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Dear Colleague,
The Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese will be having its annual Gala on Saturday, April 16th at John Jay College.  
This year's gala will be dedicated to Guatemala.  There will be presentations on the country's history, culture and literature.  Our keynote speaker will be the Consul General Myriam De La Roca.
Teachers will be given PD credit certificates for their attendance.
There is more information about the gala and registration on the attached newsletter.
If you have any questions, kindly contact me at
Bernie López
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Cari Amici!
Are you ready for the fun? We are gearing up for our 12th season! It's hard to believe. but we keep moving forward, always better, always brighter! We have some BIG news to share with you! In response to  continued requests we have finally added Spanish to our repertoire and Connecticut to our locations. We are now more accessible than ever meeting more of your needs. We are thrilled! Andiamo avanti!   ¡Vámanos!
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Scarsdale, NY 10583
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Greenwich, CT 06831
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Open positions on and around Long Island

Plainview-Old Bethpage

High School Spanish Leave Replacement
Starting on Dec. 5 and ending on or about Dec. 20

All applicants must apply on OLAS
Cover letters must be to the attention of: Dr. Vincent K. Mulieri, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources


Nyack Public Schools

FLES positions available for French and Chinese. Anyone interested should contact:

Elcie Douce, Ed. D.
World Language Chair
Nyack Public Schools
360 Christian Herald Road
Nyack, NY 10960

(845) 353-7173


Elwood Public Schools

Middle School Spanish Teacher Leave Replacement
Elwood Middle School (Grades 7 & 8)
February 2020 – Mid-May 2020

To apply, contact:

Thomas Colletti
Human Resources Office
Elwood Public Schools
100 Kenneth Avenue
Greenlawn, NY 11740




The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages of the New York State Education Department is proud to present a series of three professional development workshops:  Implementing New York State Standards for World Languages - Supporting Learners on the Pathway to the Seal of Biliteracy, facilitated by ACTFL presenters to support the transition to the revised New York State Standards in World Languages.

These three full-day workshops are open to any New York State (NYS) World Language Teachers or Administrators.  They are offered free of charge and will be held in each our of 7 regions of New York (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island - see locations below) from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  A total of five (5) CTLE hours will be granted for attendance at each workshop.  While this a related series of workshops, participants may choose to attend one, two or all three, depending on their professional development needs.  For detailed workshop descriptions, dates, locations and presenter information, click on the appropriate link(s) below.

Workshop 1:  Focusing Learning through Standards and Can-Do Statements

Workshop 2: Developing Proficiency through High-Leverage Teaching Practices

Workshop 3: Designing Effective Units of Instruction

Workshop Locations

Albany – Questar III BOCES

Buffalo – Erie 1 BOCES Educational Campus 

Hudson Valley – SUNY New Paltz

Long Island – Western Suffolk BOCES

NYC – Fordham University (Lincoln Campus)

Rochester – Monroe 2 BOCES

Syracuse – OCM BOCES (Liverpool)


Lea Graner Kennedy was the 2016 Supervisor of the Year for the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL). Lea is a French and Spanish teacher and administrator with Stonington Schools (CT) and also serves as a world language consultant working with many districts. Lea is on the board for NADSFL, CT Council of Language Teachers (COLT) and currently serves as the President of COLT. Lea was the NECTFL (Northeast Conference) Emerging Leader named to participate in a two-year cohort through the national Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL) program. Lea recently has provided several workshops for ACTFL, supporting language educators examining their practices to become even more effective.

Greta Lundgaard has been involved in world language education for over 30 years, 15 years as a German/Biology/English teacher and 15 years as a district supervisor. Greta was named the NADSFL Supervisor of the Year in 2014, received the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in K-12 Education in 2016, and in 2017 was awarded the Ludwig Award for Leadership in World Language Education by the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.   She has served both on the Board of Directors and as President of the Texas Association for Language Supervision, the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages, and the Southwest Conference of Language Teaching.  Currently Greta facilitates professional development workshops for ACTFL, supports implementation, professional development, and outreach for STARTALK, and consults with state organizations, schools and school districts on world language professional learning and curriculum development projects.  

