Minutes CLTA Board 2004-2005

California Language Teachers Association
Board Meeting
October 2, 2004

The first meeting of the California Language Teachers Association of the 2004-05 school year was held at Lorraine D’Ambruoso’s clubhouse in San Jose. President Tanya Zaccone called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m.

Members present: Tanya Zaccone, President
Judith Snyder, Past President
Lewie Johnson, President-Elect
Susan Korsinen, Secretary/CVFLA
Sue McKee, Treasurer/Conference Registrar
Marge Sotomayor, Membership Chair
Paula Hirsch, Conference Chair
Karen McDowell, Newsletter Editor
Lorraine D’Ambruoso, Executive Director
Hal Wingard, Historian
Duarte Silva, CFLP
Tom Blair, CCCFLC
Carolyn Moir, CCALP
Susan Geery, FLA-OC
Carol Eberhart, FLAGS
Richard Anderson, FLAMCO
Ed Stering, FLANC (Substitute)
Jan Treadgold, FLASCC
Norman Leonard, FLCSD
Edith Benkov, FLC-CSU
Bethany Thompson , IEFLA
Liliana McGee, KCLTA
Araceli Espinosa, MCLASC
Robert Blake, UCCLLT

Members absent: Alice Bell, FLASH

Guests: Nadine Elwood, Mini Conference, Orange County
Sue X. Lian, CCCFLC Vice President
Nicole Naditz, YOL Chair

MINUTES

President Tanya Zaccone had board members talk with each other in a get acquainted activity. Adjustments were made to the agenda.

SECRETARY’S REPORT

The minutes were approved as distributed. The Secretary requested an update on the Board Directory information.

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer distributed and explained her reports. She asked for the expense requests with receipts included. The yellow sheet was the conference registration income report. 579 registrants attended the conference. The white sheet was the comparison of the last 3 years of registration. The blue sheet was the conference financial report. The net profit for the conference was $57,109.16. CLTA’s profits were $52,405.02. She included a 3 year conference income history. The buff sheet was CLTA’s income/iexpense statement from April to the end of the fiscal year, August 31, 2004. The green sheet is the balance sheet. As of August 31, 2004 CLTA had total assets of $270,048.18. The lavender sheet is the proposed budget for the current fiscal year.

MMS to accept the budget as presented.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The Membership Chair distributed the membership list. For 2004, CLTA has 1449 members. There are about 400 new members this year. She plans to keep CLTA on the calendar year for membership.

The Membership Chair proposed a $5 conference rebate to the affiliates. It will cost about $1500 to carry out this proposal.

MMS to offer the $5 rebate to the affiliates.

Discussion followed on the value of the rebates to the affiliates.

The Membership Chair proposed a dues increase for 2006. Our income has dropped from the conference and membership is our second source of income. 2002 was the last increase in dues. She is proposing a $10 increase in membership categories. If 2006 dues were paid before the end of 2005, the old rate would remain.

MMS to increase dues by $10 per category effective 2006.

Discussion followed about the amount of the dues increase.

MMS to table motion until the December meeting.

Affiliate reps need to go back to the affiliates with this proposal and have an answer for the December meeting.

UC REPORT

Robert Blake from the UC Consortium said that they are seeking renewal from the UC system. He sent around a newsletter. The Consortium has a 3 year grant to provide instruction in Arabic on line. They also have an NEH Grant targeting AP Spanish Literature teachers for heritage speakers of Spanish. There is now an articulation program between the community colleges, the CSUs and the UCs. The next meeting will be October 22. They are looking for community college members from the North. They will hold a meeting at the CLTA conference this year.


YEAR OF LANGUAGES

The President introduced Nicole Naditz, the Chair of the Year of Languages Committee. The Year of Languages will kick off at ACTFL in November of 2004 and continue through 2005. She distributed the YOL committee report. ACTFL has a product line going for YOL. Nicole is looking for activities that local affiliates can organize to get active. She is encouraging activities at county fairs with outstanding exhibits of student work. The Girl Scouts are developing patches for “Discover the World.” She will look in to Camp Fire Girls and Boy Scouts. Contact local Borders–they sell a number of books in foreign languages. The Committee is still organizing its plans for the year. CLTA is working on a Year of Languages Proclamation. You can use the logo on anything except what you might sell. The logo is copyrighted.

CLTA needs to produce a brochure for Year of Languages. 2005 is the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quijote.

CFLP REPORT

Duarte distributed a preliminary report on the summer seminar. A large number of activities were developed there for YOL. The President of ACTFL attended to launch the YOL. They focused on bringing research into the sessions. There was a report on the state of the study of foreign languages in California. 4 strands had to be canceled. There were fewer participants this year. He will have a complete report at the next meeting. They combined the Spanish strand and the AP strand, which didn’t work out well.

