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WAFLT Spring Regional 2020
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WAFLT Spring Regional 2020: Session proposals and conference registration are now open on our Web site.

Date: April 18th, 2020
Location: Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA)

Theme: Lead With Languages: Reflections of the ACTFL Conference in Washington DC

WAFLT Spring Regional Session Proposal:…/1FAIpQLSd1VNhnnRRsVue35K…/viewform

WAFLT will hold a Spring Regional Conference on April 18th, 2020, from 9:00am - 4:00pm at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. The theme of the conference is "Lead with Languages. Reflections of the ACTFL Conference in Washington DC."
All presenters need to register for the conference. The registration fee is $15 for current WAFLT members and $45 for non-members (which also includes membership in WAFLT).

We particularly encourage presentations by people who attended the ACTFL Conference in Washington, DC in November 2019 and would like to share key learnings from the conference.

We look forward to seeing you at our Spring Regionals!

The UW STARTALK Team is pleased to offer free workshops each year for teachers in our Teacher Program and open to any World Languages teachers to help them improve their teaching practice. We hope you’ll visit the workshop pages from previous years and take advantage of the resources there.



Presented by Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki
Tuesday February 25, 2020 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: UW Denny Hall 159

Free. Clock hours may be available through the Washington Association for Language Teaching.

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Questions? Please contact Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki.


2020 CLTA-WA Spring Workshop

Comprehensible Language Acquisition with ACTFL's 6 Core Practices
Time: April 25th 2020, 9:00am – 4:00pm w/ 1 hour lunch break @ 12:00pm (6 hours total)
Presenter: Catherine Oussellin, current WAFLT president  
Target Audience: World Language Educators
Location: Westside School, 10404 34th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98146
Cost: Free for CLTA-WA members; $20.00 for non-members (CLTA-WA annual membership fee: $30.00 for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

ACTFL’s 6 Core Practices are thoughtful and sound ideals for World Language Educators, but which steps, resources, knowledge, and strategies does it really take to develop engaging and effective units that weave them together? In this workshop, teachers will collaborate on the design and instruction of global thematic units using comprehensible language strategies. They will interact with curated authentic language and pedagogical resources to develop communicative activities and proficiency tasks for all three modes in the target language that incorporate research-based assessment options for which teachers can provide appropriate feedback. Participants will work with hands-on resources that will be shared via the WAFLT website. Please bring a computer in order to fully benefit from the online resources.

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Dear WAFLT Members,

There is a bill in the Washington State Legislature that you might want to follow:

SB 5607 - 2019-20

Concerning dual language learning in early learning and K-12 education.

This is the most substantial funding (I would say) that the Legislature has been approving for several years to support languages besides English. It is specifically for Dual Language programs oriented to serving students who qualify for English Learner services to learn academic content through their home language (as well as English) in a Dual Language educational setting. Funds can also be used in the tribal compacts for heritage languages. They can be used to fund a Two-way model, where half the students are monolingual English speakers learning the partner language. So, this bill is a key tool to achieve Supt. Reykdal’s vision of all students in WA having access to Dual Language programs and becoming bilingual/biliterate.

What is interesting to me is that the Senate Education Committee passed it on 1/31/2020 – but with a substitute version. You can see the new language in the bill text (where the original language is crossed out):

(1)(a) Within existing resources, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall facilitate dual language professional learning ((cohorts for school districts and state-tribal 8 compact schools establishing or expanding)) communities to promote statewide collaboration among staff administering and working in dual language programs under section 1 of this act and heritage language programs under section 2 of this act.

(b) The office ((must)) of the superintendent of public instruction shall provide technical assistance and support to ((school districts and state-tribal compact schools implementing dual 15 language programs, including those establishing or expanding dual 16 language programs under section 1 of this act)) dual language programs under section 1 of this act and heritage language programs under section 2 of this act. Technical assistance and support must include professional development, sharing resources and best practices, and guidance for programs to be self-sustaining through the use of state basic education or federal funding.

I am excited because in the substitute bill, they are supporting OSPI to facilitate statewide collaboration among dual language programs and professional development not limited to districts that have received grant funding from OSPI. I’ve been asking for this for many years – so I’m pleased to see this possibility.

You can see the list of Senators who supported this substitute version of the bill: (Majority Report). The bill will next go to the Ways and Means Committee (which handles funding decisions).

If you support this substitute version, you can write to the Senators on the Education Committee (who voted for it) to thank them for the changes, and you can write to the Ways and Means Committee members to urge their support. This is reasonable advocacy for members of WAFLT to do using your personal emails. If your district supports the bill (like many with Dual Language programs do), then you can check with your district leadership to see if you can write on behalf of the district using your district email.

If you’d like to continue to receive updates about this bill (or other bills of interest to us as world language advocates), let me know, and we’ll work on constructing an email list for communications. Also, if you would like a Zoom session on how to contact legislators, we can offer that too in the coming weeks.


Michele Anciaux Aoki, Ph.D.

WAFLT Assessment Services

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