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  • 18 May 2021 10:32 AM | Elizabeth Conner (Administrator)

    Congratulations to AWLA member Rhea Grate at Saint James School in Montgomery for her students' achievement!

    Sumner Brown earned the highest score in all four categories tested: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  He actually has earned the Working Fluency status.  This is amazing after only 3 years of high school instruction.

    Aubrey Wright earned the Functional Fluency status, which is also amazing since she has not taken Spanish this year.  She finished Spanish 4 with me last year (including one quarter of fully remote learning).

  • 24 Mar 2021 3:55 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

  • 24 Mar 2021 2:08 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

     A few words from AWLA VP Liza Heath:  

    Virtual Language Advocacy Day allowed me to take action in a circle outside my school, city, and state on the need to value language education in the United States. It was very encouraging and exciting to know that I am not alone in this process. Knowing that so many like-minded people from all over the nation were coming together on the same day and at the same time to work together towards one common goal was very powerful. 

    Through the training provided by JNCL-NCLIS I learned how to use my story to highlight my petition and how to connect with our legislators in order to provide insight on how language learning will directly impact our nation. The privilege of sharing my story with five different legislators and exercising my First Amendment right to advocate for something that is so essential for our country is something I value, knowing that many people around the world do not have this freedom. I look forward to being able to do this again next year in Washington, D.C. in order to make connections with others that share a passion for the importance of languages.
  • 24 Mar 2021 1:45 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

  • 01 Dec 2020 2:55 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    2021 Virtual Conference

    We are very excited about the virtual conference to be held March 18-21, 2021! Registration is now open, and you can renew your Sponsor or Patron membership when you register for the conference. The SCOLT Board is working on plans for fun activities throughout the conference, including a special and exclusive event for Sponsors and Patrons, to be held Saturday evening, March 20. You don't want to miss it! Register and renew your membership today!

  • 01 Dec 2020 2:54 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    SCOLT Board Nominations

    We are requesting nominations for 3 new SCOLT Board members who will come onto the Board at the end of the 2021 virtual conference. 

    We need nominations for 2 regular Board members who are willing to serve for 4 years. We will specifically need someone to fill the roles of Program Co-Director along with Registrar and SCOLTalk Co-Editor.

    In addition, we are in need of a Board member to complete the current term for the Awards Director position. Unfortunately, Christine Hutchins has had to resign from that role. This person will serve through the end of the 2023 conference.

    Please see the current list of Sponsors and Patrons and consider nominating someone for these positions. Self-nominations are also permitted, so if you have been thinking about becoming more involved with SCOLT, this is a great way to do so! Please confirm that your nominee is willing to accept the nomination prior to sending the information. 

    To nominate a fellow Sponsor/Patron or yourself, please send all information below to Carmen Scoggins at scoltpastpresident@gmail.comThe nomination deadline is Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

    Nomination Information to Include on a Half Page Bio:

    NAME and TITLE

    CONTACT INFORMATION (including email address and phone number)





  • 30 Jul 2020 1:48 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Summer Summit: Connecting in New Ways! 

    July 6-10, 2020

    Over 300 participants recently attended the first ever virtual NNELL Summer Summit. With five days of professional development offered, attendees were able to listen to amazing presentations and to interact in break-out groups and social functions

    Presenters included 2019 ACTFL Teacher of the year , Rebecca Aubrey, and 2020 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, Rebecca Blouwolff, Julie Speno of Mundo de Pepita, and Helena Curtain, co-author of Languages and Children:Making the Match, New Languages for Young Learners. 

    Some of the topics touched on during the Summit: How can teachers address issues of social injustice? How does setting and using language target goals increase proficiency? What are some advantages of using proficiency based classroom centers and activities? How can teachers create a deep and rich curriculum using themes rather than topics? How can teachers stay connected with students during distance learning? What are 

    authentic assessment tools and why should teachers use them? How to reach diverse learners using researched based strategies? 

    The sessions are all available to view for members of NNELL on the “Members Only” section of the NNELL website. To join NNELL go to Individual memberships are $30 and are good until August 31st, 2021 

    A few words from our NNELL Liaison, Joelle Jones....

    The NNELL summer conference has become my favorite conference to attend. Even though the format was different this year it was still a really excellent, worthwhile experience. The NNELL board members stepped up and made the best of a difficult situation. The usual attendance for the Summer Institute is around 60 teachers. This year over 300 teachers attended! 

    As I reflected on my takeaways from the conference, I realized that they were the same takeaways I have from when I have attended an in-person conference. For me, networking with the other teachers is the number one biggest plus about attending a conference. Speaking with other language teachers who “get” my passion for language learning is so encouraging to me. After each session during the Summer Summit we went to break out rooms in our Zoom sessions to share ideas and discuss questions from the session. It was so good to talk and to share ideas with other teachers from across the country. It reminded me that I am not in this alone and that educators everywhere are struggling with the issues and difficulties caused by COVID-19. 

    My newest favorite saying is “Iron sharpens iron”. Not only do other teachers encourage and inspire me they challenge me! Listening to the presenters speak about what I call “Big Questions”, I found myself asking how I can address issues of social injustice, environmental concerns, and the myriad of other challenges that will be faced by my students as they grow into adults. During the conference I was challenged by my fellow educators to get out of my comfort zone and to become an educator that explores these challenges with my students. It’s not easy nor is it particularly comfortable but I think opening a dialog with our students about the struggles they will be facing as adults is imperative. 

    If you teach world languages to students in Pre-K through eighth grades I would highly recommend joining NNELL. It’s been a game changer for me. 

  • 28 May 2020 11:32 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Your classroom GPS: How to move students from novice to intermediate proficiency

    In this webinar, you will learn a step-by-step approach to motivate and support learners as they move to higher levels of proficiency. You will discover how to teach grammar as a concept, engage students by connecting their interests to tangible can-do and standards-based goals and grading, and to increase motivation and excitement. You will also discover classroom activities and assessments that enable learners to actively take charge of their own developing proficiency.

    Presented by Linda Egnatz, 2014 ACTFL Teacher or the Year, Global Seal of Biliteracy Executive Director

    Register at!
  • 28 May 2020 11:15 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Look what ACTFL TOY Noah Geisel says about AWLA PD this summer! We invite anyone around the world to join for just $25 and get all of our amazing workshops for free! 

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