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Preparing AZ's Future Multilingual Workforce

Posted in Advocacy, AZLA News on Mar 26, 2017

Preparing AZ’s future multilingual workforce

115 AZ language educators, from elementary through university levels, came together to learn strategies that get students talking and using the new language they are learning. They all belong to the AZ Language Association, a group committed to preparing our future AZ multilingual workforce. These educators represented teaching AZ students Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, German, Japanese, ESL and English. Advocacy was also a part of the meeting which shared the irony behind the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017) report that cites AZ as having among the lowest enrollment in foreign language classes at only 8% of the state’s students while The New American Economy study (2017) shared a 16% increase in bilingual online job postings from 2010 to 2015.

Graph source: Burning Glass Technologies, Labor Insight, Data pulled on April 13, 2016 http://www.leadwithlanguages.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/NAE_Bilingual_V6.pdf

Advocacy Update

Posted in Advocacy on Mar 26, 2017

Advocacy Update:

Our state is known for its grassroots approach to supporting world and native language programs. Please take 5 minutes to click into the following 2 links I shared at the AZLA Spring Workshop to do your part! Don’t forget to attach the Lead with Languages logo to your email signature! Please share these with world, native and immersion language educators.

1) This link takes you to the TAKE ACTION! webpage that generates an email to your legislators by simply typing in your zip code and state. http://capwiz.com/actfl/home/

2) This link takes you to the LEAD WITH LANGUAGES campaign page. Watch videos, read research, search by languages and more. http://www.leadwithlanguages.org

Please add the LEAD WITH LANGUAGES logo to your email signature to show AZ’s grassroots support of world and native language programming!

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Posted by: Cristina Ladas

Seal of Biliteracy signed by Gov. Ducey

Posted in Advocacy on May 17, 2016

Arizona now has a state Seal of Biliteracy thanks to Cave Creek Unified School’s World Language Programs.

Thirty (30) Cactus Shadows High School Seniors have met the criteria to receive the Cave Creek School District’s Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish or French. Cave Creek Unified School District has always advocated for multilingual graduates as a way of sending students out into the world ready to compete in our global economy. With well-articulated World Language Programs from kinder through 12th grade on all its campuses, students are able to meet the high levels of language proficiency required by the district’s criteria on a national exam that covers speaking, listening, reading and writing in another language. This is the program that prompted State Superintendent of Public Schools Diane Douglas to develop an AZ Statewide Seal (SB 1239). On May 12, 2016, after moving through the House and Senate with unanimous support, Governor Ducey signed the bill in to law. The next step will be to launch a statewide student competition for the AZ Seal of Biliteracy artwork and pull a committee together to determine what the statewide criteria will be. AZ becomes the 19th state to establish a Seal of Biliteracy.

Questions? Contact Cristina Ladas, CCUSD World Language Programs Coordinator at 480-518-4289 or cladas@ccusd93.org

ACTFL State Advocacy Conference Call

Posted in Advocacy on Mar 15, 2016

ACTFL State Advocacy Conference Call (March 9, 2016)

Seal of Biliteracy - Update

Posted in Advocacy on Mar 03, 2016

More progress was made yesterday afternoon when SB1239, State Seal of Biliteracy (http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/52leg/2r/bills/sb1239s.pdf), was passed unanimously by the Education Committee of the AZ House of Representatives! (It sailed through the Senate Education Committee last month.) Our thanks go out to those who were able to attend in support on such short notice.

Here’s a recent article to explain more: http://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2016/02/29/arizona-moves-forward-toward-statewide-seal-of-biliteracy/.

We’ll keep you posted!

Submitted by Kathleen Backalukas.

SB1239 Seal of Biliteracy

Posted in Advocacy on Feb 05, 2016

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A great step forward yesterday. Thanks to those that made it out to the Senate Committees this week. SB1239 passed Appropriations and Education Committees.

Six of Cave Creek School District's trilingual students (middle and high school) testified at the AZ Senate Education Committee in support of SB1239: AZ Seal of Biliteracy, resulting in a 7-0-0 vote!

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Here's a little video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x65YyPVuDZA

Background story: Last year, CSHS piloted its own Seal of Biliteracy and then shared this with the Department of Education, along with national statistics of what other states were doing (sealofbiliteracy.org). AZ DOE saw the potential benefits, the bipartisan nature of world language education and jumped on board by writing SB1239, a bill that proposed a statewide Seal of Biliteracy for graduating seniors that meet high levels of proficiency in English and another language. This sends a message to AZ students that reaching high levels of proficiency in world languages is a valued skill for college entrance and ultimately for entry into the workforce.

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