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T1 able of Contents WAFLT Executive Board Contact Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 From Your President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Havas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 From Your Co-Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katy Dueppen & Kelly Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 From Your Conference Program Co-Chairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh LeGreve & Katelynn Jensen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Pedagogy, Methodology, and Policy Remembering Keely Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Advocating Daily for World Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Lound Fowdy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Learning and Leading for Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pam Delfosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Your Voice on Capitol Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Lound Fowdy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2019-20 Contributor Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 2019 Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Tess. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 WAFLT Annual Meeting Minutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Affiliate Organization Newsletters The National Network for Early Language Learning – NNELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
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 email@example.com
DPI International Education/World Languages Consultant
Advertising Subcommittee Chair
Pamela Delfosse firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh LeGreve Green Lake School District email@example.com
NNELL Representative Jessica King Fox Point-Bayside School District firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Relations / Advocacy Committee Chair Karen Fowdy email@example.com
Fall Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs
Discover Languages Contest Coordinator
Josh LeGreve Green Lake Public Schools
Justin Gerlach Mishicot High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Katelynn Jensen Marquette Senior High School email@example.com Local Arrangements/Exhibits SubCommittee Rebecca Mai Cassville High School Janet Rowe Hortonville High School firstname.lastname@example.org
HS Guests Subcommittee Chairs Danielle Chaussee Oconomowoc High School email@example.com Amber Little Stoughton High School firstname.lastname@example.org Mentoring/Leadership Project Karen Fowdy email@example.com MOPI Training Coordinator Jodi Ziemann firstname.lastname@example.org Summer Professional Development Chsair Lisa Hendrickson email@example.com
Language Association Representatives AATF-WI President Kara Torkelson Wausau West High School presidentAATFWI@gmail.com AATG-WI President Jeffrey Dyer Oregon High School firstname.lastname@example.org WiATJ President Takako Nakakubo UW-Madison email@example.com WLTA President Nate Kolpin Wauwatosa School District firstname.lastname@example.org OWL Vacant WACLT President Yongyan Liu Milwaukee email@example.com AATSP-WI President Kathy Varda Beloit Turner School District firstname.lastname@example.org
Debby Bowe-Wielgus Waukesha West High School email@example.com
Grants & Scholarships Chair Victoria Carter Onalaska High School firstname.lastname@example.org Committee Jeanne Schuller UW-Madison email@example.com Karen Luond Fowdy firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. Any photos or graphics must be sent as separate attachments in a .jpg format.
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From Your President ... ot long ago, I performed a radical “paperectomy” of the file cabinets in my classroom, reducing the contents by nearly half. While I’m happy to report that I did not locate any purple mimeographed sheets from my first year of teaching, I was still amazed at how much I had saved. With apologies to tidying expert Marie Kondo, looking at some of those tired materials did not spark joy. (Incredulity and winces, perhaps, but not joy!) How I learned German holds little resemblance to how I teach it today. While the fundamentals of our respective languages have remained substantially unchanged over the years, the methods by which we facilitate student learning are radically different. Not only have we moved toward proficiency-based instruction, but we also now have a myriad of technological tools at our disposal to help support.
Purging our files, be they literal or figurative, can be daunting yet very cathartic in that it allows us to refocus our energies on the techniques and content that are most relevant to teaching today’s students. No matter where we are in our careers, we all want to connect our students with the languages we love and hope that they too can make that language part of their dreams and their futures. Embracing change and evolution can be scary, but to me allowing ourselves to become complacent is far more frightening. And the best part is that while striving to remain current – or even trying to get a step or two ahead of our students – none of us has to go it alone! WAFLT provides fantastic professional support and opportunities for members at every stage of their careers.
Here are just a few opportunities available to you: C Throughout this issue of The Voice, you’ll read about initiatives and activities from our respective AAT organizations and our various WAFLT committees. Interested in becoming more involved? Contact the authors of the articles to learn more. C Who doesn’t love Madison in the summertime? Make plans to attend the WAFLT Summer Institute* (August 3–4) to dive deep into your units, connect with colleagues, and re-energize for the upcoming school year. (*This information is correct as of press time, but the Covid-19 pandemic may affect scheduling. Please check the WAFLT website for the most current updates.)
C Mark your calendars for the 2020 WAFLT Fall Conference, Languages for All: Clear Visions on Equity, Proficiency, and Interculturality (November 5–7). Check the WAFLT website for more information!
To quote ‘80s icon Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Please do take some time this spring and summer to look around and consider what you do well and what you’d like to do even better, and how your WAFLT membership can help you to become the best educator you can be.
The Voice Editing/Review Committee Katy Dueppen, Co-Chair Middleton High School Kelly Miller, Co-Chair Sauk Prairie School District Marge Draheim Retired, Appleton East High School
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From Your Co-Editors ... his spring is turning out to be more challenging than we may have ever imagined. As we were getting ready to publish the spring edition of The Voice, we were hunkering down at home and learning to adapt to a new way of doing things. While we’re not certain what the future holds for us, we do know how to adapt. It’s what many educators do best, and we do it so often on a daily basis that we most likely don’t realize it! How many times during a school day do we adapt an activity or adapt our classroom space or the tone of our voice to fit the needs of our students?
Another quality that we have as educators is the ability to persevere when the going gets tough.
Perseverance also includes being an everyday and everywhere advocate for our students, for our programs, and for our schools. In this edition of The Voice, read Karen Fowdy’s article on advocating daily, and read her notes from her advocacy work on Capitol Hill. Advocacy makes an impact, especially the small level advocacy you promote at a classroom level. What impact does one educator have? In this edition of The Voice, we remember Dr. Keely Lake, our 2019 Wisconsin Distinguished Language Educator, former WAFLT president, and tireless language learning advocate, who left us this January. Keely made an impact on many: from
her students at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, to our WAFLT membership, and colleagues around the United States. Although the end of this school year isn’t turning out to be how we may have imagined it, we encourage you to reflect on the positives of the year. Look at the impact you have made on your students this year. You advocated for your students and helped them to believe in themselves, you adapted to unusual and unexpected circumstances, and you persevered. Be proud of the work you did this year! Katy Dueppen Kelly Miller
From Your Conference Program Co-Chairs ... ave the date! The 2020 WAFLT Fall Conference will be held November 5-7, 2020. This year's conference theme is Languages for All: Clear Visions on Equity, Proficiency, and Interculturality. After such a turbulent and uncertain spring, we are so very excited to invite you all back to Appleton for a weekend of collaboration and professional growth this Fall!
We are very excited to announce Rebecca Aubrey, 2019 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, as our keynote speaker. Rebecca is an elementary Spanish teacher from Connecticut with a marvelous message reminding us that every child deserves a seat in our classrooms. In addition to her Friday afternoon keynote address, Rebecca will also be providing a 3-hour workshop on Friday morning.
We are very appreciative to all of the members who submitted proposals for sessions and workshops. Looking through all of the proposals, this is going to be a wonderful weekend of professional development with many great opportunities to connect. We have many plans in store, so watch the WAFLT Facebook page and email updates for announcements over the next few months.
Additionally, we are still accepting proposals for poster sessions on Friday morning. If you are interested, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you instructions to propose your poster session. Not sure what a poster session is? An Electronic Poster Session is an opportunity to share an idea, a project, a strategy, or a bit of research in a small group personal Q & A session. During a 60-minute period,
presenters are located at tables in the exhibit area with their information on their laptops, allowing attendees to engage with them on their topic in a less structured format than a 1-hour presentation allows. This is a great option if you want to share something interesting that you are working on in your classroom, your school, your district, or your state. You can receive direct feedback and ideas, answer questions, and even develop a network of interested collaborators. It is your willingness to share and collaborate that makes the WAFLT Fall Conference strong each year! We look forward to the 2020 Fall Conference and thank you once again for your input and feedback. Should you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com. Josh LeGreve Katelynn Jensen
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Remembering Dr. Keely Lake (December 8, 1971–January 15, 2020) ith heavy hearts and fond memories, WAFLT remembers Dr. Keely Lake, past WAFLT president and 2019 Distinguished Language Educator, who passed away at her home in South Dakota on January 15, 2020.
Those who were fortunate enough to have enjoyed Keely's remarks at the 2019 WAFLT Awards Ceremony were privileged to witness her love for her profession firsthand, and we who worked alongside her will remember her for her unceasing passion for both her students and Latin, her perennial good humor, and her fierce dedication to advocacy at the state and national levels. Keely dedicated her life to the learning and teaching of languages. Keely was our WAFLT link to the JNCL-NCLIS for many years. We all benefited from her active role in that organization. In an archived Advocacy in Action column from the EVoice (July 2016), Keely described why and how to visit and build relationships with our legislators. This information remains current and meaningful. We honor her work by continuing our dedication to advocating for language education. As we honor Keely's memory, may her remarks from her Distinguished Language Educator application be her enduring legacy and inspiration to each of us: “I hope that others will see that they too can expand their skills, find a path, and conquer new horizons. They can learn to think deeply about a wide range of issues and to communicate with anyone, even long dead Romans and Greeks, through text or art or architecture, and they can apply what they have learned to future experiences. In the end, I suppose that means that my philosophy of teaching is also my philosophy of life. Perfect means finished, and I never will be.” The Voice reached out to some of Keely’s colleagues and would like to share their heartfelt tributes. Kerry Wolfgram, Human Resources, Wayland Academy: Teacher, mentor, coach, colleague, caregiver, friend. These are just some of the roles that Keely Lake filled while she was at Wayland Academy. She dedicated her life to these roles; we were all very lucky to have been touched in some way by her kindness and dedication.
