World Language Educator's Monthly

Seattle Public Schools - November, 2022

Ingraham International High School

Take time to grieve, mourn and think of our fellow educators, students and families at Ingraham International High School. I am saddened. We are saddened. Please reach out to me or other educators if helpful to have someone to talk with or process. We love you Ingraham International educators.

Celebrando Día de Los Muertos

Each year as October ends and November begins, Spanish language educators across the district engage students in learning about Día de Los Muertos. This year I am excited to highlight the incredible work led by Elizabeth Pérez and Garfield High School students.

"Our ofrenda represents the Latinx/Hispanic community of Garfield. We want to show a small part of our culture so everyone can learn a bit from it. Anyone is welcome to help contribute, and we would gladly appreciate it! The tradition of making an ofrenda in front of Garfield has been going on for 6 years. An ofrenda helps people of the Latinx/Hispanic culture remember our deceased loved ones. It speak an affection toward the deceased and is an expression of love towards life. Razas Unidas as a club wants to show our proud Latinx/Hispanic pride. Being able to make this ofrenda speaks to us because it is a way we feel represented as a community, seen even. We hope to continue this tradition in the future! ¡Sí se peude mi gente!"

- Garfield Community

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Avant ADVANCE ACTFL Standards Training

Read more here about this self-paced training available for clock hours. Interested? Sign up here. Sign up extended to 11/18/2022 and licenses will be available to begin after 11/18/2022. You have one year to complete.

Organic World Language Wednesday Afternoon Trainings

This year we will once again offer Wednesday afternoon trainings with Organic World Language on Job-Alike Red Wednesdays. If you are interested please email so you can get the Outlook invite. Trainings are virtual. Dates are still being decided but will likely be December, January, February, and March.
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SAVE THE DATE! World Language Department Chair Meetings

This year the following dates will be World Language Department Meetings. You should have received an Outlook invite already if a department chair. I look forward to seeing you then.

WL Department Chair Meeting #1 - Wednesday, 12/7 4pm - 5pm

WL Department Chair Meeting #2 - Wednesday, 2/1 4pm - 5pm

WL Department Chair Meeting #3 - Wednesday, 4/5 4pm - 5pm

CIEE Happy Hour - Want to learn more about student travel opportunities and scholarships?

Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 4:30pm

1011 Valley Street

Seattle, WA

Greetings! My name is Meghan Schumacher, and I'm a French Teacher at West Seattle High School. Four years ago, we started having presentations for our students by CIEE, the Council for International Educational Exchange. It is by far the best program I've found with significant scholarship money attached. The first group of kids went and came back and told their friends, and now our program has grown to the point that 90 kids have gone abroad and our students have received over $200K in scholarships. They come back with a much greater global perspective and tremendous language growth. Many of my students have told me that it's the best thing that they have ever done. Join this happy hour to learn more or email Meghan.

World Language Credit Testing Dates & Site-Based Testing for 2022-2023

World Language Credit Testing dates and registration are available here.

Interested in hosting a testing date at your school? Please contact to discuss details and schedule a date for this fall or spring. Last year over 10 schools hosted site-based testing days. Thank you educators for leading this work!

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