Paul Sandrock directs ACTFL’s professional development and initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment.  While at ACTFL, Paul has facilitated the revision of the national World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, and before that was a member of the original Integrated Performance Assessment development team. Previously, Paul was Assistant Director of Content and Learning at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), coordinating the areas of English language arts, mathematics, international education, and world languages. He earlier served as the Wisconsin DPI statewide consultant for world languages. Paul taught Spanish for 16 years in middle school and high school and authored The Keys to Assessing Language Performance as well as Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages. Paul previously served ACTFL as a board member and president and received ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12.

Laura Terrill taught French at all levels for 21 years before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Language and English as a Second Language and then Director of Curriculum in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO. She has taught methods courses at Washington University in St. Louis and at Butler University and IUPUI in Indianapolis and continues to present frequently at the state, regional and national levels. She has served on the Board of Directors for Central States and ACTFL. She is the recipient of the Founders Award for Central States and has been named a NADSFL District Supervisor of the Year. She is currently working as an independent consultant, has served STARTALK in a variety of roles, and leads numerous workshops and projects for ACTFL.



Candace R. Black

Associate in Instructional Services

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

New York State Education Department

89 Washington Avenue – EB505

Albany, NY  12234

Office:  (518) 473-7505

Mobile:  (585) 356-0951

Greetings to all of our colleagues and friends around the Northeast region and beyond!
It's time to start finalizing your plans to attend NECTFL, which is coming up soon! The complete preliminary program is available on our website. We're sure you'll agree that there are so many top-notch workshops and sessions, you won't know where to begin in planning your schedule!
Languages for All: Envisioning Language Learning Opportunities for Every Learner
Chairperson, Nathan Lutz
Preliminary Program
Click on the button to the right to view our preliminary program. A complete program and guide to sessions will be available this fall. For basic planning purposes:
Thursday: Pre-conference workshops
Friday and Saturday: Sessions, exhibits, awards, and keynote.
Keynote Speaker
Dr. José Medina
Dr. José L. Medina is the founder and Chief Educational Advocate at Dr. José Medina: Educational Solutions. Prior to establishing the boutique educational consulting firm, Dr. Medina was a Scientific Researcher and the Director of Dual Language and Bilingual Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, DC. José provides dual language technical assistance, professional development, and job-embedded support to dual language programs across the United States and globally. He is a former dual language school principal and has served as an administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dr. Medina co-authored the third edition of the widely-used Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education and is the developer of the C6 Biliteracy Framework, a lesson planning framework specifically designed for educators serving in dual language settings.
2020 Conference Scholarship Information
All details available at under "Scholarships."
New Teacher Mentor/Mentee Scholarships
Thanks to very generous grants from Vista Higher Learning and from the NYS Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN) at NYU, NECTFL is pleased to announce 20 scholarships for new teachers (1-5 years experience) and 20 partial stipends for experienced “mentor” teachers (7+ years of experience) to attend the 2020 Northeast Conference. DEADLINE: December 2, 2019.
Scholarship for a professional development course in Germany
Are you a German teacher and AATG member? Apply for a Goethe-Institut scholarship for a professional development course in Germany in 2020! Deadline: Friday, December 2.
NECTFL Future Language Educator Scholarship - $1000
NECTFL is pleased to announce the NECTFL Future Language Educator Scholarship. A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a future language educator from the NECTFL region to be used during the semester/year devoted to student teaching (graduate or undergraduate). The recipient will receive one night hotel stay and a complimentary registration to the NECTFL conference to accept the award. Deadline for submission: December 13.
NY Hilton Midtown
Thursday, February 13–Saturday, February 15, 2020
The New York Hilton Midtown is now accepting reservations for our event. The 2020 conference rate is $232 per night (single or double) plus taxes & fees. Cut-off Date: January 13, 2020
Registration is open. Early Bird rates are in effect through December 2. Register early for our best rates!
NECTFL Advisory Council
If you're not currently a member of the NECTFL Advisory Council, you might consider it! Visit our website for complete details.
Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
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November 12, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
The core of the Caucus’ mission comes from the five language policy recommendations outlined in the 2017 Congressionally-Commissioned Report on Language Learning: America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century. This inclusive and representative report makes clear that the United States needs significantly more bilingual and biliterate citizens to help ensure national security, promote economic and job growth, and develop the potential of every American student.
November 11, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
Among those who have fought for this country, there are thousands of polyglots who have used their multilingual abilities in service to the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marines— both on base and on the battlefield. These translators, known in military parlance as linguists, have been indispensable members of the US Armed Forces for decades. There is currently a crucial piece of House legislation in subcommittee that could benefit their career trajectories. 