As a teacher, Keely would make sure the students’ needs were met before she would take a free period for herself. There were semesters she taught every period to be sure classes were offered, even if there were small numbers for the class. Her students worked hard; her classes were not easy, but she was always available if anyone needed extra help. As a mentor and coach, Keely guided students to meet their goals. She helped them work hard for what they wanted to attain and was always their biggest cheerleader. She especially enjoyed the celebrations of her athletes and JCL members at the victory bell after a successful competition. Keely worked hard at everything she did. As a colleague, she was an inspiration to everyone around her. She didn’t complain of the long days and nights that can be challenging at a boarding school. Just as she expected her students to work hard, she too worked hard at everything she did. Keely was always caring for someone or something. She took care of her parents, when she could, spending her summers at home each year to help with the house and yard. She loved and cared for animals, those she owned and the squirrels and birds that came to her feeders each day. Keely also appreciated nature and kept a beautiful flower garden outside of her apartment for all to enjoy. As a friend, you couldn’t find someone as thoughtful and kind as Keely. Whether it was lending an ear or bringing you a trinket from one of her travels, she was always thinking of her friends. Keely and I talked last summer and promised to stay in touch. As with so many people, we get busy, and figure we have time to catch up when things slow down. This has made me think about how busy I really am and to make time for those people that mean the most to me. I am looking forward to spring and summer to see Keely’s garden grow and blossom and remind me of the inspirational woman that tended this garden. Gone too soon but never forgotten!
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Dr. Michael Schneider, Dept. Chair of Modern and Classical Languages, Wayland Academy: Some 18 years ago, I was asked to find a teacher to bring Latin back to Wayland Academy, after not having been offered here for many years. The task was not only to find a good teacher, but one who would be able to meet the demands and lifestyle of a secondary boarding school, one who would embrace the “triple threat” of teaching, coaching, and living and working in an adolescent girls’ dormitory. My concerns were allayed when I found Dr. Keely Lake, for she not only met those demands, but went far beyond our expectations. Keely was loved as a coach; her passion for improving her athlete’s skills in volleyball and track and field was always there. In the dormitory, she was understanding of the girls’ needs, and a fair administrator of rules and discipline. But it was in teaching that Keely displayed unwavering passion. She challenged her students to achieve their best, and was always available for that extra help or to offer retakes of quizzes. Keely had a greater student load than any other teacher at the school, and yet volunteered to teach Greek, sometimes early in the morning before the official school day, when it would not fit the academic schedules. I loved to see how much fun she appeared to have when teaching. Keely always seemed happy. Teaching was her life, and she enjoyed life very much. Keely brought membership in the Junior Classical League to Wayland. She instilled a real love for the classics in her student members, who worked tirelessly for her and brought back countless awards from their competitions. I frequently stopped in to watch them prepare for competitions. They achieved so much, and it always appeared that she, and they, were having so much fun learning. Mary Pendergraft, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Wake Forest University Dept. of Classical Languages: I am so pleased that WAFLT is honoring Keely in this way because it's an organization that held a special place in her heart. In presentations on advocacy for language education, she would encourage other Latin teachers to join their local or state organizations and thus become part of the wider language teaching community. And it was as WAFLT's delegate that Keely participated in the work of the JNCL-NCLIS. Senator Baldwin's leadership on language education and her support of the America's Languages initiative were encouraged by Keely's regular visits to her office and follow-up correspondence.
Lori Bird, Library Director, Wayland Academy: I first met Dr. Lake in 2006 when I moved to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, but I really got to know her as a colleague and friend years later when I became the librarian at Wayland Academy. Dr. Lake was one of the first people to welcome me to the Wayland community and the very first to make a book recommendation. Turns out, this was how our collegiality and friendship would grow. Keely would often stop by the library at the end of her busy teaching day (before she began the coaching/dormitory supervising/club advising/researching portion of her day) to ask how I was and to talk about books, projects we were working on together, or to share a laugh (usually over our tendencies as introverts). The bond that grows between boarding school colleagues is unique, as Dr. Lake and I did not just work together during business hours, but at all-hours. We knew each other in our business attire, formal wear, and dorm duty weekend wear. Over the years, we shared happy moments over meals in the Wayland Academy dining hall, special occasion meals out of town (a treat during the busy school year), and an especially memorable multi-course meal cooked for us by a Wayland student. Throughout, Dr. Lake worked hard, cared immensely about her community, and appreciated the little things – the garden that she planted outside her former dormitory residence is an annual reminder of this. Though Keely moved on from Wayland two years ago, her impact has lasted. When I enter the Swan Library lobby, I see a showcase full of trophies that she and the Junior Classical League earned over many years. When I browse the shelves of the library, I see the books that she donated and suggested. And as I help the current Wayland seniors complete a four-year capstone project cycle that Dr. Lake implemented, I’ve tried to hold the students to her high expectations while being as encouraging to them as she would have been. After Keely left Wayland, I missed talking with her in the library at the end of the day. Now that she’s passed on, the end of the school day has become Keely time for me – quiet moments to appreciate a rare colleague and a kind friend – and often the right time to add a new book to the library collection.
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Advocating Daily for World Languages by Karen Luond Fowdy, WAFLT PR/Advocacy Chair hy do YOU teach and promote world languages? Take a minute to consider your own personal responses to this question. At a recent in-service, world language teachers responded to this question as one would expect:
“To promote respect for other people and other cultures.” “To prepare our students for their future in a globally connected world.” “To teach intercultural skills to interact with others.” “To open the doors to a world beyond our small town.” “To help them see the value of seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.” These responses most likely reflect the spirit of your own answers. Nearly all world language teachers have benefited from the joys and challenges of rich cultural learning and are passionate about sharing their experiences and discoveries. They are at the heart of our advocacy for learning languages, and we love to talk about how these experiences and resulting knowledge of ourselves and others have changed our lives. The next question may not be as easy to answer. What do you do in your daily instruction that reflects your responses to the question above? Is our passion reflected in our daily instruction? Do we make sure that there are connections to life beyond the classrooms to make our learners “world ready” in whatever path they may choose? The newly revised Wisconsin Standards for World Languages provide pathways for us to help our learners achieve this expanded vision of learning languages. While the entire document deserves close study, we can begin by
taking a closer look at the Introduction to the Standards document (pages 3-7) and asking ourselves how we might address the following excerpted components in our own practice. The following reflection questions are adapted from a workshop process guide developed by Pam Delfosse, World Language and International Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. C Defining “World Language Learning?” More than 350 languages are spoken in homes, schools, workplaces, and community spaces across the United States (American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2017). These languages are not foreign. They represent indigenous, colonial, immigrant, migrant, and home languages of our nation and of the world. Wisconsin schools offer language programs in modern and classical languages. World languages may be spoken, written, and signed. Languages embody identities and cultures, and diverse ways of knowing and interpreting our world. Learning a new language, or reawakening and preserving indigenous languages, allows students to access more information, ideas, perspectives, and opportunities. World language learners use language for intercultural communication within our linguistically and culturally diverse communities. Through the process of learning a new language, students come to better understand their home language, cultural identity, and role in the world. World language education is critical for successful engagement within our local and global communities and economies, as well as, for the preservation of our diverse linguistic and cultural heritage.
Reflection: How can you help your learners see themselves and their role in the world in this broad definition of language learning? C Addressing Educational Equity: Educational equity means that every student has access to the resources and educational rigor they need at the right moment in their education, across race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, family background, and/or family income. (DPI, 2019) Reflection: Does your daily instruction reflect this definition of equity? What do you do to try to reach every student? C Providing a vision for what students should know and be able to do with their language and cultural knowledge and skills: The Wisconsin Standards for World Languages are designed to: – prepare students to use the language of instruction (target language) to communicate – engage in disciplinary content learning – investigate and interact within and across cultures – participate in diverse contexts and communities – compare languages and cultures – develop skills for local and global community engagement – access the benefits of multilingualism for college, careers, and personal enrichment.
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Reflection: How can you share this vision of language learning with your learners? C Addressing the importance of RELEVANCY: The Wisconsin Standards for World Languages focus on student learning through course content that is relevant, authentic, engaging, developmentally appropriate, and linguistically and culturally responsive. Realization of the standards requires learning environments that facilitate meaning making, communication, and purposeful language used within, and beyond the classroom. Reflection: Can your students answer the question “Why are we learning this?” Is the content and language your students are learning purposeful? Would they ever use this language beyond the classroom? C Recognizing the vital need for Intercultural Communication, Global Competency and Community Engagement in Standards 4 and 5: The Wisconsin Standards for World Languages embed the national goal areas of Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities within core learner practices for each Communication standard and also within a new standard for Global Competence and Community Engagement, based on rubrics for Global Leadership (Asia Society Center for Global Education, 2013). Reflection: How does this strategic integration of the “Five Cs” provide a focused purpose and context for language use within our classrooms? How do you ensure that the elements of your instruction are a means to the bigger picture provided by these Standards? How can Standards 4 and 5 help you advocate for language learning?
