Foreign Language Association of Virginia Recognizes Carol Bass with Prestigious Award

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Carol Bass with her FLAVA Award

The Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) has awarded Carol Bass, PWCS supervisor of World Languages, with the Helen Warriner-Burke FLAVA Distinguished Service Award. The award honors foreign language educators in Virginia who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. Bass received her award at the three-day FLAVA fall conference in Williamsburg.

“Carol Bass has developed a finely tuned and highly polished world language program,” said Dr. Steve Walts, Superintendent of Schools. “Through her leadership, our teachers have produced high-quality curriculum units and common assessments for each level of the languages we offer.”

Bass has served as the World Languages supervisor since 1987. She has promoted and achieved a breadth of language offerings in PWCS that reflects the diverse language interests and heritages of PWCS students. Two decades ago, she led the efforts to enhance and develop the English as a Second Language program that today is setting the standard for service and support to English learners. She is a mentor to many administrators supervising language instruction, teachers, and her central office colleagues. She historically has been an advocate for teachers throughout the state who are alone in schools without having a second language specialist and offers on-going resources and support.

While under her leadership, PWCS has increased world language offerings from four languages to 11 languages. PWCS was the first in the state to offer Italian in middle and high schools. Along with her counterpart in Fairfax, Bass was instrumental in bringing American Sign Language to Virginia.

She spearheaded elementary foreign language immersion programs at Enterprise and Leesylvania Elementary Schools; foreign language specialty programs at Fred Lynn, Lake Ridge, and Parkside Middle Schools; the creation of courses, trainings, and articulation communications for the International Baccalaureate language programs at several elementary, middle, and high schools in the Division. She has served as a facilitator/coordinator in implementing numerous international partnerships in collaboration with Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and other agencies with schools throughout the world such as China, Peru, Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, and Russia to name a few allowing several hundred students and staff from PWCS elementary, middle and high schools to experience the benefits of cross-cultural and linguistic global experiences.

Bass has presented hundreds of workshops, presentations and trainings at both the state ESOL and Foreign Language conferences, topics very often emphasizing inclusionary practices and ensuring access of all advanced courses and world language studies to all students. She also was president of both the ESOL and foreign language organizations for a number of years and served as state conference program chair or co-chair for both state conferences for many years. Mostly, Bass has been proud to historically showcase PWCS world language teachers as presenters at every state conference since becoming supervisor, and this year was no exception.

At the FLAVA conference, Dr. Lis Harris, the Virginia Department of Education leader of world languages and international education, presented Bass a Virginia Board of Education Certificate of Recognition signed by former State Superintendent, Dr. Steven Staples. Dr. Paul Sandrock, one of the leading national world language renowned authors, presenters, and experts, joined in offering congratulatory remarks to Bass on her award.

In attendance for Bass’ state award presentation were PWCS world language teacher leaders and colleagues who also presented workshops at the conference. Schenell Agee, PWCS supervisor of library media programs and research, also attended. View list of PWCS world language teacher leaders.


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