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Fall 2020 Volume 47 Number 2
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Table of Contents WAFLT Executive Board Contact Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 From Your President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Havas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 From Your Co-Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katy Dueppen & Kelly Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Pedagogy, Methodology, and Policy The World is Our Community: How World Language Instruction Brings Us Together. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Luond Fowdy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Equity and Language Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pam Delfosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2020 Virtual Fall Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh LeGreve & Katelynn Jensen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2020-2021: A New Challenge for World Language Educ ators . . . . . . . Kelly Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2020-2021 Contributor Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Affiliate Organization Newsletters The National Network for Early Language Learning – NNELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
WAFLT Mission: The purpose of WAFLT shall be to promote, strengthen, and facilitate the teaching and life-long learning of world languages and cultures in schools and communities to meet the needs of our increasingly interdependent world.
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WAFLT Executive Board & Contacts for Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers President
Finance Committee Chair
Professional Development Chair
Linda Havas Greendale Schools email@example.com
Cathy Stresing Fond du Lac School District firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Gurholt Beloit College (DAR) email@example.com
Communications & Publications Chair
Future Teachers/Career Changers Subcommittee Chairs
Lauren Rosen University of Wisconsin firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Behn Janesville Parker High School email@example.com
Member Services Subcommittee Chair
Ellen Onsrud Lake Mills High and Middle Schools Ellen.Onsrud@lakemills.k12.wi.us
Dan Tess Brookfield Central High School firstname.lastname@example.org Past-President SuAnn Schroeder Medford Area High School email@example.com Secretary
Victoria Carter Onalaska High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Wopat Onalaska High School email@example.com
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Katy Dueppen Middleton High School
Kellie Villalobos Muskego High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Miller Sauk Prairie School District
DPI International Education/World Languages Consultant
Advertising Subcommittee Chair
Pamela Delfosse email@example.com
Josh LeGreve Green Lake School District firstname.lastname@example.org
NNELL Representative Jessica King Fox Point-Bayside School District email@example.com
Public Relations / Advocacy Committee Chair Karen Fowdy firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs
Discover Languages Contest Coordinator
Josh LeGreve Green Lake Public Schools
Justin Gerlach Mishicot High School email@example.com
Katelynn Jensen Marquette Senior High School firstname.lastname@example.org Local Arrangements/Exhibits SubCommittee Rebecca Mai Cassville High School Janet Rowe Hortonville High School email@example.com
HS Guests Subcommittee Chairs Danielle Chaussee Oconomowoc High School firstname.lastname@example.org Amber Little Stoughton High School email@example.com Mentoring/Leadership Project Karen Fowdy firstname.lastname@example.org MOPI Training Coordinator Jodi Ziemann email@example.com Summer Professional Development Chsair Lisa Hendrickson firstname.lastname@example.org
Language Association Representatives AATF-WI President Kara Torkelson Wausau West High School presidentAATFWI@gmail.com AATG-WI President Jeffrey Dyer Oregon High School email@example.com WiATJ President Takako Nakakubo UW-Madison firstname.lastname@example.org WLTA President Nate Kolpin Wauwatosa School District email@example.com OWL Vacant WACLT President Yongyan Liu Milwaukee firstname.lastname@example.org AATSP-WI President Kathy Varda Beloit Turner School District email@example.com
Debby Bowe-Wielgus Waukesha West High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Grants & Scholarships Chair Victoria Carter Onalaska High School email@example.com Committee Jeanne Schuller UW-Madison firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Luond Fowdy email@example.com
The VOICE of WAFLT appears twice annually, in the spring and fall, with copy deadlines of January 1 and May 15. Manuscripts describing world language pedagogy as well as study and travel opportunities and experiences are always welcome, and, if accepted, generally will appear in the next issue. Submissions for publication should be saved as a Google document or Microsoft Word document and sent as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any photos or graphics must be sent as separate attachments in a .jpg format.
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From Your President ... arlier this year I was driving in a rural area that was only somewhat familiar to me. I’ll freely admit that I’m no Magellan when it comes to navigation, so I flipped on my phone’s GPS to guide me. That worked great until I lost my cell service. There I was out in the middle of nowhere, my only company an occasional cow looking at me quizzically. I had suddenly been forced to change my plan and rely solely on instinct and past experience (and maybe a little bit of luck too) to reach my destination. There were a few tense moments but ultimately, I persevered and made it home without incident.
Aubrey, ACTFL’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. And of course, there will be a wide variety of sessions presented by WAFLT members designed to help you enhance your classroom experience, wherever it may be!
That road trip came to mind once again as I considered the twists and turns of the past year. To some degree, I’m sure we all felt some level of uncertainty and trepidation as we had to pivot and create completely different learning experiences for our students on the fly as the 2019-20 school year ended. Our focus necessarily expanded to include not only content and delivery, but also the physical and mental health of both our students and ourselves. As the school year drew to a close, summer brought the rise of protest marches and the important, long overdue conversations about equity. Each of these events have been a challenge to both our profession and to our society, and they each charge us in their own way to do better. Every day in our classrooms or our home offices, we work to achieve our common goals of global competency, respect for and appreciation of linguistic and cultural diversity, and ultimately, a brighter future for our students.
Check the WAFLT website for the most up to date schedule of events. We look forward to collaborating with you at this year’s Fall Conference! Linda Havas Linda Havas
As the WAFLT Fall Conference moves to a virtual experience this year, we continue to keep those goals and ideals at the forefront. While we are disappointed not to be able to gather in person this year, we are excited for the possibilities that a virtual event can provide. Even in an online format, our annual conference gives language educators statewide (and beyond!) an opportunity to collaborate and advocate for our profession. This virtual collegiality will offer opportunities for motivation, inspiration, and innovation in your teaching! The theme of this year’s conference is Languages for All: Clear Visions on Equity, Proficiency, and Interculturality, and though this conference is packaged a bit differently than previous ones, all of the professional development you have come to know and love is still there. Our program team has re-engineered the conference to maximize your professional development experience, including recognition of our colleagues with the WAFLT Awards and the Keynote Address to be delivered by Rebecca
The Voice Editing/Review Committee Katy Dueppen, Co-Chair Middleton High School Kelly Miller, Co-Chair Sauk Prairie MS/HS Marge Draheim Retired, Appleton East High School
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From Your Co-Editors ... hat a whirlwind spring and summer we have experienced. Like many teachers across the world, we have spent our summer mentally and physically preparing for what to expect this fall. This has included attending webinars, reading articles, taking classes, sitting on planning committees for our school districts, and doing the hard work of planning for a school year that will not look like anything we have experienced yet in our teaching careers.
