Posts Tagged: advocacy


World Language Advocacy-Seeking a Seat at the (Virtual) Table

06/29/2020 | Written by Karen Luond Fowdy, WAFLT Advocacy Chair

What will the new academic year bring?  No one can predict the immediate future of education, but we know that very much of what we took for granted in the past will be changed. However, we can be sure that advocacy for the teaching and learning of world languages must be a vital component in any […]

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Students Leading with Languages

05/13/2020 | Written by Karen L Fowdy

Let’s get to know our outstanding students! This new feature, Leading with Languages in Wisconsin, was launched in our March issue of the eVoice. This is a quick and easy way to recognize a student who continually “exceeds expectations” in his or her language learning journey. The short time takes to complete the documents will […]

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Introducing: Wisconsin Students Lead with Language

03/15/2020 | Written by Karen Luond Fowdy

We know these students! They are the ones who have discovered the joy of communicating with others in the language(s) they are learning.  They may report that they had a meaningful conversation with a customer or co-worker at their part-time job, or that they communicated with someone from another country as they competed in an […]

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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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