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[caption id="attachment_2577" align="alignleft" width="150"]Gimara Richards & Inmar Romero Gimara Richards & Inmar Romero[/caption] School is a place to learn, and making mistakes is part of the learning process, because we all learn from mistakes.  The way we point out these mistakes to students could either make them or break them. In 2012, we started a teacher research project to improve student achievement by providing descriptive feedback. Descriptive feedback measures students’ progress toward specific, realistic goals – better known to teachers as S.M.A.R.T goals. While teachers in Virginia use S.M.A.R.T goals to capture their own progress, we use the process directly with our students. They are the first step toward helping students make measurable improvement in their language skills. We are passionate about student achievement, so we wanted to make sure our feedback was truly helping students achieve their goals.
Colleagues, an update on the progress of Seal of Biliteracy legislation in Virginia: Seal of Biliteracy bills passed easily in both the House of Delegates (HB1351) and Senate (SB916). The key difference is what criteria would be considered for awarding the Seal to a student.

Dear Colleagues, Please read below about an exciting opportunity: the Mead fellowships by NECTFL. What an exciting way to receive funding for a special project that would benefit all language teachers! FLAVA must receive your application by Monday, November 16th! Please follow the directions below and send completed...

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2016 FLAVA Annual Conference: Globally Mine! The conference will be held October 6-8, 2016 in Williamsburg. To submit a proposal, please go to the following link: http://flavaweb.org/conference/2016-call-for-proposals/ ...

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The Foreign Languages and Literatures Department sponsored its first Spanish Spelling Bee Competition on April 9, 2016 from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. This initiative brought together high school students from the Hampton Roads area and the ODU community to promote foreign language education as well...

Dear colleagues, we are excited to announce that online registration for our upcoming, interactive teacher workshop series (FLTWS) will open October 1st. All participants (members and non-members) need to register online. For workshop dates and titles please go to: www.flavaweb.org/workshops Starting October 1st, for registration please go www.flavaweb.org/workshops/workshop-registration/ To start off...