October 15, 2020 | JNCL Newsroom

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with her colleague Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced their plan to introduce the Learning Opportunity and Achievement Act (LOAA), which would improve distance and blended learning in our public schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

LOAA combats instructional loss, particularly for at-risk and marginalized students, by providing support for professional development and training programs for teachers, tutoring and academic services, research and best practices, and other initiatives to enhance equity and access for all students. Specifically, the bill provides funding to address instructional loss for at-risk and marginalized students, including low-income students, minority students, children with disabilities, English learners, migratory students, homeless children and youth, and children or youth in foster care.

October 1, 2020 | JNCL Announcement

JNCL-NCLIS invites all language advocates to attend our first Virtual Language Advocacy Days 2021 event!

JNCL-NCLIS sets you up for success: we schedule virtual meetings with your Members of Congress, prepare briefing materials for you and Congressional staffers to discuss, and provide coaching and insight to help amplify your story.
During Virtual #LAD21 you will also have the unique opportunity to connect with language leaders in the fields of education and business for policy discussions on issues affecting the field today.

Virtual LAD21 has transformed all of your favorite programming:

  • Virtual Congressional Meetings
  • Group Planning Session
  • Language Policy Session 
  • Networking Breakout Sessions
  • Inspiring Keynotes & Panelists
  • Virtual Awards Reception
  • Mentorship Program
  • Delegate Assembly 
  • Virtual Event Bag

September 23, 2020 | AFS Intercultural Programs

“The COVID-19 pandemic has left no area of education untouched. It has also highlighted two things – the necessity of educators and students to be able to utilize technology and the importance of global competence to make sense of a global pandemic and its impact on the world,” says Mohamed Abdel-Kader in his latest interview with AFS.

Virtual exchange is a rapidly growing educational practice that enables meaningful encounters to create the deep impact of intercultural exchange combined with the broad reach of technology. As distance learning becomes the new norm in education, we discussed with Mohamed the role of virtual exchanges in global competence development, how the Covid-19 pandemic is shaping this field, and what new trends are emerging for education across the world.

October 15, 2020 | MPI Press Release

The face of U.S. higher education is changing. College and university students are more likely to come from immigrant families than in the past, and they are more likely to be racial and ethnic minorities. Immigrants and the children of immigrants have driven 58 percent of the growth in post-secondary enrollment between 2000 and 2018, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) finds in a first-of-its-kind U.S. and state analysis of immigrant-origin students

“With immigrant-origin workers projected to drive U.S. labor force growth through at least 2035, examining student characteristics can help colleges and universities as well as state education policymakers as they seek to equip their residents with the skills and knowledge to meet the changing demands of the U.S. and local economies,” said MPI Senior Policy Analyst Jeanne Batalova, the lead author.


The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication. Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of Less commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs).

Deadline: January 1, 2021

Guest Co-Editors Jinrong Li and Mimi Li are currently seeking proposals for the Journal of Second Language Writing 2022 special issue on L2 writing assessment in the digital age. This special issue aims to provide a collection of conceptual papers and empirical studies that explore theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical approaches to L2 writing assessment in response to the development of digital technologies. It will examine how technology and new forms of writing intersect with assessment practices to facilitate L2 students’ writing development.


Date: March 11-13, 2021

Our 2020 convention focused on inclusion and welcomed everyone around the larger table. Our 2021 convention invites language professionals to gather around that same table to share perspectives and promote a unified vision of language learning for all. 

Notice ID:N4008420R0058
Location: JPN
Response Date: October 21st
Notice ID:W911S0-21-R-DLIW
Location: N/A
Response Date: October 30th
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