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WE CAN DO THIS! We have the support of our phenomenal state world language organization and the support of our colleagues, both locally and virtually. We can lean on each other and learn from each other. We will grow as teachers and we will grow successful language learners. Katy Dueppen & Kelly Miller
As the state language teachers' association, WAFLT values inclusion, compassion, open-mindedness, unity, peace, and hope in our increasingly interdependent world. So much of our work is predicated on our commitment to these values. We stand united with our BIPOC colleagues and students as we continue to work together to achieve a global society that ensures equity and justice for everyone. We see you. We support you. We stand with you.
Struggling or need advice? Don't worry or try to reinvent the wheel, your WAFLT Team is here for you! Pandemic Advice / Take-Aways: C Build in personal breaks, establish contact boundaries (office hours). C NEVER hesitate to reach out to colleagues! C Connect with others on the WAFLT Facebook page. C Breathe, weâ€™re all in this challenge together! C Consider COVID an opportunity to revitalize your teaching toolkit for future instruction. C Remember to take time for YOU!
Take advantage of your WAFLT membership. Go to WAFLT.org: C Read our WAFLT eVoice for inspiration C Refer to mentoring resources C View previous conference handouts C Seek out PD opportunities - Contact our WAFLT PD Chair: email@example.com When all else fails, seek specific support through our WAFLT Resource Support Google Form.
Remember, we are all in this together and are stronger together than apart. Stay connected!!!
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The World is Our Community: How World Language Instruction Brings Us Together by Karen Luond Fowdy, WAFLT PR/Advocacy Chair he events of 2020 have expanded the definition of community for all of us. We realize that it is only through a humanitarian sense of community that we can address the global health, environmental, social justice, and economic challenges that threaten our very existence. World language teachers share a unique opportunity to open doors and open eyes as we connect students with the world. We have no way of knowing what the new academic year will bring, but we know that very much of what we took for granted in the past will be changed. Advocacy for the teaching and learning of world languages must be a vital component in any discussion of the future of education.
The Wisconsin Academic Standards for World Languages, especially Standard 4-Intercultural Communication and Standard 5-Global Competency and Community Engagement, provide the imperative and avenue to connect with others in our global community. A deeper dive into the evolving definitions of culture and community, results not only in an expanded worldview, but in a closer examination of our own perspectives. Our deep-seated cultural values and our assumptions about the cultural values of others affect how we receive and share information. How do we help ourselves and our students bridge the gaps between these values and assumptions? The following explanation of the connection between communication and culture by Milton Bennett, Ph.D., International Development Research Institute, is particularly helpful.
“Since ‘communication’ is the mutual creation of meaning and ‘culture’ is the coordination of meaning and action in a group, it follows that ‘intercultural communication’ is the mutual creation of meaning across cultures. This means that intercultural communication is the mechanism whereby people of different groups perceive and try to make sense of one another. While there is no guarantee that people will be respectful of the differences they encounter in this process, it is certainly a criterion of good communication that people seek to understand the intentions of each other in non-evaluative ways. For that reason, intercultural communication incorporates particular strategies that encourage us to attribute equal humanity and complexity to people who are not part of our own group.” idrinstitute.org/resources/interculturalcommunication As world language teachers, we explore and share the meaning of “culture” in an effort to understand others through the unique experiences that may influence their perspectives, as well as our own. Standard 5, Global Competency and Community Engagement, provides an avenue to cross-cultural projects in which the students must apply the spirit of intercultural communication to work with people from different cultural backgrounds toward a common goal. Bennet writes that “Intercultural communication necessitates understanding the unique experience of others as the key to coordinating meaning and when action towards some common goal. Adaptation is
two-way, or mutual, it tends to create ‘third cultures’ in which two or more cultural patterns of coordination are themselves coordinated.” To truly advocate for the inclusion of world language instruction in the changing face of education, we must be able to show how our curriculum and instruction can prepare students to create a better world. In any learning scenario, whether traditional classroom or distance learning, or a hybrid of instructional delivery, we must seek to create opportunities for students to engage in cross-cultural encounters and cooperative projects and to apply their developing intercultural communication skills. The pathways to creating meaningful and purposeful intercultural communication are found in the new Wisconsin Standards for World Languages. As Audre Lorde said, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” As world language teachers, we must strive to provide the resources, skills, and worldview for our students to become agents of change for a better world through intercultural communication, global competency, and community engagement.
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Equity and Language Learning by Pam Delfosse, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction World Languages and International Education Consultant
t is a challenging time to be a language educator. Is it also a critical time for language education. A language is more than a combination of words that can be translated via technology. Language shapes and represents our personal, familial, cultural, and community identities. Language is powerful. It can incite or unite us. It can disenfranchise or empower us. It is the river for thinking, dreaming, learning, understanding, collaborating, problem-solving, decision-making, and relationships. As the new ACTFL tagline states, “Language Connects.” Now, more than ever, we need to privilege the connecting role of languages in our classrooms, schools, and communities.
Let’s connect with language speaking communities as partners in learning. Language lives in community. Community engagement and relationships will make the diversity of languages and cultures within our local, national, and global community visible and valued.
Let’s connect with bilingual, indigenous, heritage, and English as a Second Language educators to improve our collective capacity to meet the needs of all language learners and the language needs of our communities. Let’s ensure that heritage and indigenous languages are sustained and awakened as new languages are learned.
Let’s connect language learning with the use of languages for life. Let’s make the benefits of multilingualism visible and ensure all learners have access to these opportunities through relevant standards and proficiencybased language programs.
Let’s connect language with learning. Let’s work with all educators to improve our collective capacity to facilitate learning of academic and social-instructional language in all learning environments. All students are language learners and all teachers are language teachers. We, as language educators, have expertise and strategies with the power to empower learning for all.
Let’s connect how we plan, facilitate, and assess language learning with our vision for culturally responsive language use that prepares learners for full participation in our linguistically and culturally diverse schools, workplaces, and communities. Connecting language with intercultural and global competence reunites language with its natural context and brings language learning to life.
