Minutes CLTA Board 2003-2004

California Language Teachers Association
Board Meeting
September 13, 2003


The first meeting of the California Language Teachers Association of the 2003-04 school year was held at Lorraine D’Ambruoso’s clubhouse in San Jose. President Judith Snyder called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.

Members present Judith Snyder, President
Connie Vargas, Past President
Tanya Zaccone, President-Elect
Susan Korsinen, Secretary/CVFLA
Marge Sotomayor, Membership Chair
Paula Hirsch, Conference Chair
Karen Nicolaysen, Newsletter Editor
Lorraine D’Ambruoso, Executive Director
Hal Wingard, Historian
Tom Blair, CCCFLC
Carolyn Moir, CCALP/Management Chair
Susan Geery, FLA-OC
Carol Eberhart, FLAGS
Richard Anderson, FLAMCO
Liz Barthe, FLANC
Jan Treadgold, FLASCC
Norman Leonard, FLCSD
Gretchen Angelo, FLC-CSU
Lewie Johnson, IEFLA
Linda Amour, KCLTA (substitute)
Araceli Espinosa, MCLASC

Members absent: Sue McKee, Treasurer/Conference Registrar
Duarte Silva, CFLP
Alice Bell, FLASH

Guests: Sue Lian, CCCFLC

MINUTES

President Judith Snyder introduced new representatives and guests. Some suggestions were made for downloading attachments. She also discussed the letter to affiliate reps. CLTA needs to really push for membership this year.

Adjustments were made to the agenda.

SECRETARY’S REPORT

The minutes were approved as distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT

Carol Moir explained the treasurer’s report in Sue McKee’s absence. Donations to CLTA were discussed. Donations to the scholarship funds help our general fund as we no longer have to fund the awards out of the general fund.

MMS to add a line for donations to CLTA for annual operations in the membership renewal form. It was amended to include options to donate to scholarships and/or the general fund.

Members should be reminded that any donation to CLTA is tax deductible. Discussion ensued. The membership chair, the treasurer, the executive director and management chair will determine the wording of the options.

The proposed budget was explained. It requires an increase in membership. CLTA will seek a grant to help fund the student seminar.

MMS to accept the proposed budget.

PAST PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The Past President discussed awards issues. She asked that her questions on awards issues be answered by lunch. She will analyze the data and continue after lunch. Issues about the grants and awards were clarified. Susan, Judith and Hal will read the Goethe Institute Award applications.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The membership chair distributed her reports. Membership is down from last year. FLARE and FLACC are now on temporary inactive status. The Executive Director urges everyone to recruit at least two members. Affiliate reps need to work on this. The Historian urged CLTA to consider developing road shows for affiliates to use at their local events. Problems in funding were discussed. Road shows were called CLTA CPR. Araceli volunteered to work with Hal and anyone else interested. Susan Geery, Norm Leonard also volunteered to develop the road show. It was suggested that conference calls be used to organize the road show. The membership chair sends affiliates a list of names by zip code to try to recruit local members. The President appointed the Road Map Committee of Araceli, Hal, Susan, Norm, and Tanya. Norm will set up the conference and affiliates reps will be informed of its results. Araceli and Susan will co-chair the committee.

The Membership Chair distributed affiliate membership reports, membership reports and the renewal notices. She will send out information to affiliate treasurers. The renewal forms will go out in early November using the nonprofit mailing.

MANAGEMENT REPORT

Carol Moir urged CLTA to include No Child Left Behind on our conference program to access money. It was suggested that the conference include sessions which will direct teachers to work toward the goals of NCLB.