C Addressing the nature of increasing language proficiency: Wisconsin’s Standards for World Languages include performance indicators that are organized by proficiency level and collectively represent a developmental continuum for language learning. These proficiency levels are taken from the nationally recognized ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (ACTFL, 2012). Performance indicators, with some modifications, represent the focus and intent of the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements and capture what classroom language performance looks like at a designated level of language proficiency.
Reflection: Do your learners know what it means to “get better” at speaking and understanding a language? How can you leverage the “can-do” statements to help your learners set goals and celebrate their own progress along the proficiency continuum? We have daily opportunities to advocate for world language learning by sharing our passion for languages and cultures, employing that passion by making our curriculum content relevant, practicing effective teaching methods, and bringing awareness of the world beyond the classroom to our learners. The revised Wisconsin Standards for World Languages can support us in our efforts to prepare our learners for a globally connected future.
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Learning and Leading for Languages by Pam Delfosse, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction World Languages and International Education Consultant
tate Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor formally adopted revised Wisconsin Standards for World Languages in 2019. 2020 is our year for professional learning and planning for standards-based and proficiency-based teaching and learning. Many opportunities to explore and plan for learning with the revised standards are available through CESA workshops and WAFLT sponsored events.
Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the opportunity to learn more about Intercultural Communication (Standard 4) at the WAFLT Summer Institute on August 3-4, 2020* in Madison! Think about how intercultural, community, and global engagement can empower our programs with relevance and prepare students to transfer and apply their language skills beyond the walls of our classrooms. (*This information is correct as of press time, but the Covid-19 pandemic may affect scheduling. Please check the WAFLT website for the most current updates.)
Standard 5 (Community and Global Engagement) invites us to reflect on the degree to which we are preparing students for civic engagement, the workplace, and the world. As you meet with colleagues to unpack and begin to plan for standards implementation, consider the degree to which our courses reflect, and prepare learners to use the language of community life. How are we designing and facilitating learning experiences that are grounded in authentic communication and issues with community and global significance?
How are students introduced to career opportunities for language, intercultural, and global competence? We are witnessing an increase in the number of school districts applying to implement one or both of our student recognition programs for language, intercultural, and global learning. Participating in Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Certificate of Global Competence (CGC) Program is a great way to connect and prioritize the development of global competence within your school community. Program guidelines and district application forms for the Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy have been updated. Districts that are ready to provide, or recognize, pathways to bilingualism and biliteracy are encouraged to apply. All students deserve equity in access to the benefits of language learning, including these student credentials. New resources to support standardsbased and proficiency-based world language education are accessible through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at dpi.wi.gov/world-language. Please contact me with ideas, questions, success stories, resources, and information to inform my work at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Than k you for all you do, day in and day out, to introduce students to the power and joy of language learning. Your work matters today, more than ever. Our revised standards challenge us to teach more than words. We are preparing students to use language with empathy and understanding of diverse perspectives as they collaborate to create solutions to shared challenges of our local and global communities. Forward Together!
Note from Editors: Please visit the Sustained Support for Language Learning document created by Pam Delfosse for helpful resources for online teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. The link is located here.
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Your Voice on Capitol Hill by Karen Luond Fowdy, WAFLT PR/Advocacy Chair s the saying goes, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” The mission of JNCL-NCLIS (Joint National Committee or Languages/National Council for Languages and International Studies) is to make sure we are at the table, by fostering an ongoing dialogue with key stakeholders and officials about why languages matter for the 21st century, and by advocating for public policies promoting the Language Enterprise.
Representing WAFLT, one of the more than 130 member organization of JNCL-NCLIS, SuAnn Schroeder (WAFLT past president) and Karen Fowdy (WAFLT Advocacy Chair) attended Language Advocacy Days, February 5-7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Our Wisconsin delegation also included Pablo Muirhead, Coordinator of Teacher Education/Instructor of Spanish and Teacher Education at Milwaukee Area Technical College, Dr. Junko Mori, Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Abigail Wright, a translator who works in private business in Milwaukee. We joined nearly 200 advocacy attendees to learn about current issues regarding language education and access for all and to be trained to tell our story to our congressional representatives. On the afternoon of Februaru 6th, the conference attendees stormed Capitol Hill to hold over 220 meetings with our congressional representatives. The focus of our conversations included providing information about four specific legislative initiatives and asking them to take the following actions:
1) To join the America’s Languages Caucus. 2) To fund the inaugural year of the World Language Advancement and Readiness Grant program (Note: this bill was the main “ask” of last year’s Language Advocacy Day agenda. Last July, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to include the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act (WLARA) as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2020.) 3) To co-sponsor the World Language Teacher Student Debt Reduction Act Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) introduced this bill that extends equity to student loan forgiveness for World Language Teachers and it also amends the Title IV of the Higher Education Act. 4) To co-sponsor the BEST Act (Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching Act) HR 3119, which directs the Department of Education to award two-year grants to states to establish or improve and implement, Seal of Biliteracy programs to recognize student proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in both English and a second language. We also shared information and asked for support of the SYLLABLE Act (Supporting Young Language Learners’ Access to Bilingual Education), which had been introduced in the House of Representatives just the day before our meetings. The bill helps establish high-quality dual-language immersion programs in communities with high numbers of low-income families and supports those programs from pre-K to 5th grade.
WAFLT Advocacy work will continue throughout the year as we leverage our Language Advocacy Day learning experiences to address language policy issues at both the national and state levels. YOUR voice counts! What can you do? With all the demands facing teachers every single day, how can we keep track of and support these big picture issues? That is the role of JNCL-NCLIS, who effectively monitors nation-wide successes, challenges, and down-right threats to our ability to deliver language education. You can make your voice heard by taking just a few minutes to subscribe to receive and respond to Action Alerts from JNCL-NCLIS. Take positive steps toward addressing issues that affect your profession and your students. To stay abreast of state and local issues affecting language education, please read the “Advocacy in Action” column that appears every other month in the EVoice. You will also be alerted to advocacy issues and resources through WAFLT membership emails and posts on the WAFLT Facebook page. You can reach out to make your voice heard at any time: US Senate senate.gov/states/WI/intro.htm US House of Representatives house.gov/representatives/#state_wi Wisconsin State Senate docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2019/legislat ors/senate Wisconsin State Assembly legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/
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Thank You, Contributors! WAFLT thanks the following individuals for their contributions in 2019–20. General Endowment Fund Linguiphile ($100+)
Donna L. Clementi Astride & Eddie Lowry
Linda Havas Lisa Hendrickson Jean Hindson Sy Kreilein Thomas Rusch
Deb Bowe-Wielgus Lauren Rosen Paul Sandrock Sonya Sedivy Lynn Sessler Neitzel Deanna Willems
Sharon Bradish Anne Chartier (In memory of Jim Oakley) 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
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
Eddie & Astride Lowry
Margaret Draheim Katy Dueppen Kelly Ferguson Lauren Rosen
Benefactor ($50-99) Peter Hoff Margaret Draheim (In memory of Keely Lake)
Benefactor ($50-99) Peter Hoff
Contributor ($1-24) Sharon Bradish Natalia DeLast Katelynn Jensen Vera Klekovkina Pablo Muirhead Deana Zorko
Your Contributions Are Appreciated! Please consider contributing to one or more of these funds for 2019-20. 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.
Contributor ($1-24) Sharon Bradish Anne Chartier (In memory of Jim Oakley) Danielle Chaussee Katelynn Jensen Vera Klekovkina John Stark Gerri Wrege Deana Zorko
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2020 WAFLT Summer Institute August 3-4, 2020 Lowell Center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; UW-Madison
Building Cultural & Global Competence Strengthen your understanding of cultural communication & help students connect with their local and global communities
Note from the Editors: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Institute will be postponed until 2021. To learn about virtual summer professional learning opportunities during the summer of 2020, please visit: waflt.org/conferences-events/waflt-summer-professional-development-options
Join us for two days of professional learning with:
Dr. Jacque Van Houten (World Language Specialist, Jefferson County Public Schools, KY, former President of ACTFL, and World Language Supervisor State of Kentucky) In collaboration with:
Pam Delfosse (International Education & World Languages Consultant, Wisconsin DPI) They will walk us through Intercultural Communication and advancing proficiency through student goal setting and self-assessment using LinguaFolio.
