Minutes CLTA Board 2006-2007

California Language Teachers Association

Board Meeting

September 16, 2006

 

The first meeting of the California Language Teachers Association of the 2006-07 school year was held at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in San Jose.  President Lewie Johnson called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.

 

Members present:   Lewie Johnson, President
Tanya Zaccone, Past President
Sylvia Jones, President Elect
                                    Susan Korsinen, Secretary/CVFLA
                                    Marge Sotomayor, Membership Chair
                                    Paula Hirsch, Conference Chair/MCLASC
                                    Lorraine D’Ambruoso, Executive Director
                                    Hal Wingard, Historian
                                    Ed Stering, CCCFLC
                                    Carolyn Moir, CCALP
                                    Flo Martin-Saint Clair, FLA-OC
                                    Carol Eberhart, FLAGS
                                    Liz Barthe, FLANC
                                    Kevin Duffy, FLASCC
                                    Edith Benkov, FLC-CSU
                                    Norman Leonard, FLCSD
                                    Bethany Thompson, IEFLA
                                    Felisa Patino, KCLTA
                                    Araceli Espinosa, MCLSC
                                    Jeffrey Reeder, NBALT
                                    Nicole Naditz, Discover Languages

                                                                                                                       

Members absent:     Sue McKee, Treasurer/Conference Registrar
                                    Karen Nicolaysen, Newsletter Editor
Duarte Silva, CFLP
                                    Richard Anderson, FLAMCO
                                    FLASH
                                    Robert Blake, UC Consortium
                                    Julian Randolph, Advocacy

MINUTES

 

President Lewie Johnson introduced guests.  He thanked Tanya Zaccone for her service to CLTA as President.  He thanked board members for their service to CLTA.  The Board got to know each other.  

SECRETARY’S REPORT

The minutes were approved as distributed.  The Secretary passed around the Board Directory for 2006-07. 

 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The Membership Chair distributed and explained her reports.  She included a renewal notice for the 2006-07 school year. 

MMS to give free CLTA memberships to first-year, intern and student teachers whose affiliates also give free memberships and whose affiliates verify teacher status.  

Discussion followed that affiliate reps would have to consult their organizations in order to make this decision.  CLTA needs to look at how this would affect CLTA and affiliate budgets.  Discussion followed.  Affiliate reps need to check with their boards and e-mail Lorraine of their decisions so she can report the results back at the January meetings. 

MMS to table this motion until the January meeting.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Christine Lanphere won the outstanding teacher award at SWCOLT. 

 

MMS to cover Christine Lanphere’s meals and incidental expenses for National World Language Teacher of the Year Selection.

Board members were asked to submit expenses to Sue McKee by mail. 

CLTA will no longer have a block of rooms available here at the hotel.  Book your own rooms with AAA rate or AARP rate.  CLTA will reimburse you for 1/2 the cost of a double room at the Marriott Courtyard. 

The Executive Director has brochures available for recruitment at affiliates meetings.

There is a new site available for creating a new Chinese Language Program in your school.

Bare Bones Proposal: Hal has submitted a program to have retired language teachers mentor first year teachers.  There are security issues for volunteers on public school campuses.  First and second year teachers are now required to complete the BITSA program.  The current proposal is not feasible.  Hal asked that CLTA come up with other ways to take advantage of retired teachers helping new teachers.  One suggestion was a phone list of people available to help new teachers.  

MMS to create a group to study the options available to support novice and intern teachers.

Bethany volunteered to head this committee.  Norman, Hal and Felisa also volunteered.

There is a long article about CLTA’s successes on the advocacy front with ACTFL.

 

ADVOCACY REPORT

The Executive Director distributed information about CLAD certification.  She asked affiliate reps to share this information with colleagues.  

The summer seminar report will be given in January.

The Advocacy report was distributed. 

SB5:  Foreign Language should have standards adopted in 2009 to allow time for the textbook publishers to prepare new materials. 

The CDE does not guarantee funding for creating the standards. 