CONFERENCE REPORT

CLTA will work to the best of its abilities to work toward NCLB. CLTA needs to emphasize that the conference is the best way to make members’ instruction better. Study of foreign language develops cognitive abilities in one’s native language. Tom asked if the DLI is involved in the conference. CLTA needs to push language study as a security issue. Tom suggested giving the President’s Award to the director of the DLI. CLTA will solicit presentations by the DLI. CLTA is trying to set up a visit to the DLI as a workshop. The Monterey Institute of Foreign Languages is also a good source for presentations. We need a speaker for the Sunday brunch. Francisco Jimenez is a possibility for the plenary session or the Sunday brunch. Other names were suggested and Lorraine will forward them to Paula and Richard. Affiliate reps should pick up postcards to announce the conference today. CLTA needs a large number of sessions for the conference.

FLAMCO is concerned with presenters having to pay their own registration. Several presenters have pulled out due to not having their registration paid. CLTA needs to reconsider this decision.

MMS to rescind action to eliminate free registration for conference presenters.
(one opposed, 3 abstentions)

UC CONSORTIUM

Robert Blake distributed fliers on the UC Professional Growth Workshop for Spanish teachers on November 14-15.

CONFERENCE

CLTA is setting up a roommate service for the conference. It will be on-line by the end of October. The conference in Fresno fell through. 2006 is available. Dates are more flexible. 2005 is at the Doubletree in Ontario. 2007 will be at the end of March in Claremont. Tom suggested that we might need a different conference format that is shorter and less expensive. It could be tried in 2006. It was suggested that we might have two different venues at different times. Affiliate reps were asked to poll members about the conference and what types of changes might be of interest. Paula would like suggestions for a survey on future conferences (changes in program) One suggestion was to have a Southern conference in the fall and a Northern conference in the Spring. Another suggestion was to change the conference to the fall. A number of issues were discussed.

ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

The President-Elect reported that Julian Randolph will work with her on the Advocacy Committee, especially in regards to working with the lobbyist. CLTA is supporting SB5 and SB611. The finance committee is against our bill, SB5, because of its fiscal implications. . We need to find friends of Governor Davis to convince him to sign the bill. CLTA needs to become better known among meetings of other education related groups. Tanya will sit on the Board of the California League of High Schools as a member of the CLTA Board. She will make a presentation there. CLTA’s brochures will be out at that venue. SB5, the foreign language standards bill, needs to pass. The subject matter projects may only be funded if there are standards, yet we have no standards. We are doing as much as possible. Tanya urged all board members to attend any events where they can promote language study. The Master Plan says that everyone must study languages.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Mariano Zaro has just published a book of poetry. (www.caravenpress.com) The President and Executive Director will attend ACTFL. They need to know what CLTA plans to do for year of languages before this conference. 2005-2006 will be the years of languages. CLTA needs to look at our activities to see how to spotlight activities during 2005. Leave no American behind in the study of languages. We will try to incorporate this into the conference theme. ACTFL will have a web site on this topic soon. Incorporating the road show into this topic was suggested. Lorraine will attend the Goethe Institute’s Transatlantic Dialogue on Foreign Language Education starting next week.

NEWSLETTER EDITOR’S REPORT

The Newsletter Editor presented some figures on sending out the reduced size newsletter. She asked for clarification on what to include in the 4 page spread. She has 3 1/2 pages to work with. This issue is a pilot to getting members to go to the web page. There will be a survey of members of their reaction to the on-line edition. The survey might be included in the hardcopy. Lewie suggested putting it into an html format to make it easier to read and will serve more people. Extensive discussion followed on putting the newsletter on-line. The President may need to include the reason for switching to the on-line format in her letter. Affiliate reps need to get feedback from members about the new newsletter format. The Editor only received one affiliate report. She needs more for the next newsletter.

ADVERTISING

The advertising manager doesn’t know how to handle on-line advertising. The webmaster will suggest ways to charge for links. Paper advertising can continue in January and in the conference program. The president and president-elect will help determine prices and policy.

The Webmaster reported that we have between 900-1700 hits per month. We have had 26,000 visits since beginning the web page. Jobs had 25,000 hits. We have had 2 million hits on the Santa Barbara web lessons site. Hal suggested that CLTA examine the content of the newsletter. We could test promising practices and see how popular it is. He also has forwards to local affiliate web sites.

