Advocating for World Languages

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ANNOUNCEMENT May 2018: The WAFLT Board voted to send a letter to Supt. Reykdal urging OSPI to prioritize funding for World Languages Competency-Based Credit Testing in the next legislative budget. Please share the letter in your districts and write letters of support to OSPI. You can send them to our World Languages Program Supervisor Angela.Davila@k12.wa.us

It was through WAFLT advocacy that the Legislature first funded the position of World Languages Program Supervisor at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2008. That position has been filled by three WAFLT members: Michele Anciaux Aoki, Paris Granville, and now Angela Dávila. Our State World Languages Program Supervisors have represented our state in the National Council of State Supervisors for Language (NCSSFL), which has put our state at the table nationally for policy work on such issues as the Seal of Biliteracy.

Over the years, WAFLT leaders and members have worked hard to support a number of state-level efforts to improve access and outcomes for students learning languages in our classrooms, their homes, the community, and around the world.

As of fall 2017, WAFLT's advocacy efforts for World Languages are focused on:
  1. World Language Graduation Requirement (2 credits as part of Core-24 for class of 2019)
  2. International Partnerships (urging state support for renewing international Memoranda of Understanding)
  3. Seal of Biliteracy (helping promote the Seal and supporting small districts to obtain Seal medallions)
  4. World Language Credit Testing (supporting WAFLT Custom Testing for less common taught languages, and Small Scale Testing for small districts)
  5. Dual Language Education (partnering with Dual Language Washington and encouraging increased OSPI state-level support for Dual Language Education)
WAFLT is also supporting the national initiative Lead with Languages http://www.leadwithlanguages.org/.
For ideas about how to share that campaign in your district, visit: Seattle World Languages Week 2017.


Welcome to WAFLT greeting from Supt. Chris Reykdal
for October 2017 WAFLT Conference

WAFLT is grateful to Supt. Chris Reykdal for sending this video greeting to share at our WAFLT Fall Conference in Pasco on October 14, 2017.
We hope that Supt. Reykdal's vision for World Languages in our state for beginning language learning earlier and providing access to all students will become a reality.
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