Let’s connect to build our professional capacity to improve language learning outcomes in all learning environments. Let’s collaborate to pursue and offer professional learning opportunities, share ideas and resources, reflect on our practice, and innovate to move the needle toward higher levels of language performance and proficiency one student, one course, one program at a time. Let’s stay connected! Pamela.firstname.lastname@example.org dpi.wi.gov/world-language
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WAFLT Virtual Fall Conference 2020 Languages for All: Clear Visions on Equity, Proficiency, and Interculturality Join us online on Friday, November 6 th and Saturday, November 7 th for high quality professional development experiences from a distance. As you may already know, this year's WAFLT Fall Conference will be held virtually due to safety concerns related to COVID-19. While this shift to a virtual conference presents new challenges, we are still excited to provide this quality professional development opportunity to our members. We will offer multiple asynchronous sessions to enjoy on your own time, a number of live online interactive sessions for key presentations, digital language association networking meetings, our annual Saturday WAFLT Business Meeting, a digital awards ceremony (with BYO wine and cheese this year), and a high power virtual keynote. Our Fall Conference would not be possible without the commitment of our membership to sharing their gifts with their colleagues across the state. Many of your colleagues will be working hard to help bring you high quality professional development through the current paradigm. While we know this will continue to be a year of uncertainty and challenges, we look forward to continuing to share this important professional development experience with you from the safety of your home and community. Watch your email and social media for registration details. With sincere gratitude, Katelynn Jensen & Josh LeGreve WAFLT Fall Conference Committee Co-Chairs Andrea Behn & Shaniya Stengl WAFLT Fall Conference Committee Assistant Co-Chairs
Rebecca Aubrey Spanish Teacher and ACTFL Teacher of the Year 2019 WAFLT is excited to announce Rebecca Aubrey as our Keynote Speaker and one of our interactive session presenters this fall! Rebecca Aubrey received her B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, M.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, and a Teaching Certification through the Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification. She has over 20 years of teaching experience at the college level, and 15 years of experience teaching Spanish in grades K-8. Rebecca has presented broadly in Connecticut and at the national level on topics like differentiation, positive behavior intervention strategies, and target language use. In addition to serving as the Connecticut representative to the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL), Rebecca was recently elected to serve as President-Elect of the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT), and is a graduate of Cohort 3 of ACTFLâ€™s Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL). Rebecca is passionate about exploring the cultural and linguistic diversity of our world, and equally passionate about empowering students to do the same. She is the 2019 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. Follow Rebecca on Twitter @MaestraAubreyCT.
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2020-2021: A New Challenge for World Language Educators by Kelly Miller, Sauk Prairie Middle & High Schools rowing up on a farm outside of a small community of approximately 1,100 people in Wisconsin, I was never exposed to “diversity” as we see it 50 years later. In the small church that my family regularly attended every Sunday, never did I see a person of color. It was my senior year in high school that I had my first experience of welcoming a student from Mexico to our class of 1985. Although we all had a wonderful senior year, I wish that, we as a community, would have embraced the many things that David had to offer us in helping understand the many differences in the world. It was only a short three months later that I would find myself studying to become an educator. My dream was to become an English teacher, but it was Professor John Stone who not only ignited, but inspired me to pursue a new love for the Spanish language and culture.
As I begin my 30th year in education, it is only appropriate to address the challenge that the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 has had on the profession. We all were given little time to prepare for what was going to face us for approximately nine weeks until the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Students had to learn how to juggle academic life online and parents had to learn how to work from home and help educate their children. School districts had to make difficult decisions surrounding graduation ceremonies whether it be virtual or even a drive-in movie style ceremony. We all made it and we persevered. But, because of what we have been through and what we may face as educators in the fall, we must be
strong and reflect on the year to make us better educators. I believe there is much to learn from the WAFLT Statement on Equity and Inclusion: “As the state language teachers’ association, WAFLT values inclusion, compassion, open-mindedness, unity, peace and hope in our increasingly interdependent world. So much of our work is predicated on our commitment to these values. We stand united with our BIPOC colleagues and students as we continue to work together to achieve a global society that ensures equity and justice for everyone. We see you. We support you. We stand with you.” (WAFLT, 2020) As educators, it is our duty to always know that each student who is placed in our classroom deserves to feel the sense of belonging in the classroom. Inclusion in a classroom allows each student to share their values and beliefs and have everyone respect their talents and their cultural background. So, I challenge you as an educator to ask yourself before the beginning of the new academic year, what new idea can you bring to your classroom to address the fundamental feeling of being loved and belonging to a community? Because the end of the year “goodbye” wasn’t the same, what can you do as you see these students walk into a colleague’s classroom? What could you do to include your previous students with the new students who will walk through your door? I hope you find a new spark with inclusion. Compassion is another value that educators can reflect on before school begins. Sometimes we get so excited about all of the new technology tools,
but this is a year that we need to stop and remind our entire classroom to be kind and caring. It will be important that everyone takes time to understand the emotions students and educators are feeling. Perhaps it was watching the riots and violence firsthand on television or experiencing a family member contracting the virus, we need to remember that we are all human beings who need extra compassion. I challenge you, as an educator, to look for some new ideas promoting compassion. What activity can you incorporate at the beginning of the year with a kindness message? What makes your class smile? I hope you find another spark for your classroom that makes everyone smile. Open-mindedness is truly what educators stand up for. We must walk into our classroom and be receptive to the ideas, opinions, and arguments of all students. We must create a culture that is welcoming for students to feel safe and be valued. I challenge you, as the new year begins, to look for some creative new ideas that promote a classroom environment where students can make mistakes, be honest, and ultimately grow and become a better person. What activity can you create that will be rewarding to students even though you may not change their mind? I hope your activity will bring you the ultimate reward when a student recognizes your goal. Unity is a value that reminds educators that we are all one. Everyone in the classroom, regardless of diversity, can learn and grow together. What matters is that everyone has a voice and is part of the
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community. I challenge you as a community to look at new ways to unify your classroom. What can you incorporate into your classroom so that students recognize they have a voice? What can you do as a role model to solidify that all voices are heard and respected? I hope you find unity is a new way that brings joy to your classroom. Peace is what we strive for as a classroom community. We, as educators, want to see that all students can work together no matter the task at hand. Peace is having students build strong classroom relationships with each other and once again respecting everyoneâ€™s voice. I once again challenge you as an educator to find the new firework for your classroom. What can you do for Hispanic Heritage Week? How can you involve the
Latino students in your school as well as your community? No matter the ethnicities found in your community, I hope you find peace in something new that makes your classroom community stronger this year. Hope is the anticipation that we, as teachers, have a rewarding year of teaching. Hope is also students expecting to be accepted for who they are when they walk through the classroom doors. Hope is also the desire of students to want to learn every day in a safe environment where they are loved. So, what can you do as a world language teacher to help jump start your year and spread hope? What activity can you incorporate into your classroom at the beginning of the year to show students that hope is real for everyone?
So, world language educators, the challenge for the new 2020-2021 academic school year is waiting for you. Be the world language teacher who brings inclusion, compassion, open-mindedness, unity, peace, and hope to everyone who walks through your classroom door. Make a difference in a powerful new way. Be the teacher who receives a thank you note for not only helping a student with language acquisition, but for instilling lifelong values that will someday make a difference in the world.
Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers & Discover Languages Wisconsin Presents the 2020 Discover Languages
Student Video & Postcard Contests Contest Theme:
Languages For All For All Students Enrolled in World Language Classes in Wisconsin Elementary (PK-5) ~ Middle School (6-8) ~ High School (9-12) ~ Post-Secondary (Undergraduate) As you learn more about our world, bring the world to Wisconsin. Show us how much languages mean to you and how important they are in your life! Submission Deadline October 3, 2020 Visit waflt.org/public-relations/postcard-contest for details.