The Executive Director informed the Board that the student strand was very successful. They developed some materials to encourage better dissemination of information.

Duarte informed the Board that all the subject matter project money had been diverted to science. CLTA through Kathy Lynch was able to reverse this. The CFLP is funded through June 30, 2005. The UC has been asked to rethink professional development money, that it be distributed regionally. The goal is to have one regional director, responsible for ALL disciplines. Each region would determine its own needs. The subject matter projects would no longer have a central office and regional offices would take over. There is concern that not all subject areas would be included in regional offices. It would affect the collaboration of the CFLP with CLTA, especially concerning the summer seminar. We think that the summer seminar 2005 is assured, but the ensuing years would be problematical, if the UC Office of the President proceeds to establish sites regionally.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

The President distributed information for affiliate reps. She mentioned that there will also be a reception for affiliate reps at the conference.

Add Tanya to e-mail list of affiliates.

The Management Chair explained the results of the meeting yesterday. They are suggesting a program to train teacher leaders. The Futures Academy would be a 3 year commitment, meeting 4 times a year, at summer seminar, the conference and 2 other times annually. It will enhance involvement in professional organizations, meet needs of the affiliates and plan for the future. There will be an all day meeting on December 3. They will be researching plans which are already in progress and will report back in December. CLTA needs to work to help affiliates get younger members much more involved.

MMS to approve the concept of and funds for the Futures Academy.


ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

Bethany has resumed her place as chair of the Advocacy Committee. Julian Randolph represented CLTA at the National Conference. Bethany gave a brief history of the advocacy committee. It is the voice of FL teachers in Sacramento. See your local representatives about year of languages–both state and federal representatives. Bethany would like more people to be involved in the Advocacy committee. Anyone who is interested can serve on this committee.

The Governor has put together the California Performance Review. He would like to reconfigure secondary education into a 2 tier system–college prep vs. vocational ed. The vocational track would not include any art, music or foreign language. CLTA sent a defense of foreign language instruction to be included with the group considering this proposal. Heritage language learners would be greatly affected by this. The Latino Caucus will also be involved in this issue. The proposal eliminates the Department of Education and creates a new government agency.

The web page has news in brief.


NEWSLETTER EDITOR’S REPORT

The Newsletter Editor gave her report. The October issue will be on-line in the next few days. A reminder will be sent out about the issue.

The Chair of the Management Committee reminded affiliate reps that they need to have a short report in each issue. There would be a list of new members. She will include a meet the Board member column. We will spotlight different affiliates. Spotlight a new member. We would like to include a great ideas corner. The FLANC newsletter has this column in every issue. Bring copies of affiliate newsletter. Nadine will take care of January, Tom will do March, Araceli, June, Richard, September.

The President asked that affiliate reps bring newsletters or a report to the next meeting.

MMS that affiliates send their newsletter to both the newsletter editor and the president.

Affiliate reps would still bring copies to the meetings. (The FLANC newsletter is available on line at fla-nc.org)

CONFERENCE

The Conference Chair announced that we have all of our workshops in place. We still need some interest sessions. The hard copy of the conference issue will go out in November. The interest sessions will be on-line in January. We want to assure that members can get funding early in the year before budgets are frozen. This will give members an incentive to register early, including a $20 savings for early registration. The cost of the hotel is $110 this year. There is no parking fee. We have more new presenters this year than ever before.

Lewie discussed some of the ideas for Saturday evening entertainment. El Cielito Lindo has a Mexican show, Cafe Sevilla has a flamenco show and they are working on something in French. A minimum number of people are needed to have buses. Presiders are needed.

Everything seems to be well organized for 2005. Lewie and Duarte will send Marge information on how to incorporate No Child Left Behind into the brochure to access federal funds.

Southwest Airlines has a special 14 day advance purchase ticket prices. $39 each way. Look into this for the December meeting and also for the conference.

The 4 groups in the South would like to sponsor a mini conference in the fall. CLTA would underwrite this meeting, but it should break even. They will try to encourage membership by making the cost prohibitive if membership is not included. Esperanto High School in Anaheim would be the site of this conference. It is available at no cost. The date is October 22, 2005.

MMS to support pilot mini conference.

The conference chair presented a proposal to move the conference from the spring to the fall. The idea is to avoid the testing window. Teachers would like ideas earlier in the year. Money is more available early in the year. Many affiliates have fall conferences. Would it be possible to have the state conference in the fall and the affiliate event in the spring?

