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ACTFL Advocacy Conference Call and Links to ESSA Information 

We were pleased to see so many of you on our State Advocacy Conference Call yesterday afternoon. Thank you for the comments, questions, and feedback! 

•         Here’s the Conference Call recording, with special links throughout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LoG9F-9Y1k 

•         Download the presentation slides from the call here: www.Bit.ly/stateadcall9-13-16  

And here are more links to relevant Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) info: 

•         View and download the Every Student Succeeds Act - A Guide to Implementation Tool Kit and Webinar: https://www.actfl.org/advocacy/resources/every-student-succeeds-act-essa 

•         Metric Tool for creating a “Needs Assessment” (if applicable): https://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/publications/reports/ACTFL%20Metric%20Tool.pdf 

•         Start compiling a list of state level contacts through NCSSFL’s interactive map: http://ncssfl.org/ 


CALPER Language Advocacy Site
Advocacy Pages by State FL Associations and Districts

Language Study/Requirements in Portugal:
Student Language Requirements in Portugal Changing

Interesting Article:

Learning a foreign language a ‘must’ in Europe, not so in America


Important Advocacy Links

In order to help you develop and/or refine your messages, we wanted to share some of the white papers that we have prepared and shared with members of Congress and the White House here in Washington. Below you will find links to PDFs of those papers which you can download and use in your own advocacy efforts. They can also be found on the "Issues" page of the JNCL-NCLIS website in the Language Policy Issues box.

Foreign Language & Innovation 
Language & Technology 
Language & STEM 
Foreign Language & National Security 
Dual Language Education (5 pg. report) 
Foreign Language & the Achievement Gap (1 pg. summary)


Why It Pays to Be Bilingual

Click here to view this infographic.


Bringing World Language Education to Everyone

Click here to learn how one small Vermont school’s “transformative” decision to create a blended learning program has galvanized its students, faculty and community.

For a better Brain, Learn another Language

Click here to read this World Language Advocacy article.


Connect With Languages

Check out the "Why Languages?" section on the "Connect With Languages" website.  Please click here to visit "Connect with Languages." 

Seal of Biliteracy

Would you like your bilingual students to have the Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma? If this is of interest to you and your students, please check out the official website for the Seal of Biliteracy, and the steps that have to be taken in order to place this on a high school diploma: http://sealofbiliteracy.org/


Why your kids should learn a second language

Click here to view this very informative advocacy piece for children to learn a second language.


Invitation to Comment on Refreshed National Standards for Learning Languages

To access the refreshed version of the Standards, annotations explaining the rationale for the suggested revisions, and the online feedback form, go to the following link: http://www.actfl.org/publications/all/national-standards-foreign-language-education/refreshed-world-readiness-standards  You may provide general/overarching feedback as well as more specific comments under each goal area.  The deadline for feedback and comments is October 25, 2013. 


Reasons to Learn Spanish

17 Reasons Why Every American Should Learn Spanish. Please click here to view this article on the Huffington Post.


Back to School, Inspiring Others

Making the grade with language learning, cultural awareness (Please click on the title to download this article.)


Eight Reasons Spanish Isn't a Foreign Language in the U.S.

This presentation gives reasons why one should specifically study Spanish.  Please click here to view the article and slideshow.


Language Mapper

Language Mapper Developed by the U.S. Census Bureau.  This is a very interesting tool to find out where specific languages are spoken.  Please click here to visit the website.


Marlborough (CT) Residents Advocate for the Return of Elementary Spanish Program

Please read this article about how the residents of Marlborough, CT are going about advocating for the reinstatement of the elementary school Spanish program at Marlborough Elementary School. This article is being reprinted with the permission of the Rivereast News Bulletin. Please click here to read this informative article.

Please check out this link related to the Marlborough (CT) initiative.  Please click here for a Professional Leader Statement by Kate Krotzer, the NE Representative to NNELL.


French Language Advocacy Presentation

Please click here to view a French Language Advocacy presentation developed by John Hegarty from Conard High School in West Hartford.


World Language Requirement for Graduation from CT High Schools

Connecticut General Statutes Section 10-221a stipulate that, commencing with the graduating class of 2018 (those who would be freshmen in 2014), students must have two credits in world languages in order to graduate.  Please click here for more information.


"Applying to College? Make Sure You Have Options to Study Languages" 

Read this inspiring article from the Huffington Post by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, International Careers Expert & Author, "GO GLOBAL!" and "Get Ahead By Going Abroad."  To read this article by the keynote speaker at the 2012 CT COLT Fall Conference, please click here.


Status Report on WL in Connecticut Public Schools 

The Connecticut State Department of Education requested that EDUCATION CONNECTION's Center for World Languages and Cultures collect and analyze data on the study of world languages in Connecticut public, charter and magnet schools.

The Center for World Languages and Cultures at EDUCATION CONNECTION advocates for the acquisition of world languages in Connecticut's public schools.  The Center's mission is to advocate, support, and promote this cause through the following goals:

  • Promote world languages and cultural literacy as fundamental 21st Century Skills.

  • Enhance the vitality and viability of existing world language programs in the State.

  • Develop pathways for stuents to gain proficiency in, and ultimately earn credit for, the study of world languages outside the traditional public school classroom setting.

  • Expand the base of teachers who are certified to teach world languages, particularly in less commonly taught languages.

EDUCATION CONNECTION, through its Center for World Languages and Cultures, designed and disseminated a 15 question World Language Survey to provide a status report on World Language instruction in the State of Connecticut for school year 2012.  The purpose of the survey was to determine which world languages are currently being taught in Connecticut schools, at which grade level instruction is provided, and changes that districts have made in world language offerings over the past three years and planned changes in offerings for the next three years.  The survey was developed using Survey Monkey.  This survey was e-mailed to all Connecticut public school superintendents and identified charter and magnet school contacts.  Follow-up e-mails and personal phone calls were made to non-respondents.  Data was collected and analyzed, with a focus on World Language instruction in public school districts.  The survey was conducted between August and September, 2011.  This report contains the results of the survey, as well as disaggregated reports by areas of special interest.  To view the report, please click here.



The Lead with Language video shown at the ACTFL 2014 Convention in San Antonio, Texas


Please view the CT COLT World Language Advocacy Video below.  It was filmed at the 2008 CT COLT Fall Conference at the CT Convention Center in Hartford. 


Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

Bolster Your Master's Degree by Learning a Foreign Language

Our Mission

The Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT) promotes, advocates for and fosters the teaching and learning of World Languages and Cultures. We support, guide and connect educators, students, policy makers and the public through professional development, scholarship and collaborative initiatives.

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