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T1 able of Contents WAFLT Executive Board Contact Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 From Your President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Tess. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 From Your Conference Program Co-Chairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shaniya Stengl & Andrea Behn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Pedagogy, Methodology, and Policy Let’s Be Honest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Wopat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 From Compliance to Excellence with Equity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pam Delfosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 A 2020-2021 Engagement: To Our World Language Students . . . . . . . Kelly Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2020 WAFLT Discover Languages Student Postcard Contest . . . . . . . Justin Gerlach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2020-2021 Contributor Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 2020 Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Tess. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 2020 Wisconsin Language Educator’s Speech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deana Zorko . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 WAFLT Annual Meeting Minutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Affiliate Organization Newsletters The National Network for Early Language Learning – NNELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
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
Dan Tess Brookfield Central High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Stresing Fond du Lac School District email@example.com
Jamie Gurholt Beloit College (DAR)
President-Elect Victoria Carter Onalaska High School firstname.lastname@example.org Past-President Linda Havas Greendale Schools email@example.com Secretary Brian Wopat Onalaska High School firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer Kellie Villalobos Muskego High School email@example.com DPI International Education/ World Languages Consultant Pamela Delfosse firstname.lastname@example.org NNELL Representative Jessica King Fox Point-Bayside School District email@example.com Fall Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Shaniya Stengl Parker High School, Janesville
Julie Horvath Communications & Publications Beloit Memorial High School Chair firstname.lastname@example.org Lauren Rosen University of Wisconsin email@example.com
Andrea Behn Member Services Subcommittee Janesville Parker High School firstname.lastname@example.org Chair Victoria Carter Onalaska High School email@example.com
Ellen Onsrud Lake Mills High and Middle Schools Ellen.Onsrud@lakemills.k12.wi.us
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HS Guests Subcommittee Chairs
Katy Dueppen Middleton High School Kelly Miller Sauk Prairie School District firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh LeGreve Green Lake School District email@example.com Public Relations / Advocacy Committee Chair Dan Tess firstname.lastname@example.org Discover Languages Contest Coordinator
Andrea Behn Parker High School, Janesville email@example.com
Grants & Scholarships
Danielle Chaussee Oconomowoc High School firstname.lastname@example.org Jenny Piorkowski email@example.com Mentoring/Leadership Project Vacant
Advertising Subcommittee Chair
Justin Gerlach Mishicot High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Arrangements/Exhibits Sub-Committee
Future Teachers/Career Changers Subcommittee Chairs
MOPI Training Coordinator
Language Association Representatives AATF-WI President Kara Torkelson Wausau West High School presidentAATFWI@gmail.com AATG-WI President Jeffrey Dyer Oregon High School email@example.com WiATJ President Magara Maeda UW-River Falls firstname.lastname@example.org WLTA President Nate Kolpin Wauwatosa School District email@example.com OWL Vacant WACLT President
Jodi Ziemann firstname.lastname@example.org
Yongyan Liu Milwaukee email@example.com
Summer Professional Development Chairs
Danielle Chausee firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Varda Beloit Turner School District email@example.com
Jenny Piorkowski firstname.lastname@example.org
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From Your President ... eading the obituary of a beloved teacher necessitates a solemn beginning to the new year as most of us bid a glad farewell to the outgoing. And yet with those feelings of sadness, there is a joy and a fond nostalgia which are the flip side of the same grief coin. He was important enough to have merited an NYT panegyric, but in person he was famously sanguine, bibulous, and as human as they come. He cared about every student, and all the glory of world-wide renown meant to him in his dearest second language as little as flocci (a wispy strand of cotton).
and ask yourself if those pop-ups are the right container for your language instruction. Are they distracting? Are they the annoying jingle or the gem? Are they the sum of previous clicks? Is that for the better or worse?
As I read the column, I happened to be on a page with adblock disabled, and so the eulogist’s measured prose was interrupted by everything an algorithm decided I needed to see in that moment: suggestions which may have linked to yesterday’s online engagement and local news blurbs, shopping links which connected to other sales from now emptied virtual carts, and perhaps most macabre, a blurb for nearby funeral homes. While that mortuary spot might not be surprising, what is most unnerving is that the algorithm is not all that faceless, but some version of myself, some sum of previous clicks. To take it one level further, ad culture understands that humans are so impressionable that even the promotions we despise find a way to burrow into our subconscious. Today’s cloying product jingle becomes what you randomly hum to yourself in between lyrics to your favorite songs years later. Whether we like or not, some of the ad noise always sticks. It is possible for a pop-up to be more memorable than an obit tribute.
So what does any of this have to do with language education as we focus on wrapping up this school year and planning for the next? First, you are making a difference in the lives of your students. Whether you ascend to international fame or never garner the attention of the press, your students know you and appreciate the efforts you make every day. They may never eulogize you except for the occasional note of thanks after a holiday or semester completed, but you matter to them. You encourage them to engage with the world through languages and perspectives non-native, and you help create the sanguinity of the future—perhaps where the satisfaction in enjoying multiple languages and cultures becomes more valuable than promulgating fear. Second, remember that your classroom (virtual or not) contains both the content and the advertising. Take a moment to look at your walls (even if it’s just a screen background for the moment), your slide shows, and your tried and true lesson plans,
As we look forward to brief check-ins such as power hours, or as we think ahead to Summer Institute and Fall Conference, WAFLT stands with you to offer moments for reflection and conversation around theory and practice. We look forward to discussing both methodology and our ad culture. And as we hope for a safer, more in-person future, we will continue to offer grants, scholarships, and award recognition to support you as you navigate your challenges. Dan Tess
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 Conference Program Co-Chairs ... he 2021 WAFLT Fall Conference will be held November 4-6, 2021. This year's conference theme is Shaping, Growing, and Adapting our Language Community: Embracing change as a new connection with students.
We are very excited to invite you back to Appleton for a much-anticipated weekend of collaboration and professional growth! We are continually working to bring the best professional development to everyone. To do that, we need YOU! We rely on the expertise of our members and their willingness to share what they do in and out of their classrooms. WAFLT is an organization made up of teacher volunteers, from our executive board to conference volunteers and presenters. The continued success of our conference depends on professionals like you who share their time and ideas as presenters. Call For Proposals Due April 15, 2021 We invite you to add your voice to this year’s conference and share your ideas and practices by submitting a proposal to present at the 2021 WAFLT Fall Conference. Many members gave suggestions for future presentations in this year’s online evaluation. Here are some ideas to further guide your proposals: C How are the current WL classroom environments being adapted with the use of masks and social distancing or via online learning platforms?
C How do you motivate students to take ownership of their learning? How do you help students see and control their progress? C What are key takeaways that we learned in our classrooms during the unique school year that should continue to be implemented during a “traditional” school year? – Social and Emotional Learning – Technology in unique ways C How did you create a welcoming environment when: – Only a few students can see your facial expressions? – One-on-one interactions are limited / impossible? – Peer-to-peer interactions are limited? C In what ways have you modified instruction to support proficiency growth? What strategies (TPRS, CI, incorporating authentic materials, etc.) do you use to advance your students’ proficiency levels? C How are teachers continuing to create a “classroom for all?” What are new ways you differentiated, engaged, and connected with students? C For distance-learning teachers: – How have you adapted your instruction to foster student engagement and growth via Google Meet / Zoom? To receive notification when the pre-conference booklet has been posted to the website, your membership must be current. Please go to our website at waflt.org and take a moment to renew your membership and ensure your account information is correct. Also, visit the website
throughout the year to learn of the many opportunities your WAFLT organization offers. Presentation Types: As in years past, we are offering Friday Poster Sessions, Friday Workshops, and One-Hour Conference Sessions. Additionally, we are looking for proposals for potential Immersion Workshops. At this time, we are planning an in-person conference, but we have plans in place for a transition to virtual if needed. What is a Poster Session? 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 you on your topic in a less structured format than a one-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 get direct feedback and ideas, field questions, and even develop a network of interested collaborators. The deadline to submit proposals is April 15, 2021. As you submit your proposal, be sure to: C Verify that your account information is current and contains an email address you can access year-round. WAFLT communicates only via email. C Verify with your school district that email from waflt.org is not blocked.
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C Fill in all parts of the online form for a successful proposal submission. C Enter the name, position, and school/company/organization for all session presenters as they should appear in the conference program. C Select one person as the primary presenter and ensure that he/she is a current member of WAFLT. Even though all presenters must be WAFLT members and register for the conference, only the primary presenter will receive information about proposals. In addition, only primary presenters will receive free registration to the conference and an honorarium.
C Verify that your session has been submitted by logging in to your WAFLT account and clicking on “My Proposals.” It is your willingness to share and collaborate that makes the WAFLT Fall Conference strong each year! We look forward to the 2021 Fall Conference and thank you once again for your input and feedback. Should you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Andrea Behn Shaniya Stengl
Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers & Discover Languages Wisconsin Presents the 2021 Discover Languages
Student Video & Postcard Contests Contest Theme:
Connect, Shape, & Grow with Languages! For All Students Enrolled in World Language Classes in Wisconsin Elementary (PK-5) ~ Middle School (6-8) ~ High School (9-12) ~ Post-Secondary (Undergraduate) As you learn more about our world, bring the world to Wisconsin. Show us how much languages mean to you and how important they are in your life! Submission Deadline October 8, 2021 Visit waflt.org for contest details to begin!
