FLAVA believes that all students can learn a world language.
We believe that coding and computer science are important but do not replace world language, as they are different. One cannot replace the other for graduation requirements.
FLAVA believes in preparing students to fit the profile of a VA graduate, as outlined by the VA DoE, and to give students the means to prepare for a college education if that is what they choose. Removing world language requirements for graduation can put these in jeopardy.
If you don’t know what to say/write, FLAVA has an Advocacy folder with resources, including letters others have sent and a template for phone calls to legislators. It is located at bit.ly/FLAVAadvocacy.
We also encourage you to post on your social media accounts and tag any referred bill’s patron and Education Committee members.
Find your legislators here.
The following members are ALSO on the Public Education Subcommittee:
The following members are ALSO on the SOL & SOQ Education Subcommittee:
The Virginia General Assembly meets in January and February. When in session, we need people to come to the meetings and speak about WL legislation. If you can go to the GA to speak, please contact Sharon Scinicariello at firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you do plan to come, feel free to bring refreshments and work/reading material in case there is a wait.)
The Senate subcommittee meets “30 minutes after adjournment” in Subcommittee Room 2 on the fifth floor of the Pocahontas Building.
The House subcommittee meets at 7 a.m.; the committee meets at 9 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Wednesday in the House Committee Room of the Pocahontas Building.
The Senate session begins at noon and can be adjourned at any time so the committee could start any time after 12:30.
It may seem intimidating but you can do this! Check out the GA page for information on public entrances, security procedures, cafe location, and more. There is street parking and there are many garages in the area.
FLAVA advocates for world language education on behalf of members at the local, state, and federal levels. FLAVA is a member organization of JNCL-NCLIS, NECTFL, SCOLT, and ACTFL and advocates through these organizations as well. For information or help with advocacy, please contact the FLAVA Advocacy Chair, Sharon Scinicariello, at email@example.com.
Everything you need to know about advocacy including ideas and resources can be found on this site and also on ACTFL’s advocacy page or JNCL-NCLIS’s website. Additionally, FLAVA has an Advocacy folder with resources at bit.ly/FLAVAadvocacy.
Advocacy and Social Networking: Many online opportunities educate the public about the benefits and issues surrounding language learning. To stay informed, you can easily “follow,” “like,” or “friend” FLAVA, Discover Languages, ACTFL, Lead with Languages, and other organizations on social media like Facebook or Twitter. Then you can also share this information with your friends, students, and parents. Please do so, as languages are a vital part of our existence.