Courtesy of the Cave Creek Unified School District
One hundred-fifteen AZ language educators, from elementary through university levels, came together to learn strategies that get students talking and using the new language they are learning. They all belong to the AZ Language Association, a group committed to preparing our future AZ multilingual workforce. These educators represented teaching AZ students Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, German, Japanese, ESL and English.
World Language Programs Coordinator, Cristina Ladas from Cave Creek Unified School District shared the importance of advocating for the profession and our students’ futures due to the irony behind a recent report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017) that cites AZ as having among the lowest enrollment in foreign language classes at only 8% of the state’s students while The New American Economy study (2017) identified a 16% increase in bilingual online job postings across the U.S. from 2010 to 2015.
Graph source: Burning Glass Technologies, Labor Insight, Data pulled on April 13, 2016
Executive Assistant to
Dr. Debbi Burdick, Superintendent & Governing Board
Cave Creek Unified School District
480.575.2016 Phone/480.575.2092 Fax