March 26, 2021 | Rep. JNCL Newsroom

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Don Young (R-Alaska), ranking member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples, introduced the Native American Language Resource Center Act. The bipartisan legislation aims to bolster Native American language schools and programs with coordinated, experienced support. Schatz and Young are co-chairs of the America’s Languages Caucus.

Amanda Seewald, President, Joint National Committee for Languages-National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS): "The Native American Language Resource Center Act will demonstrate our nation's commitment to preserving and expanding endangered Native American languages and the cultures. JNCL-NCLIS thanks Senator Schatz for his leadership in authoring this bill and advancing equitable language education policy. We look forward to working closely with him to ensure that this legislation becomes law and his vision is implemented faithfully."

April 1, 2021 | JNCL Announcement

This part-time opportunity is perfect for a recent graduate with a passion for storytelling!

As Communications and Policy Associate, you will: showcase our legislative and advocacy activity; raise awareness of language as a profession with the public, government, businesses, and the media; communicate timely and relevant policy updates and action alerts to our membership and the public; build coalitions among national, regional and state groups to achieve public policy objectives; track legislative and policy developments at the federal and state levels affecting all areas related to languages and international education; and networking with leaders of the Congressional and the Executive branches to translate Language Enterprise priorities into legislative and policy action.

April 1, 2021 | JNCL Announcement

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is collecting examples of problems with how information about COVID-19 services (e.g., testing, vaccines, treatment) is being made available to individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). We are looking for information from organizations and individuals (including interpreters, translators and the public). 

The information you share will be included as part of a request to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ask that they provide strong guidance to state and local governments for ensuring effective language access for LEP individuals during the COVID pandemic.


OELA has released a new fact sheet that looks at how ELs represent a percentage of total K–12 student enrollment. According to the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data, there were 13,711 LEAs with ELs enrolled during school year 2018–19, with ELs representing 10% of student enrollment in U.S. K–12 schools. Among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., ELs as a percentage of a state’s student enrollment ranged from 0.8% in West Virginia to 19.4% in California.

Registration is now open for the CARLA summer institutes, which are targeted at elementary through postsecondary foreign/world language educators and language teacher educators. All of the CARLA Summer Institutes will be taught online in Summer 2021 in either an asynchronous or synchronous format.


Date: March-April 2021

Conference Theme: Defining the Role of EL Program Administrators in These Changing Times

Here are a few exciting plans underway for the 2020-2021 NAELPA Annual Conference:

  • NAELPA’s conference will take place over the course of a month or more and will include 3 to 5 virtual presentations, one per week, leading up to the day of the conference. Actual dates of each webinar are yet to be determined.
  • The final day of the conference will take place on April 27, 2021, and includes updates from the U.S. Department of Education, presentations, and breakout sessions
  • Virtual presentations prior to the day of the conference as well as the day of the conference keynote and breakout sessions will be recorded and made available to conference attendees.
  • Registration for the conference is free to NAELPA 'members in good standing' (2020-2021 membership dues paid). To become a NAELPA member, visit the Membership page.

Date: July 8-11 2021

The Annual Conference provides a forum for educators from the United States and abroad. Our conference includes over 250 events during 3 ½ days of discussions, workshops, sessions, exhibits, speeches, excursions, and awards that reflect trends, interests, and the needs of language educators of Spanish and Portuguese.

2021 Theme:
Celebrando la diversidad: El español y el portugués

Celebrando a diversidade: O espanhol e o português

Notice ID: FA8601-21-Q-0032
Office: FA8601 AFLCMC PZIO
Location: N/A
Response Date: April 2nd 2021
Notice ID: N0018921Q0183
Location: CRI
Response Date: April 16, 2021
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