Superintendent’s Memo #229-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

August 31, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Annual Conference of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia

The Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) will hold its annual statewide conference on October 4-6, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Fort Magruder, Williamsburg, Virginia.  Conference highlights will include a keynote address from the National Language Teacher of the Year, exhibits, over 125 sessions and workshops, and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) sponsored Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) Institute.  The 2012 conference theme is Languages: Fast Forward.

In addition to language-specific sessions for Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish, there will be sessions during every time slot that are useful to any language teacher at any level from elementary school through higher education.  General presentation topics include technology integration, the teaching of culture, the teaching of literature, service learning, and professional issues.  Additional information is available from the FLAVA Web site at http://www.flavaweb.org.  Participants may register and pay online through the FLAVA Web site, by mailing in a registration form and check, or on-site at the conference.  Preregistration is encouraged.

Thursday Workshops – The Thursday workshops offer an opportunity to select a specific topic for more in-depth training than the shorter conference sessions.  Teachers are encouraged to participate in one or more of the workshops, many of which have direct correlations to the Virginia Standards for the Professional Practice of Teachers.  Examples include:

Creative Student Project Contest – FLAVA is sponsoring a creative project contest for student-produced projects related to the conference theme.  Teachers must bring their students’ entries to the conference registration area on Friday afternoon in order to be considered.  Additional information and entry forms are located on the FLAVA Web site listed above.

Language Association Meetings – Virginia chapters of national and regional foreign language associations will meet at various times during the FLAVA conference.

Please contact your respective chapter presidents for information and preregistration.

Other organizations and groups may meet during lunch on Friday and Saturday in the hotel restaurant, which will be divided by languages.  Teachers are invited to join an individual language group during this time.  Participants are responsible for the cost of their lunch; $12.00, plus tax and gratuity.  The luncheon will feature a Mexican theme on Friday and an Italian theme on Saturday.  Nonalcoholic drinks are included with the price of the luncheon.

Awards and Recognitions – The FLAVA Awards Committee invites you to nominate a teacher, administrator, group, or business who has shown commitment to foreign language education, assessments or teaching.  FLAVA will recognize outstanding foreign language professionals during the Friday reception at the annual conference.  Nomination forms are available on the FLAVA Web site and will be accepted through September 15, 2012, in the following areas:

For further information, please contact Lisa Harris, specialist for foreign languages, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at Lisa.Harris@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3666.

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