PAST PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The Past President referred Board members back to changes in the rubrics. All rubrics now add up to 100 points. These new rubrics are not yet on the web site but they will be soon. The forms will be sent out on e-mail to attach to local web sites. Application forms were tweaked. She would like to request an original and three copies of the awards nominations. She went through the suggestions for changing the awards. It was suggested that a maximum number of outstanding teacher awards be given. She will set award policies based on results of her survey. Student work will need to be submitted at the January meeting. Connie would like to nominate award winners from last year to SWCOLT for the National Teacher of the Year award. The winners of the Goethe Institute Award were chosen. The extra candidate will be encouraged to apply through the Los Angeles or San Francisco office of the Goethe Institute. It was decided that CLTA would award a maximum of 4 outstanding teacher awards.


PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT

The splash page entries will be due on March 1. They should be submitted on-line. Board members will turn in their votes at the conference.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The President announced that CLTA will offer two $250 awards for the Sydney Gorman award. They must submit a letter from the district saying they have less than 5 years of experience. The candidate should submit a letter of application. The money can be used for the current year or the following year toward the conference or the summer seminar.

The President mentioned ACTFL’s Years of Languages.

MISC. INFO

The Historian said that the student strand of the summer seminar was a great success. Lorraine and Duarte are focusing the program on convincing people to become teachers. He suggested to the CSU and the Community Colleges develop a new approach to inform their students to make application to this program. They need to inform as many students as possible about this program. This year it was not a crash course in foreign language methods. The participants spent more time reflecting on what was being presented. It was an exploration program this year about the benefits and disadvantages of teaching. The flyer needs to include exactly what is included in the program. It does not have to be limited to only one page. The flyer needs to include why people should be interested in going into teaching.

Norman Leonard informed the board that in San Diego County teachers must have a major in the language that they teach. Less commonly taught languages are being eliminated in San Diego County because there is no certification available in these subject areas.

Lewie Johnson suggested a change in the Adele Martinez Book and Rose Award for middle school students. It needs to be longer, so make it the same number of words as the high school award.

Gretchen Angelo suggested that affiliates try to force everyone to join both organizations. This topic has been discussed on many occasions in the past. Affiliate reps are asked to bring membership numbers to the January meetings.

The President announced that the Past President did not attend the Executive Board meeting, which is why she did not know about the Sydney Gorman award.

The next meeting will be on January 31, 2004 here in San Jose again at 10:00 a.m.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Susan E. Korsinen
CLTA Secretary
HOMEWORK:

1. RECRUIT, RECRUIT, RECRUIT new members. (2 new members per current member.)
2. Encourage members to donate to our scholarship funds.
3. Send out postcards about conference.
4. Encourage members to attend the conference. Emphasize that the conference is the best way to make members’ instruction better.
5. Recruit members to present interest sessions at the conference.
6. Seek members to write to Governor Davis to sign the SB5, the foreign language standards bill.
7. Attend events which promote the study of foreign languages.
8. Get feedback from members about the new format for the newsletter.
9. Submit an affiliate report for the next newsletter.
10. Encourage students to enter the Splash Page Contest.
11. Promote the CLTA awards, especially the new Sydney Gorman Award.
California Language Teachers Association
Board Meeting
January 31, 2004

The second meeting of the California Language Teachers Association of the 2003-04 school year was held at Lorraine D’Ambruoso’s clubhouse in San Jose. President Judith Snyder called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.

