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Thursday, June 24 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm
AATF Advocacy Efforts are Ongoing: Learn More About the Support that is Available

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This workshop will pair the AATF Commissions on Teacher Recruitment & Retention and on Advocacy to discuss the many ways in which our commissions and volunteers work to support and defend French program. Connecting secondary and post-secondary programs is a major focus of the Commission on Teacher Recruitment & Retention. What’s in it for my students? For my program? For my profession? Post-secondary French programs are under pressure, perhaps as never before. Find out why this is important to K-16 teachers and what role you can play in building a strong high school to college connection to encourage lifelong learning and to promote careers in French. Ready-to-use resources and teacher-recommended strategies will be provided. The Commission on Advocacy, in addition to providing ongoing support to individual programs, will address the recent declines in post-secondary enrollments within the larger context of the crisis in the humanities. All this is occuring while French is still the second most-studied foreign language in the U.S. at both the K-12 and college levels. Advocacy is needed, now more than ever, and everyone can help!

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Eileen Walvoord

President, AATF
Am interested in strategies to increase the number of individuals in the education pipeline to becomeFrench teachers.Looking for ways to support post-secondary French programs and Teacher Education programs by strenghtening the high school-to-college connection.
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Nitya Viswanath

Amos Alonzo Stagg High School (IL)
French teacher, levels 1 - AP, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL (south suburban Chicago), Illinois French Teacher of the Year 2020, Treasurer - AATF Chicago Northern Illinois Region 13, AATF Exemplary French Program Award recipient@StaggFrench
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Kathleen Stein Smith

Chair, AATF Advocacy Commission
Kathleen Stein-Smith, PhD, Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques, is a dedicated foreign language educator and advocate. She serves as Chair of the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) Commission on Advocacy, an America’s Languages Fellow, and as a member of... Read More →
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Robert Peckham

Profesor of French Emeritus, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE MARTIN (TN)
Robert D. Peckham, PhD (TennesseeBob)Professor of French EmeritusUniversity of Tennessee at MartinAATF Commission on Advocacyrpeckham@utm.eduIn my retirement, I am a bilingual poet/songwriter
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Sister Mary Helen Kashuba

Past President, AATF; Professor, Chestnut Hill College, Chestnut Hill College
Mary Helen Kashuba SSJ, DML, is professor of French and Russian and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia PA, where she has taught for many years.  She received her advanced degrees from Fordham University and Middlebury College. She... Read More →

Thursday June 24, 2021 5:00pm - 8:00pm CDT