Dear Fellow NHAWLT members,

Now that we’ve finished semester 1, had a few snow days, and experienced a white winter, I’d like to give you an update on happenings with NHAWLT.  First, I’d like to thank Ursula Askins-Huber for her tireless dedication as NHAWLT president over the last two years.  Under her leadership, we had our first conference with walk-in workshops, added a social media presence to nhawlt.org, supported Ed 306.48 (including requiring a certified or HQT teacher in each high school in the state, inclusive of online charter schools), and shared Common Core alignment on our website (ACTFL’s "Crossroads" aligns the ACTFL National Standards for World Languages with the ELA Common Core).   Visit nhawlt.org anytime to access relevant information, check our calendar of events and follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Is your 2015 calendar filling up? Don’t forget to add our conference, November 13-14 at Mill Falls in Meredith, a beautiful fall conference site.

February brings cool weather and cool contests.  It’s time to start thinking about participating in our annual poster competition.  We have both a digital and paper option for grades K-12 and love to see the creativity of NH world language students.  While we have always listed the criteria, this year we’ll also be posting the rubrics the judges will use for you and your students.  With technology increasingly relevant to 21st century learning, please encourage your students to share their tech skills this year, or share their artistic talent on paper.  Look for the e-mail blast soon.

We occasionally have board positions open and are inviting teachers who express interest to a NHAWLT Executive Board Meeting to see if this is for you.  Please consider joining the board sometime in the future.  We are a collaborative group with different talents and languages represented.  We would love to meet new teachers interested in the board.

The NHAWLT Certificate of Excellence award is given in the spring: we’ll remind you to have student names to us by May. Many teachers select a junior for this recognition and students may list this achievement with college applications.  Speaking of student excellence, consider nominating a NH Teacher of Excellence. Nomination forms are at nhawlt.org. Excellent teachers are also excellent conference presenters, so think about sharing some of your expertise with your colleagues throughout the state, or asking a colleague if he or she would like to present.  Conference proposals are due by June.

Lastly, please remember that NHAWLT is here to support you, our world language teachers throughout the state. We are ready to listen to your thoughts on world language education in NH, and can be contacted at nhawlt.org. We also have a helpful hints section for you to check out. If you’d like to add helpful hints or events to our calendar, please send them along and we’ll share many with the NHAWLT community. Enjoy the winter, the powdery snow, and the spring semester.

Fondly,

Celeste M. Feren, President of NHAWLT

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