AATSP President’s Message
saudações and greetings.
As I ate my doce uvas de la suerte at midnight on December 31, I wished all the
AATSP members a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2015.
I would like to thank the outgoing
members of the Executive Council who have given of their time and energy for
the past three years: Laura Zinke, Bill VanPatten, Margo Milleret and Cathy
Soud. Our incoming members will be:
President-elect Anne Fountain, San José State University; Mark Del Mastro,
College of Charleston; Mary Risner, University of Florida; and Martha Vásquez,
William Howard Taft High School, San Antonio.
Thank you for making this commitment to the AATSP.
2014 brought losses and gains to the
Hispanic world. Spain lost Adolfo Suárez
in May, the first democratically elected Prime Minister after the dictatorship
of Franco. In November, Chesperito,
Roberto Gómez Bolaños died. He was known
for the program El Chavo del 8. Also the
Duquesa de Alba died in November. As
for gains, in December, President Obama announced the re-establishment of long
broken ties with Cuba.
It is not too early to start thinking
about our conference to be held in Denver, Colorado at the Grand Hyatt Hotel
from July 17-20, 2105. The theme is Meeting the needs of a changing profession. We received many excellent proposals for
sessions, panel discussions, ePosters and workshops. It was exciting to see the number of
proposals that were submitted for Portuguese.
Thank you to all.
One of the changes we are seeing is the
Common Core Standards. In San Antonio I
talked about the Common Core Standards. To date forty-six states, four
territories plus the District of Colombia are moving forward with the Common
Core. The next phase will be the PARCC
(Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)
assessment. Thirteen states will give
these computer-based assessments aligned with the Common Core Standards in the
spring of 2015. As language teachers we
can help our students by including exercises similar to those used on the
I have never been to Colorado before so
I did some investigating and came up with some interesting facts that will give
you a welcome to the state of Colorado and the city of Denver:
de Coronado discovered the Grand Canyon and Colorado River in his quest for the
Seven Cities of Gold.
The name Colorado
or "colored red” was applied to the Colorado River because of the red sandstone
soil. Congress chose the name for the
territory in 1861.
nicknamed the Centennial State, was admitted to the union in 1876 only a few
weeks after the centennial of the Declaration of the United States.
Denver was first
a mining settlement growing out of the Pike’s Peak Gold rush of 1858.
Denver is known
as the Mile High City as the elevation is exactly one mile above sea
level. It is one of the highest cities
in the United States. Climbing to the 13th step of the Colorado
State Capital you will be 5,280 feet above sea level – one mile.
Over 34% of the
Denver population is latino and 24% of the city population is Mexican-American. 21% of the Colorado population is latino.
Grill is based in Denver. Steve Ells,
CEO, opened the first restaurant in Denver.
reference for Mountain Standard time passes through the Union Train Station.
Mexico has a
consulate in Denver.
10. The Denver Mint opened as an assay office to weigh
gold and silver. Now it manufactures all
denominations of circulating coins.
So please make one of your New Year’s
Resolutions to attend the AATSP convention in Denver, Colorado from July
17-20. See you there!
Elaine H. Davis
2015 AATSP President