Two-Day Format! % Personal and professional development opportunities % Network with colleagues from around the state % Stay current on WI World Language Standards â&#x20AC;&#x201C; special focus on standards 4 & 5 % Look back on individual journeys and prepare for the future % Apply best practices in your classrooms Team discounts available Re-energize yourself! Go to waflt.org for complete details & registration
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2019 Awards/Grants by Dan Tess Every year, in an effort to celebrate the exceptional work of our membership, WAFTL recognizes students, teachers, and collaborators in language education in the state of Wisconsin. Thank you to members for recognizing colleagues, students, and stakeholders, inspiring and encouraging them to continue their successes in world languages and global awareness. Thanks also to this year’s Awards Committee members who volunteered their time to review each nomination and thus facilitated the recognition of many of our dedicated colleagues. 2019 WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator Each year WAFLT honors one of its members as the Distinguished Language Educator. This award recognizes excellence in language teaching and/or administration, long-term achievements, and service to WAFLT and the language profession at the local, regional, and national levels. WAFLT presented Dr. Keely Lake as the 2019 WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator honoree. Keely served multiple institutions: Latin instructor at the University of Toledo as well as Mythology instructor at Wayne State University and Montclair State University. Prior to these roles she was the primary classics instructor at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam. Far from existing in her own enclave, Keely jumped at every opportunity to involve herself in campus life. In addition to teaching Latin, Ancient Greek, AP Research, and AP Seminar, she coached volleyball and track, supervised Rotary and Junior Classical League, and guided countless Senior Capstone Projects.
students also describe just how much Keely impacted their lives. One student notes, “As for me personally, it is not hyperbole to say that Latin under Dr. Lake’s direction quite literally changed the trajectory of my life and gave me valuable tools and information that I will use for the rest of my life.”
WAFLT President Linda Havas and Keely Lake, 2019 WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator.
With a visceral appreciation for community interconnectedness, Keely understood how time adds another priceless dimension, and that we are never devoid of context. In her own words, she never tired of “constantly circling ever deeper into the lives of the ancients...by having conversations with the past, we develop a language to engage difference in our present.” Keely always pushed her students to apply whatever may seem anachronistic to modern life. Keely modeled leadership for her students and colleagues. She served WAFLT as a WLTA representative and then as Board President in 2013-2014. In a regional role, she presented at CSCTFL and led panels for the Classical Association for the Middle, West, and South. On the national level, she was an AP table reader, curriculum consultant, and part of the AP Latin Instructional Design Team for the College Board. She led tours in Italy for teachers through the Vergilian Society, and she was an editorial assistant for Teaching Classical Languages. Keely’s colleagues from around the nation noted her tireless work ethic and her advocacy for all languages. Her
Throughout her career in world languages, Keely developed lasting relationships with students and colleagues, making life-long connections with people from all around the world. In addition, she provided many world language colleagues with opportunities to grow professionally. 2019 Anthony J. Gradisnik Award Each year, since 1998, WAFLT has had the honor of presenting the Anthony J. Gradisnik Award, which commemorates Mr. Gradisnik’s exceptional enthusiasm and advocacy for language education. Mr. Gradisnik, who began his career as a Spanish Teacher after World War II, was a foreign language curriculum specialist for Milwaukee Public Schools from 1959 to 1979. This award is presented to an individual or group–especially from outside the world language teaching profession–in such areas as international education, early language learning, and creative initiatives in language education. WAFLT is proud to announce the 2019 recipient of the Anthony J. Gradisnik Award was Katy Sinnott, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC) Vice President of International Business Development. Katy has served as the WEDC representative to the Wisconsin Language Roadmap Initiative.
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WAFLT President Linda Havas presents Katy Sinnot with 2019 Anthony J. Gradisnik Award.
According to one of her nominators, “Katy was a strong ally of the Wisconsin Language Roadmap from day one. She immediately understood the importance of the project, saw the potential for leveraging her networks and expertise to further the project’s goals, and rolled up her sleeves to work. We were thrilled when Katy agreed to serve on the Language Roadmap’s Advisory Board. She has been an active board member who has volunteered to help with every phase of the project to date.” Katy established connections between the WLRI project team and business leaders. She went beyond emails and forwards and made sure to connect personally with leaders to share her perspective on the vital role of languages and the Roadmap initiative for the state. She shared data on international trade and on Wisconsin’s economic development regions. She recommended business leaders to invite to the 2018 Wisconsin Language Summit and once again sent personal follow-ups to encourage them to attend. Not only did she help design the Summit agenda, but the draft recommendations related to collaborative leadership and engagement came from the working group which she chaired.
When it came time to publish, she reviewed the draft of the Language Roadmap report and facilitated the co-sponsorship of that report by WEDC. She shared copies of the Language Roadmap report with key WEDC partners. She participated in a panel about the Language Roadmap. She is assisting with a proposal to establish a Wisconsin Council for Advancing Language Learning. In short, Katy Sinnott has been absolutely indispensable to the work of the Wisconsin Language Roadmap. She is an incredible ally for world language education in our state. For her commitment in advancing World Language education across the state, WAFLT was pleased to present this honor to Katy Sinnott for reflecting the values that Mr. Gradisnik held so dear.
standards-based grading and generating curriculum from scratch. For the past five years she not only brought students to Concordia Language Villages, but served in several capacities to plan and run various camps.
Cammy Rathsack accepts the 2019 Frank M. Grittner Award from WAFLT president Linda Havas.
2019 Frank M. Grittner Award The Frank M. Grittner Award is presented to a new member of our profession who has shown excellence in teaching and has provided leadership in service to school, community, and professional organizations. The award honors Frank Grittner, a tireless promoter of high standards for language teacher preparation in our schools as the Wisconsin State Foreign Language supervisor from 1961 to 1991. WAFLT was proud to award the 2019 Frank M. Grittner Award to Cammy Rathsack. Cammy is currently teaching at Chippewa Falls Middle School where she is making sure students are engaged in comprehensible input and meaningful units of study. According to her colleagues, Cammy stands out as an educator with a rare sophistication both in classroom delivery and teacher leadership. In the classroom, she has jumped right into
One of Cammy’s past professors relayed that she creates excellent rapport with her students and is the first person to recognize where improvements can be made to lessons. That mixture of humility and focus on relationship building has made her an indispensable part of her department and school. Since first attending the WAFLT Fall Conference as a pre-service teacher, Cammy has been a presenter both at the Fall Conference and at FLESFEST. Such a willingness to propose sessions with colleagues and previous mentors is the life-blood of our organization. As a new teacher in our profession, Cammy has already set herself apart as a highly committed and innovative educator. For this, Frank M. Grittner would certainly have been proud to see his award go to Cammy Rathsack.
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WAFLT’s 2019 Teacher of the Year
cultivated and expanded. WAFLT is proud to present the 2019 award to the Neenah Joint School District.
Each year, WAFLT nominates one of its members for the ACTFL Foreign Language K-12 National Teacher of the Year (TOY). This year’s nominee is Brian Wopat. It’s hard to come up with a venue in which Brian has not been influential over the past two decades: AATF-WI board, WAFLT Secretary, ACTFL and CSCTFL presenter. As a National Board Certified French Teacher, he models both excellence in the classroom and professional leadership. Brian’s willingness to go above and beyond is evident both in his teaching duties and his very broad professional activity. When his classrooms need technology or support, he facilitates grants to make sure his students have access to what they need. He supervises French Club, coordinates GEAC portfolios, and has recently initiated the Seal of Biliteracy, so that students can show their capabilities. Brian has played a crucial role in guiding the next generation of teachers by serving as an adjunct methods instructor for UW-LaCrosse and Viterbo University. As of this fall, Brian added advocacy to his already comprehensive résumé by becoming a school board member for the District of Holmen. In that capacity he hopes to uphold the district’s mission: Educating Every Student for Global Success. He chose a fitting niche both to educate board members on current needs for world language instruction to promote the expansion of world language instruction. Brian states that he believes strongly in relationship building to encourage lifelong learners, and that remains his focus. Brian is still all about his students. In his own words, he seeks to
Brian Wopat, WAFLT’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Nominee and WAFLT President Linda Havas.
“empower students to be linguistically and culturally competent members of the global francophone community.” Brian will head to Minneapolis in March 2020 to the Central States Conference (CSCTFL) to represent Wisconsin. WAFLT is exceedingly proud to have such a deserving candidate. Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon School Award for Excellence in World Language Programs
Neenah offers an immersive language experience for all students. At the cornerstone of this model are thematic units designed with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines in mind. The world language educators use thematic planning aligned to the ACTFL standards and Can Do statements. As a team, these educators have worked on different levels of integrated performance assessments and comprehensible input strategies to maximize student proficiency outcomes. Opportunities to travel to Concordia Language Villages and abroad serve as key components of all languages offered: Spanish, French, and Chinese. Students reach out to their immediate community via service learning, thus applying what they glean from their travels and studies to their local context.