HR 3185, the Defense Language Improvement Act (DLIA), aims to authorize the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) to award a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree to the military linguists it trains. The main DLIFLC is located in Monterey, CA and is the DoD’s premier center for world language education. Since its inception in 1941, it has trained over 230,000 students, mostly military linguists and some members of the intelligence community. 
November 8, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
A group consisting of 20 Senate Democrats, including five Presidential contenders, have called on the government to keep a “vital language preference question" on the Universal Residential Loan Application (URLA) form.
Led by Senators Catherine Cortez-Mastro (D-Nev) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the group said in a letter to government officials that the decision to remove the question “could reduce access to mortgage financing for limited-English proficient mortgage-ready homebuyers and lead to serious financial repercussions”. Joining Cortez Masto and Menendez in sending the letter are presidential candidates, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Cory Booker, D-N.J.
JNCL sets you up for success: we schedule meetings on Capitol Hill with your representatives, prepare briefing materials for you and Congressional staffers to discuss, and provide the coaching and insight to help you navigate the halls of power. LAD also connects you with language leaders in the fields of education and business for roundtable policy discussions on issues affecting the field today. 
Join the Joint National Committee for Languages and language advocates from around the country to let representatives know that "multilingualism is the future." Register now for early bird pricing and save!
Planet Word will be entering D.C.'s museum universe on May 31, 2020. The immersive, one-of-a-kind experiences will inspire, surprise, and amaze visitors from around the world — and maybe from other worlds, too!
"Museums can try anything; they're not hemmed in by time or curriculum requirements. So, if joke-telling or speechmaking or rapping is the key to hooking someone on reading, they can give that a try. That's what I think a museum can do." —Ann Friedman
December 14-15
UCLA Labor Center
CIELO invites indigenous interpreters to continue their professional development though workshops that are tailored to real life interpreting encounters. Join professionals from government, health care, and law.
Early Bird Registration Deadline: December 2
February 13–15, NYC Hilton Midtown
Register now to join the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) at their annual conference. This year's theme is "Languages for All: Envisioning Language Learning Opportunities for Every Learner." The Northeast Conference is comprised of three full days of workshops, sessions, exhibits, speeches, networking, discussions, and awards, all of which reflect the general trends, interests, and needs of its constituents.
November 4, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
Last week, the House Education and Labor Committee passed a JNCL-NCLIS-backed provision that directly addresses our nation’s bilingual teacher shortage via the bipartisan College Affordability Act, which would reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) for the first time since 2008. The HEA intends to strengthen the educational resources of American colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance for students pursuing higher education.
Teaching ELs requires a specific skill set and unique teaching strategies, but the Department of Education reports that 32 states have a shortage of teachers for EL students. Further, one in ten public school students in the US do not speak English as a native language. As a result, thousands of schools across the country are unable to meet the needs of the growing population of ELs. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has recommended addressing this disparity in their recent report “America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century”
November 7, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
Each year, millions of college hopefuls fill out one of the most important pieces of paperwork of their young lives- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. For the millions of Limited English Proficient families, however, the real struggle lies in deciphering the complex requirements. Many simply give up. 
On September 27th, Representative Grace Meng (D, NY-6) introduced the FAFSA Translation Act, which would require the office of the Secretary of Education to translate the FAFSA into additional languages. The proposed House legislation provides greater accessibility to federal educational loan programs for linguistic minorities. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. 
November 6, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom (Press Release)
In a study of the demographics of Washington, D.C.’s public schools between 2010 and 2016, researchers found that racial/ethnic diversity - the distribution of students from different racial/ethnic backgrounds - in schools that offered dual language immersion programs exceeded that of schools that did not offer such programs, on average.
“Recent press and discussions on demographics and equity in DLI programs have relied on different degrees of empirical and anecdotal evidence and, in some cases, on data from individual schools,” said Rebecca Damari, director of research at the National Foreign Language Center. “By directly comparing the demographics of DLI schools to other schools in the District in aggregate for the first time, we hope to provide an empirical foundation for more substantive discussions on DLI schools.
JNCL sets you up for success: we schedule meetings on Capitol Hill with your representatives, prepare briefing materials for you and Congressional staffers to discuss, and provide the coaching and insight to help you navigate the halls of power. LAD also connects you with language leaders in the fields of education and business for roundtable policy discussions on issues affecting the field today. 
Join the Joint National Committee for Languages and language advocates from around the country to let representatives know that "multilingualism is the future." Register now for early bird pricing and save!
With growth in our sector projected to skyrocket in the coming years, GALA recognizes the importance of attracting qualified talent to the language industry. By connecting academia and business, we hope to develop relationships and pathways that enable new professionals to embark on successful localization careers after graduation. We also aim to provide faculty access to our wealth of industry materials to use in the classroom.
In an interview with FLTMAG, Dr. Michele Anicaux Aoki talks about her language journey from her mother's folk dancing, to her personal advocacy for the Global Seal of Biliteracy.