Help Wisconsin Discover Languages and Discover the World!
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Thank You, Contributors! WAFLT thanks the following individuals for their contributions in 2020–21. General Endowment Fund Linguiphile ($100+)
Anne Chartier (In memory of Jim Oakley) Donna L. Clementi Astride & Eddie Lowry John Pustejovsky
Linda Havas Lisa Hendrickson Jean Hindson Sy Kreilein Thomas Rusch
Deb Bowe-Wielgus Marge Draheim Lauren Rosen Paul Sandrock Sonya Sedivy Lynn Sessler Neitzel Deanna Willems
Sharon Bradish Anne Chartier (In memory of Jim Oakley) Justin Gerlach Katelynn Jensen Vera Klekovkina Pablo Muirhead Lorraine Poplaski Deana Zorko
Professional Development Scholarship Fund
Student Travel Scholarship Fund
(Honoring Dr. Roma Hoff, Dr. Connie Knop & Dr. Irène Kraemer)
(Honoring O. Lynn Bolton)
Donna L. Clementi Astride & Eddie Lowry
Sharon Bradish Natalia DeLast Justin Gerlach Katelynn Jensen Vera Klekovkina Pablo Muirhead Deana Zorko
Eddie & Astride Lowry
Sharon Bradish Anne Chartier (In memory of Jim Oakley) Danielle Chaussee Justin Gerlach Katelynn Jensen Vera Klekovkina John Stark Gerri Wrege Deana Zorko
Benefactor ($50-99) Peter Hoff Margaret Draheim (In memory of Keely Lake) Sponsor ($25-49) Anne Chartier (In memory of Jim Oakley) Katy Dueppen Karen Luond Fowdy Pam Lange-Murillo (In memory of E. Alan Magnuson) Mara Marks Michelle Nielsen Lauren Rosen
Benefactor ($50-99) Peter Hoff John Pustejovsky Sponsor ($25-49) Margaret Draheim Katy Dueppen Kelly Ferguson Lauren Rosen
Your Contributions Are Appreciated! Please consider contributing to one or more of these funds for 2020-21. You can do this online at waflt.org. Log into your online account and click “Endowment Contributions” on the top of the page to make your contribution. Or mail your check to P.O. Box 1493, Appleton, WI 54912, noting to which fund(s) you would like your donation assigned.
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Wisconsin Representative to NNELL Jessica King Fox Point-Bayside School District email@example.com FLESFEST Co-Chairs Carley Goodkind Jody Schneider
Central States East Regional Representative to NNELL Kathy Olson-Studler Minnesota firstname.lastname@example.org Wisconsin Website: wi-nell.org National Website: nnell.org National Network for Early Language Learning provides leadership in support of successful early language learning and teaching of grades pK to 8. NNELL believes that all students should have access to high-quality, ongoing, articulated world language instruction of all language programs. Membership Benefits – Why Join NNELL? Membership in NNELL provides you with voice at the national level to support early language learning. It provides access to a network of hundreds of educators, workshops, webinar materials, articles, and various resources. Join NNELL at nnell.org. You can pay via credit card or check.
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Interesting in joining the FLESFEST Planning Committee?
What is FLESFEST? FLESFEST, Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools, is a professional World Language Education Conference in collaboration with WAFLT, the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers. Educators of all languages gather for a one-day conference on Saturday each spring. FLESFEST provides useful strategies for teachers of elementary programs and early language programs to use in the classroom. It is an inspiring, motivational and engaging conference, recommended for any world language teacher, regardless of the languages and age levels.
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Virtual FLESFEST February 20, 2021
Become involved in planning for the annual conference! The FLESFEST Committee meets 5-6 times each year at Alverno College in Milwaukee. Join us to discuss conference themes, plan breakout sessions, invite presenters, brainstorm participant activities, organize supplies, and launch an inspiring conference for educators. New committee members are highly encouraged to attend. For more information, email Jessica King at email@example.com.
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Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers President Yongyan Liu Milwaukee firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Manager Zona Karoliussen The Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners email@example.com
Past-President Yinghan Xue DC International School firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Yuzhou Wu Sun Prairie Area School District email@example.com Treasurer Ling Schoeneback Green Bay firstname.lastname@example.org
ACLT is very excited to announce that our first ONLINE Chinese speech contest successfully concluded on April 18th. In light of this unprecedented time in the spring of 2020, the WACLT Board quickly reached the decision to move the speech contest online. Although we were no longer able to enjoy the opening ceremony and formally present the awards right after the speech contest in person, we still had over 50 participants join this non-conventional speech contest through Zoom. The energy and efforts showed in the contest were admirable and encouraging to all the judges and participants.
Full-Heritage Upper Elementary
We appreciate all the support from our Wisconsin Chinese teachers, Chinese language learners, and their guardians. We look forward to more students and schools joining us next year for such rewarding experiences!
