A message from 2023 NYSAFLT President Marissa Coulehan

​​​Welcome back to a new school year, NYSA-friends and colleagues!

**September challenge: Where can I find more information on FLES/early language programs in NYS?

I’m hoping you had the best summer possible and that you are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle another year. The excitement to get back to the classroom is palpable. Nearly 120 NYSA-friends attended our Summer Institute at the beginning of August. First vice-president Alexis Thornton planned several opportunities for collaboration and discussion during the most interactive virtual institute to date.

Social media was buzzing, too! Check out #NYSAFLTSI23 to see what you might have missed. Our recordings are available until September 30, so if you have heard about all of the amazing sessions and still want to see them, register today for immediate access.
The fall season brings our favorite time of year here at NYSAFLT – Annual Conference! Come join us in-person at the historical downtown Syracuse Marriott Hotel, October 20–21, 2023. This year’s theme is World Language Education: Supporting Our Students, Supporting Each Other. President-elect Françoise “Swaz” Piron and the AC Planning Committee have selected over 70 opportunities for learning and collaborating, including three-hour workshops, one-hour workshops, committee meetings, exhibit hall social time, a Smoke Dance by members of the Haudenosaunee nation, a NYSA-speakeasy, and our phenomenal keynote speaker, 2022 CT COLT and NECTFL Teacher of the Year, Trudy Anderson!! Head to the Annual Conference page today to register at the early bird rate (hurry, it ends September 9!) and pick out a pre-conference workshop. We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues in Syracuse!

Best wishes for an easy start to your school year!

Marissa Coulehan 
NYSAFLT President 2023

**Congratulations if you knew that we have a dedicated page on our website: https://nysaflt.org/nys-fles-programs/ Here you will find a link to a map of FLES programs in NYS. Is your program missing? We track programs up until grade 6 on this map. Send us an email and we will update it! You will also find a list of currently offered FLES extension courses, scholarships, grants, and awards for FLES teachers and programs!

John Carlino

Following the passing of our beloved friend, esteemed leader and longtime Executive Director John Carlino in January 2022, the NYSAFLT Executive Team and Board of Directors continue to ensure that our organization is functioning efficiently. The NYSAFLT 100K for 100 Years John D. Carlino Legacy Fund remains the best way to honor John by making donations in his name. With this fund, NYSAFLT will remember John and his vision to financially support projects and help solve problems that language teachers and leaders face. As we move forward along the pathway that John paved, his legacy will forever live on with the NYSAFLT 100K for 100 Years John D. Carlino Legacy Fund.

John David Carlino obituary.” The Buffalo News, February 5, 2022.