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Afro-Latin@s are Black History! Activities by A.C. Quintero
Are you interested in incorporating the experiences of Afro-latin@s in your classes? Then, check out these amazing resources and activities created by A.C. Quintero in her newsletter!
A.C. Quintero is a Spanish teacher in Chicago, IL, and, besides blogging and developing resources for Spanish teachers, she also writes comprehensible novels for language learners.

Discovering Afro-Latinx/Hispanic Singers - Playlist
If you want your students to discover popular music in Spanish that is being released by young successful Afro-Hispanic singers, check out this playlist with twelve songs that we have curated for this month. 


February 23: Virtual Panel on Action Research in the Language Classroom

Come learn about the “how” and “what” of conducting action research in language classes! Panelists will share general guidelines, important considerations, and project ideas. Examples will be specific to K-12 classrooms, but the information will be applicable to different instructional contexts.

February 23, 2022, 6:00-7:00pm (Central).
Online, free, and open to everyone. It will be recorded.

Please register here:

Invited panelists:
Rich Madel, Ed.D. (Spanish Teacher, Master Teacher, and Chairperson of the Department of World Languages; Colonial School District; Facilitator within the Penn Literacy Network, University of Pennsylvania)
Dr. Brianna Janssen Sanchez (Coordinator of World Languages Teacher Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; Adjunct Assistant Professor Summer Language Institute, Southern Oregon University)

February 26: Winter Self-Care Activity organized by the Chicago Area Chapter of AATSP

The Chicago Area Chapter of AATSP invites you to their FREE Winter Self-Care Activity, Burnout is not a Badge of Honor: Growing Emotional Resilience for Teachers.

Saturday, February 26th at 10AM. 
Contact for the Zoom link

March 9: Webinar on backwards planning for task-based instruction

The focus of this webinar is to identify key aspects of instruction that prepare students to meet the communicative demands of the final task. Participants will learn about the essential role of task evaluation criteria, the nature and rationale of pedagogic tasks as well as of other instructional resources in supporting final task accomplishment. Examples of pedagogic tasks and other activities will be provided, and participants will learn the ways in which they support final task completion in a coherent and effective way. 

Presenter: Dr. Claudia Fernández  (Clinical Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of the Spanish Basic Language Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago)

Wed. March 9, 2022, 5:30-7:00pm (Central). 

Online, free, and open to everyone. It will be recorded. 

Please register here:

Get involved!

Nominations are now accepted for the 2023 Board of Directors of AATSP. Applications due by April 1, 2022. Nominations may be submitted by AATSP Chapter Representatives. Self-nominations by AATSP members in good standing are also welcome.  For more information, please visit this page.

ICTFL is offering a free “novice teacher support group”. If you’re interested in participating, you can fill out this google form. Pre-service teachers are welcome to join!  

Grants & awards

ICTFL will award up to 4 scholarships to students planning to pursue a career as a World Language teacher. High school seniors are eligible to apply for a $500 Scholarship, and college level students are eligible to apply for a $1000 Scholarship. For more information and to apply, please fill out this form.

The NFMLTA offers several grants and awards for language professionals, including travel grants and funding to organize workshops/conferences. For more information, please visit the NFMLTA page.

Nominate a colleague for the 2022 AATSP Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award!
Deadline: March 21, 2022
Award: $500
All AATSP members with at least 2 years of AATSP membership and teaching experience are eligible.

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