News & Updates From AWLA

Awards & Recognitions

Descriptions and criteria for each award may be found online at Awards and Recognitions

  • 03 Dec 2019 10:43 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)


    Spread the word to new teachers of Spanish and Portuguese to join the AATSP for 2019-20 on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2019) for only $25.00. Watch for announcements on AATSP Facebook and Twitter!

    The discount code is newmember2020 and is valid on Dec. 3rd only for individuals that have never been members of the AATSP. Fill out the online form to join as a First-Year member, and then put in the code when prompted!

    Shared on behalf of:
    Sheri Spaine Long, Ph.D.
    Executive Director, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
    2100 First Avenue North, Suite 320Birmingham, Alabama  35203  USA
    205-506-0600 (phone)  
    102nd AATSP Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico (July 9-12, 2020)
    103rd AATSP Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (July 8-11, 2021)

  • 03 Oct 2019 11:11 AM | Elizabeth Conner (Administrator)

    Registration for the SCOLT/AWLA conference on March 26-28, 2020 at the Mobile Convention Center is open now:

    Be sure to register for the AWLA luncheon on March 28! This will be our annual meeting and award recognition.

    Registration deadline is Sunday, March 1, 2020. AFTER March 1, 2020, you must register on-site and no luncheon tickets are included in the registration fee, which will be $200. A limited number of luncheon tickets MAY be available for $30 each for on-site registrants, but this is not guaranteed.

  • 12 Sep 2019 2:47 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    AWLA was proud to represent Alabama at the SCOLT (ALWA) Conference 2020 planning meeting this past weekend in Mobile.  Chase Krebs and Elizabeth Conner spent the morning with the SCOLT board planning out what looks to be a fantastic conference at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Session proposals have been submitted so now on to building the schedule.  Keep up with details here at AWLA as well as  

    Photo credit Leslie Baldwin, SCOLT ED

  • 20 Jun 2019 1:37 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    A great two days in the books - literally!  

    We gathered June 18 & 19 in the library at Vestavia Hills High School for two days of workshops led by Norah L. Jones.  An energetic and dynamic speaker who really has a way of planting a seed for new ideas.  If you would like to learn more about what was covered, visit the Member Forum (make sure you are logged in).  Once I receive the materials from Norah, I'll post them in the forum.   Attendees also shared their own ideas and resources, so please feel free to post and share. Cheers! 

  • 01 Apr 2019 12:03 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

  • 26 Mar 2019 3:31 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    We just returned from SCOLT 2019 in Myrtle Beach where AWLA was well-represented with lots of members in attendance and several members presenting.  Our current Teacher of the Year Hannah Sullivan impressed attendees with her interview, recorded teaching philosophy, and enthusiasm for language education. Our Best of AWLA presenter Liza Heath presented to a packed audience with Keep Them Talking! Moving Beyond Memorized Vocabulary.

    Of notable interest for the organization was the Regional Leadership Workshop where the topic was Sustainable Engagement in Leadership; several of the ideas explored there will take effect at the AWLA Spring Board Meeting. 

    Preparations for SCOLT/AWLA 2020 in Mobile are underway as well. Downtown Mobile will be the venue and, along with an informative program, there will be lots of things to do within walking distance of the Convention Center and conference hotel. Be sure to make plans to attend!

    Kristy Britt, President     Jennifer Charles, Vice President

  • 01 Feb 2019 3:20 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

  • 29 Nov 2018 3:34 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Did you go to ACTFL 2018?  Take some great photos?  Share them in the Forums or on the socials!

  • 25 Oct 2018 8:39 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

  • 11 Oct 2018 3:29 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Featured first in the ACTFL Smart Brief today was our own Madison City Schools and the amazing growth they are achieving.  Kudos to AWLA Member Kitty Mingus for your important roll in the effort to achieve second language proficiency.  Read all about it here.

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