Discussion followed. 2007 would be the year with 2 conferences. Affiliate reps need to report back on responses at the December meeting.

HISTORIAN

The Historian encouraged affiliate reps to ask the affiliate responses. The Historian was asked to create a monograph of the history of CLTA for the Year of Languages. He would like to write a series of articles for the newsletter about different important people in years past. We can celebrate our anniversary at any time. Both the student strand and the summer seminar have been submitted to ACTFL as model programs.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

The Executive Director informed the Board that affiliates will need to publicize the AP Spanish Literature strand as part of heritage language learners. The UC group will share its list. The College Board has worked hard to make the training seminars uniform. We have presenters available. Duarte and Hal will represent CLTA at the Netzswerk meeting in San Francisco in October. Lorraine will attend ACTFL in Chicago in November and she will attend JNCL, hopefully with Tania, in May in Washington D.C. Judith suggested that the same person attend as many years as possible for continuity. Bethany volunteered to go as Advocacy Chair. Robert Blake will check in to attending as the UC rep, which he would fund through the UC.

MMS that CLTA fund 2 people to attend JNCL annually.

The DLI is hosting educators at their facility October 25-26. Toyota has a 2 week study tour of Japan. Richard is trying to get the DLI to sponsor a teacher field experience in the summer. Richard will look into this for late June.

PAST PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The Past President really enjoyed JNCL.


Awards are due January 31. If you plan to nominate someone, start working on the applications. Check membership status on nominees. All applications are on-line.

SWCOLT is asking for a nominee from California for teacher of the year. We will ask the outstanding teachers of this year to apply. E-mail Judith with ideas on who to nominate.

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT

Lewie announced plans to expand the Book and Rose Award to grades 7-16. It is hoped that the top prize would be a trip to Europe for the student and the parent. This would be a one year contest for YOL. An affiliate rep might need to cover a region where other affiliates are not available. A rubric is under development and will be available in December. A flyer will be developed to explain all of the rules of the contest.

MMS to accept the proposal of the YOL essay contest.

Discussion followed.

Lewie distributed information currently on the web site to affiliate reps. He asked that he be e-mailed with changes. Lewie will put a forward on to the sites for those affiliates with their own Web pages. SWCOLT is looking for an Executive Director and a Newsletter Editor. CLTA now has an e-mail list. Submit material to Lewie. If it is approved by 2 management committee members, it will be forwarded to Tom for distribution. News briefs will be kept up and we can notify language teachers of developments.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

We may move the meetings to Paula’s school or to San Francisco due to access problems.

Affiliate reps need to decide who will be local reps for year of languages. Inform Nicole and Tanya before October 15.

MISC. INFO

Richard needs info on language/culture fair.

Tanya thanked Jan Treadgold for her service as advertising editor. CLTA is looking for an on-line advertising coordinator.

San Francisco State is proposing elimination of a BA and MA in Russian.

MMS that CLTA formally opposes the closing of the BA and MA program at San Francisco State since it is one of the major world languages.

The post secondary representatives will meet at the next meeting to discuss the student seminar.


ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Susan E. Korsinen
CLTA Secretary

HOMEWORK:

1. Be prepared to vote on the $10 dues increase for 2006, based on your affiliate’s response to the proposal.

2. Add Tanya to your affiliate’s e-mail list.

3. See your local state and federal representatives about year of languages.

4. Send the newsletter editor a short report on your affiliate’s activities for each issue.

5. Add the CLTA president and newsletter editor to your local affiliate’s newsletter mailing list.

6. Check Southwest Airlines $39 fare for the December meeting and possibly for the conference.

7. Report on affiliate’s response to changing the conference to the fall.

8. Publicize the AP Spanish Literature strand as part of heritage language study.

9. Begin work on award nominations.

10. Inform Nicole and Tanya who will be your affiliate reps for year of languages.
(Nicole’s e-mail: advocacy@ )

California Language Teachers Association
Board Meeting
December 4, 2004


The second meeting of the California Language Teachers Association of the 2004-05 school year was held at Lorraine D’Ambruoso’s clubhouse in San Jose. President Tanya Zaccone called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.

