Parker High School’s French Program Among Best in the United States
The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) notified Andrea Behn, World Language-French Teacher (PHS), that Parker High School’s French Program was awarded a national honor, making it among the best in the United States. Ms. Behn is the State of Wisconsin AATF Chapter President.
Mary Helen Kashuba, President of the AATF stated, “The committee unanimously chose Parker High School to receive the Exemplary French Program with Distinction Award”. According to Kashuba, “The committee was impressed with the following accomplishments the program has experienced: ability to grow the program despite many odds; amount of student activities; application of the five C’s (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Communities, and Comparisons) to teaching along with “can do” statements; field trips with the students; the many letters of recommendation; collaboration within and outside the school; and professional involvement.”
The Association of Teachers of French was founded in 1927 and is the largest National Association of French Teachers in the world with nearly 10,000 members. Their members are made up of French teachers from all levels. As a professional association they seek to address the concerns of their members which include: promoting the study of languages in general and French; facilitating the implementation of national and state standards in the classroom; improving the training of French teachers by encouraging minimum levels of language and cultural proficiency, and exposure to the French-speaking world through study abroad opportunities; creating opportunities and finding resources for practicing teachers to update their skills and improve their teaching; and encouraging the use of new technologies in the teaching of French and actively developing materials to support this use.