AB 420: The Credentialing Commission is currently creating tests for the less commonly taught languages although the bill has not yet passed.  The bill is now on the governor’s desk and must be signed by September 30.  CLTA members were asked to send letters of support by snail mail with a copy to Paul Navarro.

Bethany distributed a sample letter to be sent to the Governor, his legislative secretary and to Kathy Lynch in support of this bill.

SB1073:  This bill will fund all of the subject matter projects through 2015. 

 

Credentialing Commission: 

The Commission is proposing consolidating the BCLAD and CSET examinations into one exam.  Teachers could get both credentials at the same time by taking one combination test.  There is a web survey available that teachers are asked to take.  They are looking for people to write the exams for less commonly taught languages. 

The Executive Director recommended that CLTA members read the study of the CTC by the Legislative Analyst.  It is available on the web site. 

The Executive Director will be doing an advocacy session at SWCOLT in April of 2007.

The Executive Director and President will attend ACTFL in November.  ACTFL will be in California in November 2009.  Lorraine reminded people to vote for Nicole Naditz as a member at large.

JNCL:  Lorraine and Bethany will attend in May of 2007.  JNCL responded to the National Security Language Initiative on behalf of language teachers.

 

ADVERTISING REVENUE

CLTA has earned over $1,000 through advertising.

 

PAST PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The Past President needs to revise the rubric for outstanding teacher awards.  She would like to work with people in her area to develop a new rubric in line with the SWCOLT/ACTFL outstanding teacher requirements.  She is leaning toward using National Board standards since they are rigorous and inclusive.   These changes would go into effect in 2008.

She also informed the Board that in most organizations, board members of local and state are not allowed to write letters of recommendation for awards

MMS that no Board Member of the current year can write a letter of nomination or recommendation for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award or the Glencoe McGraw Hill Award during that year.

 

HISTORIAN’S REPORT

The Historian has asked whether it is necessary to have a historian as a board member.  Hal would like to retire from this position. 

MMS to establish the position of historian as an additional duty for a CLTA affiliate representative.

The motion was withdrawn.

 

It was suggested that any information from now on be recorded electronically. 

The President and Executive Director will work on what to do with this information and position.

 

CONFERENCE REPORT

Paula distributed an early flyer.   She announced that we are in desperate need of both workshop and interest sessions.  We need to beat the bushes for presenters.  We especially need sessions in French and German.  The conference issue is in November.  We need the workshops by mid October. 

It has been suggested that we try to lower the costs of the conference for first year teachers. 

We need to consult with the treasurer about the feasibility of doing this.

 

JAMBOREE REPORT

The Jamboree is September 30.  They are hoping for 300 attendees.  They hope for around 30 new members.

 

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT

The President Elect asked if the Board wants to re-institute any of the awards we have ended.  We will continue with the Splash Page contest.  The contests have to begin at the affiliate level and build up to the state level.

 

NEWLETTER EDITOR’S REPORT

Lewie distributed requests from the newsletter editor.

 

WEBMASTER REPORT

The Webmaster presented his report.  We have had 304,904 hits since January 2006.  We get more hits on the days the news flashes go out.    

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The President emphasized the importance of affiliate reps in disseminating information from CLTA.

 

SWCOLT

Carol Moir reported that SWCOLT is requesting presentations for their conference April 9-12, 2007.  (It is two weeks after our conference.)  The conference will be in Las Vegas at the Riviera.  In 2008 it will be in Salt Lake City and in 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  CLTA might want to recruit some members from Nevada, since they do not have their own association. 

 

DISCOVER LANGUAGES

ACTFL still does not have its strategy formulated for Discover Languages.  They would like to continue the activities for Year of Languages, so if you had successful activities, continue them.  There should be more information available at the January meeting after the ACTFL conference in November.

 

FUTURES REPORT

There was a small group of people involved in the Futures Academy at the Summer Seminar and they developed the Futures program.  Carol distributed a short survey on involvement in the Futures Academy and the applications for the Futures Academy.  They would like to involve 25 people in the first go round of the futures academy.  This will involve time and energy, but not money.  They will be expected to become leaders in the foreign language community.  The modules are essentially the same as originally developed.  They were honed at the Summer Seminar.

The supervisor of the Subject Matter Projects from the UC was very impressed with foreign language.  We are seeking funding for this project through a grant.  The Board is being asked to approve the proposed futures budget to seek grant funding.  CLTA will control the finances for this project. 

MMS that the CLTA Board authorizes the Futures Committee to seek outside grant funding to actualize the Futures Academy.

 

There is a $8,000 commitment from CLTA in this year’s budget for the Futures Committee.

This will appear on the web site as of tomorrow.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Membership Chair distributed copies of the Treasurers Reports.  She explained some of the reports.  There were over 700 in attendance at the Fresno Conference.  CLTA made a profit of $53,024.62.  A $5.00 rebate will cost the Association $1600. 

MMS to provide a $5.00 rebate to affiliates for members who attended the conference

The checks should be written by the end of September.

MMS to accept the proposed budget with the adjustment of the rebate.   

 

MISC. BUSINESS

Hal would like to remind the Board of the importance of the student strand of the summer seminar.  Hal will relinquish his position when a replacement is found for him. 

 

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 3:25 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Susan E. Korsinen

CLTA Secretary

 

HOMEWORK:  Affiliate reps need to discuss giving free memberships to first year, intern and student teachers with their local boards to determine the financial feasibility of instituting this program through out CLTA

 

California Language Teachers Association

Board Meeting

January 6, 2007

The second meeting of the California Language Teachers Association of the 2006-07 school year was held at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in San Jose.  President Lewie Johnson called the meeting to order at 10:03 a.m.

Members present:   Lewie Johnson, President/IEFLA
Tanya Zaccone, Past President/FLAGS
Sylvia Jones, President Elect
                                    Susan Korsinen, Secretary/CVFLA
                                    Sue McKee, Treasurer/Conference Registrar
                                    Marge Sotomayor, Membership Chair
                                    Paula Hirsch, Conference Chair/MCLASC
                                    Karen McDowell, Newsletter Editor
                                    Lorraine D’Ambruoso, Executive Director
                                    Tom Blair, CCCFLC
                                    Carolyn Moir, CCALP
                                    Flo Martin-Saint Clair, FLA-OC
                                    Heema Sinibaldi, FLAMCO
                                    Ed Stering, FLANC (substitute)
                                    Kevin Duffy, FLASCC
                                    Jason Becker, FLASH
                                    Edith Benkov, FLC-CSU
                                    Norman Leonard, FLCSD
                                    Araceli Espinosa, MCLASC
                                    Jeffrey Reeder, NBALT
                                    Nicole Naditz, Discover Languages/ Advocacy
                                    Robert Blake, UC Consortium
                                                                                                                       
Members absent:     Duarte Silva, CFLP
                                    Hal Wingard, Historian
                                    Felisa Patiño-Guadarrama, KCLTA
                                    Nadine Elwood, Ads

 

MINUTES

 

SECRETARY’S REPORT

The minutes were approved as corrected.  The Secretary passed around the Board Directory for 2006-07.  She also asked Board members to proof a copy so that she can make up the final copy of the directory for the February meeting.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer explained and adjusted her reports.  The Goethe Institute is providing $600 for travel grants for the two winners of their award this year. 

 

JAMBOREE REPORT

The Jamboree made a profit this year.  Each affiliate will earn $205.51.

 

END OF YEAR REPORT 

The Treasurer explained the annual financial report.  It will be posted on the web site. 

 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The Membership Chair explained her report.  We currently have 609 members.  We are down some from last year, but she feels that this will catch up soon.  Affiliate reps were asked to remind their treasurers to send along memberships to Marge as soon as possible.  She will send out reminders of renewals to those who have not yet renewed.  The Treasurer asked affiliate reps to remind their treasurers to cash the checks that she sends for membership. 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

The Executive Director asked board members to please RSVP in a timely fashion.  She also has CLTA brochures available.


The Summer Seminar was very successful.  70% of the attendees were new to the summer seminar.  She went through the disadvantages of a shorter Seminar model.  She has the entire evaluation report available.  The Treasurer still needs to collect one outstanding check.   We had a cut in the government grants.  There was a loss of about $2,000.  This activity takes massive amounts of money, energy and time.  The Board must make a decision today about whether to sign a contract with Santa Barbara, since the deadline is January 15.  A discussion followed.

 

MMS to suspend the summer seminar and use the following 2-3 meetings to analyze how to best utilize our resources for the benefit of our members.  

Right now, organizations must be approved providers under NCLB.  Only the CFLP is an approved provider of foreign language professional development in California.

It was suggested that the Executive Director contact 5-10 big state organizations to find out what successful activities they are offering.  We need to look at on-line activities and see what we might be able to offer.  The President asked for ideas to make up a survey of what services teachers would like to see CLTA offer.  We will also include this survey in the conference registration pack.

Lorraine is trying to contact government representatives to make sure that the Spanish and Italian Government Grants will be offered this year.  She also asked affiliates to make sure that members know the process for choosing outstanding teachers.

Advocacy:  Bethany has resigned and has been replaced temporarily by Nicole Naditz.  They are receiving many new bills since the new legislative session has started.  Lorraine has compiled packets for the legislators to show what activities CLTA has and what services we offer.  Christine Lanphere was selected as ACTFL teacher of the year.  Lorraine will be presenting Advocacy sessions at SWCOLT and ACTFL (with other people.)

 

UC  CONSORTIUM

Robert Blake convinced the UC to support activities being offered by local affiliates.  Contact Robert Blake and he will direct you to the right person in the UC system.  The MLA Journal will have some results from the meeting in the fall of 2005.  UCLA has a summer institute for less commonly taught languages which students can attend.  Arabic without Walls is about to be offered on-line by UC Berkeley.

 

NEWSLETTER EDITOR

There were technical problems with the newsletter.  She created the newsletter but was unable to send it out.  She will combine the fall and winter newsletters and send it out soon.

    

SWCOLT REPORT

The SWCOLT conference will be in Las Vegas on April 12-15 at the Riviera.  2008 will be in Salt Lake City and 2009 in Honolulu.  They are interested in having a conference in California in the future.   

 

FUTURE’S ACADEMY REPORT

Carol passed out the results of the Futures Academy Participation Evaluation and the budget for the Future’s Academy.  They are now working to seek funding for a three -year program.  She has only received 1 1/3 applications so far.  CLTA may need to put up some money to get matching funds from a foundation to finance this effort.  It was suggested that we expand the experience range from 5 to 10 years.  Affiliate reps need to seek applicants.  Norman will check funding sources through the universities.  Affiliate reps are asked to bring one or two completed applications to the next Board meeting.

 

DISCOVER LANGUAGES

They are presenting a multi-cultural event in a high school in the Sacramento area in the spring.  Students will create posters and put them up in businesses near the venue to create interest.  In February, which is Discover Languages month, they are planning a Language Ambush in San Francisco on February 19.  They will do this at the mall on Market Street during the lunch hour.  They will have a rally in support of language education at the Capitol in Sacramento after 4:00 p.m.       

 

CONFERENCE REPORT

The Conference Chair would like to include student teachers at the conference.  CLTA members involved in supervision of student teachers may nominate student teachers to work for 2 hours at the conference in exchange for free registration.   This way we can get teachers involved from the beginning as a participant in CLTA.

She reported on the conferences through 2010. 

The conference treasurer reported that she has 56 people pre-registered, with 16 waiting to be opened and 15 waiting for money from the district.   It is possible to send in the application without the money with a note that money will follow.

ACTFL will be in San Diego in November 2010.  They are now more familiar with California people than they have been in the past.  They are impressed with the work we have done in advocacy

 

PRESIDENT-ELECT/STUDENT AWARDS REPORT

The president-elect thanked Lewie for posting the splash page information.  He will do it two more times.  We have one entry so far.  The deadline is mid February.  Now anyone can enter as long as the teacher is a member of CLTA.

