December 18, 2020 | JNCL Announcement

Yesterday, JNCL-NCLIS had the opportunity to take part in a meeting with representatives from the Biden-Harris Department of Education Transition Team along with several other education organizations focused on many different aspects of the field. 

During the meeting, each participant was invited to share an overview of the ways that their organization hopes to engage with the Department of Education and the Biden Administration. This was a unique chance to bring language education to the table with other core areas of instruction and to articulate the need for a departmental shift to an asset-based approach to language and multilingualism. JNCL-NCLIS also shared the need for Department of Education support for the Seal of Biliteracy as well as highlighting that there is currently no program specifically aimed at PK-12 world language education, as there was in the past through the FLAP grants.

On behalf of all of our members, JNCL-NCLIS will continue to communicate with the transition team to ensure that equitable and meaningful language education for world and indigenous languages are well represented within the administration's work.

Photo: Juan Labreche/AP

December 17, 2020 | NPR

In a historic first, President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the Department of the Interior, his transition team announced Thursday evening.

If confirmed by the Senate, Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, would be the country's first Native American Cabinet secretary. Fittingly, she'd do so as head of the agency responsible for not only managing the nation's public lands but also honoring its treaties with the Indigenous people from whom those lands were taken.

In a statement, the Biden-Harris transition team called Haaland a "barrier-breaking public servant who has spent her career fighting for families, including in Tribal Nations, rural communities, and communities of color," who will be "ready on day one to protect our environment and fight for a clean energy future."

December 17, 2020 | JNCL Announcement

The America's Languages Guide to Exemplary Programs now has a permanent home at the University of Texas Austin. the College of Liberal Arts, the Center for Open Education Resources and Language Learning, and Texas Language Center will be partnering with us to maintain and enrich the website and further the goals of the America’s Languages Initiative

The Guide’s programs and practices exemplify outstanding results in Access and Excellence in language education. They come from all levels of education, large and small, rich and poor, as well as from Native American, heritage, immigrant, and refugee communities.

In an effort to identify all programs that deserve to be recognized as ‘exemplary’, however small, hidden, disadvantaged or systemically ignored, we encourage educators across the profession to examine their ken and nominate their deserving peers. 


The Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools seeks to document all of the community-based schools in the United States that are teaching heritage languages. Survey results provide important data about these schools -- their key features, challenges, and accomplishments. Please ensure that your school, and schools you know about, are documented! Simply take a few minutes to complete our Heritage Language Programs in the United States Survey.

The Endangered Languages Project is hiring! The Endangered Languages Project puts technology at the service of the organizations and individuals working to confront the language endangerment by documenting, preserving and teaching them. ELP is seeking a part-time Language Revitalization Associate, starting in January, to help develop an online resource supporting global language revitalization.


Deadline: February 26th, 2021

NECTFL is planning for a hybrid conference, which means that you can go ahead with plans to attend either in-person or virtually! Given the dynamic nature of the situation we're in, NECTFL will be completely flexible with registration changes, so no need to "wait and see." The conference is happening one way or the other, and we're looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

As dual language and immersion (DLI) programs enter middle and high schools, issues of equity can be difficult to pinpoint and address within the logistics and constraints of the broader school environment. In this interactive, three-hour workshop, designed for both classroom teachers and administrators, we will engage in critical discussions about some of the challenges related to academic, linguistic, and cultural equity in diverse secondary DLI programs. Taking both program and classroom-level perspectives, we will explore research-based recommendations for policies and practices that equitably affirm minoritized DLI students within mainstream educational systems. 

Notice ID:PANMCC-21-P-0000-003296
Location: KS
Response Date: December 23rd, 2020
Notice ID:70RSAT20R00000021
Location: N/A
Response Date: February 21st, 2021
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