Help Wisconsin Discover Languages and Discover the World!
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Let’s Be Honest by Brian Wopat, French Educator at Onalaska High School would like to start by giving a shout out to YOU, who is constantly striving to up your game, provide your students with the next level of engaged learning, and constantly advocating for your program. You are the corner piece to the survival of language programs and the inspiration to hundreds of students to explore the world through language. Your impact is greater than the four walls of your classroom. Your community, our state, our country, and those abroad who interact with your students on exchanges and trips are impacted. Thank you for your vision, limitless effort, and steadfast passion for cultivating culturally competent and proficient students in another language. I admire the work you do and value you as a colleague.
Let’s be honest! Being a world language educator today is challenging. It’s a revolving door of advocacy, curriculum development, and adding more components to your program to compete against other electives and make world language an ally to supporting college, career, and military readiness. As if your email signature isn’t long enough: World Language Teacher, Trip Chaperone, Honor Society Advisory, Club Advisor, Seal of Biliteracy Coordinator, Global Scholars Coordinator, Speaking Contest Coach, National Exam Proctor, and 5th hour hall monitor. Just when you are ready to take a breath, you hear about budget cuts, lower enrollment numbers, or changes to the schedule. #Calgontakemeaway
We all know too well that our programs are what they are because we show up every day. We’ve had those days where we sit at our desk after the last bell rang and contemplate not coming back. Like a permanent vacation! But then we think, what long-term sub speaks my language? Would the district cut the program next year? What if the district didn’t have any applicants for my position? Could I really leave students X, Y, and Z after having them for 3 years? Would they continue taking the 4th year with a new teacher they hardly know? I mean, I’ve really bonded with them and they are great to teach. I love spending the hour with them. Student Y and Z can be so funny! Alright, so what’s on the docket for tomorrow? We’ve all been there! And I don’t see our current situation changing anytime
soon. So in the meantime, give yourself grace and recognize the impact you have on your students and greater school community. You are an amazing teacher! And you also need a vacation! We all need a vacation! And the next time you are not sure you want to show up, remember you are not alone. Sometimes it takes someone who can empathize with you and validate your feelings or provide the shoulder to lean on. So when that day comes, visit, call, or email another world language teacher. Heck, shoot me an email. I can listen, brainstorm problemtunities, share words of encouragement, or offer to help in any way. Honestly, please reach out. We’ve got this. We will get through this together. And I welcome anyone who wants to join us on this journey. Because at the end of the day, we are our greatest advocates.
WAFLT Statement on Equity and Inclusion As the state language teachers' association, WAFLT values inclusion, compassion, open-mindedness, unity, peace, and hope in our increasingly interdependent world. So much of our work is predicated on our commitment to these values. We stand united with our BIPOC colleagues and students as we continue to work together to achieve a global society that ensures equity and justice for everyone. We see you. We support you. We stand with you.
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From Compliance to Excellence with Equity by Pam Delfosse, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction World Languages and International Education Consultant
he state’s system for collecting world language course enrollment data was updated in January of this year. This resulted in districts receiving digital alerts when submitted data did not align with legal requirements for access to world language learning in grades 7-12. Districts now have access to an overview of the current legal landscape for world language learning and recommendations for program pathways designed to provide equity in access to the benefits of multilingualism. This resource may be viewed on the Department of Public Instruction World Language website at dpi.wi.gov/world-language.
The Recommended Performance Benchmarks for world language learning environments, available on the Wisconsin Standards for World Languages website dpi.wi.gov/world-language/standards, add value to local program evaluation and strategic planning conversations. These benchmarks are designed to help school communities assess current program outcomes and plan curriculum, assessments, and student learning experiences designed to improve standards and proficiencybased learning over time. Opportunities for sustained professional learning, collaboration, and articulation will be critical to continuous improvement of programs and student learning. The Seal of Biliteracy and Global Scholars Programs are now embedded within DPI’s state-certified
skills credential site. This integration improves awareness of these pre-college talent markers recognizing students’ language, intercultural and global competence. World language educators are encouraged to reach out to Academic & Career Planning and Career and Technical Education colleagues to make connections between employability skills and language, intercultural and global learning across the curriculum. I look forward to co-facilitating the WAFLT Summer Institute with Dr. Jacque Van Houten, former ACTFL and NCSSFL President. Please join us, August 2-3, to plan for intercultural communication, community engagement, and global competence (WI Standards 4 and 5) in our language learning environments. We will also introduce a resource for engaging learners in reflection, goal setting and self-assessment for learning aligned with the Wisconsin Standards for World Languages. I am celebrating a close working relationship with two new DPI colleagues, Melissa Vasquez email@example.com (Multilingual and Multicultural Education Consultant) and Amy Machiolek firstname.lastname@example.org (ESL Education Consultant). We are collaborating to improve systems of support for language learners and language learning in Wisconsin. A commitment to additive bilingualism and recognition of the critical role of language in learning, and in life, unites our work. Consider how to collaborate
with ESL, bilingual, and American Indian language colleagues in your area to improve language learning for all. The Wisconsin Language Roadmap provides helpful goal areas for this work. wisconsinlanguageroadmap.wiscweb. wisc.edu/report/ Standards-based world language learning environments reunite the words on a page with their community culture and context. World language learning environments help students develop intercultural skills and empathy, as well as a sense of our shared humanity and lived experiences. Thank you for all you do to help students discover their relationship to others, their voice, and their agency in our local and global community. This is a form of anti-oppressive education.
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A 2020-2021 Engagement: To Our World Language Students by Kelly Miller, Sauk Prairie Middle School/High School Spanish; Co-editor of The Voice hen one used to overhear the utterance of the word “engagement,” one probably had many questions and images running a mile a minute through his or her head. “Oh my gosh, I wonder how big the ring is?” “When is the big day?” “Is the happy couple going to ask me to be in the wedding?” “Is it going to be a destination wedding?”
In the year of a pandemic, the word engagement has now become the million dollar word that begs answers from every world language teacher. “How are you keeping your world language students engaged?” “What are the games, activities, or assignments that have brought a new change to your lesson plans?” “Is there a new game changer that you didn’t see coming?” What is the key to being an effective world language teacher whether you are in a virtual model, a hybrid model, or a full in-person model? I challenge you to stop and reflect on what has been the “hot sauce” of your academic school year. I invite you to come along with me on my journey of student successes while being engaged in a hybrid model. One of the first and most powerful student success stories of my year happened at the beginning of the academic year while celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. In class, students learned about the ethnic backgrounds from Latino to MexicanAmerican to Hispanic and more that make up the Spanish-speaking world today. On the hybrid days or virtual days, students not only continued with
their required content from their Spanish textbook, but learned about the impact and contributions the Spanish-speaking culture has made on our society today. We worked hard as a class to be in tune with anything we saw or heard that promoted Hispanic Heritage Month. I started the unit with a mini unit focused on the life of Roberto Clemente and the impact he has had on Major League Baseball and young adults today. After modeling this for students, it was now their turn. The shining moment was when students chose a person from the Spanishspeaking world for their Hispanic Heritage Month project. The level of engagement was exemplary as they made a personal connection as an eighth grader with Spanish-speaking world. Another success from my Spanish students is the technology game corner. In an academic year that continues to throw challenges at educators, I can celebrate a big success with my online game corner in my hybrid lesson plans. When students are finished completing their required work, they navigate to the Spanish game corner. The Google Slides games are hyperlinked to games that review vocabulary and grammar. Students love to have choices and they can practice longer with their favorites. Some of the student favorites include Match the Memory, Gimkit, Quizlet, and Kahoot Challenges. Hands down, my Spanish students cannot get enough of the new platform Blooket. Blooket is a website that allows a teacher to export vocabulary
from Quizlet and practice vocabulary and grammar in different ways with Tower of Doom, Factory, Battle Royale, Café, and Gold Quest. Gold Quest goes home with the blue ribbon in my classroom as the students are always pumped up to steal another student’s gold. This platform is also packed full of luck, so it is anyone’s game to win. The “hot sauce” for me as their Spanish teacher came when a student asked me to join the game one day. Nothing makes a Spanish student’s day when they are able to steal Señora’s gold and see me plummet to the bottom of the leaderboard. Student engagement is real, fierce, and HOT! World language teachers must also remember that students do need a breath of fresh air from technology, but some platforms continue to be favorites. One platform that has created high levels of excitement is a new twist with Flipgrid. Flipgrid is a
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powerful tool for my Spanish students, but it can also bring added stress to others. So, how does the language teacher get everyone on board to not only engage in the activity, but at a high level? At the beginning of the year, all of my students participated in exploratory activities that were non-graded. This helped break the ice, but there were always students who were uncomfortable with the camera and the second language. In Flipgrid, teachers can give the students some grace and allow their videos to be “hidden.” But, we all know, there will be students who cannot get enough camera time. The “hot sauce” moment came as a complete surprise one weekend when I went to open up “Mateo’s” project. Mateo is a Spanish 1 student who doesn’t always like the stress of answering questions in class-fearing that he will make a mistake in front of his peers. But, Mateo thrives in Flipgrid because he can plan and control everything in the video. Well, almost everything. Mateo started to include his family in his videos and his black lab Mercer. Oh! How could I forget??? His famous long haired yellow wig also comes along for the Spanish ride. The all-time favorite video with hoots and hollers came when Mercer, the family dog, unexpectedly began to chase Mateo and his legs gave out and you know the rest…. Mateo took the time to explain the Spanish video assignments to his parents and this seemingly small gesture turned into one large one that has made his classmates “beg” for more. His parents have laughed and cried for him and have thrown snowballs at him during his Spanish weather forecast. His parents not only rose to the occasion, but sent one of the most priceless and powerful
