June 12, 2020 | JNCL Newsroom
JNCL-NCLIS has been made aware of a potential Executive Order that would directly affect language programs and language educators for the coming school year. The order is expected to temporarily suspend issuance of new nonimmigrant visas and renewals including J-1 and H-1B visas. The suspension is expected to last 90 to 120 days, leading into the start of the academic year. 

If issued without an exemption for educators (and specifically, language educators), this Executive Order would have a profoundly negative impact on language and immersion programs , hindering educational opportunities for children across the U.S. and further damaging the United’s States economy by stunting progress in critical areas such as education and national security. 

JNCL-NCLIS is prepared to take action to support our members and protect the Language Enterprise. You can help protect by endorsing below. As an endorser, your organization's name will be added to the list of supporters to be sent to the Administration to show the strong network of support for the J-1 and H-1B visa programs.   

June 11, 2020 | UNESCO
The summary report shows that UNESCO, in cooperation with its field offices, UNDESA and other UN agencies, Member States, the Members of the Steering Committee for the organization of the International Year, and other partners, made significant strides for indigenous languages and the empowerment of their users throughout 2019.

Collaboration and cooperation at different levels lead to the proclamation of an International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032) by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 2019 thought its Resolution requesting UNESCO to serve as lead UN agency in collaboration with UNDESA.

Globally the media widely covered the IYIL2019, with at least 4000 articles published in the six languages used by the UN and reaching a large audience around world. A global social media campaign for the promotion of the IYIL2019 was run on the dedicated social media channels. 

June 11, 2020 | Bloomberg Law
The Assembly voted unanimously Thursday to advance two bills, A.B. 1850 and A.B. 2257, to the Senate. A.B. 1850 passed 73-0 and A.B. 2257 passed 70-0. The upper chamber has until Aug. 31 to send the bills on to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) for his signature.

The bills would allow self-employed professionals in creative industries—as well as translators, interpreters, and others who typically work for several employers on a contract basis—to maintain the independent status that they say is necessary to their livelihoods. The measures are an olive branch to freelance workers and musicians who were among the most vocal critics of A.B. 5, the worker classification overhaul law enacted last year.

A.B. 1850 would affect freelance journalists and photographers, as well as insurance inspectors, translators, competition judges, appraisers, and other professionals. It would apply the previous classification standard established in the state Supreme Court’s 1989 decision in S. G. Borello & Sons, Inc. v. Department of Industrial Relations, which centers on whether the employer has the right to control the manner and means of performing the work.

Surveys of Early Childhood Education in Chinese

DEADLINE: June 20th, 2020

Pepperdine University and the Chinese Early Language Immersion Network (CELIN) are conducting two national surveys that study the landscape and needs of Chinese early childhood education in the United States . One survey is for teachers and program administrators, and the other is for programs that offer Chinese either in an immersion model or as a foreign language. The teacher/administrator survey is bilingual in English and Chinese. The program survey is in English.

Please help us gather this important information by completing the surveys and disseminating them within your spheres of influence. Thank you for your collaboration.


WEBINAR: June 24, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET

The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) is providing a free webinar event that is open to the public. 

Family and community engagement is an essential part of student success. With COVID-19 related school closures and the transition to distance learning, many schools are working to sustain engagement with EL families and communities, and to ensure two-way communication to build school and community capacity. Our panelists will share recommendations and examples of EL family engagement activities during remote learning.

Not ice ID : N40084-20-R-0058
Location: JPN
Response Date: June 17th
Notice ID : W25G1Q015400VQ
Location: PA
Response Date: June 19th
FRIDAY, June 12, 2020 ISSUE
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