November 13, 2020 | JNCL Newsroom

JNCL-NCLIS is proud to endorse legislation that provides essential resources to support the revitalization of Native languages in communities across the country.

On November 9th, 2020, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) introduced the House companion bill to Senator Brian Schatz’s (D-HI) Native American Languages Resource Center Act, a bill to create a designated resource center for the protection and stability of Native American language education

Congress funded 16 Centers for Foreign Language Excellence in various universities to provide support for foreign language learning. Yet, no such center has been established for Native American languages, even though the federal government has a trust responsibility to Native Nations. 

November 11, 2020 | JNCL Newsroom

The Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS), the premier advocacy organization for America’s Language Enterprise, has partnered with Jon Bernstein of Bernstein Strategy Group to serve as the organization’s Director of Government Relations. 

Bernstein brings 25 years of Washington, DC experience to his new role as Director of Government Relations for JNCL-NCLIS. He began his Washington, DC tenure as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), working on immigration, crime, intellectual property and judiciary issues. His education advocacy career commenced when he became Legislative Counsel for The Lightspan Partnership, an educational software company. Bernstein went on to lobby for the National Education Association and the Federal Communications Commission. In 2005, Bernstein founded his own government relations firm, Bernstein Strategy Group, and has worked for high-profile clients like Apple, the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). 

November 13, 2020 | JNCL Announcement

Join JNCL-NCLIS President, Rita A. Oleksak and President-Elect, Amanda Seewald and other advocacy panel guests at the ACTFL Virtual Convention. The panel discussion "Raising our Voices: Advocacy in a Time of Turmoil and Change" will take place Friday, November 20th, 2020 from 1:45PM to 2:30PM.

As the US grapples with the effects of COVID-19 and a much-needed focus on race and social justice, how can we best use our resources to impact policy and sustain language programs across the country? Join us for this panel discussion that addresses how to be a strong advocate during uncertain times and the changing face of activism.


Event: February 3-5, 2021

Planning to attend Virtual Language Advocacy Day 2021? Preview the preliminary schedule and register today!

During the three day advocacy event, language educators and professionals will unite for the unique opportunity to learn about the federal programs that impact the Language Enterprise, understand the role of advocacy in advancing collective policy priorities, and gain skills to become successful advocates for world languages.

Date: Saturday-Sunday, November 14-15, 2020

Join JNCL-NCLIS President-Elect, Amanda Seewald at 2020 Virtual Fall Immersion Programs PD to learn more about what you can do to support language immersion educators.


Date: December 10, 2020

Several years ago, the Virginia Organization of World Language Supervisors initiated a K-20 Articulation Panel at the Fall FLAVA Conference. That led to a white paper on the subject by VCU French professor Dr. Kathryn Murphy-Judy. These efforts have grown into a Global Virginia Steering Committee focused on K-20 articulation to build a globally competent workforce in Virginia. The Steering Committee has representatives from VDOE, SCHEV, Community Colleges, public and private universities, school divisions, and education organizations. 

The steering committee is planning a virtual Global Virginia Summit on December 10th, bringing together stakeholders from across the K-20 education continuum in the fields of world languages and career-technical education, along with business and governmental leaders to develop a strategic plan for continuing this work. The work of Global Virginia tightly aligns to the Profile of a Virginia Graduate to prepare students to be life ready.

Notice ID:PANAPG-21-P-0000002682
Office : W6QK ACC-APG
Location: Washington, DC
Response Date: November 17th
Notice ID:N4008420R0058
Location: JPN
Response Date: November 20th
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