Advocacy in Action


How YOU can support the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act

10/14/2019 | Written by Karen Fowdy

“Take the adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! ‘Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of your old life and into the new!”  — Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows  It is likely that you can speak from your own […]

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Inspiring the Choir to Sing-From Advocate to Activist

03/15/2019 | Written by Karen Fowdy

Last July, the Advocacy in Action column was titled “Beyond Preaching to the Choir.”  To continue that metaphor, I’d like to share my favorite new quote about advocacy, “The reason we preach to the choir is because we want to inspire them to sing.” (Dr. Jay Ketner) I was inspired to sing even more loudly […]

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The Wisconsin Language Roadmap

01/10/2019 | Written by Ryan Goble, Project Coordinator, the Wisconsin Language Roadmap Initiative

The Wisconsin Language Roadmap asks, “What can YOU do?” It’s here, but now the work begins!  There is much work to be done at local and state levels! The Wisconsin Language Roadmap is a call for collaborative action. The key question that the report puts forward is: WHAT CAN YOU DO? Here are the resources […]

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”WE ARE ALL ADVOCATES!”

11/10/2018 | Written by Karen Fowdy

YOU are an advocate!   How do we internalize and carry forward the positive and energizing messages from the 2018 WAFLT World Language conference? If you were in the audience for the keynote address, you heard these powerful words from the keynote speaker, Dr. Edward M. Zarrow, 2016 ACTFL National Teacher of the Year. “A world […]

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Advocacy Updates at your fingertips in this Google+ Community

09/20/2018 | Written by Karen Fowdy

One of the best things about the beginning of a new school year is the chance to rethink and reset our good intentions. Because of our passion for learning languages, one of those intentions is surely advocating for learning another language and connecting to other cultures. We know that it is vital to have quick […]

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Beyond “Preaching to the Choir”

07/21/2018 | Written by Karen Fowdy

Diverse stakeholders join forces to support language learning Speaking out about the value of learning   languages   comes naturally to World Language teachers. We have experienced the joy of connecting with other individuals and cultures through language and are eager to share that joy with others. However, our advocacy efforts can feel lonely and frustrating when […]

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Language advocates lobby Congress for language education and industry priorities

04/02/2018 | Written by Keely Lake

Reprinted with permission from Maria Pulcini and JNCL-NCLIS. On February 15-16, the Joint National Committee for Languages – National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS), the authority on language policy in Washington, DC, hosted its annual conference, Language Advocacy Day. Unique in the field, the event affords the opportunity for those in the language learning and […]

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ADVOCACY for World Languages-On the Proficiency Journey

12/13/2017 | Written by Karen Fowdy

World language teachers know that learning a language is a journey. Our love of the journey led us to our chosen profession. But do we remember to encourage our students to join us on the journey? Consider these two options for a “road trip.” 1) Come on! Get on this bus! I’m the driver and […]

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Why We Strive

10/22/2017 | Written by Keely Lake

This has been a tough year to feel like fighting. Every time I turn on the news I find another reason to be discouraged. I had a death in the family which was long in coming and very draining. Work has been as busy and as stressful as ever. But I am not alone. Many […]

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Advocacy in Action

07/24/2017 | Written by Karen Luond Fowdy

Happy Summer!  Whether you are teaching summer school, traveling with students, taking classes, or finding time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends, it is surely a little diversion from your busy routine during the academic year.  However, we  know that your teacher brain is always thinking of plans and good intentions for […]

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