April 21, 2021 | JNCL Newsroom

In 2014, JNCL-NCLIS and our advocates led efforts that brought to fruition the bipartisan Congressionally commissioned study conducted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences yielding the America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century report, America's Languages Caucus, and the America's Languages Working Group. JNCL-NCLIS has continued to proudly serve on the working group and is committed to it's focus of ensuring equitable access to quality language education. We are grateful for the support of the Mellon Foundation to further this goal. 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to support the efforts of the America’s Languages Working Group in building the Guide to Exemplary Programs and Practices in U.S. Language Education —a means of expanding equitable access to language education in the United States. The Guide focuses on the language needs of Native American, heritage, immigrant and refugee populations, Latinx and English Learners, Black and people of color, and other disenfranchised and underrepresented rural and urban communities.

April 20, 2021 | Senator Schatz Press Release

The bipartisan bill will set the deadline for the apportionment data to April 30, 2021, as well as extend the deadline to deliver redistricting data to the states to September 30, 2021.

These extensions would allow the Census Bureau to continue processing data after the COVID-19 pandemic caused delays to normal census operations. Without extending these statutory deadlines, the Bureau may not be able to ensure an accurate count of the population, specifically of Native, minority, and rural communities across the country.

April 21, 2021 | Kentucky Department of Education

Congratulations to our colleagues and fellow language advocates in Kentucky for their work in supporting the establishment of a Seal of Biliteracy Program!

The purpose of these guidelines is to help districts and schools establish a Seal of Biliteracy or other programs to recognize high school graduates who attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages, in addition to English. As local boards of education (BOE) award diplomas and determine how to best recognize students, the following information will provide guidance and best practices on what to consider when establishing a local Seal of Biliteracy.


The Language Institute is a collaboration between Concordia's department of World Languages and Cultures and the Concordia Language Villages. This unique program gives students the opportunity to explore language and culture interactively with others in a comfortable online learning environment. Choose from a wide variety of courses in Arabic, BCMS, Bulgarian, Chinese, ELL, French, German, Korean,
Russian and Spanish!

Additionally, we are proud to offer a suite of specialized courses designed for Dakota language learners, teachers of endangered, indigenous heritage or less commonly taught languages, and those who are or wish to become language teachers. 

More about Language Institute courses:

  • Offered in a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Open to anyone post high school
  • Earn undergraduate credit
  • Taught by experienced language faculty
  • Offered in a range of experience levels

Learning a language opens up a world of new personal and professional possibilities. Choose a language and get started today!

Date: April 24, 2021

Everyone is welcome to attend the conference.
If you wish to participate without presenting a paper (or in addition to presenting a paper), e.g., to chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference program, etc., please send an email to: aatsp.southerncalifornia@gmail.com


Date: 4 dates starting May 5, 2021

The four-part series is designed for distance, hybrid and in-person instruction as a bridge between school years. It will provide you with the opportunity to learn and practice MLL shadowing in the May Sessions, as well as implement both shadowing and the three research- based strategies as you enter the new school year in August and September.

You will have time to apply your new Knowledge before each session, ensuring that you will able to embed your new skills and take them back to your school or district for Fall 2021. You won't want to miss this series!

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