August 8, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
Last Monday, top JNCL-NCLIS language policy priority, the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act of 2019 (WLARA), was introduced in the Senate .

This continued success for WLARA and the Language Enterprise comes less than two weeks after the unanimous House vote to include WLARA as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Current New Jersey Senator and 2020 Presidential Candidate Cory Booker introduced the legislation as a standalone bill numbered S.2307 for the 116th Congress. The bill's text focuses on the future of national security, the need for social and legal services in multiple languages, and the cognitive benefits of second language acquisition.

Deadline: August 13th
A proposed rule from the Trump Administration to roll back civil rights protections would make it harder for limited English proficient individuals and families to see a doctor and even receive important medical information in their native language.

The Administration must consider all comments before finalizing its proposed changes . Your comments do matter! 
July 31, 2019 | Capitol News Illinois
Foreign language teachers in Illinois are being asked to update the way they teach those courses starting in the upcoming school year by putting more emphasis on world cultures and how to use languages across different academic disciplines.

The Illinois State Board of Education on Wednesday released its newly-updated educational standards for world languages , replacing ones that were adopted in 1997.

In addition to guiding teachers on how to structure their lessons, the world language standards are also used to determine whether graduating high school students have met the qualifications for a State Seal of Biliteracy, an award that recognizes students for achieving a high level of proficiency in two or more languages.


JNCL-NCLIS is pleased to announce the appointment of Maya Goodall to its Board of Directors . Goodall is the current Senior Director of EL Curriculum at Rosetta Stone, and has worked in education for over 20 years, teaching both nationally and internationally. She has a rich professional background that includes teaching in the classroom, coaching, training, and implementing and designing curriculum with measurable outcomes. We are very excited to be able to count on her knowledge and expertise as our newest board member .

Recently, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the ACTFL, released the report: Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers. The executive director of the ACTFL, Howie Berman joins show hosts Mike Washburn and Glen Irvin to talk about the report and foreign language education.


Deadline: September 12
Bemidji, MN
October 10-13, 2019 | March 26-29, 2020
Concordia Language Villages invites you to join us for 'Intercultural Communicative Competence: Linking Language and Culture,' a professional-development series for K-16 instructors of Arabic language and culture.

Thanks to a generous grant from Qatar Foundation International, tuition and program fees are free for participants. In addition, participants will be reimbursed for qualifying travel expenses of up to $400 (travel to MSP) or $500 (travel to BJI) per workshop.

Deadline: September 20
San Diego, CA
March 15-18, 2020
GALA conferences attract experienced professionals from all parts of the translation and localization industry: language services and language technology professionals, managers and directors of localization at multinational organizations, and individuals from government, research, and educational institutions. More than 40% of our audience are top-executives, and all delegates are looking for challenging, growth-oriented topics.

Registration Deadline: September 26th
Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport
18800 Macarthur Blvd., Irvine, CA 92612
September 27-28, 2019

The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Educational Services Division is hosting the 3rd Annual Interpreting and Translators Conference 2019.   The 3rd Annual Interpreters and Translators Conference will focus on offering our participants the opportunity to engage more in depth with nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field and explore techniques to enhance interpretation and translation skills . This annual conference is a major educational event for bilingual staff, educators, and community stakeholders committed to ensure proper language use in school settings and the community we serve.

Registration Deadline: September 30th
Honolulu, HI
November 7-10, 2019

This year’s programming digs into local and regional culture throughout the conference with several place-based experiences that help shed light on important contemporary issues facing Pacific Island communities, including migration, militarism, political status, and climate change, which also resonate with broader national concerns. 

Solicitation Number: 36C24419Q0968
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: Network Contracting Office 4
Location: Veterans Integrated Service Network 4 Facilities
Response Date: August 12

Solicitation Number: ID06190003
Agency: General Services Administration
Office: Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
Location: IFMPS
Award Date: Mid-Aug
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