While most WAFLT awards honor Neenah’s team approach goes way individuals who are outstanding in our beyond planning together for student field, we also understand that success. They have worked hard to collaboration is a hallmark of an organize and provide professional exceptional world language program. development opportunities via sessions, Teamwork allows groups to ensure that workshops, and share fairs. Their courses, curricula, and programs serve leadership in WAFLT, CI MIDWEST, their students at an optimal level. The and CESA 6 shows exceptional Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon Award for involvement in our region and serves as Excellence in World Language a model for other districts. Programs was created to honor schools and/or programs that are exemplary role models. This award is conferred in honor of Dr. Donna Clementi, who continues to make significant contributions to the teaching of and research about world language learning. This award recognizes her contributions of talent, knowledge, and message so that students, teachers, and World Language Teachers from Neenah School District with quality world language WAFLT President Linda Havas. programs continue to be
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Recognition of Merit Awards The Recognition of Merit Award may be presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or who have made significant contributions to the language teaching profession. This year the awards committee is pleased to present this award to the following remarkable recipients. 2019 Recognition of Merit Recipients (L-R): Ellen Boldt, Stephanie Krenz, Stoughton School District Ms. Krenz has taught the range of German from middle school to Advance Placement. However, through the course of her teaching career, she has also consistently been instrumental in the design and implementation of new curricula and standards in her appointments. The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines have been central in her collaboration with her German and Spanish colleagues, especially in designing written assessments. In addition, she has been involved in the German American Partnership Program (GAPP) exchange hosting and leading students abroad for visits with sisterschools in Germany. She has attended conferences and workshops throughout the United States and in Germany. She has also presented at four WAFLT conferences, AATG Immersion Weekend for German Teachers, and at the ACTFL National Convention. Ms. Krenz has also served the profession in many ways. Whether as Grants & Scholarships Chair for the WAFLT Executive Board, Board Secretary for the Wisconsin Chapter of AATG, or in her district as a World Language Cooperating Teacher for several teacher candidates, District Strategic Leader & PBIS Leader, or in her most recent position as Educator Mentor, her leadership and expertise are in high demand.
Stephanie Krenz, and Becky Paulsen.
Ellen Boldt, Kromrey Middle School From 2007 until 2018, Ellen anchored the German department at UW-Whitewater. She taught courses at all levels of the German curriculum, from first-semester language to advanced courses for majors (such as German for professional purposes and film), along with ESL courses. In addition to teaching, she was the undergraduate advisor for German, served as faculty liaison to the German Club, oversaw her department’s language program assessment, and participated in numerous committees across campus. Ellen has recently cut down her commute and joined the Middleton-Cross Plains SD at Kromrey MS. Her experiences studying, living, and teaching in Germany shaped her as an ambassador of the language and cultures of the German-speaking world. Her enthusiasm in the classroom helps encourage positive student-teacher interaction and fosters risk-taking in a communicative environment. Ellen recently had a former college student Skype with her middle schoolers. She notes, “He shared how his year living in Germany made him more thoughtful, independent, brave, humble, and helped him realize what kind of life he wants for himself in the future. The younger students came away feeling inspired and confident,
realizing what they could be working towards and how much they already knew. The connections made that day between my students fill me with gratitude and remind me that teaching and learning another language can have a profound impact on expanding our perspectives and interactions with the world and others. I am so lucky to be a part of that process.” Becky Paulsen, Beloit Memorial High School Becky Paulsen has taught Spanish in the School District of Beloit for 15 years. She taught middle school Spanish for 8 years and then for the last 7 years worked at the high school level as well. Travel and being a lifelong learner inspire Ms. Paulsen’s teaching. After college she studied and lived in Spain where she developed a love for literature and film. She is a WAFLT and ACTFL member who regularly attends Fall Conference, Summer Institute, CI Midwest, and CSCTFL to stay current in her practice. Her own love of reading spurred her work toward a Masters degree in literacy in order to certify as a reading specialist. This year she is sharing the role of department chair and her leadership in instructing colleagues on how to incorporate writing and reading strategies in students’ second language classes has been innovative. Her studies have inspired her entire World Language faculty to include more literacy strategies. In addition, she dedicates time after school to co-plan with another peer for Spanish 1, since they are both incorporating Comprehensible Input with a focus on cultural competency. Her devotion to best practices based on standards, proficiency goals, and college and career readiness is encouraging her colleagues to enrich their own practice and to take risks.
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Future Language Teacher Award Cheyenne Bonincontri – UW-Eau Claire As a Spanish and Biology double major, Cheyenne has conducted research on aquatic species abroad and has also led a student-faculty research project on world teacher language use during summer immersion programs. Certificate of Professional Service Award Edna Feldman-Schultz recently retired from Janesville School District after a long career teaching Spanish at both the middle and high school, as well as
advising clubs, working with committees in the district, and participating in community organizations. Edna comes from an interesting background. She lived in Argentina and Israel. She’s a living cultural connection and comparison for her students. Edna challenges her students in the classroom, is hard on herself when they don’t reach the goals she sets for them, and constantly searches for ways to better herself and her students. Her practice is always changing for the better. She is an engaging educator who shares lessons and ideas with others in her school, district, and state. As the AP Spanish Language and Culture teacher, she has elevated the instruction in the department, pushing
students beyond their comfort zone. Not only does she push students linguistically, she also focuses on global competence and offers many opportunities to improve. Edna also makes a difference in the community, whether it is for the Janesville Multicultural Scholarship Fund for future educators, or for Culture Club at Parker High School. She encourages students to do better, challenge their identity, and discover the world around them. Parker High School and the Janesville community have benefited from her expertise and worldliness.
Honors in Language Study Awards (Top Student) The Honors in Language Study Award is conferred on students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in and commitment to their school’s language programs. High school and university students must be enrolled in the highest level of study of their program. Student
Jonathan B. Mason G. Eric E. Carolyn S. Madelynn P. Molly G. Spencer H. Emme G. Evan P. Aaron M. Giovanna T. Hal D. Luke P. Michelle G. Ava G. Jordan B. Delanie A. Sierra E. Colton S. Will O.
Josh LeGreve Zoe Witzeling Carley Goodkind Jolene Wochenske Paula Meyer Leah Weyers Ellen Onsrud Claudine Clark Kaishan Kong Kari Ewoldt Bobbette Leu-Timmerman Mark Wagner Jody Ziemann Deanah Downey Qiuhong Zhang Denise Bauer Andrea Behn Nuoyi Yang Takako Nakakubo Jeffrey Dyer
Green Lake HS Neenah HS Greenfield HS Kromrey MS Appleton North HS New Berlin West HS Lake Mills HS Madison East HS UW-Eau Claire De Pere HS Cedarburg HS Nicolet HS Berlin HS Southern Door HS Notre Dame Academy Wilmot Union HS Janesville Parker HS Savanna Oaks MS UW-Madison Oregon HS
Spanish French German German Spanish French French French Chinese Spanish German German Spanish Spanish Chinese German French Chinese Japanese German
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Excellence in Language Study Awards (All Levels) The Excellence in Language Study Award is 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 of any level may be nominated into order to give recognition to their success and potential. Name
Gunnar L. Laura S. Cecelia P. Brynn F. Adilynn J. Audrey D. Lydia P. Madalyn M. Jesse R. Noah T. Selma R. Grace W. Clair W. Trinity G. Ava V. Abby S. Kylie B. Seth H.
Josh LeGreve Zoe Witzeling Zoe Witzeling Nicole Thompson Jolene Wochenske Ellen Boldt Paula Meyer Leah Weyers Ellen Onsrud Kaishan Kong Susan Hinkley Bobbette Leu-Timmerman Jody Ziemann Dianne Calcaterra Qiuhong Zhang Andrea Behn Erin Nienas Jeffrey Dyer
Green Lake HS Neenah HS Horace Mann MS New Berlin West HS Kromrey MS Glacier Creek MS Appleton North HS New Berlin West HS Lake Mills HS UW-Eau Claire Woodlands School Cedarburg HS Berlin HS Neenah HS Notre Dame Academy Janesville Parker HS Neenah HS Oregon HS
Spanish French French Spanish German German Spanish French French Chinese French German Spanish Spanish Chinese French Spanish German
2019 Tomorrow’s Teachers Scholarships Recipient
Shannon Alioto Joanna Banasiak Halee Fritsch Sabah Khan Ellen Ryder
Debb Boness Debb Boness Tobias Barske Brian Wopat Tobias Barske
ASL ASL Spanish French Spanish
UW-Milwaukee UW-Milwaukee UW-Stevens Point UW-La Crosse UW-Stevens Point
2019 National Board Certified/Recertified Teacher Honoree
Shell Lake SD
2019 CSC Best of Wisconsin Presentation Erin Nienas, Neenah Joint School District, Neenah, WI Kathy Varda, Beloit Turner School District, Beloit, WI State Language Association Awards 2019 American Association of Teachers of French-Wisconsin Chapter (AATF-WI) Distinguished French Educator: Dr. Ritt Dietz Prix de Reconnaissance/Recognition: Paula Johnson-Fox Héros du Français: David Mathias
American Association of Teachers of German-Wisconsin Chapter (AATG-WI) Distinguished German Educator: Bobbette Leu-Timmerman Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers (WACLT) Teacher of the Year: Qiuhong Zhang American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP-WI) Distinguished Spanish Educator: Shelly Krueger Marshfield Chamber of Commerce Crystal Apple Award: Deb Kennedy (only recipient to have received a second award, first 2008)
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WAFLT Annual Meeting Minutes Saturday, November 2, 2019 Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, Appleton, WI I. Greetings – Linda Havas II. Fall Conference Committee – Josh LeGreve / Katelynn Jensen Program Committee Report C Local Arrangements – Rebecca Mai / Janet Rowe III. Secretary’s Report – Brian Wopat MOTION: SuAnn Schroeder moved and seconded by Jodi Reif Ziemann to dispense the reading of minutes and accept as written. The motion passed. IV. President’s Report – Linda Havas C Linda thanked the membership for coming, presenting, and making the conference a reality. V. Treasurer’s Report – Kellie Villalobos MOTION: Victoria Carter moved and seconded Bobbette Leu-Timmerman to dispense reading the treasurer’s report and accept as written. Motion passed. VI. DPI World Language Consultant’s Report – Pam Delfosse VII. NNELL Report – Jessica King — FLESFEST Conference is on Saturday, February 22, 2020 7:45am-3:30pm at Alverno College in Milwaukee. Registration costs $60 non-members, $40 WAFLT members, or $30 students. Visit wi-nell for more information. — WAFLT Board Members are invited to attend FLESFEST with free registration. — NNELL hosts a Twitter chat every second and fourth Wednesday 7-8pm CST. Previous #Earlylang topics and summaries can be found at nnell.org. VIII. Professional Development Committee – Jamie Gurholt C There are 2 scheduled Share Fairs (free) for members to meet, network, and swap ideas/materials on April 18, 2020:
— Fox Valley Area: Neenah High School, 1–4pm | Host: Zoe Witzeling — Milwaukee Area: UW-Milwaukee, 9am–12pm | Host: Anita Alkhas — If you have a professional development idea or event, please contact us at email@example.com C Career Changers – Andrea Behn / Ellen Onsrud — We created a short presentation and introduction letter about Career Changers and sent to all department chairs at Wisconsin colleges and universities at the end of their first semester. We asked them to distribute to their colleagues and share with language students. — We are looking into grant opportunities to fund some of the things we’d like to pursue and keeping an eye on the ACTFL initiative for educators rising, as well as the discussion of “teacher exodus” in Wisconsin. C Virtual PD – Jamie Gurholt & Julie Horvath — Plans are in the works to work collaboratively with Pam Delfosse (DPI) to provide PD modules to support revisions to state standards for intercultural communication and global competency. C Mentoring – Karen Fowdy — A series of “Mentoring Matters” columns appeared in the eVoice, providing models for the various forms of mentoring and what the mentoring experience had meant to the individuals involved. — Karen is limiting her focus to advocacy work, but will maintain the webpage and field any inquiries until someone is named to take over this position.
