The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.

Since its founding, ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of foreign language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.

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The California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) is a network of discipline-based projects that deliver long-term, high-quality professional development. CSMP programs are designed by university faculty and teacher leaders to improve practices that lead to increased achievement for all students. The CSMP uses the Common Core Standards, California's Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards and California's Content Standards and Instructional Frameworks to focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for college entrance and career readiness. The network has ninety-seven sites throughout the state:

  • The California Arts Project (TCAP) 
  • The California History-Social Science Project (CH-SSP) 
  • The California International Studies Project (CISP) 
  • The California Mathematics Project (CMP) 
  • The California Physical Education – Health Project (CPE-HP) 
  • The California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP) 
  • The California Science Project (CSP) 
  • The California World Language Project (CWLP) 
  • The California Writing Project (CWP) 

The mission of CSMP is to improve student learning and achievement through comprehensive, discipline-based professional development programs especially for teachers who work in the state’s high priority schools. Sites are hosted by regional campuses of the University of California, California State University, and independent colleges and universities. The CSMP is directed by nine project advisory boards and a statewide Concurrence Committee and is administered by the University of California, Office of the President. The Concurrence Committee is composed of representatives from the California State Board of Education, the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Governor’s Office, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and the Supplemental Materials and Curriculum Commission.

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California Language Teachers’ Association’s mission is to provide support, leadership and vision for quality World Language and Culture teaching and learning in California.

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Since 1989, the California Foreign Language Project (CFLP) has vigorously pursued the goal of challenging language professionals to prepare students to effectively participate in multilingual and multicultural societies by improving and expanding language programs in California. To accomplish this goal, CFLP and its partners will continue collaboration providing all California students access to and equity in world language programs. The Project strongly supports efforts to involve every language teacher in a supportive professional community which promotes linguistic and cultural competence and advocates for the retention, expansion and articulation of world language offerings across educational levels beginning in the elementary grades, within a context that respects diverse ideas and provides opportunities for leadership.

Accomplished teachers of world languages:

    • Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the languages and cultures they teach;
    • Deliver instruction in the target language embedded in authentic cultural content and contexts that connect to relevant areas of interdisciplinary academic study;
    • Provide instruction appropriate to the diverse needs of students and linked to progress on the “Language Learning Continuum” of the Foreign Language Framework for California Public Schools;
    • Select, effectively utilize, adapt and create instructional materials to meet the specific needs of their students;
    • Implement appropriate pedagogy for English learners and students with low skills in reading and writing for the acquisition of academic content knowledge and language;
    • Provide leadership in collecting, analyzing and using data to reflect on practice and improve instruction;
    • Actively contribute to the profession and communities beyond the classroom.

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