Advocacy for World Languages

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Advocacy for World Languages

  1. 1. Advocacy for World Languages Lynn Fulton-Archer World Language Specialist, Rock Hill Schools [email_address]
  2. 2. What do these have in common? <ul><li>Strong Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Up-to-date Information </li></ul>BUILDING BLOCKS OF ADVOCACY
  3. 3. “ Where” does Advocacy occur? <ul><li>In your own classrooms Build strong programs that show results </li></ul><ul><li>In your community Create opportunities for students to use the language outside the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>In the legislature Contact representatives to support foreign language initiatives </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ Who” are the Advocates? <ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Community Members </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Native Speakers </li></ul><ul><li>YOU!!! </li></ul>
  5. 5. “ What” can you do? <ul><li>Be proactive, not reactive! Don’t wait for budget cuts to act </li></ul><ul><li>Establish relationships with everyone at all levels! Administration, teachers, parents </li></ul><ul><li>Get parents involved! Committees, volunteers, e-mail </li></ul>
  6. 6. “ When” should you advocate? <ul><li>At the beginning of the year Send letters to parents with program goals, meet with administrators and colleagues about the upcoming year </li></ul><ul><li>In the middle of the year Sponsor festivals to highlight students </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the year Create opportunities to highlight student achievement </li></ul>
  7. 7. “ How” can you advocate? <ul><li>Create a strong, standards-based program that produces results! </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor festivals and other events that highlight your language program. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the media with positive events within your programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Create newsletters and flyers about languages in your school. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Recent Congressional Initiatives <ul><li>STUDY Abroad Foundation Act: $80 million to send students abroad </li></ul><ul><li>SMART grants: Federally funded grants of $1.445 billion dollars each year </li></ul><ul><li>TEACH grants to provide loan forgiveness upon teaching in high need areas </li></ul><ul><li>COMPETE legislation increasing numbers of IB and AP programs in critical areas </li></ul>
  9. 9. What’s the message? <ul><li>We have power! </li></ul><ul><li>But how do we use it? </li></ul><ul><li>We need a roadmap! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Our Advocacy Roadmap <ul><li>The Goal Areas of the National Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul>
  11. 11. Communication <ul><li>Interpersonal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk with everyone! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have an “elevator speech” about languages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interpretive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit www.languagepolicy.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do your homework! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Presentational </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal notes, thank you’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal letters, information for the news </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Culture <ul><li>Products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legislation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Studies, Research and Reports </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade Level, PTO, School Board Meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get involved! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perspectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Put yourself in others’ shoes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn what drives decisions </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Connections <ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information we have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information others need </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Viewpoints </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our perceptions of decision-makers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision-maker perceptions of educators </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Comparisons <ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“School” language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Local” language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“National” language </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“School” culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Local” culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“National” culture </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Community <ul><li>Within the School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student-created materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video, print publications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Beyond the School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Festivals and Special Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach to business, community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lifelong Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Panels of former students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Careers with languages </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Local Resources <ul><li>Rotary Clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Sister Cities Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Trade and Tourism Boards </li></ul>
  17. 17. National Resources <ul><li>http://www.languagepolicy.org </li></ul>
  18. 18. National Resources <ul><li>http://www.languagepolicy.org </li></ul><ul><li>Lobby organization for foreign languages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Special pages devoted exclusively to foreign language advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to Congressional and Senate Web pages, funding sources and grants </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. National Resources <ul><li>http://www.nnell.org </li></ul>
  20. 20. National Resources <ul><li>http://www.nnell.org </li></ul><ul><li>Information specifically about early language learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact information to obtain the NNELL Advocacy Packet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to journal articles and Web sites concerning early language learning issues </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. National Resources <ul><li>http://www.mla.org </li></ul>
  22. 22. National Resources <ul><li>http://www.mla.org </li></ul><ul><li>MLA Language Map </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2000 Census information that can be accessed quickly and easily showing numbers of languages spoken broken down into city, county, state, region </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Additional Resources <ul><li>Flyers & Brochures Modern Language Association http://www.adfl.org/resources/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Web Sites Foreign Language Association of Georgia http://www.flageorgia.org </li></ul><ul><li>Videos Asia Society http:// www.asiasociety.org </li></ul>
  24. 25. Discover Languages Ideas <ul><li>Mailbox Banners “Home of a French student” Discover Languages logo </li></ul><ul><li>Language Tree Showing languages spoken by students, teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni Forum Students return to discuss how they use language </li></ul>
  25. 26. Advocacy Building Blocks <ul><li>Create a strong, standards-based program that produces results! </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor festivals and other events that highlight your language program. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the media with positive events within your programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Create newsletters and flyers about languages in your school. </li></ul>

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