messages to my students in my 30 years of teaching. This “hot sauce” is not available on any store shelf. Flipgrid has also come to my rescue all year when we have had to not only practice social distancing, but for cultural projects that I was determined to figure out a way for students to experience. It was always common that students would build an “ofrenda” as a culminating project for Día de Muertos and they all were on display in the Spanish room. Students would also write a paragraph in Spanish- hoping to win the Día de Muertos dancing and singing skeletons from Walgreens. This year, students created life-sized ofrendas in their homes and used Flipgrid to explain the life of their loved one. The ofrendas helped everyone in the class have a deeper appreciation for their classmates. Finally, as everyone continues to navigate toward the end of the year, my students have risen to the challenge once again because of my bull-headedness to not let go of the things that make great memories for a world language student. This past week, we finished our unit that introduces regateando (bargaining) to students. During our in-person classes, I created special “tiendas” to help students visualize a market scene in a Spanish-speaking country. I created a sombrero store, a maraca store, and a handbag store with realia that I have collected over my 30 years in teaching. Heaven only knows how many more stores I could have created and my students didn’t hesitate to say how cool it was to come to class and see the stores. We all maintained social distancing and I took on the role as the vendor in order to help portray the excitement of the market in Spanish-speaking countries. In this unit, it was “José” who couldn’t get
enough time in front of the class. José is the shy guy with answering grammar questions, but he didn’t hesitate one minute when he knew a bag of Taki’s were in store for his hard work. This is all it took and the students were engaged and watching us bargain. My challenge was cut out for me to keep everyone safe for the bargaining projects, so I turned to Flipgrid once again. But, it wasn’t without a huge blockade in the road. How were my students going to complete this project at home when there was no guarantee that someone had taken Spanish classes at home? BINGO! On the hybrid days, students started teaching their sisters, brothers, and parents the lines needed to make their presentation roll. Students created “tiendas” with everything from the store sign to lights, and dressing up. Students made it work and family members pitched in! It was great to experience a new and different level of family engagement in Spanish class. No one had to sell hot sauce because when Mateo didn’t like the prices his mother was offering to him at his sports store, he chose to take out his frustration and pull on the long yellow dreads of his wig! So, here we are 2020-2021 in the Spanish classroom. Every teacher is doing his or her best with every day online, in the classroom, or in the hybrid model. We all need to remember to do what is comfortable and what keeps students engaged. Engagement in the Spanish classroom is like putting the ring on a finger. We, as world language educators, have made the commitment to engaging our students and we will always rise to the occasion. We do not need to hire a wedding planner, we are the planners. Keep loving what you do—even if it means losing all of your gold and basking in hot sauce.
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2020 WAFLT Discover Languages Student Postcard Contest by Justin Gerlach
ongratulations to the 2020 WAFLT Discover Languages Student Postcard Winners!
The winning cards were selected based on the WAFLT conference theme: Languages are for Everyone!
Abigail S., Laura S., and Jordan L. from Onalaska High School Paige E. And Lola M. from Stormonth Elementary School, Fox Point
The WAFLT Discover Languages 2021 Postcard & Video Contests are now open for entry submissions. The theme is: Connect, Shape, & Grow with Languages! Please visit waflt.org under Public Relations for complete details. Connect your students to Discover Languages today!
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Thank You, Contributors! WAFLT thanks the following individuals for their contributions in 2020–21. General Endowment Fund Linguiphile ($100+)
Donna L. Clementi
Carley Goodkind Linda Havas Andrew & Lisa Hendrickson Deana Zorko
Danielle Chaussee Kelly Ferguson Lynn Sessler Neitzel
Anne Chartier Robert Engebretson Margaret Graham Katelynn Jensen Linda Havas Pablo Muirhead Jeanne Schueller
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
Karen Luond Fowdy Mara Marks
Carley Goodkind Katy Dueppen Peter Hoff Deana Zorko
Anne Chartier Anne Dressel Margaret Graham Katelynn Jensen Pablo Muirhead Vanessa Schmitz-Siebertz Jeanne Schueller
Benefactor ($50-99) Carley Goodkind Jamie Gurholt Peter Hoff Deana Zorko
Contributor ($1-24) Anne Chartier Kelly Ferguson Margaret Graham Katelynn Jensen Pablo Muirhead Jeanne Schueller
Your Contributions Are Appreciated! Please consider contributing to one or more of these funds for 2020-21. You can do this online at waflt.org – log into your online account, and click “Endowment Contributions” on the top of the page to make your contribution, or mail your check to P.O. Box 1493, Appleton, WI 54912, noting to which fund(s) you would like your donation assigned.
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2021 WAFLT Summer Institute August 2-3, 2021 Lowell Center — UW-Madison
Building Cultural & Global Competence Strengthen your understanding of cultural communication & help students connect with their local and global communities
Join us for two days of professional learning with:
Dr. Jacque Van Houten
% Personal and Professional Development Opportunities % Network with colleagues from around the state % Stay current on WI World Language Standards – special focus on standards 4 & 5 % Look back on individual journeys and prepare for the future % Apply best practices in your classrooms
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.
Team discounts available Re-energize yourself! Registration information coming soon!
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2020 Awards/Grants by Dan Tess 2020 Distinguished Language Educator
WAFLT is pleased to recognize Deana Zorko as the 2020 Distinguished Educator of the Year. Congratulations, Deana!
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 is proud to present Deana Zorko as the 2020 WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator honoree. It is difficult to find an arena that Deana has not contributed to or led. She has been a presenter at WAFLT, CSCTFL, and ACTFL conferences. She served on the writing team for the 2019 Wisconsin World Language Standards. Her colleagues know her as a creative leader, always willing to question and adapt her own practice. Her administration and parents know her as the one who gladly welcomes visitors into her classroom. Both in her craft and in her professional roles, Deana is the vanguard. Deana’s students praise her organizaion, abundance of supplementary resources, and focus on proficiency. But most importantly they note her ability to prepare them for life. One student noted, “Most crucially she humanizes language learning so effortlessly. It’s one thing to learn parts of speech and sentence structure, but learning about history, movements, artworks, and practices belonging to a group of people different from myself has molded me into a more compassionate, empathetic person, and I could not be more thankful for her instruction.”
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In her own words, Deana cares about connection: “...student to student, colleague to colleague, friend to friend, and classroom to classroom. In today’s global society, all students will have the opportunity to use linguistic and cultural competencies beyond the boundaries of the classroom. It is therefore my responsibility as a language educator to facilitate the learning of language and culture in a way that supports global competence, preparing today’s students to be successful in an ever-changing world.”
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 this year’s recipient of the Anthony J. Gradisnik Award, is S. Mark Tyler.
Deana’s colleagues from around the state have noted her willingness to listen and analyze, and the ability then to translate ideas into action. Whether it is integrating new technology to engage, enhance, and extend learning, or imagining how to leverage global and community engagement for language learning, Deana lives best practice. Throughout her career in world languages, Deana has always found a way or made a way. Both in prioritizing her students and simultaneously supporting professional communities, she is sui generis.
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Over the past 30 years he has helped form and manage 16 companies, of which 8 continue to operate. These enterprises represent over 500 team members, and include manufacturing, early stage investment, retail, and non-profits. One enterprise, OEM Fabricators, was recently awarded one of four accolades presented by the German American Chambers of Commerce for Excellence in Services. According to one of his nominators: “Mark contributed significant value to the recommendations of the Wisconsin Language Roadmap as a business leader and member of the Roadmap project’s Leadership and Advocacy Workgroup. Progress preparing all Wisconsin graduates to be workforce and world-ready will require sustained attention and partnerships for growth. Mr. Tyler exemplifies this commitment.”
varied but concomitant fields, he embodies the essence of the Anthony J. Gradisnik Award and the values he held so dear. Congratulations, S. Mark Tyler!
Madison to pursue Classics and a teaching license. For anyone who has pursued that traditional path—multiple years followed by EdTPA—the rigor is of course daunting.
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One of Michelle’s past professors noted that she was clearly the MVP of her cohort, creating slides for presentations which the professor would use in subsequent years. In addition to acumen in her content area, her professors also saw how she exuded warmth and compassion to build strong connections with colleagues and students.
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.
Through regional collaboration with UW-River Falls and the River Falls School District, he has worked to build capacity for Chinese language learning and sustained partnerships with our Sister State of Heilongjiang, China.
As a new teacher in our profession, Michelle has criss-crossed the nation, seeking out every version of professional development: Rassias Method, Comprehensible Input, Latin Immersion conventicula and bidua weekends, and summer PD sessions with the American Classical League. In her first teaching role as a middle school instructor, she not only traveled to different buildings to cover her sections, but she also served as a reading interventionist. This reflects her concern for all learners. She wants to see them succeed despite setbacks, and she welcomes all learners to try her Latin classes.
Mark understands that economic development and competitiveness require educational investments and partnerships. Wisconsin is part of an interconnected and interdependent world. Multilingualism helps graduates, and their employers realize their full potential in our linguistically and culturally diverse local and global communities. Mr. Tyler stresses the value of bilingualism and global competence.