IX. Summer Professional Development Committee – Danielle Chaussee and Jenny Piorkowski C Summer Institute – Debby Bowe-Wielgus — Danielle Chaussee & Jenny Piorkowski will be taking over as Summer Institute Chairs 2020-2022. — The 2020 Summer Institute will be offered in a two day format - Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4. — The program will likely focus on standards 4 and 5. C MOPI – Jody Reif Ziemann — MOPI training will be held at UW-Stevens Point on Tues. & Wed., June 23 and 24 th. (*Cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.)
X. Grants, Scholarships, & Awards C Grants & Scholarships – Victoria Carter — WAFLT Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Teachers: Each year we have up to 10 scholarships to attend the WAFLT Fall Conference that we can award to college-level students preparing to become world language teachers. This year we awarded 5 scholarships. Congratulations to: -Shannon Alioto, UW-Milwaukee, ASL -Joanna Banasiak, UW-Milwaukee, ASL -Halee Fritsch, UW-Stevens Point, Spanish -Sabah Khan, UW-La Crosse, French -Ellen Ryder, UW-Stevens Point, Spanish — WAFLT Central States Extension Workshop Grant: Each year we award grants to 2 teachers to attend the Central States Extension Workshop. Congratulations to: -Claudine Clark, Madison East HS -Deana Zorko, Madison West HS
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— WAFLT Student Travel Scholarships: Each year we are able to award up to 2 scholarships for students to travel on language travel programs. Congratulations to: -Allison Gilmeister, Appleton East HS, Spain -Alina Woods, Cedarburg HS, Germany — Special Projects Grant: We are able to award each Fall and Spring grants up to $500 to be used for special projects. Congratulations to: -Danielle Chaussee, Oconomowoc HS -Brian Wopat, Onalaska HS — Scholarship for Professional Development: We are able to award each spring a scholarship of up to $500 to be used for professional development. Congratulations to: -Josh LeGreve, Green Lake SD — MOPI Scholarships: Each year we are able to award up to 12 scholarships of $250 to help toward the cost of the MOPI Summer training workshop. Congratulations to: -Megan Cunningham, Madison West HS -Wenonah Moore, Clintonville HS -Jody Reif Ziemann, Berlin HS -Alma Rivera, Appleton East HS — December 1: Deadline for Special Projects Grant, Student Travel Scholarships and CSC Extension Workshop Grants C Awards – Daniel Tess — Daniel shared the awards that were presented this year. C High School Guests – Amber Little / Danielle Chaussee — We had 6 students this year. — Offering the workshop every year has been successful! XI. Public Relations Committee – Karen Fowdy — “Advocacy in Action” columns appear bi-monthly in the eVoice. The articles provide resources to assist members as
they advocate for language learning and for their own programs. — Attended Language Advocacy Day sponsored by JNCL-NCLIS in Washington, DC. I met with the staff members of Wisconsin Senators and Representatives to establish a relationship on which further communication is based. As action alerts are shared, explanations of the proposed changes in law are provided to WAFLT members, along with contact information of their local lawmakers so they can be advocates. — Prepared materials that are available at the Advocacy Resource table at the annual conference, including memo pads with a QR code that connects members with JNCL-NCLIS action alerts, posters and other materials to support and publicize the newly revised Wisconsin Standards for World Languages, posters to help students understand their path to proficiency, and more. — Provided a QR link in the WAFLT Conference booklet for teachers to create their own press releases to publicize their professional development at the WAFLT conference. — Will send press releases to local schools and media for the award winners at this conference. — Registered for an exhibit booth at the 2019 annual conference of the Wisconsin School Counselors Association, however an ice storm made it impossible to attend. Will register to exhibit at this conference for February 2020. C Discover Languages – Justin Gerlach – no report XII. Communications & Publications Committee – Lauren Rosen C VOICE - Katy Dueppen / Kelly Miller — We want to hear your voice in The Voice of WAFLT. If you were a presenter at the fall conference,
please consider submitting a follow-up to your presentation. If something great is happening in your classroom or language department, consider writing an article to share with our membership. — The next deadline for the Voice is January 1, 2020. Please refer to the guidelines and deadlines document for details. C eVoice – Megan Cunningham — We have almost 800 subscribers. We are always looking for people who are interested in writing the high tech low tech article. Those interested, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. C 21st Century Committee – Social media is alive and well. Check out our instagram challenge and get yourselves, your colleagues, and your students advocating in the target language. C Advertising – Josh LeGreve — Ad income is at $500 halfway through the year. This is just under 50% of the expected income. We do tend to get more next spring. C Website – Lauren Rosen — If you gave a presentation or went to one that you enjoyed, encourage presenters to send handouts or web links to email@example.com. They should include the code and title of the presentation, ie. “FW20-My Awesome Presentation” — Look for proposal forms to open up around December/January for the 2020 conference. XIII. Announcements / other business, etc. XIV. Adjournment MOTION: Jodi Reif Ziemann moved and seconded Victoria Carter to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried.
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Wisconsin Representative to NNELL Jessica King Fox Point-Bayside School District firstname.lastname@example.org FLESFEST Co-Chairs Carley Goodkind Jody Schneider
Central States East Regional Representative to NNELL Kathy Olson-Studler Minnesota email@example.com 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.
“We Are Changing the World, One Thematic Unit at a Time ” FLESFEST 2–22–20 Alverno College Milwaukee, WI
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.
FLESFEST celebrated its 32nd annual conference themed Envision 20/20: Seeing is Believing. Look at What Novice Learners Can Do. The keynote speaker was Pamela Delfosse, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and World Language and Global Education Consultant. She addressed the revised Wisconsin Standards for World Languages 2019.
This conference provided a variety of breakout sessions, round table discussions, breakfast, luncheon, make-and-take activity, raffle, and book sale. Please visit wi-nell.org for more information. Interesting in joining the FLESFEST Planning Committee?
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 FLESFEST Committee pictured left to right: Deb Boness, firstname.lastname@example.org. Carley Goodkind, Josh LeGreve, Helena Curtain, Jody Schneider, Anita Alkhas, Jessica King, Jackie Dove, Lynn Sessler Neitzel, Jeanne Hanson. Not Pictured: Leah Ebener
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Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers President Yongyan Liu Milwaukee email@example.com
Event Manager Zona Karoliussen The Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners firstname.lastname@example.org
Past-President Yinghan Xue DC International School email@example.com
Secretary Yuzhou Wu Sun Prairie Area School District firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer Ling Schoeneback Green Bay email@example.com
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WACLT had a successful networking meeting followed by a collaborative and worthwhile Chinese Teacher Share Fair on November 2, 2019.
short notice. The Board welcomed Ms. Liu as our new president. The Board also agreed to create a new position of Event Manager who is in charge of coordinating the speech contest – WACLT’s largest annual event. Past president Ms. Karoliussen is gladly taking this position. Our new Board is ready and looking forward to serving and working with all the Chinese teachers and programs in the State of Wisconsin. News from local school districts and colleges Carthage College UW-Crosse
During the 2019 network meeting, President Yinghan Xue announced her resignation that was effective immediately due to her recent relocation to Washington, DC. Ms. Xue read her resignation statement to all the attendees and she thanked Ms. Liu from Milwaukee for stepping up to lead the WACLT Board on such a
On November 7, 2019, students from the Chinese program at UW-La Crosse hosted a workshop at the World Arts through Cultural Engagement (WAKE) event sponsored by La Crosse Community Foundation Global Awareness. At the workshop, they shared with their audience the history and creative process of Chinese shadow puppet shows, as well as perform shadow puppet plays. The participants also got a chance to make their own shadow puppet to use in front of the screen. The workshop was wellreceived by an audience of all ages.