Full-Heritage High School
1st place: Daniel L. (Milwaukee Modern Chinese School) 2nd place: Jeffrey X. (Meadow View Elementary) 3rd place: Denny Z. (Milwaukee Modern Chinese School) Full-Heritage Middle School 1st place: Kathy S. (Milwaukee Modern Chinese School) 2nd place: Louis L. (Milwaukee Modern Chinese School) & Devin Z. (Milwaukee Modern Chinese School) 3rd place: Alice C. (Milwaukee Modern Chinese School) & Dwayne W. (Milwaukee Modern Chinese School)
1st place: Max H. (Milwaukee Modern Chinese School) 2nd place: David J. (Brookfield East) 3rd place: Yiling S. (Sheboygan North High)
Full-Heritage Lower Elementary 1st place: Kelly X. (Meadow View Elementary) 2nd place: Lisa L. (Milwaukee Modern Chinese School) 3rd place: Albert N. (Milwaukee Modern Chinese School)
Non-Heritage Lower Elementary (Intermediate) 1st place: Amber S. (Our Ladies of Lourdes Catholic School) 2nd place: Sophia S. (Meadowbrook Elementary School)
Non-Heritage Lower Elementary (Advanced) 1st place: Karolin (Meilan) F. (International Montessori School of Beijing) Non-Heritage Upper Elementary (Beginner) 1st place: Rheya G. (Leonardo da Vinci School) Non-Heritage Upper Elementary (Advanced) 1st place: Meilin F. (International Montessori School of Beijing) Non-Heritage Middle School (Beginner) 1st place: Shaurya B. (Asa Clark Middle School) 2nd place: Atticus R. K. (Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners) 3rd place: Sydney H. (Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners)
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Non-Heritage Middle School (Intermediate)
Non-Heritage High School (Intermediate)
Non-heritage University level (Beginner)
1st place: Owen W. (Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners) 2nd place: Samuel M. (Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners) & Kellen K. (Asa Clark Middle School) 3rd place: Julia V. (Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners)
1st place: Mina L. (Sheboygan South High School) 2nd place:Anna P. (Arrowhead High School) & Zue Cha Y. (Sheboygan South High School) & Hannah P. (Sheboygan North High School) 3rd place: Jason L. & Alanna H. (Sheboygan North High School)
1st place: Jaiah P. (UW- Eau Claire) 2nd place: Zhia L. (UW- Eau Claire) 3rd place: Mai Z.V. (UW- Eau Claire)
Non-Heritage High School (Beginner) 1st place: Juliana B. (Sheboygan North High School) 2nd place: Grace V. (Sheboygan South High School) 3rd place: Thomas Z. (Notre Dame Academy)
Non-Heritage High School (Advanced) 1st place: Rebekah W. (Sheboygan North High School) 2nd place: Alan S. & Belle Mao W. (Notre Dame Academy) 3rd place: Maxwell M. (Notre Dame Academy) & Ana J. Z. ( Homestead High School)
Partial Heritage High School 1st place: Jennifer A. (Notre Dame Academy) 2nd place: Elise L. (Notre Dame Academy)
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American Association of French Teachers-Wisconsin Chapter President Kara Torkelson Wausau West High School presidentAATFWI@gmail.com President-Elect Cathy Stressing Fond du Lac High School presidentelectAATFWI@gmail.com
Secretary-Treasurer Brian Wopat Onalaska High School treasurerAATFWI@gmail.com Past President Ellen Onsrud Lake Mills Middle & High School pastpresidentAATFLWI@gmail.com
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Chers collègues! lot has changed since my last submission for The Voice. My plan was to add a second set of ideas that were shared by my staff to add to your bag of classroom “tricks.” It’s amazing because as I look over these suggestions, all of them can be applied to online learning! In Charlotte Danielson’s model 2b (Establishing a Culture of Learning), it talks about the importance of content, expectations for learning, and achievement and pride in student work. As many of you have had to face distance learning challenges, these concepts still hold true whether you are in front of a screen or between four walls. I thought that all of us could use some of these as reminders and inspirations to continue to encourage and enrich all of our students. No matter how the content is delivered, we will continue to use some of the same fundamentals that help students learn.
Enjoy! Kara Torkelson
C I share the daily objective. When the objective is new for the day or the unit, I work with the students to break it down into language that is easy to understand. C After I introduce an idea or an assignment, I check in for comprehension by asking someone to repeat the expectations. C On a weekly basis, I converse with students who are not working up to their potential. I talk about missing work and the opportunities that exist for them to make it up. C I have created an itsLearning (LMS) site for each course that I teach. Within each course, I created a set of review quizzes/videos. This site allows for learning to occur outside the classroom. C I promote a culture of learning by dressing in historic costumes and creating interactive large group presentations.
C I share artifacts and replicas with my students. C I structure our projects with clear expectations. C I break large projects into steps and show student example projects. C I am passionate about the subjects I teach and share real life examples with my students to garner interest and buy-in. C In my classroom, it is evident to my students that I am invested in their education. I am constantly trying to find new resources or create new activities that will help them understand the material better. C I always encourage my students to put forth their best effort, use all the tools in their toolbox of resources, and be okay making mistakes. C I often discuss how homework is practice and in order to get good at playing an instrument, learning a new skill, or improving at a sport one has to practice.
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C I create a culture of learning by setting expectations that quality homework and participation are required. C I let students have a voice in determining what is taught. C I use exit tickets, bell ringers, small group discussion, question and answer, large group discussion, Kahoot, and games. C I list and reiterate the big ideas and ask how the big ideas can be applied to outside issues. C I ask a lot of topic-related questions to stir interest in computing. C I don’t like to accept a product as finished until I've asked, “Is there anything you could do to make it better?” C I come in everyday with a positive attitude and energy. The kids feed off of your energy.
C I provide students with many ways to learn content.
C I develop strong personal relationships based on mutual respect.
C I try to create energy and enthusiasm for learning by making the learning applicable to the students and their lives.
C My teaching involves high energy positive encouragement where students feel safe to ask for support and challenge themselves.
C I like to highlight plenty of examples of how classroom material is relevant by using current events from our community and nationally.
C I encourage my students to take risks and work together to learn beyond their ability level and build self confidence.
C I have students do peer assessments with glow and grow feedback. C I have an understanding of the diverse learning needs in my classroom. I have the expectation that all students have the potential to achieve and learn.
C I always push my students to do their best and be proud of the work they complete. C I set achievable goals for our students so they can have success with and accomplish.
C I create an environment that is safe and secure so that the students can gain confidence in academics and social settings.
C I allow students to ask questions beyond the content. If a student asks a good question about what we are learning, I will almost always take some time to answer it. C I value small pockets of downtime in my class. I'm not afraid to give them a minute or two to simply talk and refocus their brains on the task at hand. C I make extensive use of questioning during my class, and I encourage students to elaborate on each other's answers. C I frequently remind students that they are all capable of success and that the biggest factor in their grades is not overall intelligence but willingness to put in effort. C I remind students that it is OK to be challenged by difficult content (and that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses), but that I am eager to help them if they feel they do not know how to get started with a problem or assignment.
WAFLT Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Teachers TEN scholarships are available for college juniors, seniors and graduate students who have declared majors or minors in a language teaching program and have completed or are currently enrolled in a language methods course. This scholarship provides registration to the WAFLT Fall Conference! For more details, click here! The application deadline is September 25.
