (field trips, festivals, poster competition, BOE visits, etc)
  • recommendations from a supervisor, colleague and community member, student or parent

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A steering committee appointed by the president of the WVFLTA will evaluate nominees according to criteria on the attached rubric.

The attached nomination packet is comprised of the following components:

Please send your nominations for the WVFLTA Outstanding Teacher Award to  bskaggs@k12.wv.us by May 18, 2020.

2020 Fall Conference

2020 Fall Conference Theme sneak peak-

The Power of Languages: A 20/20 Vision

Cemanahuac Scholarship 2020

Cemanahuac Scholarship opportunity has been postponed until 2021

News and Updates

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

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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!

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WVFLTA Members Attend ACTFL 2019, Washington DC

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ACTFL Delegate Day 2019

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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.

https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=WV

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Congratulations Lynn Knowles, WVFLTA 2019 Teacher of the Year   

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“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

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

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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

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1w85_BpgtUpJ1f8YDxBAy7ZEDlLqEq2xA

Cemanahuac Scholarship Recipient

We are excited to announce that Sarah Combs, a teacher from Parkersburg, W.V., has been selected as the 2019 WVFLTA recipient of the Cemanahuac Education Community school scholarship. Sarah has demonstrated a high level of interest and motivation for the course of study at Cemanahuac and will attend two weeks of language study there.

 

Congratulations Sarah! We look forward to hearing about your experience and its impact on your students at WVFLTA 2019 in Wheeling October 18th and 19th.

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WVFLTA Fall Conference 2019

WVFLTA Fall Conference 2019

Program 2019 WVFLTA Conference

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Presenter Resources:

Jim Wooldridge/Señor Wooly- Click here for Presentation (Keynote & Workshop)

Ashley Stephens- Click here for Presentation (OMG I read a BOOK!)

Jessie Roberts- Click here for Presentation (FlipGrid)

Bill Denham- Click here for Presentation (Talk with Your Students)

Lynn Knowles & Alyssa Mick- Tinyurl.com/RJforWLT  (Power of Circles)

 

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NEWS

Congratulations Bill Denham on being selected as the “2019 Best of WV” with his presentation, TALK” with your students to provide Comprehensible Input. Learn Card, Picture and Art Talk.”

Bill teaches at Riverside High School in Kanawha County

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To access Bill’s presentation, click the link above, or visit his website: https://www.profedenham.com/

We are thrilled to send Bill to SCOLT 2020 to present as “Best of WV”.   Learn more about SCOLT at https://www.scolt.org/   

 

 

Poster Contest 2019 Winners

WINNERS of the WV-AATSP Poster Contest 2019 

AATSP-WV Poster Contest 2019