26 Mar Exciting News to Report 20 March 2018
Exciting News to Report
The FLAVA Executive Board is so excited to announce that Heidi Trude, French teacher at Skyline High School in Front Royal, was named the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) Teacher of the Year on Friday, March 16 th . Heidi competed against nine other state representatives for this title and will now prepare to represent SCOLT for the ACTFL Teacher of the Year recognition. For photos from SCOLT and to hear some remarks from Heidi, click here.
In addition to this thrilling news, Devyn Keller of Matoaca High School in Chesterfield County presented her Best of FLAVA session entitled “Integrating Music into the Language Classroom.” Both Bettina Staudt and I represented FLAVA at the Leadership Luncheon and Workshop which focused on teacher recruitment and retention.
Back in February, Effie Hall, German teacher of Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, presented her Best of FLAVA session entitled “The ‘Unspoken’ Communicative Contract: Target Language Bullseye!” at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL). Both Dick Kuettner and I attended the State Leaders Meeting, which was filled with state reports and table talk topics such as membership, professional development, conference ideas, and attracting high quality world language teachers.
Here are a few additional reminders:
1) Write the governor and ask him to veto HB 443, etc. Here are links provided by Dick
∙ Send a pre-written letter to the Governor
∙ Send a pre-written Tweet to the Governor
∙ Post a Facebook Comment on the Governor’s official site
∙ Make a Call! Use our talking points to make your case or left a message
2) Register for the Spring Conference at Washington and Lee University on April 21st at
https://flavaweb.org/conference/spring-2018- conference/spring-2018- conference-
3) If you sent in a proposal for the Fall Conference, you should hear by the end of April regarding
acceptance. If you did not receive a confirmation for your proposal, please contact our
conference chair, JoAna Smith, to make sure your proposal was received. Please use
4) Please read below the message from Martha Davis, our Mentor Program Chair, about our
new Facebook group. This is a terrific way to share and help one another across the state.
President, Foreign Language Association of Virginia
Message from Martha Davis, Mentor Program Chair
Dear FLAVA Members,
I invite you to join the newly created FLAVA Peer Mentoring Network Facebook group. The closed group provides a space to ask and answer questions and share ideas and information with your FLAVA peers. Be sure to tune in for the group’s virtual discussion forums, too, to gain valuable advice, insight and encouragement.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Martha Davis, FLAVA Mentor Program Chair at email@example.com.
We hope you will become a part of this growing network of dynamic language educators!
Martha E. Davis, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish
Northern Virginia Community College