This year, WAFLT is proud to award the Frank M. Grittner Award to Michelle Bayouth. Michelle taught middle school Latin in Elmbrook School District for three years and is the current Latin instructor at Madison West High School.
As you can see above, where Mark shines is building relationships between businesses, education, public organizations, and non-profits. For such a commitment to collaboration and advancing what unites us in these
Michelle spent the first part of her career as an aerospace engineer in asset analysis for NASA. While guiding her own children through academic endeavors, she became interested in Latin and went to UW
Since first attending WAFLT as a pre-service teacher, Michelle has been an active force on the WLTA board and a presenter at the Fall Conference. Such a willingness to propose sessions with colleagues and previous mentors is at the very heart of our organization. Frank M. Grittner would certainly have been proud to see his award go to Michelle Bayouth.
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WAFLT’s 2020 Teacher of the Year 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 Carley Goodkind, German instructor at Greenfield High School.
Carley’s dedication to her craft starts at the building level where she is offering her students a myriad of opportunities to engage with their language. She supervises German Club, honor society, an essay contest, and career day. She hosts field trips, guest speakers, and an exchange with Roseheim, Germany. She also is connecting her students to the Greenfield community by having them visit middle school students and after school clubs. She has not limited herself to the language world, but serves in whatever capacity is needed, whether it be the assessment committee, equity team, or other district initiatives. At the regional level, she has become the coordinator and site organizer for the Southeastern WI AATG German Speaking contest. She makes sure both
students and judges are registered. You can find her name regularly on district and WAFLT conference presentations, as she teams up with colleagues to offer creative sessions focused on student-centered pedagogy. She has also served WAFLT as a board member in a variety of positions: Secretary, Program Committee, and New Visions in Action Task Force. Most recently she served as part of the writing team for the 2019 Wisconsin World Language Standards, and she has been active on the FLESFEST planning committee as Conference Co-Chair. She has attended and presented as part of a “Best of Wisconsin” session at CSCTFL. Whether you are a teacher in her building or a colleague who sees her at conferences, Carley is a go-to instructional leader for all. She takes every challenge in stride, always willing to connect with peers for reflection, debate, and action. She models both excellence in the classroom and professional leadership. Carley will represent Wisconsin in March 2021 at the virtual Central States Conference (CSCTFL). WAFLT is exceedingly proud to have such a deserving candidate!
Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon School Award for Excellence in World Language Programs While most WAFLT awards honor individuals who are outstanding in our field, we also understand that collaboration is a hallmark of an exceptional world language program. Teamwork allows groups to ensure that courses, curricula, and programs serve their students at an optimal level. The Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in World Language 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 quality world language programs continue to be cultivated and expanded. The 2020 award goes to the World Language Department of Onalaska School District.
Onalaska starts with a highly qualified staff, the majority having achieved advanced degrees and showing continual professional growth. Students are focused on thematic units designed with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines in mind. The teachers 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 through the MOPI lens in order to maximize student proficiency outcomes. Opportunities to take AP language and literature coursework and to travel abroad serve as real world components of both Spanish and French languages. Parents know that their students will be prepared not only for the university and further language study, but also for career and life.
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Onalaska is exceptional at keeping their kids connected to their community, whether it be through writing grants to support initiatives, service projects, local festivities, or highlighting them in the news. Not only do the parents, community, and administration value their language instruction, but the students have a visceral appreciation for what they are learning and how it impacts their whole life. As one student noted, “I learned so much about myself as a human being, something that was so crucial at this time in my life. Without discovering this through our French program, I would not be the same today. I was able to experience things that shifted my mindset about the entire world. I had a better understanding of cultural differences, which I applied to my life in America.” Another student said, “The amazing education I received from the Spanish department gave me a passion for the language and Spanish-speaking countries. I was even comfortable enough to apply for summer internships in various countries, something I never would have done had I not been able to build such a strong foundation for my skills during high school.” WAFLT is proud to present this award to the outstanding Onalaska School District World Language Department.
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.
Jeff Dyer, Oregon High School Jeff Dyer has taught German 1-5 at Oregon High School since 2004. He leads the OHS German Exchange and advises Jeff Dyer German Club and Delta Epsilon Phi. He also serves as Department Chair and Global Scholars Program Coordinator. He is active in AATG-WI, serving his chapter as President and Immersion Weekend Co-coordinator. His recent hosting of virtual gatherings for AATG members has provided much appreciated glue to keep his peers connected. Jeff’s colleagues have appreciated his recent work as co-presenter at WAFLT Fall Conference on topics such as food culture, identity, and refugees. Always asking how to delve deeper than the surface, Jeff tackles the questions necessary to reach a more thorough or satisfying discussion of the typical learning targets pursued in high school. In his words, Jeff states why languages matter. “Beyond the ability to communicate is the ability to relate to others. Learning another language is to learn another culture, another way of life. I believe it is important to help students discover that people around the world value their cultures as much as they do theirs, no matter how it is practiced, no matter its origins, no matter its influence or pervasiveness. When students compare cultures, they develop empathy, humility, respect, and sensitivity. They develop global competency.”
Theresa d’Haeze, West Allis Nathan Hale High School Theresa d’Haeze has taught French and Math at West Allis Nathan Hale High School since 2002. She is the Theresa d’Haeze department chair, a presenter, and collaborator for backwards planning of summative and formative assessments. According to her nominator, she has motivated many students by connecting with them in her French classroom and homeroom, and through this has made an impact on their lives by encouraging them to succeed not only in French, but also in life. She has communicated with their parents and been able to dedicate countless hours working with the students, holding them accountable, and helping them to learn the content in order to continue studying the language. Theresa has demonstrated creativity in developing lessons which allow for students to share their talents that they might not otherwise have the chance to do. She has used technology to her advantage through her website to share the daily learning targets and agenda. In her words, Theresa relishes the opportunity to experience novelty via learning. “As a French teacher, I enjoy seeing my students speak new words, listen to new music, try new foods and experience new things. As many times as I have visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the experience of viewing it with students for their first time is always a joy. To me, trying something new is what learning is all about, especially when learning a language and culture.”
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Future Language Teacher Award Kirsten Koehler has been a stand out student since her first foray into German at Deforest High School. She studied abroad in Kirsten Koehler Freiburg while pursuing her degree at UW-Madison. She completed her student teaching in the Madison area under two different German teachers, both of whom could sense her passion for language learning and for her students. Her professionalism, willingness to learn, and desire to weave in new strategies gained her students’ trust and her colleagues’ admiration. After graduating in 2019, Kirsten is currently teaching at Twin Cities German Immersion School.
Classical League convention. She bussed and flew with the Wisconsin delegation so that our state was well-represented consistently under her watch. Within the WLTA and WAFLT Gale stepped up whenever duty called. She attended numerous WAFLT board meetings, presented at conferences, and hosted annual business meetings with contagious verve and zeal. There is one latinate adjective which seems to encapsulate Gale’s legacy and the way she has connected with students, families, and colleagues: magnanimous.
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Carrie Bergum has taught Spanish in Holmen since 1985, and has been a continual WAFLT member during her career. Additionally, Carrie Bergum Carrie served for a number of years as the Editor of the Voice of WAFLT. In this role, she maintained a pivotal service to keep communication alive with our membership. Under her editorship, she oversaw the transition from all print to digital publication.
Magistra Gale Stone retired from Madison West High School in 2019. As a true dux, she guarded the Latin program from all attacks Gale Stone from without and within and created a home for all students to flourish.
According to her nominator, Carrie has created deep connections with her students, as evidenced by the sheer number of alumni that maintain communication with her via Facebook. Additionally, Carrie uses her talent for photography to help capture memories for her students and her community alike, taking yearbook photos at sports games and offering senior portraits to students.
As we celebrate the honorees of 2020 WAFLT awards, please consider nominating a colleague, student, or friend of language education for a future WAFLT award. More information can be found at waflt.org.
As WI Junior Classical League state sponsor and co-chairperson, she dedicated the last week in July for decades to the annual National Junior
2020 CSC Best of Wisconsin Presentation Anne Hlas, UW-Eau Claire
State Language Association Awards 2020 American Association of Teachers of French — Wisconsin (AATF) Distinguished French Educator: Ann Berns, Prairie Catholic Certificate of Recognition: Dr. Virginie Cassidy, UW-LaCrosse Héros du Français: Michael Fesenmaier, New Berlin West High School Excellence in French: Taja Wright, Onalaska High School; Animesh Dash, New Berlin West High School Étoile Montante: Elizabeth Truesdale, Howard-Suamico School District American Association of Teachers of German-Wisconsin Chapter (AATG-WI) Distinguished German Educator: Siggi Piwek Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese (WiATJ) Teacher of the Year: Magara Maeda American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP-WI) Distinguished Spanish Educator: Jeanne Kasza
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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
Annie P. Joshua H. Myla G. Jacob N. Chloe S. Morgan W. Andrew K. Jasmine V. Peyton S. Sarah S.
French; Spanish German German Chinese Spanish French German Spanish German German
Ellen Onsrud Tobias Barske Jeff Dyer Sarah Bailey Deanah Downey Tobias Barske Mark Wagner Tobias Barske Jolene Wochenske Linda Havas
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
Hannah M. Ian S. Travis L. Aurora D. Sierra M. Kaozong V. Alexis S.
