VOWLS  Annual Meeting will be held March 1, 2019, 9:00- 3:30 at the Eastern Henrico Center.  Please use the Google Form to submit topics you would like to discuss during the meeting.  An RSVP request that includes options for breakfast, lunch, and membership will be emailed soon, so be watching for this in your email.  You may respond to the email or respond using the VOWLS Registration provided here: Registration

VOWLS Institute on March 2, 2019 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.  Thank you for understanding.  We hope to reschedule with Leslie Grahn next year.

Officer Nominations:  Elections for the offices of President and Secretary will be held online prior to our March meeting.

Taking a leadership role in VOWLS is a great opportunity to grow professionally while supporting an organization you value!  Consider nominating yourself or a qualified and deserving colleague.

See Elections and Offices below for more information including the nomination form.


HB215 was defeated in subcommittee.  Thanks to all who contacted legislators in your region to help defeat this bill.

HB2037:  Del. Foy has submitted a bill for diversifying the teacher workforce that would allow superintendents to recommend teachers on provisional license who have attempted to pass VDOE prescribed teacher assessments unsuccessfully, for licensure.  Look for updates in upcoming days.

We are celebrating the passage of HB507 and HB1156 this year thanks in part to VFLSA advocacy! We are keeping a close eye on HB443 which has raised some red flags. Please reach out to your legislators to share your opinions!


VOWLS would like to extend a big thank you to our annual meeting sponsors!

Elections and Offices

Nominations are open now until February 18, 2019 for candidates to serve in the roles of President and Secretary of VOWLS.  Complete this online form to register your nominations.  Election will be held online prior to the Annual Meeting on March 1, 2019.  New officers will be installed at the Annual Meeting and their tow year term will begin at that time.  Below please find the duties of the open positions on the VOWLS Executive Board.

  •  President:  VOWLS President sets the agenda for the Annual Meeting, presides at all meetings, calls meetings of the Executive Board, keeps the membership informed of important issues concerning world languages, serves as the official representative to FLAVA and other organizations, serves as the liaison with the Virginia Department of Education's world language specialist and monitors progress of world language issues and legislation before the Virginia General Assembly and the Virginia Board of Education.

  • Secretary:  VOWLS Secretary records and posts minutes of all meeting withing a month of the meetings, maintains an orderly and accessible file of the official records of the Association, and handles all official correspondence for the Association.

The officers shall be elected for a term of two years.  No officer shall serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.  The offices of President and Secretary shall be elected in the odd years; the offices of Vice President and Treasurer, in the even years.

For complete information concerning election procedures and responsibilities of each office, consult Articles V and VI of the VOWLS Constitution.

Candidate Bios for 2019 Elections

Check here for bios as we approach the annual meeting to meet the candidates.