Members present: Tanya Zaccone, President
Judith Snyder, Past President
Lewie Johnson, President-Elect/IEFLA (sub)
Susan Korsinen, Secretary/CVFLA
Sue McKee, Treasurer/Conference Registrar
Marge Sotomayor, Membership Chair
Paula Hirsch, Conference Chair
Lorraine D’Ambruoso, Executive Director/FLASCC (sub) Hal Wingard, Historian/FLCSD
Duarte Silva, CFLP
Tom Blair, CCCFLC
Carol Moir, CCALP
Susan Geery, FLA-OC
Carol Eberhart, FLAGS
Richard Anderson, FLAMCO
Liz Barthe, FLANC Alexis Frink, KCLTA (sub)
Araceli Espinosa, MCLASC
Kathleen Dillon, UC Consortium (sub)
Nicole Naditz, YOL
Nadine Elwood, Newsletter advertising

Members absent: Karen McDowell, Newsletter Editor
Edith Benkov, FLC-CSU
FLASH

Guests: Sue Lian, CCCFLC
Noriko Nagata, FLANC board
Ed Stering, FLANC board

MINUTES


SECRETARY’S REPORT

The minutes were approved as distributed. The Board of Directors list was distributed.

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer explained her reports. The rate on CD’s is improving, so she may roll it over. She will look in to current CD rates to try for the best rate. There are 15 people registered for the conference so far.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The Membership Chair distributed a 2005 membership lists and reports. She presented two possible proposals for a dues increase for 2006-07. She asked affiliate reps to take this back and we will vote on the proposals at the March meeting. The favored proposal is a $5 increase in each year. This would raise dues to $45 by 2007. Members could pay dues 2 years in advance to retain the lower rate. This issue will be discussed and voted on at the next meeting.

YEAR OF LANGUAGES

Nicole Naditz distributed her report and a packet of multicultural stories that can be read in SSR provided by Nadine Elwood. She currently has 11 members on her YOL committee. She is working on student contests. She is working on getting involved in county fairs. Teachers need to set aside outstanding student work now. She also has a model library reading program. There will be information on languages at the annual career expo. She is working on a language ambush program in Sacramento. Teachers need to look into getting public service credit for high schools. CLTA has access to print disks for ads promoting language study and a 20 second radio spot. There is also a 30 second public service announcement available to local TV stations. Marty Abbott of ACTFL has the spot available for tv stations. You can submit just the script for consideration by stations. ACTFL’s goal is to bring foreign language study before the public eye in any way, shape or form. The hope is that a national and state level policy will develop to move foreign language into the core curriculum of education in the U.S. There will be a national tele-conference on January 10-11 which will involve groups in several locations in California. It is available on actfl.org. or www.yearoflanguages.org. The Historian would like to find a way to measure whether the public grows more aware of the importance of language study at the end of the year of languages. Senator Betty Karnette, Francisco Jimenez and Jack McConnell are on the blue-ribbon committee. This group lends support to this program through name recognition.

The President distributed information about the poster and essay contests. This will be tweaked and sent out on e-mail. These contests are open to everyone, not just foreign language teachers.

SPRING/FALL CONFERENCE DISCUSSION

The President opened discussion on changing the conference from the Spring to the Fall. She used a round-table discussion process to bring this to the forefront. The Board listened to the many points of view expressed. Representatives listened to discussion and will discuss this issue with their respective boards and come back ready to vote at the March meeting.

MMS to survey conference attendees as to when they would prefer the conference on the evaluation form. Motion was amended to say that the survey would be done through conference attendees, the e-mail list of CLTA and through affiliate surveys. All information would be turned in by the end of April.

The questions will be formulated at lunch and will be available before the end of the meeting today.

The final decision will be made by the Board. Each affiliate will have one vote in the final decision.

ADVOCACY

CLTA is not currently sponsoring any bills. We are still working with Kathy to help get attention for year of languages. We will make new legislators aware of YOL. There will be an advocacy session at the conference with Kathy Lynch.

Julian Randolph represented CLTA at the National Foreign Language Conference. We are working on the Proclamation for Foreign Languages for the year 2005.

CFLP REPORT

Phyllis Jacobson has been appointed to the CFLP Advisory Board. The governor has appointed 5 people to the CTC. CLTA needs to get to know these people.

Duarte reported that in a pilot version of the CSET new, mid career and seasoned teachers have done very well.

Duarte reported that the CFLP appears to be headed for renewal, but will have a reduced number of sites. These will be divided by regions. The low performing schools will get the most service. CFLP expects to have 6.5 sites, down from 9. This will be put into place in January. Duarte’s office will probably take a 50% reduction. The regions are moving from the north to the south. Coordinating counsels will be created to administer these programs. The UC representative is trying to increase college going rates, which helps to shelter foreign language. Duarte is working on a transition plan for the reorganization plans.

