Attention WL teachers, student teachers, administrators, and other interested parties
Here is an opportunity to review and comment on the revised and refreshed WL State Standards: deadline November 27, 2017.
It is so very important that teachers take the time to review the revised standards. Without reviews, CDE just can ignore our content area. Below is the link and the directions.
Here are the steps:
Please add for each progress indicator: "please update to include the new NCSSFL-ACTFL can-do statements published Oct. 17, 2017."
It will be an honor to be one of the first states in the nation to implement this new resource in our State Standards.
We hope you are starting off your week well, energized from attending or following CCFLT’s Fall Conference this past Saturday. It’s time for some inspiration from Miranda Markland, our CCFLT Star of the Week! Miranda joins us from Ft. Collins where she is beginning her 4th year at Preston Middle school, teaching French and World Language Explorations.
Miranda tells us she pursued French because her father is Canadian and she has dual citizenship; it followed that she wanted to learn the other official language of her second country. She also enjoys being a member of CCFLT and likes the energy, ideas, and confidence she gets from attending the conferences. Miranda shares these and other resources with her colleagues as they continuously find ways to improve their language instruction and celebrate the successes of what they are trying with their students.
Miranda’s passion for teaching French really shines when asked about why she likes her chosen profession. In her own words, “Because I teach middle school, the most amazing moments that make me love what I do happen when I am able to put joy, confidence, and fun into my students’ day. I want to make middle school a more positive experience for them and give them a haven in the school where they feel loved, accepted, and where they get to smile, relax, and laugh while learning.” What a great connection to the conference theme and idea of a #NationOfAdvocates !
DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE TO SHARE WITH FELLOW LANGUAGE TEACHERS? WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE A VOICE AT THE STATE LEVEL? DO YOU HAVE A DESIRE TO SERVE EDUCATORS? YOUR TALENTS AND EXPERIENCE WOULD BE HIGHLY VALUED ON THE CCFLT BOARD. Working with the CCFLT board is an excellent way to collaborate, network and contribute with passionate language experts. Some of the specific duties include: planning conferences, designing trainings, overseeing elections, canvassing for members, selecting conference speakers, but the principal contribution is your ability to collaborate and cultivate the art of teaching languages in Colorado. If you are interested in applying for a board position, you can access the application from this page.
Part of CCFLT’s mission is to serve the whole state of Colorado by providing professional development opportunities.
One of the ways we are doing this is by offering free/low-cost mini conferences to schools across the state. If your school would like to host a mini-conference, please gather a group of 8 or more teachers and contact Lauren Tauchman at email@example.com. Look for more information to be posted on our website.
We need volunteers at the CCFLT Spring Conference on Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th, 2018, in Loveland, Colorado!
Duties for volunteers may include greeting, helping with registration, manning the CCFLT Garage Sale table, verifying members to vote in the CCFLT elections, assisting in the exhibit hall or in various sessions or for specific events like the exhibitor’s open house or awards luncheon.
Student volunteers do not have to be members of the CCFLT, but we do encourage them to take advantage of the discounted annual student membership price of $25/year. Retirees should be on the CCFLT membership list as a retiree.
Contact the CCFLT Volunteer Committee for more information!
As of August 1, CCFLT has replaced RegOnline with a new event management system, CVENT in order to improve your membership and registration experience. If you are or have been a member of CCFLT since 2010, your record has been transferred to our new CCFLT Member Portal AND you should have already received notice regarding how to access your new membership record. If you did not get an email, please follow the directions below to sign into your membership and check that your records have been correctly transferred:
•Using any web browser, go to the CCFLT Member Portal
•Sign up for access on the right side of the screen, using the email address that was associated with your account in RegOnline. (If you aren’t sure what that email is, please contact Amy Flynn for assistance).
An email will then be sent to that address from CVENT with a link to set up a password.
Once your password is set, come back to the CCFLT Member Portal and log in on the left side of the screen.
The most important thing to check is your Membership Status section at the bottom of the page. If your CCFLT membership is current, your membership type with expiration date will be listed. If your membership was not current at the time of transfer, no membership type will be listed.
To be current, you will need to click on the ‘Purchase Membership’ button to renew. There is no requirement to renew membership at this time, but you do need to be a current member in order to attend a conference.
Your membership enables CCFLT to provide support, advocacy and professional development to the entire Colorado world language education community.
If you need to discuss your member information, please contact Executive Secretary Amy Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a description of your concern and Amy will get back to you as soon as possible.
YOU HAVE TWO MONTHS TO PRESENT ANY CHANGES TO YOUR
MEMBERSHIP. After October 1, no changes to membership status will be possible.
With any new system, there may be some wrinkles at the launch, but our hope is that this new system provides you an easier, more reliable way to register and renew!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!! – CCFLT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The CCFLT board is collecting and archiving previous newsletter issues and PEALS and some are missing. We are seeking assistance in locating them. The ones we currently have can be found here and here. If you can fill in any of the gaps, please contact Lyanne Terada. Thank you!