German Spanish French Spanish; English German Chinese German
Jolene Wochenske Josh LeGreve Ellen Onsrud Theresa Kruschke Alfonso Tobias Barske Sarah Bailey Jeff Dyer
Marit C. Halee F. Erin F.
French Spanish German
Tobias Barske Tobias Barske Linda Havas
National Board Certified Teachers (thru December 2019) Honoree
Mathew Belknap Julie Horvath Kimberly Kerska Jennifer Piorkowski Hannah Smith-Jones Nicole Vesperman
Spanish Spanish French Spanish Spanish Spanish
New Glarus School District Beloit Memorial High School Baraboo High School Oconomowoc High School Baraboo School District Belleville High School
As we celebrate the 2020 Award Honorees, please consider nominating a colleague, student, or friend of language education for a WAFLT award. More information can be found at waflt.org.
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WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator Speech Delivered by Deana Zorko at the 2020 WAFLT Fall Online Conference
ello all. I'm Deana Zorko, a Spanish teacher at Madison West High School.
I would like to thank the awards committee and my whole WAFLT family for choosing me as the recipient of this prestigious Distinguished Educator Award. I appreciate all that WAFLT has done over the years to support language educators. Believe it or not, my first experience with the WAFLT Fall Conference was back in the late 1980s when I attended as a college student with my Eau Claire professors! I have been participating in all WAFLT has had to offer ever since and have cherished every moment! It’s a true honor to accept this award and I’m humbled as I think of those who have been honored before me. It is a list of amazing educators, many of whom I consider my friends, my mentors, and my colleagues. Thank you, to many of you that I have had the pleasure to work with and learn from over my 31 years in this profession. I appreciate your willingness to join me in numerous presentations highlighting many of the techniques from my classroom (many times incorporating the use of technology) that support language development in your students and mine. I celebrate with you the many successes that we have had together and what we have all learned in the process. This award given to me is really a celebration of all of us collectively. When thinking and contemplating my career as a Spanish teacher, which I have had a lot of time to do in
quarantine, I asked myself, “What makes an educator distinguished?” The answers always came back to the essential focus of all of our work— OUR STUDENTS! I would like to share two stories with you to demonstrate our impact on our students' lives and to remind you to highlight and focus on these winning moments, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed, challenged, tired, frustrated, defeated, and many more. I pulled these anecdotes from my “happy file.” I was told way back in one of my undergraduate methods classes that an important part of your professional duties was to keep a happy file: a file where you put thank you’s, communications, notes, etc. from students, families, and colleagues to remember the good stuff! I took that advice to heart and now I have a happy “bin” after all these years. Back to the student stories… The Outgoing Twins: I first came to know these two students when their father emailed me to ask if it was ok for them to be in my Spanish 3 class. Why, you ask? Their dad wasn't sure if I would feel awkward, and assured me that they were fine with it. You see, about a year before that late August email, on April 9, 2013, their dad had not only saved my life by performing my kidney/pancreas transplant, but cured my type 1 diabetes with this surgery. Clearly from the beginning, I had a strong connection with these students and their family. They were engaged/motivated students that went on to Spanish 4 as seniors. They asked me for letters of recommendation, went on to study Spanish at the university level, and participated in a study abroad program in Mallorca, Spain. The best
part of their story is that during the summer of 2018 while I was taking an AP Spanish Literature prep course in Madrid, I was able to meet up with them! They came to Madrid from their study abroad in Mallorca and their dad was in Madrid presenting at a transplant conference. The connection came full circle and I will treasure forever the time I was able to spend with them while they interacted with the language and culture. The Quiet Introvert: This student struggled in Spanish 4 as a senior. It was difficult for him to engage, participate, and turn in work. His attendance was spotty and he needed a lot of support in every aspect of being a Spanish student. With support, he was able to earn a C. I struggled to connect with him even though I provided him with constant support. My impression was that he had a bit of senioritis, mixed with being shy and a very busy life. I was wrong and I did not know it until the last day he was in my class. He handed me a card and promptly left for the summer and his subsequent graduation. The card was a thank you card (in Spanish) and he wrote his message to me in Spanish as well. It said, “Gracias para esta mi maestra este año. Has reformado mi conocimiento sobre latinoamérica, culturas y historia. Antes de clase nunca oído la historia y el efecto político y guerras en latinoamérica. No veía los cuentos y artes populares que impactó la cultura. Si no conoces you fue adopto cuando you fue un bambina y no había mucha relation y cultura en mi vida de Guatemala. Ninguno en mi familia han estudiado español por un tanto largo. Estuve entusiasmo y continua y conocía este
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clase pudiera ayudarme en el futuro. Espero viajar a mas paises en latinoamerica. Gracias por ser mi maestra este año.” Even though the Spanish is rough, it was an incredible connection and I had NO CLUE! I cried. I have not heard from the student since having him in class, but I do envision him continuing with his study of the language and traveling through Latin America someday! Even when we don't immediately see our impact, we continue to do the work, my friends, because the students many times determine how “distinguished” we are!
I’d like to leave you with a quote by Maraget Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” I will continue my efforts with my small group of thoughtful, committed citizens in World Languages for a few more years to come and look forward to adding much more to my “happy bin.” I am again humbled and appreciative of this recognition. Thank you for the privilege of your time and attention.
2021 WAFLT Fall Conference November 2-4 Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley Appleton, WI Shaping, Growing, and Adapting our Language Community Watch for details at waflt.org and in the fall issue of The VOICE of WAFLT
Struggling or Need Advice? Don't worry or try to reinvent the wheel, your WAFLT Team is here for you! Pandemic Advice / Take-Aways: C Build in personal breaks, establish contact boundaries (office hours). C NEVER hesitate to reach out to colleagues! C Connect with others on the WAFLT Facebook page. C Breathe, we’re all in this challenge together! C Consider COVID an opportunity to revitalize your teaching toolkit for future instruction. C Remember to take time for YOU!
Take advantage of your WAFLT membership. Go to WAFLT.org: C Read our WAFLT eVoice for inspiration C Refer to mentoring resources [waflt.org, professional development tab] C View previous conference handouts [waflt.org, conferences & events tab] C Seek out PD opportunities — Contact our WAFLT PD Chair: email@example.com When all else fails, seek specific support through our WAFLT Resource Support Google Form. [tinyurl.com/WAFLTResourceForm]
Remember, we are all in this together and are stronger together than apart. Stay connected!!!
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WAFLT Annual Meeting Minutes Saturday, November 7, 2020 (via Zoom) I. Greetings – Linda Havas II. Fall Conference Committee – Josh LeGreve / Katelynn Jensen Program Committee Report C Local Arrangements – Rebecca Mai / Janet Rowe — We are pleased and grateful for the willingness of our exhibitors to stick with us in our virtual format. Please make sure you stop in and thank them. We had a couple of new exhibitors, Extempore and Lingco Language Labs. We hope to see them in person next year. Our tried and true exhibitors are also here as well, so please make sure you all check in with them in and see what they all have to offer. — The total received for sponsorship in this virtual format was $3,300. — As always, please let us know if you have any suggestions for exhibitors. We would love to add more. III. Secretary’s Report – Brian Wopat MOTION: Josh LeGreve 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 Save the date! On Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 pm the UW-Madison Language Institute and WAFLT are hosting a joint outreach/information gathering session. More information to follow, watch your email. V. Treasurer’s Report – Kellie Villalobos Note: EB stipends went out on 11/5/2020. Please email me if you don’t receive within ten days. MOTION: Cathy Stresing moved and seconded by Jamie Gurholt to dispense reading of the treasurer’s report and accept as written. Motion passed.
