President’s Message

A message from 2023 NYSAFLT President Marissa Coulehan

Hello NYSA-friends and colleagues,

The warmer weather is on the horizon and NYSAFLT is using this momentum to propel forward and to continue growing. 

Spring Challenge: do you recognize this image**? 

We have wonderful news from NYSAFLT Headquarters! After being in legal limbo with New York State, we finally have an official name change to our organization. Henceforth, we are the New York State Association for Language Teachers (NYSAFLT). 

Our leaders are doing great work behind the scenes to advocate for you and your world language programs. We are looking into more ways to engage members and to seek out leadership from underrepresented voices. NYSAFLT is a leader among state world language teacher organizations, and we couldn’t do it without all of your support! Thank you for being a member of our community.

This year promises to be one full of learning and collaboration. First VP Alexis Thornton has lots of top-notch presenters from all over the USA already confirmed for the virtual Summer Institute, Sailing with Ease into the Revised Standards. Save the dates – July 31 – August 3, 2023! More information to come very soon! 

We are particularly excited for the 106th Annual Conference at the historical downtown Syracuse Marriott Hotel, Oct. 20-21, 2023. This year’s warm and fuzzy theme is World Language Education: Supporting Our Students, Supporting Each Other. We could all use a little support to make world language education better for our students and for one another. 

President-elect Françoise “Swaz” Piron and the AC Planning Committee continue to reach out to potential presenters. Perhaps you have something unique to share? We encourage all members to submit a proposal and to take part in the magic of in-person professional learning! The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, April 28, 2023. 

Need help refining a proposal? Reach out to any NYSAFLT leader. We are here to help! 

Best wishes for a delightful spring!

Marissa Coulehan

**Congratulations if you knew that this is Swaz Piron’s 2023 Annual Conference logo! Fun fact: featured in this photo are Swaz’s actual world language students! Be on the lookout for your next challenge!

Beth Slocum