eBlast News Wednesday, August 27, 2014
From the ASLTA President, Timothy Owens:
ASLTA has launched its new website. A new revamped, revitalized and relevant ASLTA with a new way of conducting ASLTA business.
Check out the new logo and our new look at www.ASLTA.org! We are still “under construction” and will be undergoing improvements with the goal to have a new section of the site developed and refined for you, our members and the public, each week. As each major development is accomplished, you will be notified via an eBlast announcements informing you of new updates to the website. It is a long project and we ask that you bear with us as we go through this transition.
Membership: This section is for existing members to renew their membership and new members to join. As you know the popularity of ASL classes in schools, colleges and communities is growing each year. Colleges are reporting that ASL class popularity has reached all-time highs. With this growth comes the important question – are ASL teachers qualified enough? A major goal of ASLTA is to grow our profession and the quality of ASL/Deaf Studies teachers through our professional development workshops, local chapters, biennial conference and our evaluation and certification system. We need your help to let people know about ASLTA. Spread the word about our ASLTA Certification System and commit yourself as a teacher to professional growth, development and becoming professionally certified. If you hold ASLTA certification, I challenge you to recruit another ASLTA teacher and support them in getting certified! By logging on to the ASLTA website, we can keep people informed of developments in our field and the related areas of linguistics, foreign language teaching and cultural studies, and related ASL professions. At the same time, our website is intended to provide support on methodology, pedagogy and teaching materials for L1/L2 teachers of all grade levels up to high school, college, and community classes. With our new website each member will have a unique log on and password. This will open “doorways” to you. As we grow and develop the website we will be providing exclusive content to our members. There are several ways to log on:
Membership update – for members who have paid your membership dues for 2014-15, you will receive an email notifying you of your membership status and website login information including your very own user id. Please proceed to log in as instructed by the email to create your password and from there you will have access to discussion boards, forums, and member-only perks. For members who have not paid your 2014-15 dues, you may do so by clicking on aslta.org/membership – click through to the next page where you can enter payment information to pay your membership fees. This will add your name to the system so that you can access your account on aslta.org and member-only discussion boards, forums and more as we develop the site.
NOTE: Are you a certified member but have missed paying your dues for one or more years? ASLTA wants you back! Renew your CERTIFIED membership and click on your level of certification (Provisional, Qualified or Professional). Once you have paid your 2014-2015 dues, the ASLTA Treasurer will send you an email letting you know details on past dues payments you may have missed. To maintain your valid certification, you will have a grace period to get caught up on any past dues you may owe.
Our connection with YOU, our core members is of utmost importance to us. In these past 8 months, the ASLTA Board has undergone a big transition and is working to revitalize ASLTA into a dynamic, viable, and transparent professional organization working for you, the members. This website is the communication center behind many of the projects we have in the works. Renew your membership or join now to stay on top of all the exciting developments! We know you will be pleased as we make progress throughout the year.