VI. DPI World Language Consultant’s Report – Pam Delfosse C 2020-2021 Global Educator of the Year Award - Nominations and applications due November 30. Congratulations to 2019-2020 recipient, Laura Koebel of Plymouth. C New state-certified credential system for managing Seal of Biliteracy and Global Scholars Program. C New Multilingual-Multicultural Education Consultant to lead bilingual and dual language education, Melissa Vasquez. Melissa.Vasquez@dpi.wi.gov C New resources to support standardsand proficiency-based planning for learning. Toolkit is growing and now includes a unit planning template with guiding questions and recommended program benchmarks. Sample resources here https://tinyurl.com/y27nbetz C Thank you for centering equity and empathy as you support learners on the path of language, intercultural, and global learning. VII. NNELL Report – Jessica King C FLESFEST 2021 – Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 20. This year, the conference will be held virtually, including our keynote speaker (Rebecca Aubrey), breakout sessions, and more. We invite all world language teachers of all grade levels. For more information, visit wi-nell.org to view the FLESFEST flyer and previous conference sessions. C NNELL Summer Summit – Looking for summer professional development? Last summer, the conference was held virtually with over 300 participants and 22 hours of recorded content. Sessions are
geared for Early Language Learning, but also benefit all world language grade levels. VIII. Professional Development Committee – Jamie Gurholt C Career Changers - Andrea Behn / Ellen Onsrud — We’ve had some inquiries from the AATF Commission on Teacher Recruitment about using our material. Otherwise, things have been on hold to create an ad hoc committee as we navigate the new normal. C Virtual PD - Jamie Gurholt & Julie Horvath — Three virtual “power hour” sessions were in September and October to provide support and allow for networking leading up to the conference. Turnout was a notable success! Thanks to host Lynn Sessler Neitzel of Blackhawk Technical College/Wisconsin Virtual Schools and session moderators Janet Rowe, Josh LeGreve, and SuAnn Schroeder. Great conversations took place and we were pleased to give away free fall conference registrations, one from each session. There is potential for future sessions via Zoom. — A WAFLT Resource Form was shared in several previous email blasts with various links for outreach to support our members during this unusual time. Please peruse, share, fill out, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org — Share Fairs in 2021 are on hold, but stay tuned. There might be virtual opportunities. IX. Summer Professional Development Committee – Danielle Chaussee and Jenny Piorkowski
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C Summer Institute - Danielle Chaussee & Jenny Piorkowski — We’re working with Pam Delfosse on next year’s SI. The plan is for Pam and Jacque Van Houten to present on Intercultural Communication and advancing proficiency through student goal setting and self-assessment using LinguaFolio/LinguaGrow, which was the original plan for this year’s SI. C MOPI – Jody Reif Ziemann — This training was cancelled due to Covid19. Further discussion is needed at the December meeting to decide how to proceed for summer of 2021. 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 one scholarship. Congratulations to: Devin Pettys, French, UW-LaCrosse — WAFLT Central States Extension Workshop Grant: Each year we award grants to 2 teachers to attend the Central States Extension Workshop. Congratulations to: Catalina Cabello & Jennifer Floria — 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: Devon Clement, Onalasha High School, France & Phil Boettcher, Waukesha North High School, France — Special Projects Grant: We are able to award each fall and spring a grant to be used for special projects. Congratulations to: Brian Wopat, Onalaska High School — December 1: Deadline for Special Projects Grant, Student Travel
Scholarships, and CSC Extension Workshop Grants
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C Awards – Daniel Tess — No report until December meeting. — Awards video on Attendify: audio and video did not line up on my screen, so link is here: tinyurl.com/2020WAFLTAwards. — Adobe Rush is my new favorite thing. Using it to create a language hype video for my school’s open house. — Awards Booklet
In September, I announced my decision to resign as Public Relations Chair. I have loved working with this team of leaders and hope to remain a very active member of WAFLT and other world language endeavors. I will do all I can to assist the new chairperson of this committee.
C High School Guests – Amber Little & Danielle Chaussee — This was not held this year, so no updates. XI. Public Relations Committee – Karen Fowdy In state advocacy: C Press releases were sent for all WAFLT award recipients (personalized and sent to the media outlets and administrators identified by the recipient). C Collaborated with Brian Wopat to create a feature in the eVoice that highlights student achievement. C Shared informational and advocacy materials at a WAFLT booth at the Wisconsin School Counselors Association Conference in February 2020. National level advocacy: C Attended Language Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. February 6-8, 2020, with Past-president SuAnn Schroeder. C See languagepolicy.org/advocacy to view the constantly expanding resources from JNCL-NCLIS. Language Advocacy Day will be a virtual event this year (Feb. 3-5, 2021). Please continue to reach out to your legislative representatives as you learn about action alerts through
C Discover Languages – Justin Gerlach C This year’s contest theme was: Languages are for Everyone! C Five cards were selected as the official winners: Abigail S - 11th, Onalaska HS Laura S - 11th, Onalaska HS Jordan L - 12th, Onalaska HS Paige E - 3rd, Stormonth ES Lola M - 4th, Stormonth ES Postcards are printed on page 10. C All cards submitted were deserving to win – which as always makes it a challenge. C Created 8x10s for all postcards submitted this year along with large 13x19s for the winners. C Created postcard packs for each instructor too. Being virtual, multiple packs were not created. Posters, cards, etc. will all be mailed to respective schools. XII. Communications & Publications Committee – Lauren Rosen C VOICE – Katy Dueppen & Kelly Miller — The Voice of WAFLT is a biannual publication that seeks the voice of its members. Please consider writing an article pertaining to effective instructional practices, assessment, or initiatives to promote language learning and interculturality in your school. — We are seeking articles for our Spring edition from the entire WAFLT membership.
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C Advertising – Josh LeGreve — Due to not having a physical conference program and an abbreviated Fall Voice of WAFLT without a PreConference Program, advertising sales were suspended this fall. They will begin again in spring. C Website – Lauren Rosen — I appreciate any feedback you have on our website, so feel free to send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. XIII. Announcements / other business, etc. Please be sure to sign up for the drawing for one of three WAFLT memberships on the Google Form in the chat!
From Linda Havas: This is my final conference as your president and I want to thank all current, past, and future board members for their hard work and support. While we are proud of all that we have accomplished, especially given the challenges this year has presented, there’s still much more work to be done. I encourage each of you to get involved, share ideas, and continue to make the magical collegiality of WAFLT happen! Announcement of new PresidentElect – SuAnn Schroeder Congratulations to Victoria Carter! XIV. Adjournment MOTION: Daniel Tess moved and seconded by SuAnn Schroeder to adjourn the meeting. The motion obviously passed!
Professional Development Opportunities WAFLT Summer Language Leadership Institute | August 2-3, 2021, UW-Madison | Information: waflt.org Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers (WAFLT) Fall Conference | November 4-6, 2021, Appleton, WI | Information: waflt.org American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference | November 19-21, 2021, San Diego, CA | Information: actfl.org Join a Language Leadership Listserv : email@example.com Join Your Language Association: Go to waflt.org/about-waflt/language-associations for a list of all organizations. Reach out to learn how to join their listserv.
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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 2–20–21 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 languages and age levels taught.
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FLESFEST celebrated its 33rd annual conference themed The Joy of Connecting Today: Best FLES Practices for ALL Learners! The keynote speaker was Rebecca Aubrey, 2019 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. She addressed the concept of joy and teaching from the heart as we move forward and draw on the valuable lessons learned this past year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This conference provided a variety of breakout sessions, a make-and-take activity, and a raffle. Please visit wi-nell.org for more information.
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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 Middleton Cross Plain Area School District firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer Remya Sarma-Traynor UW-Stevens Point email@example.com
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WACLT networking meeting, like the rest of WAFLT events, was held virtually on November 7, 2020. The fellow Chinese teachers were very excited to meet and connect with their colleagues from all over the state. During this meeting, president Yongyan Liu presented the newly designed WACLT logo to the participants (pictured above). Past treasurer, Ling Cheng, formally presented her resignation to WACLT due to her relocation to South Carolina in the summer of 2020. WACLT recognized Ling Cheng’s long-term dedication to the association and welcomed Remya Sarma-Traynor from UW-Stevens Point as the new treasurer. The new WACLT board is looking forward to serving and working with all the Chinese teachers and programs in the state of Wisconsin. The meeting also acknowledged the success of moving the 2020 Chinese Speech Contest online, and passed a resolution that the Contest would remain in a virtual format in 2021.
WACLT Monthly Share Events The new WACLT board has initiated a monthly sharing event for the fellow Wisconsin Chinese teachers. The first virtual session was held on December 5, 2020, featuring Mingyu Sun from UW-Milwaukee and Yinghong Xu from UW-La Crosse. The participants were engaged to experiment with various tools for teaching and shared their gains and falls for online teaching. January 2021: Learning, Teaching, and Making Chinese Characters Stick by Jacob Gill
Feburary 2021: Indian Education and Culture by Ravi Sarma Spotlight Chinese Program: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, De Pere, WI In her Chinese culture lessons, Ms. Han introduced her Chinese students to the traditional Chinese watercolor painting. The students also tried making the traditional food mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn festival.
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American Association of French Teachers-Wisconsin Chapter President Kara Torkelson Wausau West High School presidentAATFWI@gmail.com President-Elect Cathy Stressing Fond du Lac High School presidentelectAATFWI@gmail.com
Secretary-Treasurer Brian Wopat Onalaska High School treasurerAATFWI@gmail.com Past President Ellen Onsrud Lake Mills Middle & High School pastpresidentAATFLWI@gmail.com
Concours Oral concoursoralAATFWI@gmail.com AATF Regional Representative Sheila Conrad firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chers collègues, s I started my first Google Meet French Club meeting, I felt unprepared. I usually start the year with a school-wide Meet and Greet waffle party. Students not even interested in French Club come just to eat a waffle. It’s fun for everyone and it’s a way to get the freshmen involved and to get former French Club members to return. I mean what’s a better way to get more participation, but with food! What was I going to do this year? No waffles and no in person students...I felt deflated before I even started. My district started the year all virtual and has since adopted a cohort A/B and online learning with clubs still meeting virtually.
So back to my first meeting, I honestly didn’t know how many students would show up in the first place. Fridays are still class free and meant for catch up and extra help. I decided to schedule French Club meetings at 2:00 on Fridays. I logged into the meet and low and behold I had students come! I had
already talked to students last spring for officer selection and so that did help to have officers already in place, but there were new faces as well. The meeting started with introductions and the comments and ideas just kept coming. I was so impressed with their positive attitude and outstanding suggestions for National French Week. Honestly, it took me by surprise. I did not expect this to happen. I expected them to just be silent. Nobody saying anything and then French Club would be no more and I would be disappointed and sad. Since that first meeting, they have never ceased to amaze me. Some students dropped out, but then we have also recruited more. For National French Week, my officers put together a school-wide “Tour de France” trivia competition using a Prezi and Google Form. We awarded prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. It was the first organized competition that was sent to all
students in the entire school. I mean, DECA hadn’t even done anything yet. Myself and the French Club officers thought there would be more schoolwide participation, but in the end they had fun and gave all members a purpose and sense of accomplishment. I was so proud of them. The Club went on to design T-shirts and have a white elephant holiday party...all virtual. Our next item of business is to do an online pre-order of Bon Bons for our annual fundraiser. Since the French Club sells these candies every year, members thought we could still have a sale by doing it online instead. Members figured out pricing and put together a Google order form. I realize that there may be snags, but my members are eager to move on and push ahead. I couldn’t be more thrilled. They have completely turned my attitude around. They have wowed me with their ideas and their spirit.
