August 26, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, 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 6-8, 2016, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Williamsburg, Virginia.  Conference highlights will include over 200 sessions and workshops; exhibits; and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) sponsored Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) Institute.  The 2016 conference theme is Globally! MINE!

In addition to language-specific sessions, 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 integrating the five C's of language instruction: communication, culture, comparisons, connections, and communities; as well as sessions on assessment, technology integration, and professional issues.  Additional information is available from the FLAVA Web site at http://flavaweb.org/conference/.  Participants may register and pay online through the FLAVA Web site.  Early bird registration ends on September 18, 2016.  Tickets for the Friday evening Awards Dinner will be available only to the first 300 who register.

Thursday Workshops The Thursday workshops offer an opportunity to select a specific topic for more in-depth training than the shorter conference sessions.  There are 15 workshops to choose from this year.  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:

 

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

Please contact the respective chapter president for information and preregistration.

Awards and Recognitions – The FLAVA Awards Committee will recognize and announce the winners of the following awards at the awards dinner on Friday evening.  Attendance at the dinner is open to the first 300 registrants only. 

For further information, please contact Dr. 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.

SRS/LH/vdg