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!
HELLO WORLD LANGUAGE EDUCATORS,
I hope you had a fantastic summer and had a chance to rejuvenate and rest. I appreciate your devotion and dedication as World Language educators. It is so inspiring to see many of you traveling the globe, some with and without students, attending professional development and organizing those first days of classes with students.
This summer I had several wonderful learning opportunities also. Thank you to the CCFLT for nominating me to represent Colorado at LILL, Leadership Institute for Language Learning with ACTFL in Chicago. What is LILL?
LILL was very refreshing to learn with our teachers, administrators and a couple of other state representatives from all over the nation. It was truly an honor to represent Colorado at this initiative. It was also reassuring that Colorado’s challenges around languages are not unique to Colorado. At the end of my experience was the development of an action plan for change and focus on languages in Colorado. CCFLT will be very involved with the development and partnership of this action plan for representing languages in Colorado. We are very excited for the action plan and some of the concrete steps in providing resources and guidance for Colorado around language instruction and quality language programs. We will provide more information in the months to come.
As many of you know, our World Language Standards Revision Committee didn’t have much of a summer to rest and were hard at work revising our current standards. Know that our standards will remain the same, but the implementation and how to use them in the classroom are being revised. Since the time the Colorado World Standards were released in 2009, many changes and useful instructional resources have been released. The committee is working very hard to implement all of the great resources that will enhance our Colorado World Language Standards. This will be a very exciting release for Colorado classrooms. The Colorado Standards will be a very useful tool for powerful language instruction for all educators. To learn all about our Standards Review and Revision Process. Click here and sign up for our newsletter.
In addition to revising our standards, Colorado is committed to the 6 Core Practices of World Language Instruction.
For many educators change is necessary to evolve our teaching to today’s students. Unlike “Best Practices” which defines “what works” based on experience; the 6 Core Practices are complex instructional practices that fully support students learning languages. To start shifting your instruction, and for more about the 6 Core Practices, you can learn more from our 1 page instructional sheet in the blue box.
Keep up the great work, Colorado! Your passion for languages and culture is a vital need for every student. The skills of empathy, acceptance and open-mindedness can be achieved for every student in language classrooms and that makes YOU an asset and need in every one of our schools. Those skills are easily acquired with quality language programs and high impact instruction.
Thank you for all you do for all of our students,
WORLD LANGUAGE CONTENT SPECIALIST AT THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION