I am so honored to be serving as your new NADSFL President as we enter 2021 together.
Looking back on 2020, we’ve all had to rapidly learn new skills, support our teachers and programs through constant change and the unknown, and scramble to find or create digital content for our students. Despite the many challenges of 2020, we’ve still been able to have virtual NADSFL Cafe meetings, our first Virtual Summer Leadership Academy, and our first Virtual NADSFL Annual Conference. Although we couldn’t travel to break bread and share hugs and laughter in person, many of our NADSFL members were able to attend our conferences and connect with each other who might not otherwise had the time or funding to travel this year.
Professional Development is a form of Self Care
For those who did attend our 2020 NADSFL Annual Conference, all materials are posted on the Members Only Page. Our Leadership and Learning Chair, Leslie Grahn, will be leading NADSFL TED Talk Tuesdays this year, with our first one on Tuesday, January 5th. We will be resuming the NADSFL Cafes in February, and those announcements will be sent out to members as soon as we have more details.
If you are a new or ”new-ish” district supervisor and you would like a NADSFL mentor, please contact our Mentoring Chair, Paris Granville, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the next NADSFL Annual Conference in San Diego, November 16-18, 2021.
Navigating Remote and Hybrid Learning
Please check the Documents page for NADSFL guidance resources during the Covid-19 challenges. The document will be updated as new resources become available. You may also download Online Learning Ideas here. Our sister organization, NCSSFL has posted a Resource Bank and The National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) also offers these great ideas. Leslie Grahn also has curated Resources for the Shift to Online and Blended Learning.
NADSFL Statement on Prejudice Hate and Violence
NADSFL joins with ACTFL, NCSSFL, and the regional and state language organizations in decrying violence, hate, and bigotry in all forms. Download the NADSFL Statement on Prejudice Hate and Violence June 2020, also posted on our Documents page.
I am looking forward to a safe and healthy new year together with our NADSFL colleagues.
Mara S. Cobe, NADSFL President