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Some of you already know this, but may need a reminder especially this year, to never underestimate the power of your students. Being somebody who always feels that a teacher needs to have all the answers and the one to always know what to do, this year I have learned more than ever that sometimes you just need to trust them and rely on them. After teaching for 28 years, I know some students can be downright frustrating and impossible, but many will rise up to the challenges that have been set before you and bring you to tears of happiness when you need it the most and when you least expect it. Kara Torkelson
WAFLT Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Teachers TEN scholarships are available for college juniors, seniors and graduate students who have declared majors or minors in a language teaching program and have completed or are currently enrolled in a language methods course. This scholarship provides registration to the WAFLT Fall Conference! For complete details visit waflt.org, member resources tab. Application deadline is September 25.
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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! s I write this, 2020 is in the rearview mirror and I have a range of emotions about it. On the one hand, I think, “Was 2020 all that bad?” We have all cursed and maligned it fairly regularly.
Overall, yes! 2020 was fraught with tragedy and disappointment, but there were bright spots. If you could peel back the layer of crud that was the pandemic, and for good measure, let’s throw in the 2020 election experience, a lot of good things happened to a lot of us. Some of us got married, some grew a family, some moved into new homes, some got new jobs, some even graduated. I’ve enjoyed hearing about your special moments at a time when good news has been so precious. What were some bright spots for you professionally? What have you taken away from the 2020 experience? One of the biggest bright spots for me...Zoom! We are all using different platforms, but for now, let’s call it Zoom. I have been amazed at the many ways we have been able to connect.
Last spring, we began our virtual Stammtische. I created a video to connect with you all to let you know that WI-AATG would not let you down, that we would provide opportunities to maintain professional and personal connections. I watched that video again today. I remember feeling so accomplished having conquered some new technologies. I began using Zoom to connect with my students. Over the summer, the officers and I used it to meet at least seven times to conduct business in digestible virtual chunks. We crafted together a Statement Against Racism, we amended the Constitution & Bylaws, we organized two summer professional development opportunities with presenters and attendees from around the state, and we planned for the future, for a time when we can be together again in person. How many of us attended conferences from near and far via Zoom? I personally attended the WAFLT Summer Institute for the first time, the North Texas-AATG Fall Conference, the South Texas-AATG Fall Conference, WAFLT, ACTFL, AATG receptions and meetings. I’ll tell
you, it can be exhausting after a week of teaching online, but I found it so valuable and am grateful for Zoom. I think of the range of experience so many of us have had. I cannot possibly walk a mile in each of your shoes. I am truly sorry for the losses you and your families have endured. I hope your 2021 is off to a prosperous start and that you see even brighter days ahead. We teachers are resilient and creative, and we will continue to get through this as we always do. Hopefully, by the time you read this, spring is on our doorstep and the light at the end of the tunnel continues to brighten. We will continue to struggle until this is over, but keep looking for those bright spots and cherish them! Danke schön! I want to take a moment to thank my fellow officers for all the work they did last year to keep WI-AATG moving forward. Thanks to the presenters who contributed to our new PD sessions last summer and at WAFLT last fall.
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To all who attended a PD session or Stammtisch or WAFLT, thank you! To all of you who fight the good fight each and every day to inspire your students and promote German in the State of Wisconsin, recht herzlichen Dank!
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] or in the Infoschorle (smore.com/bkwe1).
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! Besten Dank und freundliche Grüße, Jeffrey Dyer
Stay in touch with us! Join us on Facebook (facebook.com/groups/wiaatg/)! Check out my Infoschorle — Eine Mitteilung des WI-AATG Präsidenten (smore.com/bkwe1), a place where I can share “sparkling” information with links to important content and photos of the great things happening in our organization to further German in Wisconsin.
Siggi Piwek, recipient of the 2020 WI-AATG Distinguished German Educator Award
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Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese President Magara Maeda UW-River Falls (715) 425-3121 email@example.com
President Ex-officio Takako Nakakubo UW-Madison (608) 262-3473 firstname.lastname@example.org
President-Elect Patty Breun Madison Country Day School 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 Virtual School Kitamurayu2017@gmail.com
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Konnichiwa! e hope that everyone had a good start to a new year and is having a great spring semester! WiATJ certainly had a wonderful beginning of the year 2021, welcoming the new President, Magara Maeda-sensei from UW-River Falls, and the new President-Elect, Patty Breun-sensei from Madison Country Day School. We have more exciting news and updates to share in this issue.
WAFLT Fall Conference WiATJ had a fruitful business meeting at the 2020 WAFLT Fall Conference. Due to the pandemic, the conference was moved online and the meeting was held virtually. We certainly missed gathering in person, but it was nice seeing many of you again. Thank you for taking the time during a challenging school year to come together to support WiATJ and fellow teachers. We needed each other more than ever! For those members who could not join us, we hope to see you in the next Fall Conference.
After the business meeting, Yu Kitamura-sensei from Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS) presented the school’s Japanese curriculum for the Share Fair. It was a timely presentation in many ways. WVS has been offering Japanese courses online for several years, so it was helpful for many of us who have limited remote teaching experience to learn how they have been conducting Japanese language education. Also, we started seeing students who took Japanese at WVS continue studying Japanese at the college level. Kitamura-sensei’s presentation helped us understand what type of curriculums that those students had gone through during their time at WVS. This year’s fall conference will take place on November 5-6 and the theme is Shaping, Growing, and Adapting our Language Community: Embracing change as a new connection with students. Please make sure that you mark your calendars!
News Across Wisconsin Many events WiATJ regularly hosts or participates in had to be canceled since last spring. It was particularly hard to decide to cancel this year’s Wisconsin Japan Bowl. It is an exciting event and has been a highlight for many high school students who study Japanese in Wisconsin. However, considering the safety of participants and organizers as well as logistic issues that may arise if we host it online, we felt it was the best choice to cancel. We plan to host the Wisconsin Japan Bowl in early 2022, so stay tuned! Some bright news during this tough time was that Maeda-sensei received the 2020 American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) Teacher Award. Since the pandemic started and all the teachers had to shift to online instruction in a short time, Maeda-sensei has played an integral role in supporting us by generously sharing her expertise based on her extensive experience on blended and online teaching. Her work
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has helped not only WiATJ members, but teachers across the country as she presented twice for a series of webinars on remote instruction that AATJ offered last year. We are very happy that her dedication and contributions to the field of Japanese language education was recognized. Omedetoo gozaimasu!
Upcoming Events Japanese Language Speech Contest in Chicago The Consulate General of Japan in Chicago will host the 35th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest on March 27th. Last year, the event was postponed and eventually was canceled, but this year, they decided to host it via Zoom. Every year Wisconsin students have been awarded top prizes including the Grand Prize. We hope this year will be the same! Digital Japan Bowl The Digital Japan Bowl will be held April 8-9, 2021, in place of the National Japan Bowl in Washington, D.C. WiATJ canceled the Wisconsin Japan Bowl, but interested teams can still register for the Digital Japan Bowl directly.
Maeda-sensei with her 2020 AATJ Teacher Award plaque
If you or your institution has any news, held any events, 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. As I conclude this report, I would like to express deepest gratitude to the officers and members of WiATJ for their support during my two-year presidency of WiATJ. I learned a lot about Japanese language instruction as well as world language education in the state and gained many valuable experiences. Doomo arigatoo gozaimashita! Takako Nakakubo
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Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association President Nate Kolpin Wauwatosa School District firstname.lastname@example.org
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Webmaster Treasurer Mark Krause Daniel Tess Brookfield Central High School firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Salvēte omnēs! ab ovo usque ad... ovem — LTA would like to congratulate Teddy Stavropoulos upon the recent publishing of his first Latin novella, ovis quae cursum amisit (The sheep who lost its way).Teddy has been able to see the full sequence of language learning in the state, from K-12 elective to university major. Teddy is currently working as a substitute teacher at the School District of North Fond du Lac while his wife Elizabeth finishes her student teaching at Marian University. He is also on the lookout for opportunities to teach Latin in the coming years.
We wanted to sit down with Teddy and ask him about the publishing process, and hopefully we’ll see him again later this year as part of a conference or another pop-up professional development on self-publishing. Tell us a little bit about why you decided to stick with Classics? My interest in the Classics began with my family’s Greek heritage, learning the language (unsuccessfully) in my youth. When Latin was offered in 7th grade, I leapt at the opportunity, as it was a unique choice, and offered the most interesting cultural aspects, namely mythology. As I progressed through the years of Latin, I found that it came very naturally to me, and
Magister Lubben, my 5th Latin teacher in 4 years, taught with such a passion that I was always excited to have another lesson, be it grammar, myth, or culture. In addition, my time as a tutor in the National Honor Society revealed to me my passion for education, so I decided to pursue a career as a high school Latin teacher. Once I reached UW-Madison, regardless of how difficult the material became, my desire to be an educator and my incredibly kind professors inspired me to keep moving forward. When did you realize/decide you’d like to publish? Funnily enough, I wrote my novella because I missed doing so much Latin in classes. I sat down and began writing in Latin about a sheep. I began to think about bazaar at the National Latin Convention, and realized that I might actually be able to sell copies of the novella, so I began looking into publishing options. What type of timeline should be expected from start to finish? I think that the timeline will certainly vary depending on the length of the work. My novella is—I believe—40 pages long. I wrote the narrative in August, and I had the files ready by
late November, when my illustrator had finished. I chose to use Barnes and Noble Press, which is essentially self-publishing using their on-demand printing service. So once I had the files ready, it took less than 72 hours for the book to appear on bn.com (although I did have to revise the files once or twice). For me, the longest part of the process was probably figuring out how to format the three files (interior, cover, and back) so that they would fit the guidelines for the printing press. Are there any considerations with regards to print vs. digital-only when it comes to the final product? Personally, I prefer to hold a copy of a book in my hand, as opposed to a digital copy. Print also has more simple guidelines—as long as you follow the directions provided, the pages will end up looking correct. I am still in the process of trying to figure out how to create a digital copy of the novella. On the other hand, digital copies are more lucrative, as I don’t believe you lose any on the book cost to printing fees. I also think that the style of your project should contribute to the decision. I chose to go print first and foremost because it is a children’s book and it’s best read on paper, whereas a longer work might be better suited for digital.
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What advice would you give to language students and teachers about publishing? If you don’t want to deal with the hassles of a full publishing experience, there are plenty of easy self-publishing routes, so long as you have someone to help you proofread. It’s also important to note that you need not be perfect. I reuploaded my novella files 3 or 4 times after making a few mistakes —I misspelled a few words in Latin, and I forgot that the first page inside of a book is on the right hand side, so all the pages were on the wrong side of the binding. Mistakes are a great way to learn to do better. Nota Bene
We can hardly improve upon Reginald Foster’s eulogy in the New York Times, but we would simply like to reiterate here that the world has bid “ave atque vale” to a sui generis titon and Wisconsin native. Reginaldus asked us to experience the shoulders of giants upon whom we stand as we incorporated Latin into our own lives. He made sure the most pious ascetic read Lucretius, and he made the most libertine agnostic read Augustine. He was in a league of his own as a professional, but his entire commitment was to Latin for everyone, not merely academics or ecclesiastics: all of Latin for all people.
The November WAFLT Fall Conference will feature a selection of Latin/Greek sessions and it is a great place to connect with colleagues from all world languages. If you are ready to add state leadership to your résumé, there are always opportunities to serve on WLTA and WAFLT boards and committees. Until then, Curate ut Valeatis! WLTA Board
WLTA was hoping to offer Latin Day lectures for grades 7-12 in 2020 at Beloit College. October 19, 2021 would be the next possible date for such a venture, but pandemic concerns will guide all scheduling decisions. Stay posted for more info in the fall as we all figure out how to keep us safe and yet enlightened by our colleagues.
Moved recently? Changed jobs? Changed names? Update your WAFLT profile! Your profile information is the main vehicle for WAFLT to keep in touch with you and pass on information about what is happening in our organization. Verify/update your own information today: 1. Go to waflt.org and click on “Login” from the right end of the menu bar at the top. — Don’t remember your password? Click on “Forgot Password” and retrieve it using your email address or login ID. 2. Type in your login ID or email address and your password to enter. — Still can’t login? DO NOT create a new login! Instead, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. 3. On the left click account information. 4. Click edit at the top to make changes. Don’t forget to save! — If possible add a personal email address in addition to the school one as some schools block waflt.org.
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American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese President Kathy Varda JEDI Virtual School
Secretary Alix Madden Pittsville School District
Past President Erin Nienas Neenah Joint School District email@example.com
Treasurer Catalina Cabello Pacelli Catholic High School, Stevens Point
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
NSE Coordinator Victoria Carter Onalaska High School Concurso Oral Coordinator Barb Olsen Kettle Morraine High School
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introduce you to our new board members: We are excited to welcome Alix Madden and Catalina Cabello to our executive board. Alix teaches Spanish in the Pittsville School District and will be our secretary. Catalina teaches Spanish at Pacelli Catholic High School in Stevens Point and will serve as our Treasurer. Thank you for your willingness to join our team. We’re lucky to have you! Thank you to Kelly Burk and Jessica King for all of your years of service to our team. Your 2021 AATSP-WI board members are listed above. Are you interested in becoming involved? Next fall we’ll be looking for the following positions: C President-Elect (January 2022-December 2023) C Concurso Oral Representative (January 2022-December 2023) C Webmaster (January 2022-December 2023)
C SSH Representative (January 2022-December 2023) C NSE Coordinator (January 2022-December 2023) A glimpse into our events from this year: Fall ‘20 WAFLT Conference This year due to COVID our attendance numbers were lower than a typical year for our AATSP-WI Networking session on Saturday morning at the virtual WAFLT, but it was still a great event!. Thank you to everyone who attended, presented, and promoted this session. We had a great presentation by Jodi Stokdyk. Please consider attending in the future. Concurso Oral We hosted the 2021 Concurso Oral virtually from February 21, 2021March 6, 2021. Please check out our website for the selections and more information for next year’s event. We hope you will consider offering this excellent opportunity for your students!
Did you know that AATSP-WI also rewards senior scholarships every year for Concurso Oral? Wisconsin and National Poster Contest AATSP-WI Poster Contest submissions were due to Jessica Santiago, AATSP-WI President Elect and Poster Contest Coordinator, by Friday, March 19. This year's theme was Celebrando la diversidad: El español y el portugués Celebrando a diversidade: O espanhol e o português The contest was open to all students of AATSP members from grades K-12. There were several different categories for the competition: K-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 (hand-drawn), and 9-12 (digital). If you would like more information about the contest, please contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WAFLT Awards, Scholarships, and Grants: Details & Forms available @ waflt.org WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator Award: WAFLT's highest recognition, may be conferred annually on an individual of the language teaching profession who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to WAFLT and to the profession locally, statewide, regionally, and/or nationally. Nomination Deadline: March 15 Anthony J. Gradisnik Award: May be conferred on an individual or group especially from outside the world language teaching profession who shares Mr. Gradisnik's enthusiasm and advocacy for language education in such areas as international education, early language learning, and creative initiatives in language education. Nomination Deadline: March 15 Frank M. Grittner New Teacher Award: May be conferred annually on an individual new to the language teaching profession with one to three years experience who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership in the promotion of language learning and international understanding; has given service to school, community, and state organizations; and has shown commitment to regional and national organizations. Nomination Deadline: March 15 WAFLT Excellence in Language Study Award: May be conferred on students who have demonstrated great achievement and progress in language study and who exhibit great potential for further achievement in the language. Students currently enrolled in a world language course offered at their school. Elementary, middle school, high school, and post-secondary students are eligible. Nomination Deadline: March 15 WAFLT Honors in Language Study Award: May be conferred on students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in and commitment to their school’s language programs. Students currently enrolled in the most advanced world language course offered at their school; high school and post-secondary students are eligible. Deadline: March 15 WAFLT Future Language Teacher Award: May be conferred annually on students in teacher-training programs who have shown exceptional promise and potential to become outstanding world language educators. Students currently enrolled in a teacher-training program are eligible. Nomination Deadline: April 1 Donna Clementi Award for Excellence in World Language Programs: Recognizes one school and/or district that promotes language learning through quality programs.
WAFLT Professional Service Award: May be presented annually to recent retirees who have served both the profession and their students in providing quality world language education. Recent retirees with a minimum of ten years’ experience as world language educators and who have been members of WAFLT a minimum of five years within the past ten years are eligible. Nomination Deadline: May 15 WAFLT Recognition of Merit: May be presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or who have made significant contributions to the language teaching profession. Nomination Deadline: February 15 WAFLT Student Travel Scholarship: Designed to help Wisconsin pre-collegiate world language students to participate in language and cultural immersion programs, this scholarship was established in 1999 to honor O. Lynn Bolton, a Spanish teacher in the West Allis-West Milwaukee school district. Nomination Deadline: December 1 WAFLT Scholarship for Professional Development: Designed to help world language educators in Wisconsin improve their classroom teaching skills, this scholarship was established in 1995 to honor Professor Roma Hoff as she retired from the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The fund was expanded to honor Professor Constance Knop who retired from the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, and again in 2005 to honor the memory of Professor Irène Kraemer who served in many capacities at Carthage College. Nomination Deadline: April 15 WAFLT Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Teachers: Designed to offer financial assistance to attend the WAFLT Fall Conference for up to 20 college-level students preparing to become language teachers. Deadline: September 25 WAFLT Special Projects Grants: Designed to support research efforts, exchange initiatives, special programs, and projects that clearly demonstrate an ability to benefit a broad constituency of world language educators and students in Wisconsin. Deadlines: April 15 and November 15 WAFLT Central States Extension Workshop Grant: Designed to offer financial support for two WAFLT members to attend the Central States Extension Workshop each spring. Recipients of the grant are expected to work together to present a WAFLT Extension Workshop at the Fall Conference in Appleton. Deadline: December 15
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