Posts Tagged: advocacy


High Tech/Low Tech: Mapping the Way to a Multiliterate Wisconsin

09/15/2019 | Written by Lauren Rosen

As the new academic year gets underway many of us take a look at the past as we design what we will do in the future. How will we improve that lesson from last year? Did our students reach the expected outcomes? What can be done differently? How are national and state trends impacting instruction? […]

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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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High Tech/Low Tech: Talking Advocacy with Your Students

08/10/2018 | Written by Josh LeGreve, Spanish Teacher, Green Lake School District

As we all begin to prep for our return to our classrooms, one of theearly lessons in the year I look forward to is having the conversation with students about why languages matter and why it is important to learn about other cultures and communities. To me, this is a pivotal portion of my work […]

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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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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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Lead with Languages

03/12/2017 | Written by Karen Fowdy

This month we have great news to share! On March 3, ACTFL launched its national language proficiency awareness and advocacy campaign and website, Lead with Languages. This multi-year campaign aims to build awareness about the increased demand for language skills and supports the growth of learners who are competent in other languages and cultures. Check out its website, […]

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Our Students, Our Advocates

09/12/2016 | Written by Karen Luond Fowdy

“I overheard my daughter talking with her friends in German.” “A person came through the line when I was bagging groceries and didn’t understand the checker. I was able to help her because I spoke Spanish!” “My granddaughter showed me how she can write in Chinese!” Our students can be our best public relations advocates […]

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Visiting and Building a Relationship with your Legislators

07/21/2016 | Written by Keely Lake

If you have not visited your Senators or Representative, the process can seem a little daunting. How do I set up the meeting? Will they listen to me? How do I translate one visit into a relationship that can further serve language education? Still, when I am in Washington, D.C. working with the Joint National […]

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Discover What Languages Mean!

05/29/2016 | Written by Justin Gerlach

In 2008, WAFLT and Discover Languages Wisconsin launched the first edition of the Student Video & Postcard Contests. These contests are based on the ACTFL Discover Languages Campaign. Fast forward to 2016 and our contests are continuously celebrating and recognizing our student’s connections to world languages in Wisconsin!   Our contests are designed for all students […]

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