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American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin President Jeffrey Dyer Oregon High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Past President Jeanne Schueller UW-Madison email@example.com
Vice President Allison Shantz Tomahawk High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Sarah Seidler-Halwas Ripon High School email@example.com
WI-AATG website: wisconsin.aatg.org Join us on Facebook: WI-AATG
AATG website: aatg.org on Facebook: AATG-Listserv Fans
Treasurer Melanie Lasee Ashwaubenon High School firstname.lastname@example.org
,,Findet Freude!: Finding Joy in a Time of Crisis” Sehr geehrte Kolleginnen und Kollegen, he year 2020 was supposed to be epic in so many ways, but it has not been so in quite the way we imagined. The COVID-19 pandemic, the closing of schools and the move to online learning, the killing of George Floyd, protests and riots, the spotlight on the Black Lives Matter movement, no arts, no sports…
Through it all, however, one thing has indeed remained, our commitment as world language educators to our students, to standards, and to German language and culture. We faced adversity beset with support from myriad sources, but it was not without challenge and sacrifice. At the end of the school year, I met with German educators from around the state for a final virtual Stammtisch. Some of us had finished the year mid-May, some a week earlier, and others were celebrating their last day. We had all talked enough about the trials and tribulations of the online learning experience in other forums and were eager to know what each
was doing in their respective districts and institutions in the fall. Naturally, no one had any definitive answers then. What I really wanted to know, though, was how during this crisis was anyone able to find joy? Freude! We German teachers know the word. Perhaps it evokes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, “An die Freude” (“Ode to Joy”) and all the German history and images that accompany it. As we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth, that would seem particularly appropriate. Maybe you think of Japanese professional organizer Marie Kondo and your attempt to implement her techniques to reorganize your dresser drawers. Did that bring you joy? Does it make you think of online learning? I know I had trouble finding joy in this crisis. Anyone else? If you did, what was your secret? Because, if the fall looks the same, I am going to need some strategies to get through it. In the meeting, some folks found joy in learning new technologies and
implementing them to enhance their teaching online. Others focused on positive outcomes, like students’ achievements, giving and receiving meaningful feedback, and the opportunity to point out to students their accomplishment in finishing strong and completing the course. Teachers were grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers with whom they never had the chance previously. They made connections and made progress together. They kept each other’s spirits up going through dark and uncertain times. Relationships with students was a common theme. The ability to see students in their environments and for them to see us in ours reminded us all that our experience, though unique to each, was shared. The chance to reach out, if only virtually, showed that teachers still cared, still wanted students to succeed, and were there to help them over the finish line. Of course, it was also nice to receive appreciation from families for our guidance and support that often went beyond reasonable
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expectations. For me, I found joy when students showed great character and integrity. In the pass/fail environment in my district, students could have done very little to pass the semester. Instead, several of my students strove to do their best and submitted quality work. Learning continued.
Wisconsin members Jolene Wochenske (Oregon MS) and Jeff Dyer. Daumen drücken fürs Immersionswochenende 2021! Next year’s theme is Feste und Feiertage (Festivals and Holidays) and is scheduled for February 12-14. We hope to see you there!
We took some more time to talk a while and laughed with each other. Afterward, I thought more about my question, and thanks to my colleagues, I remembered that joy was to be found where I chose to see it. As I look to the year ahead, I will think back on this discussion and do my best to find joy no matter what the year throws at us.
23. Immersionswochenende Believe it or not, there was life before COVID-19. Our 23rd Annual German Immersion Weekend was another success. The theme for the joint project with Northern Illinois AATG was “Sport.” From soccer to math competitions to social justice, there was plenty to learn and experience. One of the best parts beyond the theme was the camaraderie. Seeing long-time friends and colleagues and meeting new ones was energizing and keeps us coming back for more. It was also nice to be joined by some pre-service teachers who are excited to be the next generation of German teachers in our state. Wisconsin members, Jonathan Gillette (Madison West HS) and Jeff Dyer (Oregon HS), offered their perspective on soccer in the German lesson providing myriad resources and strategies at different levels. The entire event could not take place were it not for the efforts of the joint planning team including
The WI-AATG Speaking contest took place in two of the three regional centers this year. The Northeast Regional, organized by Kristy Albrecht, took place on March 2nd at St. Mary Catholic HS in Neenah featuring 60 students from 5 schools, 33 of whom qualified for State. The Southeast Regional, organized by Carley Goodkind, took place on March 7th at Greenfield HS near Milwaukee. Of the 84 students from 10 schools who participated, 67 qualified for State. Twenty of Carley’s “amazing Greenfield German National Honor Society members helped run this contest as a team with professionalism, extraordinary attention to detail, kindness, and respect.” The State German Speaking Contest was to be held on May 2nd at Menomonee High School in Menomonee Falls and organized by Bernadette van Willigen. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and school closings around the state, we were not able to hold a state competition this year. Our gratitude to all the organizers, 22 judges, German teachers, and student helpers who made this experience possible for German students in Wisconsin. Please consider offering this opportunity to your students in 2021! Read Coordinator Carley Goodkind’s full report.
National German Exam This year, 741 students in Wisconsin middle and high school German programs took the AATG’s National German Exam. AATG informed State Testing Chair Greg Baer (Carthage College) “the student performance in your chapter was very strong.” For this reason, we were able to submit a second nominee for the Level One German Study Tour Award along with a single Level Two Award (for seniors). Though the study trips and awards ceremony were cancelled, the Deutscher Sprach- und Schulverein (DSSV) awarded $42,000 in scholarships, a record amount. Also of special note was the recognition of Janelle Pfaller (Milwaukee School of Languages) as a Kohl Teacher Fellow. Gratuliere Janelle! Thanks to Greg for his service to WI-AATG as Testing Chair! Read his full report here. German Day Germany Day was set to take place for the 31st time at UW-Madison in April. UW professor of German and WI-AATG Past President Jeanne Schueller organized the annual event that typically hosts over 500 students from across Wisconsin around the theme, “Alles klar!” as a reference to the connection between the year 2020 and the clarity of 20/20 vision. At Union South, students compete in various events including poetry, posters, spelling, charades, Pictionary, skits, memes, and music. Watch for information on German Day 2021.
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German Embassy Essay Contest Each year, the German Embassy sponsors a student essay contest. For 2020, students chose to write about either Beethoven and who the future Beethoven might be or a German inventor. Hundreds of essays were submitted and the two high school winners selected were both from…(Trommelwirbel, bitte)… WISCONSIN! Gratuliere to Aidan Kohnke from Greendale HS (Linda Havas, German teacher) for his essay on German inventor Robert Koch and to Claire Michels from Oregon HS (Jeff Dyer, German teacher) for her essay on Beethoven and Lil Nas X. You can see German Ambassador Emily Haber announce the winners and you can read all the winning essays. Stammtisch WI-AATG provided three opportunities to participate in a virtual Stammtisch during the spring COVID-19 closure of schools. German educators from around the state came together via Zoom to speak in German about our experiences during the shutdown of schools, to share how we were feeling, and to offer each other encouragement to get through the school year. It was so nice to see all those who were able to participate and look forward to the time we can see each other again in person. Spotlight on racism and discrimination in America In the wake of protests and unrest across the country following the killing of George Floyd, the WI-AATG officers met to discuss our response as an
organization that teaches students to “recognize diverse perspectives, interact and exchange ideas with people from diverse backgrounds, and engage with others to improve conditions within their local and global communities.” (Wisconsin Standards for World Languages) Following the lead of our national AATG and of WAFLT, we crafted a statement against racism to communicate our support for those experiencing pain and seeking change. Let us all take another look at our work to see that each of our students is seen. German Exchange So many of us had planned to travel to Germany in the summer and had to cancel or postpone trips and programs. The German American Partnership Program (GAPP) has recently developed virtual exchange materials. GAVE (German American Virtual Exchange) includes lesson plans, worksheets and activities that allow students from German and American secondary schools to learn about each other’s language and culture, whether you are conducting classes in person or virtually. To learn more and see what is available, check out the webpage hosted by the Goethe-Institut.
