March 25, 2020 | The Hill

The Senate has passed the CARES Act (S.3548) and the $2 trillion stimulus package now moves to the House. JNCL continues to analyze the legislation and fight for the language enterprise in the House.

March 22, 2020 | The Hill

Non-English-speaking communities are increasingly concerned that coronavirus information is being communicated to them after the rest of the country and in less detail, creating a divide that could put minority groups at greater risk of contracting the virus.

The White House and the CDC on Monday produced a set of coronavirus guidelines asking Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and to stay in their homes as much as possible for at least 15 days. It wasn't until Tuesday -- after Bold PAC, the fundraising arm of the CHC, took it upon itself to translate the materials -- that the White House released a Spanish-language version of those guidelines.

March 20, 2020 | JNCL Newsroom
Congress is preparing legislation to provide relief to working Americans who have experienced economic loss due to COVID-19.

Both groups are extremely vulnerable in this crisis, as the workforce is 80% freelancers, who do not necessarily have access to unemployment, sick leave, and family medical leave benefits , and whose in-person work, particularly for interpreters, has all but disappeared. At the same time, language companies face a significant loss of income as well, and nearly all have reported economic hardship because of this pandemic.

Explore resources from ATA, InterpretAmerica, and ALC and contact your Senators today.

March 20, 2020 | JNCL Newsroom
 During this challenging time, ASAE is doing everything it can to help its members and association professionals nationwide continue their critical missions and navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as safely as possible.

To that end, ASAE has sent an urgent appeal to Congressional leaders t o again advocate significant, emergency financial support to the association and nonprofit communities. ASAE specifically requests $25 billion in capital assistance for our sector, as many organizations and their missions are in jeopardy.  ASAE also proposes a risk insurance program to mandate that businesses who demonstrate significant business interruption and sharp decline in present and future revenue would be insured in case of a possible pandemic or epidemic.

March 26, 2020 | JNCL Announcement
Join us for this urgent, free online forum to jump start a proactive, global response to preserve access to interpreting services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This first meeting will feature a blend of five-minute talks representing key areas of our field and the interactive use of the polling tool  Mentimeter  to get audience feedback. The hope is to spur the creation of a profession-wide task force that will proactively collaborate to get resources, knowledge and expertise where it is needed.

JNCL-NCLIS Executive Director, Dr. Bill Rivers, will be covering key advocacy issues concerning the field.

This blog post features a running list of resources for teachers starting e-learning experiences, translators and interpreters looking for support, and miscellaneous language enterprise related tools.

This blog had been reorganized to help make finding what you need even easier, whether it be support for non-profits, or a webinar for EL teachers. Check back daily for new resources.

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Thursday, March 26th 2:30pm (CT)

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest and the Region 9 Comprehensive Center are hosting a “quick chat” webinar tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT, focused on strategies for effectively teaching K–12 students in a virtual setting .

April 18th, 2020
Registration Deadline: April 15th, 2020

Dual language and immersion (DLI) students tend to develop high levels of comprehension and communicative abilities in the target language. However, they also achieve lower-than-expected production skills, particularly in terms of grammatical accuracy, lexical (vocabulary) variety, and contextually-appropriate language use. In this interactive, three-hour workshop, we will explore why DLI students develop this “immersionese” and discuss specific instructional strategies that secondary DLI teachers can use to enhance the quantity and quality of their students’ language production. 

Notice ID:36C10E20Q0138
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Cleveland, OH
Response Date: April 1st
Notice ID: 19GE5020R0030
Agency: Department of State
Location: SAU
Response Date: April 7th
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