CONFERENCE REPORT

The Conference Chair reported on the 2005 conference. Interest sessions go on line January 6. Presiders are needed. She has reduced the number of sleeping rooms. The lower rate will be in effect until mid March. The hotel will provide a cart to help transport people from the convention center to the hotel to help out people with special needs. Let Paula know who might need use of the cart. We will try to put special needs people in rooms close to the convention center. We have enough sessions now and are accepting back up sessions only. Paula also had some solicitations for sessions at ACTFL. Lewie urged people to sign up for the early bird sessions. Paula has suggested that we invite teachers from Nevada, since they don’t have a state organization.

2006 is in Fresno. The rate is $92 per night at the Radisson. Fees will be determined by how many rooms and how many meals are sold. 2007 is at the Santa Clara Westin/Convention Center. You must park at the hotel to get free parking. Paula will start looking at sites in Orange County soon. SWCOLT wants to have a joint conference in 2008 or 2009.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

The Management Chair reported that we bought the Treasurer a new monitor.


Carol Moir is a nominee for the SWCOLT Board. She is likely to be elected.
The Futures Committee met yesterday. There was discussion on how CLTA and its affiliates develop the leadership with adequate resources, funds and personnel to sustain ongoing activities, including those on which we have previously collaborated with the CFLP.

The futures academy will be a 2 year program. Modules will include: Introduction/induction, affiliate leadership, local activism, statewide leadership, state activism/advocacy, technology as a tool and exploration of resources. They will work online and in person.

Remaining work includes outcomes on each module with a reflection piece and assessments to gauge effectiveness. They also need to determine futures academy candidates attributes and a selection process. The overarching outcome will shape the future of the affiliates, the association and the profession.

The futures meeting will be March 4 before the next board meeting. There may be a small module design group meeting possibly at the summer seminar.

The future plans of the CFLP will need to be funneled through sites rather than the central office. Money will be allocated through regions. Unless there is un unexpected windfall prior to Jan. 10, CLTA will be unable to offer the student strand in 2005. CLTA does not have the funds to run the student strand of the summer seminar. Hopefully this suspension will be for one year only.

The summer seminar helps to improve professional practices and bring the agenda of the profession to the California constituency. Possibly the Jean Schroeder Foundation eventually may be able to pick up the financing for the summer seminar. (Hopefully in 2006.) (Contracts have to be signed by January with Santa Barbara.)

The CFLP has been subsidizing this program, along with school districts. The prices will have to increase dramatically: $1150 per shared room, $1350 per single for members, $1350 per shared room, $1550 per single. CLTA will look around at other sites for 2006, to see if less expensive alternate sites might be available.

MMS to accept the figures for this year and put student strand on hiatus for 2005 only.

CLTA needs to notify the FLC-CSU that unless funding is available from them, the program will be frozen for 2005.

UC CONSORTIUM

Kathleen Dillon reported that the UC has held its first AP Spanish Literature training session. They accepted 15 participants toward toward developing a 4 year program for heritage literature. The project should be completed by the end of the summer.

Next fall, October 20 or 21, will be a national colloquium on foreign language policy at UC Berkeley. The hope is to attract people from a wide variety of interests to attend. They would like the K-12 community to be able to attend. It will be a 2 day conference, probably Saturday/Sunday.

HISTORIAN

The Historian distributed his article on “The Way It Was”.

He reported on the TransAtlantic Soccer Bridge. A new project has been created, German for Kicks, which will be an intellectual program. A grant of $125,000 Euros has been given by the German government to start this program.

PAST PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The awards are ready to go. Encourage people to apply for the grants and nominate people for the awards. There will be a number of government grants this year–France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Quebec have awards available. January 31 is the deadline for the applications.

The Executive Director asked about honorary memberships

MMS to establish honorary memberships to be awarded through collaboration between the President and the Executive Director, with approval from the Board.

The President needs to consider nominees for the President’s Award. Send her any additional nominees.

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT

This year the essay contest will replace the Book and Rose Award. The splash page contest is on for this year. If you use the IEFLA sheet, change the information so that Lewie does not get all of the entries from throughout the state. We are getting 500 hits per month on the job page and about 1,000 hits on the regular site. The web lessons get 30-50,000 hits per month, for a total of 2 million hits since they started.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

The Executive Director reported that many Californians attended ACTFL. The by-laws are being revised and will be sent out. We need to approve those changes at the next meeting.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The President reported that SWCOLT will nominate the winner from Oklahoma for National Teacher of the Year this year. CLTA may need to align its outstanding teacher award requirements to conform with what SWCOLT needs to choose outstanding teachers. This entails developing portfolio information. CLTA may have to eliminate the surprise element of the outstanding teacher award. The awards committee can make recommendations on what to do for this award.

The Executive Director reported on the delegate assembly.

MISC. INFO

Cal State Fullerton has implemented a three semester foreign language graduation requirement beginning in 2006.