Members present Judith Snyder, President
Connie Vargas, Past President
Tanya Zaccone, President-Elect
Susan Korsinen, Secretary/CVFLA
Sue McKee, Treasurer/Conference Registrar
Marge Sotomayor, Membership Chair
Paula Hirsch, Conference Chair/MCLASC
Karen Nicolaysen, Newsletter Editor
Lorraine D’Ambruoso, Executive Director
Hal Wingard, Historian
Duarte Silva, CFLP
Tom Blair, CCCFLC
Carolyn Moir, CCALP
Nadine Elwood, FLA-OC (substitute)
Carol Eberhart, FLAGS
Richard Anderson, FLAMCO
Liz Barthe, FLANC
Jan Treadgold, FLASCC
Alice Bell, FLASH
Norman Leonard, FLCSD
Gretchen Angelo, FLC-CSU
Lewie Johnson, IEFLA
Liliana McGee, KCLTA

Guests: Sue Lian, CCCFLC

 

MINUTES

The meeting was called to order by President Judith Snyder at 10:10 a.m. President Judith Snyder announced a reception for affiliate reps at the conference. It will be for current and next year’s reps at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The location will be determined later. The registration desk will know where the reception is being held.

Adjustments were made to the agenda.

 

SECRETARY’S REPORT

The minutes were approved as distributed.


TREASURER’S REPORT

The treasurer distributed envelopes and reimbursement forms, plus her current reports. She explained her reports. The Jean Schroeder Memorial goes to the Summer Seminar strand. Everyone who makes a contribution receives a thank you note. The Treasurer asked that in the future, contributions in memory of people should go to the Memorial Fund, rather than to a specific memorial scholarship. Checks should be made out to CLTA. She has some early registrations off of e-mail. Members need to be sure to use the CLTA code number to get our rate (CLTA04). The Historian reminded the Board that the total amount under assets is deceptive, since many of these funds are earmarked for specific projects and funds. The Sidney Gorman fund is designated for new teachers to attend the conference or the summer seminar.

 

REFLECTIVE LOOK AT CLTA

Duarte Silva made a presentation on where CLTA is headed and how it can continue to build strength as an organization, how to proactively position itself to address issues and challenges as opposed to reacting to them, how CLTA can be the main architect of F L education rather than have it dictated to us by politicians. CLTA’s goal was to determine where it is in developmental terms–emerging, effective or exemplary organization.

The Board broke into 3 groups to discuss where CLTA is in developmental terms. Other than in membership, CLTA is past an emerging group. CLTA is primarily an effective group. CLTA needs to work on influencing policy, needs to work on member involvement and member retention. One suggestion was to try to get some ideas from the Wisconsin group as a consultant to how to improve membership. The University of Wisconsin is very involved in state activities, which is not the case in California. Affiliate reps are vital to the functioning of the organization. CLTA has made a few steps into the exemplary organization level.

CLTA needs to develop a vision/strategic plan. Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a Nightmare. CLTA needs to work toward being an exemplary organization. CLTA is only as strong as its affiliates. The affiliates need to go back, examine their own organizations and see how all of them can move toward becoming an exemplary organization. Norm Leonard suggested developing a time line for groups to move in this direction. The Management Committee can develop a time line. It can be distributed at the reception. Gretchen suggested a monthly bulletin board to keep affiliate reps informed and involved. Vision is the loftiest goals of organization. The mission statement is how to get there, then the strategic plan is developed. Norman Leonard suggested a Yahoo discussion group. A small group of people would synthesize what occurred in discussion group and present it at the reception. Local affiliates will be asked what CLTA’s vision should be and suggestions should be submitted through the Yahoo group. It was suggested that other vision statements be examined–i.e., ACTFL. The Framework also needs to be examined for our vision statement.

Duarte said that CLTA needs to work with NCLB. 55% of teachers in California do not meet the highly qualified teacher requirement for NCLB. What is preventing us from meeting the criteria of NCLB? CLTA cannot turn teachers into highly qualified teachers. CLTA can offer training/courses for current teachers to help them move into the qualified category.