Awards Spring will not be here for a while, but now is a good time to start thinking about awards. There are several ways to ensure that our fellow educators and supporters of German who are doing great things each day get the recognition they deserve. Please consider reviewing the descriptions of awards offered by WAFLT, AATG, ACTFL, and others. You may think of a colleague who fits that description perfectly or you may discover something to aspire to yourself. Your facilitation of such recognition supports not only your colleague, but also their German program and German programs in general. It is important for school districts and communities to know that German is thriving in Wisconsin! In closing, I wish you all persistent safety, health, happiness, and ... Joy! ... with those you love, in your work in the year ahead, and in teaching German to those who look to us for joy. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for German in Wisconsin! I look forward to seeing you all again in person someday soon! Mit freundlichen Grüßen Jeffrey Dyer
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Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese President Takako Nakakubo UW-Madison (608) 262-3473 email@example.com
Secretary/Web Page Editor Shinji Takahashi UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Treasurer Yu Kitamura Kitamurayu2017@gmail.com
Membership Information: Please visit the AATJ website aatj.org/membership WiATJ website: wisconsinatj.wordpress.com WiATJ Facebook: facebook.com/wiatj
Konnichiwa! elcome back to the 2021-2022 school year! I hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer and it is off to a good start whether your mode of instruction is face-to-face, online, or a combination of the two.
WAFLT Fall Conference 2020 The WAFLT Fall Conference will be here in no time! It will be held virtually on November 6-7. The theme of this yearâ€™s conference is Languages for All: Clear Visions on Equity, Proficiency, and Interculturality. WiATJ is hosting a Share Fair during the conference for the second time. It will be on Saturday morning, November 7th. Two groups of presenters will share a variety of ideas for innovative class activities, materials, and more. The WiATJ Business Meeting is scheduled immediately after the Share Fair. Please join us to connect or reconnect with fellow Japanese teachers and anyone who is interested in Japanese language education. Everyone is welcome!
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Digital Japan Bowl
UW-Milwaukee Annual Speech and Recitation Contest
National Japan Bowl is held in Washington DC every spring, but it was converted to a Digital Japan Bowl via Zoom this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was held on May 29th and three students from Madison Country Day School (MCDS), the winning team of the Wisconsin Japan Bowl, competed against other high school teams from around the US and Mexico. Despite connecting over 300 people, the event went smoothly. The MCDS team was placed 10th out of 19 teams at Level 4, the most advanced level in the competition. Great work!
UW-Milwaukee Annual Speech and Recitation Contest was held on February 28th. A total of 35 students from UW-Milwaukee, Carthage College, and the Doyo-kai (Milwaukee Saturday Japanese School) competed. The participants and their guests enjoyed a night of wonderful presentations and performances. The event was sponsored by the Japan Foundation and Anime Milwaukee.
One of the MCDS team members participating in the Digital Japan Bowl
The very first Digital Japan Bowl!
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Happy Retirement, Kania-sensei!
AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese) offered a virtual brown bag series on remote instruction in March through May. The first one, “Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Crisis Teaching Without Sacrificing Proficiency,” was facilitated by Lauren Rosen, Communications and Publications Committee Chair of WAFLT and Director of the UW System Collaborative Language Program, and Magara Maeda-sensei, one of the WiATJ members and a senior lecturer at UW-River Falls. More than 100 people attended across the nation and had a lively Q&A with Zoom chat. Thank you Lauren and Maeda-sensei! If you missed it or would like to review the presentation, the video recording of the session is available at this link.
Last, but not least, please join us in congratulating Richard Kania-sensei on his retirement! He was a long time Japanese and social studies teacher at Franklin High School. He had been an integral part in the Japanese language education in Wisconsin, including his service for WiATJ as Vice President in 2013-2014 and President in 2015-2016. Unfortunately, the school district decided to discontinue offering Japanese. We are saddened by the decision not only because so many students will lose access to learning Japanese, but also because it is the birthplace of Wisconsin’s Japanese instruction. Nevertheless, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to Kania-sensei for his many years of service. Please go to this link for his farewell message.
If you or your institution has any news, held any events, or received any awards, please share them with us so we can include them here in future newsletters. We would love to hear from you. Takako Nakakubo
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Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association President Nate Kolpin Wauwatosa School District firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Michelle Bayouth Elmbrook Schools email@example.com
Webmaster Treasurer Daniel Tess Brookfield Central High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Salvēte omnēs! in loco studentis isconsin would like to welcome its’ most recently licensed colleague, Ms. Kristin Leong, to the teaching profession. As someone who latched onto Latin in high school and wanted to explore further in college, Kristin has been able to see the full spectrum of language learning experience in the state—from secondary elective to university major to licensure candidate. We wanted to sit down with Kristin and get her insights into the process as she reflects on her recent student teaching, graduation, and licensure.
When did you realize/decide you would pursue language pedagogy? I knew that I wanted to be a Latin teacher since high school. I’ve always liked helping people and tutoring friends in various subjects, and language has always been a deep interest of mine. What was it like to observe in suburban/rural WI with a cooperating teacher who taught social studies, science, and world language? It was a really fun experience traveling to a part of Wisconsin that I hadn’t been to before. I really enjoyed being able to sit in on the AP Euro after Latin class and I really enjoyed getting to explore and to know the community.
What was it like to student teach in two different high schools? It was initially somewhat daunting because of travel between the two schools. It was interesting getting to know two different student bodies. Each classroom had different methods of teaching, so it was really exciting to try two kinds of methodology at the same time. What advice would you give future students who are submitting artifacts to EdTPA? I would suggest that they get as many videos as possible, and to read every rubric thoroughly. Know where your strengths are and aim for 4 or 5 on those rubrics. Other than that, know when to take breaks!