Richard Anderson reported on his visit to the DLI in October. He is proposing a 2 day seminar at the DLI in the summer on July 18-19. He will develop a brochure/flyer on this program.

Nadine Elwood asked for clarification on the mini conference. They met again at the beginning of November. The plan is to have 32 sessions with 8 offerings each session and lunch would be included. There may be a conflict with COACH. They plan to charge $75 with a discount of $50 for CLTA members. The 4 sponsoring affiliates need to negotiate with COACH about the date conflicts. They need to determine how the money will be handled.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Susan E. Korsinen
CLTA Secretary

HOMEWORK:

1. Get affiliate response on dues increase: either $10 at once or $5 for each of 2 years. This will be voted on at the March meeting.

2. Present public interest spot to local television stations to promote Year of Languages.

3. Check to see if local high schools will offer public service credit for promoting study of languages.

4. Survey members about moving conference to the fall or earlier in the year–February or March. Information is due by the end of April.

5. Encourage members to apply for grants and awards. (January 31 was the due date for this.)

California Language Teachers Association
Board Meeting
March 5, 2005

The third meeting of the California Language Teachers Association of the 2004-05 school year was held at Lorraine D’Ambruoso’s clubhouse in San Jose. President Tanya Zaccone called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.

Members present: Tanya Zaccone, President
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
Sue X. Lian, CCCFLC (Sub)
Carol Moir, CCALP
Carol Eberhart, FLAGS
Richard Anderson, FLAMCO
Liz Barthe, FLANC
Nadine Elwood, FLAOC (Sub)
Jan Treadgold, FLASCC
Edith Benkov, FLC-CSU
Norman Leonard, FLCSD
Robert Blake, UC Consortium
Nicole Naditz, YOL

Members absent: Judith Snyder, Past President
Lewie Johnson, President-Elect
Liliana McGee, KCLTA
FLASH

Guests: Ed Stering, FLANC

MINUTES

President Tanya Zaccone introduced guests.

Adjustments were made to the agenda.

SECRETARY’S REPORT

The minutes were approved as distributed.


TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer distributed and explained her reports. She reported that the taxes for this year are finished. Newsletter expenses are way down for this year, since we are now using on-line newsletters. CD’s matured in December and September. The interest rate has increased slightly. The blue sheet is CLTA’s annual report. It will be posted on the web site, since it needs to be published annually 120 days after the close of the fiscal year. She also showed the Board the CLTA quilt that she is making for the registration desk at the conference.

BY-LAWS VOTE

Sue McKee presented the proposed changes to the by-laws. The committee consisted of Lorraine D’’Ambruoso, Sue McKee, Gil Mendez, Pat Nakashima, and Marge Sotomayor. The Articles of Incorporation were adjusted to make them more generic, mentioning no one person by name. A job description for the Executive Director was added, as were the list and responsibilities of the appointed officers. A copy of the by-laws has to be submitted to the government institutions in order to receive grant money. It is important to keep by-laws up to date.

MMS to accept the changes to the by-laws. Editorial adjustments may be made in the wording.

The historian had some suggestions for adjustments to the wording. Any changes/adjustments should be e-mailed to Sue McKee.

The President reminded the Board that the elected officers and each affiliate representative have voting rights.

Any further changes need to be sent to Sue McKee before March 19.

CONFERENCE REPORT

The Futures Committee discussed moving the conference date to the fall at it meeting on Friday. It turns out that it is fiscally impossible to move the conference to the fall. The NCLB money is released on October 1, but the state money is released later, frequently in January. Districts will not authorize expenditure of funds until they know exactly how much money they have. The ACTFL conference is held annually in November and December is too late for conferences. This means that the conference needs to be held after January 1. The April date now conflicts with the testing window. The final date for the conference is April 10 to avoid conflicts with state and AP testing. This should allow time fro implementation of conference ideas. The recommendation is that future conferences be held from the end of February to April 10 at the latest. The next two conferences (2006, 2007) will be held in late March. We have to work with hotel availability. People will adjust to changes in dates as long as dates of future conferences are published in every newsletter. Future dates should be included in the conference program also.

CLTA is working on its mission statement. The ACTFL mission statement is: to provide vision, leadership and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.

The president discussed what guides our decision making process. These include impact on student learning, impact on teachers and teaching, impact on CLTA, impact on affiliates and other organizations.

The Conference Chair reminded Board members that they need to sign up to be presiders at the conference. The Fresno conference will be March 23-26, 2006. The Santa Clara conference will be March 29-April 1, 2007. She is currently scouting sites in Orange County for 2008. It is already late for 2008. The 2009 conference will probably be in Sacramento, 2010 is San Diego, 2011 may be Santa Barbara, 2012 will be in the north, possibly Monterey.