 


CFLP

Duarte thanked everyone for the Hal Wingard award. He also added that the CFLP exists today because of CLTA, the Executive Director and the Advocacy Committee. Duarte thanked Lorraine for her role in testifying in Sacramento. 27/38 FLAP grants came to California –4.7 million dollars for 3 years. Duarte distributed copies of the Complete Curriculum and suggested that a report be made to school boards because it emphasizes the importance of the arts and foreign language education in the curriculum. Lorraine hopes to have a copy of the proclamation from the State at the state conference. Duarte and Lorraine also are on the cover of a Spanish magazine with a story on language study in California. The CFLP is planning to sponsor 5 students in the Summer Seminar this year. Local affiliates would need to contribute $800 per student. Other affiliates have made contributions to CLTA to use toward the summer seminar. Yesterday 7 new members were named to the state school board. Only 2 members are continuing. No Child Left Behind is a big concern in foreign language–many people do not have a major in this area. July 1, 2006 is the deadline for meeting the criteria. Tests are under development in numerous languages and they are very difficult. They are equivalent to majors in these areas. A major piece of the test involves linguistics. Richard Anderson asked people to contact those who received FLAP grants to encourage them to attend the Monterey conference. Units will be available at the conference.

SUMMER SEMINAR REPORT

Duarte showed a pictorial review of the summer seminar. Lorraine went over the overall evaluation of the summer seminar. The criticism is usually about the facilities–mainly parking. The leadership group was great. Financially, we broke even and have enough left to make this year’s deposit. We should be able to fund the student strand. Students will be directed to seek funding at their own campuses before seeking CLTA funding. If that is not available, then they can seek funding from CLTA. The Foreign Language Council still wants to sponsor students, but CSU funding is extremely tight this year. They would like to see CLTA develop regional presentations that would involve more students at a more reasonable cost, mainly to reduce costs and increase involvement. Duarte brought a copy of each strand’s evaluation for anyone who wants to examine them. The CFLP would like to include people who are National Board Certified and have a session of the National Board. The national average of certification is 27%. CFLP got 100% of its candidates certified this year. Stipends are available for Board certified teachers who work in underperforming schools. July 31-August 6 are the dates for this year’s seminar. Spanish teachers need to work on this program. The German strand will have Ernst Endt as a facilitator this year. France is sending someone to work on teaching French through TV5 and music. Some partial stipends are available. Affiliates should look at sponsoring someone at the summer seminar.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The Membership Chair explained her report. The membership is down from last year. Affiliates need to get memberships in to the Chair in a timely fashion. Under 1/3 of the students who receive complementary memberships continue. CLTA currently has 4 inactive affiliates. Bordering affiliates have contacted previous members to try to get them to join a nearby association. CLTA has to get more members. Affiliate reps got membership packages last year. We don’t know how many people are rejoining. Many teachers do not join annually. They join every other year depending on conference location. This year membership is not likely to improve due to the budget problems in the state. Lewie Johnson stated that people join to attend the conference. If more activities took place in the region, membership would improve. Getting teachers to accept their professional responsibilities is a problem. The private schools do have money for conferences. Suggestions were made for how to improve membership. The Historian suggested that the Conference Chair set up an activity in the opposite end of the state each year, beginning in 2005. Carolyn Moir offered to send information letters to all private schools. She asked affiliate reps to send her the names of contacts in local private schools so that she can follow up with letters to get them to attend the conference. Marge asked that everyone sitting at the table rejoin today. The State Dept. of Education has a list of private schools. It was suggested that all local affiliates list their activities on the CLTA web site, so that members could attend nearby activities.

MANAGEMENT REPORT

Carolyn Moir reported on the Management Committee meeting. Local affiliates were at one time asked to set up e-mail lists for quick contact. Information about newsletters should be forwarded to local affiliates by affiliate reps. The management committee will meet just before each Board meeting. Lorraine will attend JNCL this year. Continuity is needed and to save costs, CLTA will send only one person. Lorraine and Tanya will attend SWCOLT. Tanya is a nominee for Teacher of the Year and will be interviewed at their conference. We will designate more sessions at the conference as NCLB sessions to help people get money to help defray costs for attending the conference. CLTA can give out certificates of attendance to confirm that they attended NCLB sessions. A form can be included in the program.

CONFERENCE REPORT

The Conference Chair distributed copies of information about upcoming conferences. Board members were asked to sign up to preside at least twice at the conference. She is working on getting the hotel room rate for 2005 reduced slightly. In 2006 we will try 3/23-3/26 in Fresno. 2007 will be 3/29-4/1 at the Westin in Santa Clara. 2008 should go south, either Orange County or San Diego. The Marriott in Anaheim is not interested in such a small conference. Discussion about conference dates and locations continued. Paula, Sue McKee, Carolyn, Lewie and Nadine will study this issue and report back to the board about the possibilities of moving the conference to the fall. We will add a line to this year’s conference evaluation about switching the conference to the fall. Affiliate reps need to ask their organizations what their reaction to this possibility would be. All of the committee members are in the South. Nadine will chair the committee.

1300 flyers were sent out to high schools. United Airlines is giving a 20% discount if you fly into Monterey, San Jose or San Francisco airports. We will need additional presiders. Deadlines for the vision, mission statements and strategic planning need to be set up as soon as possible.

PAST PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The Past President took the CLTA e-trip to Paris over Martin Luther King weekend. She went to see Bethany Thompson. She has received very few awards nominations so far, but expects many more. Hal announced that Julio Ramos is offering 2 weeks in Cuernavaca, tuition included only, dates are flexible during the summer, but travel and housing are not included. The deadline will have to be Feb. 15. Louie will disseminate this information on the web site. Connie asked that Board members look at the web site for the awards. Nominations for the Book and Rose Award should be delivered at the reception or to Sue or Marge at the Registration desk.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

The Executive Director has been very busy. She is working on the possibility of a travel program to France for administrators to encourage the study of French in California and listed a number of her other activities. Both Tanya and Lorraine will attend SWCOLT this year. Tanya is California’s nominee for teacher of the year. She will be interviewed at the conference. JNCL is asking for letters of support to increase funding at the national level. The CDE has a survey out that she would like board members to fill out. JNCL will focus on the Year of Languages and a publicity campaign which will eventually be available to promote Foreign Language study every where. JNCL has asked for copies of our budget. She sent him a letter explaining what we have done. Carolyn distributed copies of letters sent by Lorraine to declare May as World Languages month. She also included the ACTFL suggestions for year of languages. The last page of what affiliates plan to do to celebrate this event.

We do not have any bills on hand this year. Foreign Language Fridays was presented. Affiliate members need to visit local legislators once a month to build relationships with legislators that way they get to know you and will vote your way. Send thank you notes via e-mail when they do something we like. We need to expand to education in general so that we can establish contacts with other organizations when we need help. This information is available on-line and can be sent out as an alert to members. Make the legislator aware that you know what they do and what they don’t do. Keep publishers aware of what you need done. Know your legislator. Available lists will be posted at the conference to make members aware of who their legislator is. Three will be purchased. Advocacy will monitor legislation. CLTA will try to resurrect requirement for language fluency as high school graduation requirement (SB550). CLTA needs to work on contacts with the business community who will act as spokespersons for foreign language. Senator Denham has been invited to our conference. The Governor has also been invited to our conference. CLTA needs to let outstanding teachers know that one of them will be forwarded to SWCOLT for a national award. Two of the new European government representatives will be introduced at the conference. The Executive Director asked other board members to write articles for the newsletters.

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT

The President Elect joined the League of California High Schools. She represents Region 3. She will nominate Nicole Naditz for Teacher of the Year. She has National Board Certification. They will attend an awards dinner in late April. Lynn Freeman will also attend since they have to bring a $300 sponsor to the dinner. Tanya has students who will do a video for us to promote foreign language study. Our legislative advocate needs to know what she should prepare for the conference.

Splash page: The splash page entries will be sent on-line or on a disk. Lewie will put a link on our web page for the rules about the splash page. March 19 the winner of each affiliate’s contest must be sent in to Tanya. 3 committee member and 3 alternates were named to judge this contest. Tanya will send out a flyer this week to clarify the splash page expectations. They will be closed to public.