On September 13, 2019, Professors Tsen and Li, alongside the new officers of the Chinese Club, organized a highly attended “International Moon Festival” to welcome our new international students, as well as celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. Throughout the semester, Chinese Lunch Conversation Tables were held every Friday in Carthage’s cafeteria to great fanfare. The Chinese Club also successfully hosted a fried rice fundraiser, alongside an “orange chicken night,” on top of their bi-weekly meetings for culture and games.
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Third on the left: Prof. Linfeng Li; students join our weekly Chinese Lunch Conversation Table.
Please see our official website here: carthage.edu/modern-languages/chine se/ Notre Dame Academy (NDA) NDA Chinese club hosted its 6th â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Panda Cupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pingpong Tournament. Congratulations to the winners!
The Center for East Asian Studies [eastasia.wisc.edu/], the Korean Flagship Program [languageinstitute.wisc.edu/korean-fla gship-program], and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UW-Madison [alc.wisc.edu] are pleased to co-host a workshop for K-16 instructors of East Asian languages in Wisconsin and beyond on April 4, 2020.* For more information, please visit eastasia.wisc.edu/2020-language-ped agogy-workshop/ *Note from Editors: This event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Governor Evers' Stay at Home Order.
Verona Area International School On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the Verona Area International School (VAIS), a K-5 public Chinese Immersion School located in Fitchburg, WI, hosted a Chinese Story and Craft time at the Verona Public
Library. This bilingual event, led by the K/1 teacher, Lumei Huang, featured Eric Carle's classic story The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Chinese, a variety of songs in Chinese led by VAIS students and several crafts. Over 110 community members enjoyed the event. VAIS celebrated the Year of the Rat with a Chinese New Year Celebration at the Verona Public Library on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Sun Prairie Area School District In September 2019, Chinese students at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School celebrated Chinese Autumn Festival by making their very first mooncakes with new favors. In October 2019, Chinese students at Sun Prairie Area School District enjoyed a great time on their annual field trip to Chicago Chinatown. With the lovely warm weather and smells of wonderful food, the students were trying hard to apply the target language in real life situations.
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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
Concours Oral concoursoralAATFWI@gmail.com AATF Regional Representative Sheila Conrad firstname.lastname@example.org
Past President Ellen Onsrud Lake Mills Middle & High School pastpresidentAATFLWI@gmail.com
AATF-WI website: aatfwi.org Join us on Facebook: AATF-Wisconsin AATF website: frenchteachers.org
Chers collègues, s all of us are faced with Educator Effectiveness and understanding the Charlotte Danielson model can become sometimes daunting and overwhelming. This year my school is focusing on Section 2a (Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport). For myself, discipline in the classroom and how it is handled is an ongoing process of self-reflection. After teaching 26 years, I feel that I am constantly fine-tuning how I discipline to create an atmosphere for all students to learn in a non-threatening environment. Language teachers are especially sensitive to this since our classrooms absolutely need this kind of environment if students are willing to make mistakes without being judged or embarrassed by their peers. Encouraging all the L2 speaking as much as possible is one of many goals. Despite years of experience, you always seem to have those “special” groups of students who just don’t seem to respond to every trick you throw at them.
The staff at my school compiled a list of go-to’s and I thought by sharing them some of you might be able to add these to your bag of “tricks.” Enjoy! Kara Torkelson
Dr. Ritt Deitz, Distinguished French Educator
Paula Johnson-Fox, Certificate of Recognition
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C When I pull a student out to talk one-on-one, I usually always get a change in behavior. The key is trying to understand the behavior before reacting. This could look like both interactions between a student and teacher and multiple students are taking into account the differences. C I honestly try to take the “It’s not me!” approach to students who react poorly to an attempted connection because most of the time the student is dealing with something else in their life. Or, maybe they are just tired or stressed. C Pull the student aside and discuss the consequences of their behavior. The teacher uses proximity and quiet redirects.
C Treat all students with the respect they deserve. C Teachers show their ability to communicate their ideas with others respectfully even if they disagree. C The teacher is conscious of word choice and demeanor, focusing on treating all students with respect. C Set class rules and be consistent. C Students assist in running the class by redirecting each other when needed (in a polite way). C The teacher shows a desire to help students learn to the best of their ability and regularly demonstrates a belief that ALL students can learn.
C Teachers would ideally read student reactions and modify their level of response.
C Students can easily determine how teachers view them and whether or not the teacher sees them as a whole person or not.
C I simply say, “My ears hear disrespectful language right now and as Warriors, we should choose to be respectful.”
C When students know that teachers view them as individuals and work to help them be successful, students respect the teachers.
C An overall climate of respect and listening helps soften these edges and allow participants to extend grace.
C Students initiate conversation with the teacher and visit and seek conversation outside of class time. Students can also help the teacher by redirecting students that may be off task and as a result, a positive environment is noticeable.
C Positively redirect the entire class and use nonverbal proximity. Keep the expectations consistent. C This could look like both interactions between a student and teacher and multiple students are taking into account differences.
C We can’t be respectful to only those who are respectful to us or those who we feel deserve our respect.
C Build rapport, initiate conversations with students, and try to include all students at different times and not just focus on the same few.
C Our interactions are always observed by others. They watch us and determine who we are and for what we stand.
C Teachers should greet students by name.
C Who are we really if we get disrespectful? We are preaching to them.
C Teachers need to be interested in making personal interactions with students (learning about student interests).
C Care. We just have to be sure that students know we care.
C Respect can be demonstrated verbally and non-verbally. What you allow or not allow in the classroom? C Allowing others to make fun of or ridicule a student sets a tone for the classroom and also lets students know who you really are. C We are role models. C Take caution when there is gossip about other students. If we accept it, laugh, comment negatively, or demean, students are forming opinions. C We must talk about this. (Respecting one another as a classroom must.) C Your actions toward someone else can also affect other students and make them feel one way or another about you. When we treat others with respect, they will treat others with respect as well. C We must be aware of our body language to make sure it matches our message. Just because we say it, doesn’t mean our face/body language is saying the same thing. C Facial expressions matter. We need to look like we are excited about what we are teaching and equally interested in student’s responses. C Instead of calling out inappropriate comments in class try saying, “I’m not sure what you meant by that. Do you want to know how that sounded to me?”
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American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin President Jeffrey Dyer Oregon High School email@example.com
Past President Jeanne Schueller UW-Madison firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Allison Shantz Tomahawk High School email@example.com
Secretary Sarah Seidler-Halwas Ripon High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Melanie Lasee Ashwaubenon High School email@example.com
Herzliche Grüße an alle Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer in Wisconsin! am honored to serve as your president for the next two years and am looking forward to engaging with you through the many activities our organization and those associated with us provide our members throughout the state.
