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, has been leading montly NADSFL TED Talk Tuesdays this year, with our first one on Tuesday, January 5th.
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, November 16-18, 2021. We will be virtual again this year, and will be using Nooks as our conference platform.
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.
Updated NADSFL Statement on Prejudice Hate and Violence (March 2021)
NADSFL joins with ACTFL, NCSSFL, and the regional and state language organizations in decrying violence, hate, and bigotry in all forms.
The National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages condemns all acts of prejudice, hate, and violence. We stand in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous and People of Color against racism, acts of violence, police brutality, and systemic inequality in this country. We know that education and educators play a vital role in creating the needed change for all marginalized people.
NADSFL and its members are dedicated to the development of global competence for all. We call on local, state, national, and global educators to lead others to look beneath the surface of culture to examine and reject reflexive reactions and stereotypical beliefs that fuel fear and hatred of others; have the difficult conversations; and, advocate for equal justice for all people.
Mara S. Cobe, NADSFL President