DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 172
August 17, 2007
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Professional Development Opportunities for Foreign Language Teachers
Department of Education is pleased to announce several professional development
opportunities for foreign language teachers.
The Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) will hold its
annual statewide conference on October 12-13, 2007, at the
the Department of Education will offer professional development institutes for
Latin: September 14-16, 2007
Registration deadline: August 31
French: September 21-23, 2007
Doubletree Hotel Historic
Registration deadline: September 7
German: September 28-30, 2007
Registration deadline: September 14
Spanish: November 2-4, 2007
Sheraton Park South Hotel
Registration Period: September 4-28
The Virginia Department of Education has collaborated with leaders from Virginia chapters of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), and the American Association of teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), as well as the Classical Association of Virginia (CAV) and the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) to design unique programs for each language group, focusing on improving teaching skills and cultural knowledge. Teachers of French, German, and Spanish will benefit further from a full language immersion, with all activities and communication conducted in the target languages. A limited number of native or heritage speakers may participate. Tentative workshop schedules are available online from the Department of Education Foreign Language Web page at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/Language/.
Teachers may register electronically online at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/fliw/. A PDF version of the registration form that can be mailed or faxed is also available from the website above. Registration is limited to one workshop per teacher and one teacher per school. Attendance is limited to a maximum of 30 German, 40 French, 40 Latin, and 50 Spanish teachers. Priority will be given to registering teachers who were on the waiting list last year and/or to foreign language teachers who did not participate last year. Please note that successful submission of the registration form does not guarantee acceptance into the institute. Participants will be notified of their status at the close of the registration period for each institute.
For further information, please contact Helen Small, specialist for foreign languages, by e-mail at Helen.Small@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at 804-225-3666.