 

ADVERTISING REPORT

Nadine Elwood reported that we have $1,000 in advertising from the newsletter.

 

PAST PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Jamin Lynch is preparing his portfolio to represent California at the next SWCOLT conference.  Right now the awards committee is choosing the person they think will compete the best at the next level.  They need to develop a process to choose who will be our top outstanding teacher.   It is a cumbersome process to get everything together that ACTFL is looking for.  CLTA would have to change its process if it wants all outstanding teacher award winners to be candidates for the national award.  The deadline for applications for awards is January 19.  Save all of the envelopes for post-mark dates.  Board members are not allowed to nominate people or write letters of recommendation for outstanding teacher or the Glencoe award.

 

WEBMASTER REPORT

The Webmaster submitted his year end report.  There were 17,298 hits on the CLTA main page, 21,055 hits on the Jobs page and 145,535 hits on the internet lessons page.  There were a total of 2,171,966 hits on total site visits in 2006. 

He would like affiliate events to be sent in before the 25th of the month so that they can be sent out before the end of the month.  News flashes include CLTA News articles, legislative updates, CLTA jobs, CLTA calendar and other information of general interest.

Lewie also gave the Board a chart of people who have attended the conferences from the north and the south over the past 5 years.   

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The President urged committees to look for help within the organization when they have too much work to do.  If you find out that a teacher is recognized for some reason, pass that information along to CLTA to add to the web page.  Affiliate reps are urged to report back to their affiliates what happens at the board meetings.    

 

MISC. BUSINESS

The Executive Board will meet at 5:30 on Thursday at the conference in the suite.

 

MMS to de-table the motion.

 

MMS to give free CLTA memberships to first-year, intern and student teachers whose affiliates also give free memberships and whose affiliates verify teacher status.  This would be limited to one year only.

This will have a financial impact on CLTA and affiliates.  This type of membership will have to come in through the affiliate treasurers since the CLTA treasurer will have no way of confirming whether these people are first year teachers. 

 

Call for the question.  Motion failed.  (1 aye, 1 abstention, 20 no) 

Norman and Lewie discussed replacement activities for the summer seminar.  CLTA might want to consider a seminar coordinator for presenting different programs.  It might also be possible to do regional workshops.  The three big regions: north, central and south need to discuss what their area would be interested in.   Lorraine asked board members to send her ideas so that she can develop a survey.    

 

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan E. Korsinen
CLTA Secretary

 

HOMEWORK:

1.    Remind affiliate treasurers to forward CLTA dues to the Membership Chair ASAP.
2.    RSVP for Board meetings in a timely fashion.
3.    Send the President ideas for a survey of what services teachers would like to see CLTA offer.  (Needed for conference registration form.)
4.    Let affiliate members know the process for choosing Outstanding Teachers.
5.    Seek applicants for the Futures Academy.  Bring 1-2 completed applications to the next Board meeting.
6.  Let the Webmaster know when foreign language teachers are recognized in affiliate areas so that he can put these honors on our Web page.

California Language Teachers Association

Board Meeting

February 24, 2007

 

The third meeting of the California Language Teachers Association of the 2006-07 school year was held at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in San Jose.  President Lewie Johnson called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.

 

Members present:   Lewie Johnson, President/IEFLA
Sylvia Jones, President Elect
                                    Susan Korsinen, Secretary/CVFLA
                                    Sue McKee, Treasurer/Conference Registrar
                                    Marge Sotomayor, Membership Chair
                                    Paula Hirsch, Conference Chair
                                    Duarte Silva, CFLP
                                    Karen McDowell, Newsletter Editor
                                    Lorraine D’Ambruoso, Executive Director
                                    Ed Stering, CCCFLC and FLANC (Double Substitute)
                                    Carolyn Moir, CCALP
                                    Carol Eberhart, FLAGS
                                    Heema Sinibaldi, FLAM
                                    Kevin Duffy, FLASCC
                                    Jason Becker, FLASH
                                    Norman Leonard, FLCSD
                                    Araceli Espinosa, MCLASC
                                    Jeffrey Reeder, NBALT
                                    Nicole Naditz, Discover Languages/Advocacy
                                    Nadine Elwood, Ads/FLA-OOC (Substitute)
                                                                                                                       
Members absent      Tanya Zaccone, Past President
                                    Hal Wingard, Historian
                                    Edith Benkov, FLC-CSU
                                    Felisa Patino, KCLTA
                                    Robert Blake, UC Consortium

MINUTES

 

DISCOVER LANGUAGES

Nicole Naditz gave her report on Discover Languages and the Supporting Language Education for All Rally on Thursday, February 22.  She had a Language Ambush in San Francisco on Monday, February 19.  She had a rally in Sacramento on Thursday.  She has a report available which will be included in the packets for the conference.  She showed videos of both events.   We will show these videos at the conference.  The audience was small, but people were surprised at the information they heard at the rally.

Araceli reported on her school’s foreign language week.  They had a mask making event on Tuesday.  They had films in Spanish and French and a tamale contest the rest of the week.         

 

SECRETARY’S REPORT

The minutes were approved as distributed.   

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

The Treasurer explained her reports.    There are a number of outstanding checks from many years ago.  The summer seminar money is still being held for future use.  The Sidney Gorman account is a savings account.  It was suggested that we look into  3 month CDs to see if we can make more money on this account.  She has extra name badge carriers available. 

 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

The Membership Chair distributed her report.  We are down members.  She has sent out some reminders. 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S/CFLP/AWARDS REPORT

The Executive Director presented her report.  Duarte told us that the project funding will sunset soon.  There is a bill to extend all of the subject matter projects in Sacramento.  They have found Senator Ducheny to sponsor bill SB322.  She is the Chair of the budget committee.  Her bill will include all of the current subject matter projects.  They may need letters of support in the future.   Senator Karnette is introducing AB618 to pump up foreign language education in California.  CLTA will examine her bill to decide what aspects of the bill we wish to support.  It also appears that there will soon be an elementary credential in foreign language.

Lorraine reported on the status of standards in the CDE.  So far there is no funding to write the foreign language standards, and no action has been taken to develop them.  The standards have been mandated.  Lorraine and Duarte wrote a letter that was sent by Assemblywoman Karnette to the Superintendent of Education and they are hoping that this will result in some action.  Lorraine will represent us at JNCL..  She gave us a list of federal appropriations currently planned. 

The CFLP got 2 grants for students of Chinese 1.  They are planning an intensive summer program for these students.  In the fall the students will enroll in Chinese 2 honors or Chinese 3.  They will also train teachers.  LASTARS got a similar grant for teachers of Arabic.  It is a pilot program this year.  Next year it will increase substantially.  The instruction has to be outside of the regular school day/school year. 

ACTFL:  ACTFL has been asked to clarify that CLTA is Chinese Language Teachers Association. 

Kathy Lynch found Senator Yee to sponsor the declaration that May is World Languages and Cultures Month.  He has been invited to welcome people to the conference. 

Teachers are still not eligible for Social Security.  CTA and NEA are working to change this law.  We will send information out to members about this issue.  We need to support CTA in this issue. 

The Advocacy Committee will continue to screen bills and should any come up that touch on CLAD and NCLB they will work to see that our concerns are included.

Lorraine reported that she did not get a huge response on what other services CLTA can offer to replace the summer seminar.  She checked with other associations to see what services they offer.  The only different activities are an annual Linguafest where teachers of the same languages spend the day together.  There is an award for schools who have 100% membership in the association. 

Lorraine and Duarte are suggesting that CLTA put all of its energies into shaping policy and that they run a modified leadership program during the summer, concentrating on leadership and advocacy.  Discussion ensued on keeping the Jamboree and the conference.  It is a difficult process to get programs approved for professional development as is required now by the state.

Duarte would like to add foreign language to the Academic Decathalon.  Duarte suggested that we work to provide BTSA with information for foreign language teachers.     

 

NEWSLETTER EDITOR’S REPORT

The Newsletter Editor reported on what should be included in the upcoming newsletter.  The January and March editions will be combined.  She now has a new computer so her technical problems are being resolved.  She is getting a new MAC mini and will purchase the policy that will provide her with technical support.

 

SWCOLT

The SWCOLT Conference will be at the Riviera in Las Vegas.  Cynthia Leathers will present as the best of California.  Carol, Lorraine and Jeffrey are presenting.

 

FUTURES ACADEMY

Carol is planning to have packets available at the conference for people to sign up for the Futures Academy.  We will drop the deadline date for the packet.

 

CONFERENCE REPORT

Paula passed around the program for the conference and asked Board Members to sign up to preside at sessions.  We are down in the number of publisher booths.  Carol Sparks suggested that we might need to lower the booth fees.  We now have 600-700 attendees when we used to have 1,000.  The venders want to start at 3:00, since everyone is in workshops until that time.  It is mostly the ancillary materials exhibitors who are not coming.  Some of the local people with merchandise will be invited.  We have some issues regarding the dinner on Friday evening.  Paula is negotiating with the LAX Hilton for 2011.

 

Sue reported that as of Wednesday we have 268 registrations.  Last year we had 353.  The deadline is Monday.  Sue normally has 80-90 envelopes in her mailbox the two days after the deadline.  She has 30 awaiting payment from districts. 

Paula showed us the logo for the Irvine conference. 

Marge reminded the Board that presenters must be members of the association to present.  We need to add this information to the proposal form. 

 

AWARDS

There are 4 outstanding teacher awards, 1 outstanding teacher/leader, 1 memorial scholarship, 1 Spanish government grant, 1 Cuernavaca study grant, 2 French Government grants, 1 Quebec government grant and 2 Goethe grants.        

   

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT

The President Elect reported that we have 4 splash page entries.  She got volunteers for her committee.  She feels that they should develop a rubric for choosing the winner.  It was suggested that we look at a poetry contest and a poster contest.  We need to look at developing foreign language as a part of the Academic Decathalon

 

ADVERTISING REPORT

Nadine reported that people like the flashes.  Carol Sparks takes care of the big ads in the conference program.  We need to sell ads in assorted sizes.  We do not have a sponsor for printing the program this year.  The local committee might want to sell some ads for local restaurants. 

 

WEBMASTER’S REPORT

Lewie submitted his webmaster report.  There were a total of 149,437 hits in January and so far 119,084 in February.

 

MISC. BUSINESS

This brings us back to earlier discussion.  If we are going to do a teaching tips book, we need to develop a form and begin collecting information.  We will use the BTSA standards to develop our protocol.  We might try to match up new teachers and experienced teachers to work together and help new teachers to develop lesson plans.  We will work with the New Teacher Center. 

Alternatives to summer seminar are tips for new teachers, working with BTSA to develop a protocol to hook up with new teachers.  We need time to contact the New Teacher Center to see if they are interested.  Duarte, Nicole, and Lorraine form this committee.  Duarte is the contact person.   Paula, Nicole, Jeff, Araceli and Nadine will work on teaching tips book.  Nadine is the contact person

For futures, we need to find a way to get futures together and then moodle.    They will concentrate on advocacy and leadership and how many people this would involve.  Carol would like to solicit applications at the conference.  She would like for the group to meet 6 times.  The Plenary Session is one hour. Christine Lanphere will speak, Nicole will talk about Discover Languages, Kathy Lynch will speak about what is going on in Sacramento and we will recruit people who are interested in the Futures Committee.  We will find a model that will work for us.  Lorraine, Carol, Nicole, and Norman will work on developing this model.  Carol is the contact person.

Advocacy will work on developing a test or competition for CLTA.

Lewie will send out the calendar for March.  He will need new information by Sunday, February 25.                     

 

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Susan E. Korsinen

CLTA Secretary

 

 

 

 

HOMEWORK:

Support CTA in making teachers eligible for Social Security.

 

CALENDAR FOR 2007-2008

Executive Board:  August 18

Board meetings: 

September 15, 2007
November 3, 2007
January 12, 2008