FEATURED NEWS

January 16, 2020 | JNCL Announcement
We are looking forward to another successful year of advocacy and networking!

Join the Joint National Committee for Languages and language advocates from around the country to  let representatives know that  "multilingualism is the future."  

Hurry, registration closes January 17th!


January 16, 2020 | InterpretAmerica
The Coalition of Practicing Translators and Interpreters of California, is leading the effort to find legislators who will sponsor a new bill aimed at "cleaning up" AB 5. They go back into session next week. Many of our colleagues have been visiting their local lawmakers to educate them about how real people with real jobs are now losing their ability to earn a living as a linguist.

If you haven't taken action yet, there is still time! Every call, every office visit, every social media post that tags your local lawmaker matters. These efforts can tip the tables in our favor. Not sure what to say? CoPTIC has provided everything you need to take action .
 
InterpretAmerica has always sought to advocate for the best interests of our entire profession, not just one corner of it. We urge everyone to engage in this issue and help protect the livelihood of our colleagues and friends.

Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

January 15, 2020 | The Guardian
According to the US constitution, all residents living in the United States are to be counted every 10 years. The final census count determines seats in Congress, election maps for local and state representatives and the allocation of over $900bn in annual federal spending for the next decade, including $5.6bn for tribal programs. But despite the sprawling impact of the US census, Native Americans have historically been undercounted .

“It impacts everything,” Charlaine Tso told the Guardian by phone. Tso represents District 9 on the Navajo Nation’s tribal council, the section of the reservation in San Juan county. “[The census] is a domino effect. It impacts education, roads and maintenance, elder care – funding for everything on our reservation.”

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January 14, 2020 | JNCL Newsroom
On Monday, the Cornhusker State joined the ranks of 37 others that offer an official Seal of Biliteracy program to high school students .
 
"The Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy is a unique collaborative project of the Nebraska International Language Association and the Nebraska Department of Education," Stephanie Call, Education Specialist for World Languages at the Nebraska Department of Education wrote via email.
 
"Working together, we have created a Seal that is representative of the national Seal of Biliteracy organization yet responsive to Nebraska needs," she continued. "I look forward to recognizing the diversity of languages spoken and learned in our state."

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

January 16, 2020 | JNCL Announcement
Dear Language Advocates:

It is with a heavy heart that we bear the sad news of the sudden passing of our dear friend and board member, Dr. Keely Lake.

Keely passed away in her home in Hot Springs, South Dakota on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. We will follow up will more information as it becomes available.

Keely was a wonderful colleague, a passionate language advocate, and as a person, she was devoted to her students and to taking care of her father. We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts are with Keely’s family and friends during this difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,

The JNCL-NCLIS Staff and Board of Directors

We encourage you to share your memories of Keely with us on Facebook:

January 16, 2020 | JNCL Announcement
If you are coming to Capitol Hill to advocate for languages, this webinar is for you! Join the policy experts from the Joint National Committee for Languages as we explain what you can expect as you navigate the  Halls of Power  in Washington, DC.

Training will include the following topics:
 
  • Agenda: Overview of the Day's Events
  • Logistics: Getting From Office to Office on Capitol Hill 
  • Legislation: What the Language Community is Asking For in 2020
  • What to Expect in Congressional Meetings & How to Run One Effectively

Webinar Dates

  • Tuesday, January 21 at 4pm EST*
  • Tuesday, January 28 at 4pm EST
  • Tuesday, February 4 at 4pm EST

*The Jan. 21 webinar will be recorded and shared online. All webinars will consist of the same content, so you only need to attend once. Multiple webinar dates are meant to accommodate busy schedules. 

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota provides  high-quality   professional development for language teachers that link research and theory with practical applications for the classroom.  This summer, CARLA's internationally known program will offer 12 institutes on a wide range of topics including:  Teaching Language Online, Developing Communicative Performance Assessments, Heritage Language Education, Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice, Foreign Language Literacies, Secondary Dual Language and Immersion Continuation Programs, Meaningful Portfolio Implementation, and more!

FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Notice ID: 36C24820Q0247
Agency: Department of Veteran Affairs
Office: 248-NETWORK CONTRACT OFFICE 8 (36C248)
Location: Gainesville, FL
Response Date: January 17th

Notice ID: 19MX53-20-0002
Agency: Department of State
Office: US Embassy Mexico
Location: Mexico
Response Date: January 17th
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