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Newport News Spanish Teacher named 2015 Virginia Foreign Language Teacher of the Year
Spanish teacher Karen Heist from Woodside High School in Newport News was named 2015 David Cox Excellence in Teaching K-12 Award recipient at the Foreign Language Association of Virginia’s (FLAVA) annual conference in Williamsburg on September 25, 2015. Karen will represent Virginia in the regional competition. Visit the FLAVA website for more information.
Seal of Biliteracy
June, 2015 – the Board of Education approved criteria for awarding a Virginia Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy certifies attainment of a high level of proficiency by a graduating high school student in one or more languages in addition to English. See the Seal of Biliteracy for updates and additional information.
Foreign Language Textbooks – On March 26, 2015 the Virginia Board of Education voted to discontinue the state level review of foreign language textbooks for this review cycle. Local school divisions may continue to adopt foreign language textbooks using the Guidelines for Local Textbook Approval (PDF). Sample correlation forms are available for local school divisions to use in reviewing foreign language textbooks.
Registration is now open for The Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) 2015-2016 professional development sessions:
- November 12, 2015: Ready, Set .... Wait
- February 4, 2016: Personal, Engaging, Portable: Multimedia and Digital Stories in the World Language Classroom
- March 17, 2016: Engaging Students with Language Learning through Technology: Focus on the Interpretive Mode
See FLAVA: Workshops to register and select your host site location. These workshops are free of charge and certificates of attendance are provided.
Previous Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Videos are now available for viewing on the FLAVA-FLTWS YouTube channel.
Foreign language instruction is an important part of Virginia’s efforts to provide challenging educational programs in its public schools and to prepare students to compete in global society. Knowledge and skills that students acquire in foreign language classes reinforce and expand learning in other subject areas.
School divisions are encouraged to offer foreign language instruction beginning in the elementary grades. At the middle and secondary levels, the Foreign Language Standards of Learning set reasonable targets and expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each course offered for a standard unit of credit. Schools are encouraged to provide instruction that exceeds prescribed standards in order to meet the needs of all students.
This video was created as part of the celebration of 2005 as the Year of Languages. The program examines foreign language programs in the Commonwealth and how Virginia prepares students, in classrooms and beyond.