Reminder: Awards & Grants Deadline is January 15, 2015

It is not too late to nominate a colleague for a CLTA award, and to apply for a scholarship or grant for yourself, but the January 15, 2015 application deadline is fast approaching.

Now is the time to nominate a colleague for Outstanding Teacher, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Teacher Leadership, and other awards. Or apply for a government travel/study grant along with LangAbrod to help defray travel expenses. To access application forms and to get information, go to and click on “Awards, Grants & Scholarships.”

Reminder to teachers of Italian: this year the Italian Consulate is replacing the travel/study grant with five scholarships to attend the CLTA Conference in Sacramento. For more information go to and click on “Awards, Grants & Scholarships.”

Thank you for being a CLTA member. Please take advantage of this benefit of your CLTA membership. Go to: and click on “Awards, Grants & Scholarships.” If you need more information, contact the Awards Chair, Kevin Duffy at

Also: Please scroll down for information about the extension of the CLTA registration deadline for Early Bird Conference 2015 in Sacramento. The new Early Bird date is January 16, 2015. Register by the deadline for the best price.



Early Bird Conference deadline extended

Dear CLTA Colleague,

Because the CLTA Conference is earlier this year, the deadline for Early Bird price is now extended through January 16, 2015. You can register at .

All members who register or who have already registered through that date will receive the Early Bird discount for the Annual Conference, located at the Doubletree Arden in Sacramento.

The theme is Common Core & More: Big Ideas Start Here. You can register for the conference Saturday and Sunday, March 7 & 8, and for pre-conference workshops Thursday and Friday, March 5 & 6. The CLTA Awards will be presented at the Friday night banquet, back by popular demand, which begins at 7:15 p.m., followed by a live DJ and dancing.

In addition to a vast array of cutting-edge workshops and essential interest sessions, look for exiting speakers, including California’s own Nicole Naditz, ACTFL 2015 National Teacher of the Year, drawings for two free trips to Europe from ACIS, and other exciting prizes donated by our exhibitors.

In addition to a vast array of cutting-edge workshops and essential interest sessions, look for exiting speakers, including California’s own Nicole Naditz, ACTFL National Teacher of the Year, drawings for two free trips to Europe from ACIS, and other exciting prizes donated by our exhibitors.

Again, if you have not already registered, go to:

Thank you for renewing your CLTA membership and for participating in the CLTA Annual Conference.

Nicole Naditz Named ACTFL National Teacher of the Year

CLTA is proud to announce that our own Nicole Naditz has been named ACTFL National Teacher of the Year (TOY). Nicole is a well-known presenter, leader and advocate for all world languages and cultures in California and beyond. She has won multiple awards and grants. Nicole is a French teacher at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks.

Nicole TOYAbove: Nicole Naditz accepting her Teacher of the Year honor and congratulating the other finalists at ACTFL Conference, San Antonio, Texas (Photo courtesy of Clarissa Adams Fletcher)

Nicole, nominated by her local affiliate FLAGS (Foreign Language Association of Greater Sacramento), was chosen by last year’s Awards Committee to represent CLTA as the California entrant. This is the tenth year of the national ACTFL TOY program; past national TOYs from California are Christine Lanphere and Yo Azama.

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  • FREE Webinar information for CLTA members
  • Japan Foundation travel grant deadline information
  • Italian government grant changes
  • information from JNCL-NCLIS regarding Ebola and travel
  • and for Spanish teachers an opportunity from NEH: Authors in the Prado
  • and more.

Free Webinars for CLTA Members!

FREE WEBINARS – a new benefit for CLTA members
CLTA has worked with its member states—CO, UT, HI, NM, AZ, TX, OK—which make up SWCOLT, the regional foreign language organization, to offer three free webinars to members of state organizations this year. The major benefit to CLTA members is that now they will be able to not only participate in sessions given by California presenters but will also have access to presentations of the best presenters in neighboring states without leaving their classrooms. Our presenters this year are Evan Rubin from LARC (Learning and Academic Resource Center, San Diego campus), Toni Theisen and Yo Azama, (both former ACTFL Teachers of the Year). Evan Rubin will present a webinar about the Lesson Plan Generator on Tuesday, October 28, at 4:00 PT.
You may have already received an eblast. If you are a CLTA member, you will receive a second eblast from SWCOLT next week explaining how to register for this free webinar.

Not a member but want to attend webinars? Go to the CLTA website and join now.

Not sure if you are member, email the Membership Chair at

For more information, email
Thank you for your support.

Attention teachers of Japanese!

Reminder to Japanese teachers interested in applying for the Japan Foundation travel grant! You must apply by December 1, 2015 directly to the Japan Foundation! Go to the Japan Foundation website www.jflalc

Click on “Grants,” “Japanese Language Grants,” “Short-term.” Please read the requirements carefully, including the teaching level for each grant. The helpful website will give you all the information you need to apply. The Japan Foundation will recommend potential grantees to CLTA. The short-term travel/study grant for this year is July 7 – August 27, 2015.

Opportunity from NEH: Authors in the Prado

Spanish Painting and the Literature It Inspired (in Spanish)
Madrid, Spain
21 June-24 July 2015

This five week intensive course designed for K-12 teachers and graduate students preparing to be teachers looks at the dialog between masterpieces of Spanish literature and art. Artists and writers to be studied include Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Calderón, Lope de Vega, Buero Vallejo, Alberti, Arrabal and others.
NEH Summer Fellows accepted to participate in this seminar will have free access to the Museo del Prado, will enjoy lectures from museum curators, and will participate in guided excursions to Toledo, Segovia, and Salamanca.

More information: NEH.BYU.EDU

Attention Italian teachers in northern CA

This just in from the Italian Consulate:

Cari tutti/Dear Everyone

As you may or may not know, a Campaign aimed to raise funds to increase the number of Italian classes and learners in Northern California schools was launched in February 2014.
I am now pleased to circulate the attached grant application form for your schools/your kids’ school to fill in with your projects to increase the number of Italian learners.
Grants will be distributed on the basis of fund availability and in the order they arrive at:

Looking forward to receiving your project soon.

Grazie infinite e cordialita’
Paola Ebranati

Education Attache’ | Consulate General of Italy

application form:

submit to: