May 21, 2019

News from our regional, SWCOLT

The Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) promotes the study of world languages on all levels, serving Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah, principally through its annual conference. Our current executive director, Jody Klopp, has announced that she will be stepping down from her position in August,  2020. As such, SWCOLT would like to announce a vacancy for the position of Executive Director in our organization. Interested applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in a language other than English, linguistics, language education or related field required (masters or doctorate preferred) and should have at least 10 years of combined experience in world language teaching, standards, research or administration.  Please reference the attached search announcement and description of responsibilities for further details.

Letters of application, a curriculum vitae, and three professional references should be submitted by September 20, 2019 to Julie Lozada Ocampo (, chairperson of the ad hoc SWCOLT Executive Director search committee.

Please feel free to forward this email to interested applicants. Thank you for your consideration.

Julie Lozada Ocampo
National Board Certified Teacher, WLOE

Chair, SWCOLT Executive Director Search Committee

Board Member for Nevada and Program Chair for SWCOLT 2020
Membership Chairperson, PLAN
2014 Nevada World Languages Teacher of the Year

Please spread the word that the SWCOLT / CLTA 2020 proposal form has been posted at

World Languages Standards

From the California Department of Education, April 18, 2019

World Languages Standards Poster!

To support the implementation of the World Languages Standards (WL Standards), the California Department of Education has developed a poster that highlights

  • what is essential for educators to know about the new standards,
  • why the Communities and Comparisons goal areas have been placed into the primary domain of Communication, and
  • how the WL Standards illustrate necessary shifts in instructional approaches intended to bring about optimal performance among students in world languages classrooms.

To download the WL Standards poster, visit the Stanford World Language Project resources Web page at Look for the link titled 2019 World Languages Poster.

To access the pre-publication standards recently approved by the SBE, select the link below.

We encourage you and your colleagues to join the World Languages listserv to receive notifications of updates regarding the WL Standards and the World Languages Framework.

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) will hold their 101st annual conference in San Diego, CA this summer, July 8-11.

For more information, click [here]


State Seal of Biliteracy

There have been some concerns brought to CLTA’s attention about changes to the the State Seal of Biliteracy so we would like to try to shed some light on this with the hopes you will continue to participate in this wonderful program.  Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, there must be an oral component in order to receive the Seal. If your students take the AP/IB Exams, this is sufficient to meet the oral proficiency requirement. For those choosing to meet the requirement other ways (such as 4 years of non-AP language or SAT II Language), each school or district may create its own method of determining oral proficiency.  The State has not created or mandated a specific assessment, but has suggested students complete the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Exam as one way of demonstrating oral proficiency. For more information, please go on-line to

For those not currently participating in the program, there is no cost to students, schools, or districts so we encourage you to visit the website  for more information on how you can participate and award your students the California State Seal of Biliteracy.

Tom Beeman, Advocacy Chair, California Language Teachers’ Association
(562) 215-4978    –




You belong at the table!

Please apply to serve on the World Languages Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (see below).

This committee will help to shape the principal and most current resource for language teaching methodology and practice in the state.

Please share this announcement and encourage your colleagues to apply as well.

Recruitment for the World Languages (WL) Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC)

The WL CFCC will play a significant role in the revision of the WL Framework which will be developed to incorporate and support the 2019 World Languages Standards for Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

Credentialed teachers; school, district, and county administrators; college and university personnel representing academic departments and schools of education; and representatives of citizen groups or educational organizations are encouraged to apply. The submission period for the online application is August 1–October 15, 2018.

All WL CFCC meetings will be held at the California Department of Education on the following dates:

  • February 7–8, 2019
  • March 7–8, 2019
  • April 11–12, 2019
  • May 30–31, 2019
  • June 27–28, 2019
  • August 1–2, 2019

2020 World Languages Framework CFCC Application
There is still time to submit your Application to Serve on the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee.

Please access the World Languages Framework web page for more information.

submitted by:

Susie Marks Watt
World Language Consultant
Professional Learning Innovations Office
Educator Excellence And Equity Division
Teaching and Learning Support Branch
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4309
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: 916-323-5252

Reminders from the California Department of Education:

Global Education and Empathy: Contributing to a Kinder World

Do you teach 7 to 11 year olds? The KIND Foundation is funding Empatico, a multi-year $20 million initiative to connect students around the globe. It’s a free online learning tool that builds broader world views through meaningful interactions with peers. Empatico’s mission is to make it possible for children worldwide to connect and share, and by giving them this opportunity to meaningfully interact with one another, to create a lifetime of positive change.

Leading technologists, passionate teachers and global education experts have collaborated to develop the beta version of Empatico, which is now available. Teachers are invited to test the tool, share feedback, and help optimize Empatico for their classroom needs.

Teacher Recruitment: ‘Make the Switch’ Campaign

To put a spotlight on mid-career professionals who have become teachers, the CDE is planning the launch of a publicity campaign called “Make the Switch: Become a Teacher,” which features video profiles of individuals who have made the switch, as well as resources letting people know how to become a teacher. If someone you know has switched careers to become a teacher, please be aware that nominations are currently being sought for the video campaign. You can read more about this campaign on the Superintendent’s Initiatives Web page.

Perhaps you know someone you think would be a good candidate to become a teacher, either a mid-career professional, military veteran, or a young person. Please let them know how they can make the switch by directing them to resources at the CDE or other Web sites including the Teach California Web site and the California Center on Teaching Careers.