The Ontario conference will cost rent money, $12,000 to rent space in the convention center. Hopefully, profit will reach $50,000. It was suggested that Lewie send out information telling members that hotel rooms are available at the conference rate. The Executive Director announced that the student awards will be given first thing at the Gala Brunch on Sunday. The center fold of the printed program will be the logo for Year of Languages and the Senate resolution. The Fresno committee starts work next week.

As of March 1, 275 paid registrations have been tallied and she thinks that she has about 25 pending. March 15 is the deadline for registration.

UC CONSORTIUM

Robert Blake told us that the IMPAC (CCC/CSU/UC) statewide meeting will be held at the same time as the CLTA conference from 9:00-3:30 on Friday. CLTA’s membership form will be included in the packets distributed there.

Each UC and CSU treats the AP exams differently. The language and literature tests are treated equally in the UC, which means that there is no incentive for students to take the literature test, since they can receive credit only in one field. The consortium is currently working to rectify this problem and make sure that students get the credits that they should.
The CSU gives specific course credit for AP exams. The Executive Director complimented Robert Blake for bringing the UC on to the CLTA board. He announced that the consortium was renewed for 5 more years.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The Membership Chair reported that CLTA had 1392 members for 2004. She is hopeful that the conference will bring more members. Many people think that they are current members when they are not. Other times they pay through the affiliate and the money is not sent on quickly. Affiliate membership chairs need to send memberships on to CLTA in a timely fashion. AATG has asked for a list of German teachers, since many of them are not currently members of CLTA.

Membership proposals were again discussed. Proposal 1 will raise the dues $10 in each category. Proposal 2 raises dues $5 for each of two years.

MMS to vote on dues increase proposals.

There was a suggestion that the reasons for the membership increase and how long it has been since the last increase.

The vote was 13 for proposal 1, 1 vote for proposal 2.

Affiliates need to be sure to include the increase in their future publications.


ADVOCACY REPORT

CLTA tried to get the governor to issue a proclamation. We got a letter from the governor. The governor’s office told us that our request does not meet the governor’s criteria for proclamations. The President sent the governor a request for a proclamation and included a copy of a previous proclamation. There are currently 3 bills which CLTA will support: one requiring alternative assessment in Pilipino. It is in its 30 day waiting period. An amendment will be offered to include other less commonly taught languages. The second one is proposing change in graduation requirements to be one year of fine arts and one year of foreign languages in lieu of or. This proposal will be carefully watched to make sure that the current requirement does not change. The third bill involves vocational ed. Currently the vocational ed bill does not allow any foreign language study in its strand.

Bethany and Lorraine will attend JNCL in May. Lorraine asked for recommendations of legislators to visit. She wants to speak with people who need their opinions about language study changed.

The next newsletter will have an article about what JNCL is, how it developed and why it is so important. There was an increase in the federal FLAP budget this year. There will be an advocacy session at the conference on Saturday morning. They will distribute packets at their session.

MANAGEMENT REPORT

The Futures Academy has come up with 7 areas for modules and the type of person that they are looking for to attend the meeting. They have not yet developed a selection process. They need to design the curriculum for this program.

FUTURE’S COMMITTEE REPORT

The Future’s Committee asked for suggestions on the modules that they are developing. The Board did a gallery walk and offered numerous suggestions for the future’s curriculum that is being developed. The Future’s Committee will take these suggestions and work on the curriculum on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. If they finish early, they will spend the remainder of the time revising the Conference Manual. The Future’s Committee is asking for $10,000 to finance this program. They may try to work this into the summer seminar time.

MMS to authorize expenditure of $10,000 for the activities of the Future’s
Committee.

CFLP REPORT

Duarte Silva distributed a map of the regional sites for the CFLP. They have been reduced to 6.5 sites. Site 1 will be located in Sacramento, headed by Carol Eberhart. Site 2 will include the Bays and leadership is still to be determined. Site 3 is the Central Valley, headed by Kern County. Pat Rice will head this project. Site 4 is Orange and San Diego county, which will be headed by Sail’n. Site 5 is Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and will be headed by LA Stars. The Inland Empire will be a part of LASTARS All regions have allocated funds for foreign languages. The Central Office will be cut to 50% or less. The CFLP will administer the Central Coast area. Proposals are due April 1 and by July 1, next year’s programs should be in place. 75% of participants in these programs need to come from under performing schools.

Duarte brought a report called Academic Atrophy. He will be happy to send it to anyone who is interested.