Thursday May 18, 2017 Governor John Hickenlooper signed two bills authorizing high school diploma endorsements in STEM and Biliteracy.
The Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Diploma Endorsement (HB17-1201), sponsored by State Senator Rachel Zenzinger (D-Arvada), “authorizes a school district, board of cooperative services, district charter high school, or institute charter high school (local education provider) to grant a high school diploma endorsement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to students who demonstrate mastery in STEM.”
The Seal of Biliteracy for High School Diplomas (SB17-123), also sponsored by Zenzinger, “authorizes a school district, BOCES, or institute charter high school to grant a diploma endorsement in biliteracy to a student who demonstrates proficiency in English and at least one foreign language. The bill establishes the requirements a graduating high school student must meet to obtain the biliteracy endorsement.”
For more information on the Seal of Biliteracy, please click here or here.
by Connie J Navarro, PRESIDENT OF CCFLT.
Did you know that you can find a wealth of advocacy facts, figures, and supporting data to cover just about everything you would need to support your school’s program and to speak up for the power of language learning?
While the CCFLT website does not have an advocacy page (yet), here are hyperlinks to existing websites that address advocacy of world language education. I believe you will find great value from the information provided in these links.
Have a wonderful school year!!!
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages menu offers the following:
Take Action! – a step by step how to contact your Colorado Senators and Representatives on current issues they need to act upon that are important to world language education
Who Benefits – a breakdown of how learning languages benefits students, businesses, and community
What the Research Shows – the results of the most recent studies of the benefits of language learning
State Advocacy Goals – a list of the top ten advocacy goals all states have attained or are working on
Resources and Tips – helpful hints on making visits to your district offices or members of congress
Advocacy News – language educators reporting advocacy activities taking place across the nation
If you are a member of ACTFL you receive the ACTFL Smartbrief, an e-newsletter with up-to-date, must-read news in world language instruction.
The Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies represent our profession in Washington D.C. Each year the CCFLT President and I, as Advocacy Liaison, join representatives from approximately 35 states in attending meetings with our Congressional delegations, Congressional Committees, and Executive Branch agencies during Language Advocacy Day. It is a great opportunity for us to be heard by our nation’s leaders and decision makers as we speak up for the power of language learning. In addition to the website, subscribe to the JNCL Weekly NewsBrief .
With a focus on the elementary level, The National Network for Early Language Learning offers:
How to be an Effective Advocate
Media Advocacy Resources
How to Save a Program in Jeopardy
How to Build a Program
Be a Language Advocate Every Day
Advocacy Resources from Other Organizations
LEAD WITH LANGUAGES
Lead with Languages is a national campaign aimed at making language proficiency a national priority.
ACTFL seeks to raise awareness across the U.S. and motivate people to take action around the rapidly rising importance of language skills to a wide array of careers—and to our nation’s economy, national security and international standing. Their ultimate goal is to inspire a new generation of Americans competent in other languages and cultures and fully equipped to compete and succeed in a global economy.
The campaign invites parents, educators, business leaders, foundations, communities, and policymakers at all levels to join this critical effort to prioritize language education and ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn a second language.
Key action steps to the Lead with Languages Campaign include:
•Increase student enrollment in world language programs
•Strengthen and increase language programs at all education levels
•Address the shortage of qualified language teachers at all education levels
•Encourage all states and districts to adopt the Seal of Biliteracy,
•Develop language proficiency in heritage language speakers
•Provide more avenues for students to travel to other countries.
AMERICA’S LANGUAGES: INVESTING IN LANGUAGE FOR THE 21st CENTURY
American Academy of Arts & Sciences Commission on Language Learning.
In 2014, a bipartisan group of members of Congress asked the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to undertake a new study of the nation’s language education needs. The results of the study were made public on February 28, 2017 and are presented in this link.
How does language learning influence economic growth, cultural diplomacy, the productivity of future generations, and the fulfillment of all Americans?
What actions should the nation take to ensure excellence in all languages as well as international education and research, including how we may more effectively use current resources to advance language attainment?
It’s a new week and time to meet another great teacher; CCFLT Star of the Week recognizes Edie Widoff! She is a Spanish Teacher to 1st—5th graders at a school that provides enrichment for homeschooled students in the Greenwood Village area.
What sparked your passion for learning another language? “When I was in 3rd grade I was bussed to a school where we learned Spanish [through] our social studies. It primed my brain to make it easy to learn throughout the rest of my schooling. I was also fortunate to be able to travel often to Mexico and saw the great benefits of being able to communicate with the locals.”
What do you love about teaching? “I love building relationships with my students and their families and making learning fun for my students.”
Please join us in congratulating Edie for her dedication to Spanish teaching!