French Partner School Scholarship and GFLA Selection Committee

Dear Colleagues:
Please share the two announcements below with local schools and language teachers as you deem appropriate. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.
Lisa A. Harris, Ed.D.
Specialist for Foreign Languages and International Education
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
Sister School Project Leaders – Site Visit to Reims, France
The VDOE is pleased to announce a limited number of scholarships to fund travel by Virginia Sister School Project Leaders to visit their partner school in Reims, France. The application for this scholarship is open to new and established partner schools’ project leaders.
The scholarship will fund a group site visit to take place in spring 2018 for four to six project leaders. Additional information and applications for the scholarship is available in Superintendents’ Memo #337-17 that was posted on December 15th. The application deadline is January 16th.
Governor’s Foreign Language Academies: Seeking Nominations for Student Selection Committee
The VDOE is seeking nominations for individuals who are qualified and available to serve on the Governor’s Foreign Language Academies Student Selection Committee. The committee will be comprised of five teams that will each be charged with the review of applications for the following languages: French, German, Spanish, Latin, and Japanese. Nominees should be teachers, content specialists, or other educators who are knowledgeable about the Academies and fluent in the selected target language.
Selected team members will be asked to review and rate applications and student assessments in the target language. Training on the rating rubric will be provided. Committee meetings will be held in the Williamsburg, Virginia, area from March 6-9, 2018. The VDOE will cover expenses for mileage, meals, and lodging related to the review process following approved state guidelines. All committee members may receive recertification points, pending the approval by their school divisions.
See Superintendents’ Memo #332-17 for information on how to apply. Completed applications are due by January 20, 2018. Committee members will be notified by January 30, 2018.
Governor’s Foreign Language Academies: Staff Applications
Applications are now available on the Web site for Academy Teacher and Resident Assistant positions. Language administrators, educators, teachers, and college students interested in a position at the 2018 Academies are encouraged to apply. Teachers who serve on the Selection Committee are not eligible to apply for staff positions. Staff applications are due by January 26th.

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