Robert Blake reported on the Crossroads program from the DOD. The military is not prepared in critical languages: Arabic, Korean, Farsi, possibly Punjabi. They are relying on heritage speakers of languages to help the military. There is a major disconnect between educational institutions and the military.

He reminded the Board that on October 21-22, 2005 there will be a national meeting on foreign language study at Berkeley.

SUMMER SEMINAR

Lorraine reported on negotiations with UC Santa Barbara. Their conference services have worked with us. They reduced our minimum to 75 and we will only lose $1800 if we have to cancel our session. We still have not signed our contract. Planning has begun. Project sites don’t have budgets for the increase in fees. CLTA needs to orient sessions toward secondary EL teachers and consider adding this to the summer seminar. The AP session at summer seminar will focus on poetry. It is a college board authorized session. They may have Making Communication Come Alive done at the general sessions so everyone gets that training. They are working on a strand for heritage/less commonly taught languages. San Diego State is working on a certificate for less commonly taught languages, which will allow them to seek units in those languages.

MMS to allocate $5,000 in matching funds for CFLP and LARC for the heritage language strand at the summer seminar.

The student strand was canceled at the last session. CLTA has since received a $20,000 donation from Hal and Aileen Wingard. This has allowed reinstatement of the program. The deadline for applications is March 7, 2005. Lorraine has all of the information. Contact her for information. The students will be chosen before the conference.

YEAR OF LANGUAGES REPORT

Nicole Naditz distributed a possible license plate and a report on current activities within the state. County Fairs are a good place to display student work. Local library reading programs are another possibility. Sacramento plans a language ambush program for spring break to get attention for Year of Languages. Results of the survey have to be tallied before the 5:00 news. It was suggested that each registration packet include a Year of Languages button. We need to check with IEFLA in order to use it as a conference expense. There is an item for the buttons in the Year of Languages budget.

There will be some type of event in the month of August to celebrate YOL. It is not yet planned. April is higher education month. Paula asked if the UC/CSU/CCC might do a quick report at one of the general sessions. We also need to recognize the Quebec government who gave us a second summer grant in honor of YOL. Jan Treadgold suggested an activity with a cut up poster that would get participants copies of the poster.

HISTORIAN’S REPORT

The historian asked if his previous article was what we had in mind.

NEWSLETTER REPORT

Karen needs articles for the newsletter immediately so that the newsletter can be posted. The membership chair will get an article about the dues increase into the newsletter. March 9 is the final deadline for this newsletter. The deadline for the June issue is May 28. Karen asked for someone to take digital pictures at the banquet.

Nadine has a list of contacts from previous advertisers and has some ideas for new advertising. She needs guidance on how much to charge. It was suggested that she contact Francisco in FLANC to find out their rates. We will need one rate for print and a different rate for on-line ads. Norman said that fees are for profit groups and free ads are for non-profit groups. It makes a difference what format you have whether you can have a hot link. Print ads need to be in CD format or e-mailed to Alice. It was also suggested that Nadine contact exhibitors at the conference to try to solicit ads for the newsletters.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

The Executive Director announced that Carol Moir was elected to a 3 year term representing California on the SWCOLT Board. Ann Fountain from San Jose State was also elected. Rich Sayers asked Lorraine to send the best of California to SWCOLT. Ann Fountain will present for CLTA. SWCOLT will have a new executive director soon. There should be smooth sailing in the future.

PAST PRESIDENT’S REPORT

There is a new Italian grant this year. There were 11 nominations for outstanding teacher awards. There will be 4-5, possibly 6 awards this year. The following grants will be awarded: 2 for France, 2 to Quebec, 1 to Spain, 1 to France, and 1 to Japan. This was the best number of applicants in many years. A Sidney Gorman award will be given to a new teacher for the summer seminar, there will be no Hal Wingard Award this year.

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT

March 15 is the deadline for the essay and poster contests. The splash page contest deadline is March 25, 2005. Web site gets 1800 visits per month, with a total of 48,747 visits. Job site gets 1200 hits per month with a total of 39,545. The Web lessons sit is 50,000 hits per month. The current total counter is 1,0310,204. The former counter had about 1 million hits.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

There will be an affiliate reception at the conference. Dates for next year are Oct. 8, Dec. 10 and Feb. 25

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan E. Korsinen
CLTA Secretary

HOMEWORK:

1. Remind affiliate treasurers/membership chairs to send in dues money to Marge Sotomayor quickly.

2. Be sure to include the CLTA dues increase for next year in future publications. Make sure you let your treasurer and newsletter editor know about the dues increase.

3. Inform Lorraine if you have a legislator that she should visit when she and Bethany attend JNCL in May.