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January 25, 2006

Professional Development Workshop at WKU

On Saturday, February 25, 2006, the Department of Modern Languages at Western Kentucky University invites you to attend a professional development workshop for P12 world language teachers and interested postsecondary teachers.  The workshop topics will be "Developing Standards-Based Units of Study" and the new "LinguaFolio KY!" assessment tool.  The workshop presenters and facilitators are P12 participants in the Improving Educator Quality grant project sponsored by WKU during the past year, as well as Dr. Jacque Van Houten, KDE World Language Consultant, and members of the WKU Department of Modern Languages.  You will come away with useful information and instructional material that you can easily integrate into your classes.
The cost of the workshop is $15 to cover lunch and refreshments as well as workshop materials.  We can also provide some travel funding for those coming some distance to attend.  P12 teachers will earn six PD hours for attending this workshop. 
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January 18, 2006

Louisville Teacher to Appear on KET

Diane Mackenzie, the Atherton High School Spanish teacher who received the prestigious $25,000 Milken Family Foundation Educator Award, chats with Bill Goodman on the next One to One, airing Friday, Feb. 3 at 10/9 PM CT on KET2 and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2/1 PM CT on KET1. atherton.jpg Diane, a KWLA member, has been a teacher for 16 years and is chair of Atherton's world language department. She was a Fulbright Scholarship recipient in 1988, has received the Superintendent's Distinguished Service Award and is a mentor and supervisor for new teachers. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville and holds a teaching certificate from Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala.

January 17, 2006

Language Teacher Wins Technology Award

TeachLogo_K50h.gifCongratulations to Robert Crawford, Spanish teacher at Meyzeek Middle School in Louisville for winning the 2005 Best Buy te@ach Award. The Best Buy te@ch program recognizes schools and teachers who make learning fun by integrating interactive technology into the curriculum. Thousands of schools across the country applied, making the selection process highly competitive. The best of those applications were selected to receive Best Buy te@ch awards. Robert presented his project at the 2005 KWLA Fall Conference in a session titled: "Lights, Camera, Action: Creating a Sitcom in the Target Language." In February, te@ch award-winning schools will receive a package from Best Buy containing a Best Buy te@ch Gift Card for $2,500.

January 06, 2006

Open Invitation to KWLA Winter Retreat

On Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2006, the Kentucky World Language Association will host its Winter Board Meeting and 2nd Annual Winter Retreat at the Villa Madonna Academy in Villa Hills, Kentucky. We are happy to invite a variety of K-16 world language teachers to represent the diverse areas of Kentucky at our retreat, as we chart the next five years for our organization. At last year's retreat, board members and regional representatives created a strategic plan that will be introduced during the 2006 Retreat. Any current member is welcomed to submit their name for consideration. Regional representatives will be selected based on the following criteria: 1) geographical location, 2) language, 3) teaching level, and 4) length of membership. The KWLA Annual Retreat Committee will select 15 representatives from all applications. Learn more »

January 06, 2006

President Bush Remarks on International Education

President Bush spoke to U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education on Thursday, January 5th. A transcript and video of his remarks can be viewed on the White House web site. Learn more

We're going to teach our kids how to speak important languages. We'll welcome teachers here to help teach our kids how to speak languages. But we're also going to advance America's interests around the world and defeat this notion about our -- you know, our bullying concept of freedom by letting people see what we're about. Let them see firsthand the decency of this country.

January 03, 2006

JNCL-NCLIS Legislative Alert

On January 6 and 7, the State Department, the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and the Education Department are hosting a meeting-"the U.S. University Presidents Summit and Education Stakeholders on National Security Foreign Language Initiatives." On Thursday, January 6, the President of the United States will address the assembly regarding our national foreign language needs and new policies. For more information visit the JNCL-NCLIS website at www.languagepolicy.org Learn more »