Nota Bene WLTA was hoping to offer Latin Day lectures for grades 7-12 in 2020 at Beloit College. October 20, 2020 would be the traditional date for such a venture, but pandemic concerns will most likely force us online this year. Stay tuned for more info in the fall as we all figure out how to keep us safe and yet enlightened by our colleagues. In Proximum The November WAFLT Fall Conference will feature a selection of Latin/Greek sessions and it is a great place to connect with colleagues from all world languages. If you are ready to add state leadership to your resume, there are always opportunities to serve on WLTA and WAFLT boards and committees. Until then, Curate ut Valeatis! WLTA Board
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American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese President Kathy Varda email@example.com
Secretary Kelly Brandstaetter Brookfield Academy kelly.brandstaetter@brookfi eldacademy.org
Past President Erin Nienas Neenah Joint School District firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Jessica Owens Fox Point-Bayside School District email@example.com
President Elect Jessica Santiago New Berlin West High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Webmaster Josh LeGreve Green Lake School District email@example.com
Concurso Oral Coordinator Victoria Carter Onalaska School District firstname.lastname@example.org
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Nicole Thompson School District of New Berlin nicole.thompson@nbexcellen ce.org
Concurso Oral Coordinator Barb Olsen Kettle Morraine Lutheran High School email@example.com
Join our Facebook Group: AATSP-WI Look for updates & local info: wiaatsp.org
ooking to be more involved? In 2020 we’re looking to fill these leadership positions:
C Concurso Oral Coordinator organize an annual Spanish pronunciation event for students at the elementary through 12th grade levels. Responsibilities include finding a venue, coordinating volunteers, coordinating breakfast options, choosing competition pieces, and purchasing medals and ribbons. C Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica advocate for teachers to implement chapters of SHH and serve as a resource for chapter sponsors in the state of Wisconsin. C Secretary - take minutes at all meetings, prepare minutes for approval by the Executive Council as well as archive the approved minutes on the chapter website.
C Treasurer - keep a database of the members of the chapter, maintain a detailed account of all monies received and disbursed, present regular financial statements to the Executive Council of the Chapter at Council meetings, and be responsible for accepting all fees for chapter activities.
Please nominate your colleagues!
Do you know a talented artist? Stay tuned for more details regarding the 2020-2021 poster contest. The winner(s) of the state competition will be sent on to the national AATSP Poster Contest. There are several categories in which student entries may be submitted (K–3, 4–5, 6–8, 9–12 Hand-drawn, 9–12 Digital).
Please email Kathy Varda, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in joining our Board or with any nominations by October 16, 2020. Voting will take place virtually at the virtual AATSP-WI Networking Session during the virtual WAFLT Fall Conference.
Congratulations to Jessica Owens and her student Benjamin X. from Fox Point-Bayside School District (Stormonth Elementary) for his 3rd place winning poster in the National AATSP Poster Contest! To see more winners click here.
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Upcoming events 2020-2021 school year: C Virtual AATSP-WI Networking Session during WAFLT Fall Conference C Concurso Oral: Date TBD C 2020-2021 AATSP-WI Poster Contest C National Spanish Exam
How much do you know about AATSP? Join AATSP-WI today! AATSP Membership Form Membership benefits: C Professional Networking with local and international teachers of Spanish and Portuguese C Annual Conference with more than 200 sessions C Study-Abroad Scholarships, Conference Attendee Travel Stipends & Awards C Student participation in Concurso Oral, Poster Contest, National Spanish/ Portuguese Exam C Student awards and scholarships C Sociedad Honoraria Hispรกnica (10-12) or la Sociedad Hispรกnica de Amistad (1-8)
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WAFLT Awards, Scholarships, and Grants: Details & Forms available @ waflt.org WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator Award: WAFLT's highest recognition, may be conferred annually on an individual of the language teaching profession who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to WAFLT and to the profession locally, statewide, regionally, and/or nationally. Nomination Deadline: March 15 Anthony J. Gradisnik Award: May be conferred on an individual or group especially from outside the world language teaching profession who shares Mr. Gradisnik's enthusiasm and advocacy for language education in such areas as international education, early language learning, and creative initiatives in language education. Nomination Deadline: March 15 Frank M. Grittner New Teacher Award: May be conferred annually on an individual new to the language teaching profession with one to three years experience who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership in the promotion of language learning and international understanding; has given service to school, community, and state organizations; and has shown commitment to regional and national organizations. Nomination Deadline: March 15 WAFLT Excellence in Language Study Award: May be conferred on students who have demonstrated great achievement and progress in language study and who exhibit great potential for further achievement in the language. Students currently enrolled in a world language course offered at their school. Elementary, middle school, high school, and post-secondary students are eligible. Nomination Deadline: March 15 WAFLT Honors in Language Study Award: May be conferred on students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in and commitment to their school’s language programs. Students currently enrolled in the most advanced world language course offered at their school; high school and post-secondary students are eligible. Deadline: March 15 WAFLT Future Language Teacher Award: May be conferred annually on students in teacher-training programs who have shown exceptional promise and potential to become outstanding world language educators. Students currently enrolled in a teacher-training program are eligible. Nomination Deadline: April 1 Donna Clementi Award for Excellence in World Language Programs: Recognizes one school and/or district that promotes language learning through quality programs.
WAFLT Professional Service Award: May be presented annually to recent retirees who have served both the profession and their students in providing quality world language education. Recent retirees with a minimum of ten years’ experience as world language educators and who have been members of WAFLT a minimum of five years within the past ten years are eligible. Nomination Deadline: May 15 WAFLT Recognition of Merit: May be presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or who have made significant contributions to the language teaching profession. Nomination Deadline: February 15 WAFLT Student Travel Scholarship: Designed to help Wisconsin pre-collegiate world language students to participate in language and cultural immersion programs, this scholarship was established in 1999 to honor O. Lynn Bolton, a Spanish teacher in the West Allis-West Milwaukee school district. Nomination Deadline: December 1 WAFLT Scholarship for Professional Development: Designed to help world language educators in Wisconsin improve their classroom teaching skills, this scholarship was established in 1995 to honor Professor Roma Hoff as she retired from the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The fund was expanded to honor Professor Constance Knop who retired from the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, and again in 2005 to honor the memory of Professor Irène Kraemer who served in many capacities at Carthage College. Nomination Deadline: April 15 WAFLT Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Teachers: Designed to offer financial assistance to attend the WAFLT Fall Conference for up to 20 college-level students preparing to become language teachers. Deadline: September 25 WAFLT Special Projects Grants: Designed to support research efforts, exchange initiatives, special programs, and projects that clearly demonstrate an ability to benefit a broad constituency of world language educators and students in Wisconsin. Deadlines: April 15 and November 15 WAFLT Central States Extension Workshop Grant: Designed to offer financial support for two WAFLT members to attend the Central States Extension Workshop each spring. Recipients of the grant are expected to work together to present a WAFLT Extension Workshop at the Fall Conference in Appleton. Deadline: December 15
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Information & Address Change Help eliminate costly duplicate mailings. Mark appropriately, detach and return to: WAFLT Membership Services, PO Box 1493, Appleton, WI 54912 Please delete the address on the mailing label Please correct the address on the mailing label Please add the name/address shown to the WAFLT mailing list. Please send WAFLT membership information to the address shown below. Write address addition/corrections here: Name: Address:
PRSRT STND US POSTAGE PAID PERMIT19 GREENVILLE WI
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