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Advocacy and Future Language Teachers

TIP: Language methods instructors and state world language association leaders can arrange for future language teachers to go to their state capitol, attend a state board of education meeting, attend full senate sessions and/or full house sessions, meet state legislators, attend a senate or house education committee, etc. Working with individual state legislators and board members to arrange a visit can be very meaningful for future language teachers and help them fulfill requirements they may have under the “professionalism” area of their certification or recognition program. This can be a valuable experience for any language educator—but particularly for those going through the National Board certification process, as there is also an “advocacy” component in that process.