Before I continue, I would like to share some appreciation and introductions. Thank you to Carley Goodkind for serving her term as secretary with diligence and grace. We will still hear from her though as she continues to organize the German Speaking Contest. We welcome our new secretary, Sarah Seidler-Halwas of Ripon High School, and look forward to her work during her term. I am also excited to be working with Allison Shantz of Tomahawk High School who has begun her term as vice-president. I am looking forward to her fresh ideas and support. We say good-bye, however, to Siggi Piwek as past president and thank him for the six years he has given to our state organization. I know we will continue to benefit from the many ways he contributes each year. Melanie Lasee of Ashwaubenon High School has served multiple terms as
treasurer and has begun her new term. Her historical knowledge and perspective continue to provide continuity. Thanks to her for her ongoing service! I’d like to take a special moment to thank Jeanne Schueller of UW-Madison who has graciously served as our president for the last two years. Jeanne has been a strong leader for WI-AATG and has represented us well at the national level. During her term, she has also presented at WAFLT, ACTFL, and the Immersion Weekend for German Teachers in New Glarus. Furthermore, in addition to her duties as a professor at UW-Madison, she organized another successful German Day celebrating 30 years. I don't know how she does it, but we are lucky to have her among us and we thank her for her tireless efforts to keep our organization moving forward! I look forward to having her there to support me during my time as president. Well, I guess that circles back to me. When I look at the list of past presidents, I get nervous. I have some very big shoes to fill! But then I find comfort and inspiration when I see the support of my colleagues who are doing so many great things, large and small, with their German programs. I am
reminded that no matter the size, level, or relative success of our programs, we are all in this together, and we’re better when we are together. I was recently reviewing my résumé and noticed something special that reminded me of this fact. Many of the positions I listed began with “co-” or ended with “team.” That made me very happy because I think of not only my various efforts to contribute, but also all the people who have made me better because I got to work with them and share ideas with them. That is, I was at my best when I connected with others. I believe this is true for all of us. My goal as president is to help you get connected, for our sake and for that of our students. I would like to share some of the most effective ways I have connected with you through WI-AATG. I hope they inspire you to get connected as well. Immersion Weekend for German Teachers! This is definitely an amazing learning experience and I leave with tons of great ideas. I also get to practice my German with other Germanspeaking adults. But the best and most memorable part of the weekend is the time in between the learning I get to spend speaking German with my
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colleagues both near and far and getting to know them. My struggle is their struggle. Their successes can become my successes. These colleagues are now my friends and they can be yours too! Stammtisch! My local colleague, Jonathan Gillette from Madison West H.S. and I got together for coffee one Saturday morning. I told him I wanted to start a Stammtisch for German teachers. He thought it was a great idea. We sent out the first invitation and colleagues came. Success! Sometimes now it’s at a cafe on a Saturday morning, or a restaurant for lunch, or Friday after school for a friendly beverage. Wherever, whenever, whatever beverage, it’s a nice way to connect after a long day or week of teaching. Not everyone can make it every time, but we get there when we can and we connect. You can do this in your area! Just start with a cup of coffee and see where it goes. Networking! I love to see what my colleagues are doing through social media. I joined the WI-AATG Facebook group (facebook.com/groups/wiaatg/) and now I get great ideas and updates from my Wisconsin colleagues. Through the AATG-Listserv Fans group (facebook.com/groups/AATGListserv Fans/), I can connect with even more colleagues who have the same passion for teaching German I have. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting them yet, but I know who they are and they inspire me often. If I have a question, they are all willing to help.
Those are just a couple ways I have connected with you and I am better for it. Maybe you are already connected and understand the value of WI-AATG. Reach out, then, to those who do not know us and connect with them. Let them know we need them. Let them know we are better together! Besten Dank und freundliche Grüße, Jeffrey Dyer
Stay in touch with us! As WI-AATG president, I share information that is of interest to our membership. Please pass along your announcements to me via email at [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Only current members receive emails sent via the AATG member database. Renew your professional memberships in AATG, WAFLT, and ACTFL so you can stay active and informed!
Bobbette Leu-Timmermann, recipient of the 2019 Distinguished German Educator Award!
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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
Activities Director Yuko Kojima-Wert UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 email@example.com
Treasurer Yu Kitamura Wisconsin Raids East Jr. High & Lincoln High School Kitamurayu2017@gmail.com
Membership Information: Please visit the AATJ website aatj.org/membership WiATJ website: wisconsinatj.wordpress.com WiATJ Facebook: facebook.com/wiatj
Konnichiwa! e hope that everyone is having a great spring semester! We have a lot of exciting news to share, so please read along…
WAFLT Fall Conference During the last Fall Conference, we held our very first Share Fair. It was a big success! There were two presentations. The first presentation was The use of English in Japanese Language Classes by Yonekurasensei and Iwamoto-sensei from Carthage College. Hanai-sensei and Emori-sensei at UW-Oshkosh gave the second presentation which was titled, How to Improve Elementary Level Retention: A New Elementary Level Curriculum. Both presentations were very current and practical, and the presenters and audience continued a lively discussion even after the official Share Fair schedule was over. It was certainly a great way to exchange ideas and learn from each other. The proposal to have a Share Fair at the Fall Conference in 2020 was unanimously approved during the business meeting.
Now it’s time to start thinking about this year’s WAFLT Fall Conference to be held at the Paper Valley Hotel-Red Lion in Appleton from November 5-7. Please make sure that you mark your calendars! Events Held Japan Fest The Milwaukee Japanese Association hosted Japan Fest on October 20, 2019 at Franklin High School. The event attracted almost 850 people and promoted Japanese language and culture to the community members in the Milwaukee area. Wisconsin Japan Bowl* WiATJ hosted the Wisconsin Japan Bowl on February 1st at Franklin High School. This was an academic
competition for high school students where participants compete in groups of 2-3 with their knowledge in Japanese language, culture, society, history, and other topics. The winning team will compete at the National Japan Bowl in Washington, D.C. on April 2-3 and Anime Milwaukee generously agreed to donate $1,000 as a travel expense. *Note from Editors: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Japan Bowl will be held virtually on May 29, 2020. A team from Madison Country Day School, the winner of the Wisconsin Japan Bowl, will compete against teams from around the country and Mexico at the event.
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Anime Milwaukee Anime Milwaukee was held at Wisconsin Convention Center in downtown Milwaukee February 14-16 and WiATJ hosted academic lectures and cultural events on the last day. Speech and Recitation Contest UW-Milwaukee hosted the Annual Speech and Recitation Contest on February 28th, and students from various universities, high schools, and the Doyo-kai (Milwaukee Saturday Japanese School) in the Milwaukee area participated. Upcoming Events Japanese Language Speech Contest in Chicago* The Consulate General of Japan in Chicago will host the 34th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest on March 21st. In the past, our students were awarded top prizes including the grand prize. We hope this year will be the same!
*Note from Editors: This event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Governor Evers' Stay at Home Order. East Asian Language Pedagogy Workshop* The Center for East Asian Studies (a federally-funded Title VI National Resource Center), the Korean Flagship Program, and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UW-Madison will host a pedagogy workshop, “Technology, Literacy, and Multimodality” on April 4th. The workshop will begin with a plenary talk, followed by a panel discussion and two-hour breakout sessions. This event is mainly for K-16 instructors in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, but is open to those in other languages. *Note from Editors: This event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Governor Evers' Stay at Home Order.
If you or your institution has any news, held any events, or received any awards or has comments to share, please share them with us so we can include them here in future newsletters. We would love to hear from you. I cannot emphasize enough that your participation in WAFLT makes a difference in advocating language education in Wisconsin. If you are not yet a member, please become one today by registering at: waflt.org/member-resources/join-waflt Likewise, if you haven’t become a member of WiATJ yet, please do so via the AATJ website and sign up today: aatj.org/membership/index.html. We always welcome any ideas you have to help improve WiATJ and to meet your needs. Please let us know if you have any ideas to contribute. The door is always open. 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
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American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese President Kathy Varda Beloit Turner School District email@example.com
Secretary Kelly Brandstaetter Brookfield Academy
Past President Erin Nienas Neenah Joint School District firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Jessica King Fox Point-Bayside School District email@example.com
President Elect Jessica Santiago New Berlin West High School
Webmaster Josh LeGreve Green Lake School District
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Nicole Thompson New Berlin High School
Concurso Oral Victoria Carter Onalaska High School Concurso Oral Coordinator Barb Olsen Kettle Morraine High School
ATSP-WI would like to introduce you to our new board members:
We are excited to welcome Jessica Santiago and Josh LeGreve to our executive board. Jessica teaches Spanish at New Berlin West High School and will spend two years as President-Elect before assuming the role of President. Josh teaches Spanish in the Green Lake School District and will serve as our Webmaster. We are also excited to have Victoria Carter continue as our National Spanish Exam Representative. Thank you for your willingness to join our team. We’re lucky to have you! Thank you to Jeanne Kasza and Shelley Krueger for all of your years of service to our team. Your 2020 AATSP-WI board members are: President: Kathy Varda, Beloit Turner School District President-Elect: Jessica Santiago, New Berlin West High School Past President: Erin Nienas, Neenah Joint School District
Secretary: Kelly Brandstaetter, Brookfield Academy Treasurer: Jessica King, Fox Point-Bayside School District Webmaster: Josh LeGreve, Green Lake School District SHH Coordinator: Nicole Thompson, New Berlin High School NSE Coordinator: Victoria Carter, Onalaska High School Concurso Oral Coordinator: Barb Olsen, Kettle Moraine High School Are you interested in becoming involved? Next fall we’ll be looking for the following positions. Terms run January 2021-December 2022. Treasurer Concurso Oral Representative Secretary SSH Representative
A glimpse into our events from this year: Fall ‘19 WAFLT Conference This year we again had great attendance at our AATSP-WI Networking session on Saturday morning at the WAFLT Fall Conference. Thank you to everyone who attended, presented, and promoted this session. Participants made their way to five mini-sessions about what AATSP has to offer and curriculum ideas. Please consider attending in the future. Join our new Facebook Group AATSP-WI Teachers. Kathy Varda
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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
WAFLT Professional Service Award: May be presented annually to recent retirees who have served both the profession and their students in providing quality world laynegaursa’geexpeedruiecantcioena.sRweocerlndtlarentgirueaegseweitdhuacamtoinrsimaunm dw ofhtoenhave been members of WAFLT a minimum of five years within the past ten years are eligible. Nomination Deadline: May 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
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
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 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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WAFLT Katy Dueppen & Kelly Miller, Co-Editors WAFLT Membership Service PO Box 1493 Appleton, WI 54912
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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:
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