Arigatou! Merci! Danke! Xiè xie nin! ¡Gracias! Spasibo! Shukran Lak!
Upcoming CI Professional Development
Other PD opportunities:
Resources from the conference
Laurie's website (with links to resources)
Allison, Laurie, and Ginny post-conference.
Patricia Alonso, VFLA's 2017 Distinguished Teacher, and Rutland High School principal Bill Olsen
Laurie Clarcq talks to us about integrating reading into our classes.
Distinguished Teacher Award
It was a very special moment at this year's conference when Principal Bill Olsen spoke about this year's VFLA Distinguished Teacher, Patricia Alonso, Spanish teacher at Rutland High School. Patricia is 100% deserving of this award, and we thank her for her dedication to serving Rutland's students. A wonderful feature on Patricia and the VFLA; you can see this piece here.
We would also like to congratulate the other DT nominees:
Patrick LaClair, Latin, Lamoille Union Middle & High School
Allison Litten, French, Marion Cross School
Colleen O'Connell, French and Spanish, Woodstock Union Middle and High School
The VFLA works very hard to bring you a useful and engaging conference, and we take your feedback very seriously. Below are a few notes regarding this year's conference and general VFLA workings.
- The business meeting that occurred before lunch is a requirement for the VFLA as an organization as outlined in our bylaws. "Article 4.2: The board of directors shall govern the Association and its actions and shall present a report of its activities and finances to members of the Association at its convention."
- We are a 100% volunteer board and in many ways cannot operate like a business or larger non-profit. We understand that for some of you it would be much easier to pay for membership and the conference with a purchase order as opposed to submitting for reimbursement from your schools. Unfortunately we are unable to process POs at this time. If we believe it is something that we can easily incorporate into our procedures in the future, you will be the first to know.
- We received a request to allow someone from Rutland cable access to film the presentation of the Distinguished Teacher award. This was the only portion of the day that was filmed. We respect the privacy of our members and will work to ensure all members are comfortable with the publicity of the conference. Next year we will set up "do not photo/film" tables at the conference.
Contest Winners' Reception
Winners of the contest with Gov. Scott
One of the winning posters
Clara Scanlan of Norwich, one of the elementary poster winners, with Senator Alice Nitka
Governor Scott's proclamation recognizing Vermont language teachers
Educational Travel Service, Inc.
Vermont Educators Organizing Student Travel Since 1987!
ETS is pleased to recognize excellence in local foreign language teaching.
Congratulations to the nominees of the 2017 VFLA Distinguished Teacher Award and to the recipient, Patricia Alonso. Patricia and her students have traveled abroad with ETS the last two years and Colleen O’Connell, a nominee, has been a long-standing ETS client. A shout out to them both.
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Language in the News
Your action is needed to safeguard important programs that benefit world languages and have been slated for reductions or elimination.
The Trump Administration's budget blueprint for FY2018 includes a $54m increase to Defense spending, to be offset by cuts to programs and agencies in the domestic, non-defense discretionary portion of the budget. Among the programs tapped for reductions or elimination are programs which support world languages:
- Department of Education International Education Programs (Title VI/Fulbright-Hays)
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- Department of State Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs
TAKE ACTION to oppose the elimination of Title VI/Fulbright-Hays and the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Recent articles about languages and language learning
- "Can borrowing words from other languages unlock new thoughts and feelings?" Language Learning, 13 March 2017
- Language Learning Starts in the Womb, 21 February 2017
- Bilingual brains have better attention and focus, Science Alert, 15 September 2016
- Language learning boosts brain plasticity and ability to code new information, Medical News Today, 5 September 2016
EF Educational Tours
For over 50 years EF has been working toward one
global mission: Opening the World Through Education.
Together with educators worldwide, we provide
experiential learning opportunities that promote critical
thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and global
competence. Teaching these skills is essential—teaching
them in London, Paris, or Beijing is transformative.
Connect with us at VFLA: Meet with members of the
EF team in the exhibit area to learn more about how you
can open your students’ eyes to new cultures and
Global Education Consultant
The VFLA would like to extend its congratulations to Sally Rivard who was one of this year's NECTFL Mead Fellows. Sally is currently serving as a Secondary Instructional Coach at Lake Region UHS in Orleans. Her project, "Building a Sustainable Professional Support Program for World Language Educators," will benefit teachers throughout the state. Sally writes, "The goal of my Mead Proposal is to create, implement and participate in a grass-roots, sustainable professional support program for Vermont world language teachers. In order to attract, grow and keep world class language teachers, I believe we must provide opportunities for colleagueship and mentoring to those who are new to the profession, new to the job or new to an instructional strategy." Contact Sally if you are interested in participating in this program.
The Mead Fellowship supports an individual in the development of a project that contributes to the foreign language teaching profession and advances quality language instruction. Click here to learn more about the SANS Inc. Mead Fellowship Program.