NEWSLETTER EDITOR’S REPORT

The hard copy of the newsletter is on its way. Affiliate reports are needed for the March newsletter. February 15 is the deadline for submitting the article. The March issue will be available on-line only. The Management Committee has decided that the Conference Issue in the future will be done by the Program Chair, by the end of November. We will include as much information as possible about the Ontario conference in the program for the Monterey conference. CLTA needs to get information out as early as possible to assure that members can have money allocated in the fall.

HISTORIAN

The Historian reported on a CLTA road show. Araceli Espinosa was the chair. Nadine Elwood discussed what was decided at the meeting of the road show committee. The CDE will not be able to participate in these mini conferences. Mentoring was suggested, pairing an experienced with a new teacher. CLTA needs to work on getting presenters to submit their materials via disk. Free registration could be contingent upon submitting their materials by a deadline.

Trans-Atlantic Soccer Bridge funding runs out at the end of 2004. CLTA has supported this program by handling finances. The Goethe Institute is trying to extend the program through 2006. Is CLTA willing to continue to support this event?

MMS to continue support for next two years.

Hal has contacted retirees from the Association asking for contributions to the student strand. Hal suggested that another group to contact would be people who attended the most recent summer seminar for contributions. We can also contact the governments to see if they are able to provide any funding for this program. He is willing to contact these people. Paula asked if there might be any outside funding sources for this program. General consensus was that local affiliates should be asked to contribute, but not summer seminar attendees.

MISC. INFO

There are currently meetings between the CSU, UC and the community colleges about foreign languages. They should continue next year and have shown that they should have begun much earlier. Project Impac. (www.calcimpac.org) is the web site.

Lewie told the Board that the highest months for web site hits are March and April. The jobs bulletin board can have jobs posted. There are about 600 visits per month. Web lessons get 30,000 hits per month. Our site should make 2,000,000 hits next month. Affiliate page needs to be kept up to date. He reminded Board members about roommate finders. The President reminded Lewie that the web site is the one area where we are in the exemplary category.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

MMS to accept the slate of officers by acclamation. (President-Tanya Zaccone, President Elect-Lewie Johnson, Secretary-Sue Korsinen, Treasurer-Sue McKee)

CLTA paid your expenses for this trip. Ask the affiliate to pay for one of the Board meetings. Judith reminded affiliate reps to get their e-mail lists in order. Sponsor a student at the summer seminar. Remember that there is a 20% discount on United airlines for the conference. Remember to push the Year of Languages–the more you hear it, the more you will remember it. Every member needs to go out and recruit one new member, then our membership will double. Judith thanked the Board for sending her to JNCL and ACTFL. They had a wonderful time and heard the Secretary of Education, Nan Anan and Andrew Cuomo. Don’t forget about the reception at the conference.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan E. Korsinen
CLTA Secretary

 

HOMEWORK:

1. Set up e-mail groups for contacting members.
2. Send your “Agreement to Participate in 2005 Year of Languages in the U.S. Celebration” by April 1, 2004 to: Carol Moir, 687 Roskilde Rd., Solvang, CA 93463-2118
3. Educate the affiliate rep/members on contacting legislators and establishing a relationship with them. (Friday afternoons)
4. Respond to Norm Leonard’s e-mail about “Vision” at Yahoo.com and participate in the discussions about our Vision.
5. Disseminate NASBE study “The Complete Curriculum” and advocate for the report of World Languages study.
6. Encourage applicants for government grants/Lang abroad grants.
7. Look for NCLB sessions to solicit funds and forward rationale form from Carol Moir to seek release of funds to support conference attendance.
8. Look for flyer on Splash page contest.
9. Remind e-mail group that conference registration is on line.
10. Affiliates should help to sponsor a student for the student strand at the Summer Seminar.
11. Check the affiliate page at clta.net and send any corrections to Lewie.
12. Remember about the United Air Lines discount for the conference.