Webinar: November 12
2:30pm-3:30pm CT
Join REL Midwest and REL Southwest for a webinar on how schools and districts can support the academic success of English learner students.
The webinar will present an overview of the findings from a recent REL Midwest study on student and school characteristics associated with student achievement among English learners in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).
Registration Deadline: March 26
Register now to join the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) at their annual conference. This year's theme is "A Perfect Vision for Multiculturalism and Multiliteracy." Don't miss out on hundreds of workshops and institutes on key strategies for Biliteracy and EL programs.
Solicitation Number: N6893619Q0287
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: Naval Air Systems Command
Location: Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
Response Date: November 12th
Solicitation Number: M00264-20-Q-0006
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: United States Marine Corps
Location: MCB Quantico - National Capital Region (NCR)
Response Date: November 18th
Date: Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 11:12
Subject: Fwd: Simon Study Abroad Act Introduced!
FYI - Muy importante!



I have some great news. Last Friday, Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and John Katko (NY-24) introduced the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act in the House of Representatives. We are excited that the Simon Act has once again been introduced with bipartisan support in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. The House Education and Labor Committee is expected to release their draft legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act in the coming weeks, so now is the time to focus their attention on the importance of international education and study abroad.


To build support for study abroad and the Simon Act, we are asking supporters to do three things:


  1. Thank Reps. Bustos and Katko for introducing the bill on social media.
  2. Ask your Member of Congress to join Reps. Bustos and Katko and cosponsor the Simon Act. You can use NAFSA’s Connecting Our World Advocacy tool to easily send an email to your Representative.
  3. Share the Connecting Our World Link to your networks to ask your members and colleagues to join you in sending an email to their Representative in support of the Simon Act.


Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for your continued support for international education, study abroad, and the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act.







Mark Farmer | Director, Higher Education & Public Policy

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

1307 New York Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20005

(T) 202.737.3699 x4432 | (F) 202.737.3657

From: Organic World Language <>
Date: Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 6:03 PM
Subject: Summer Dreams! Check Out OWL'S 2019 Bootcamp Locations!
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Four Incredible Locations, Four Not to Miss Opportunities!

Our 7th Annual OWL Summer Bootcamp is a time to make invaluable connections with other educators across the country, have fun and grow in your practice! We will spend an entire week together sharing our successes and challenges, looking at student work, developing assessment rubrics, conquering ropes course activities together (that can later be used in class!) and having a blast while focusing on student learning and growth.


Southwest Bootcamp 

June 9- June 14, 2019

Overlooking Galveston Bay, the Kemah Boardwalk features themed restaurants, retail shops, and amusements for the whole family.This 35-acre carnival-like atmosphere has a 36-foot carousel, a 65-foot Ferris wheel and rides like the Aviator and the Boardwalk Tower. Don't miss the arcade and Midway games. And for thrill seekers, there's the Boardwalk Beast, an adrenaline rush of a boat ride that takes passengers four miles into Galveston Bay at speeds up to 40 mph. 

Just 20 miles from downtown Houston, The Kemah Boardwalk is a great coastal getaway, and home to our Southwest Bootcamp! Don't miss it!
Southwest Bootcamp 2019

West Coast Bootcamp 2018

June 23- 28, 2019

Tacoma + Pierce County is a place for people unafraid to trek through the woods of Mount Rainier in the rain, fearless of breaking a sweat in the heat of the hot shop while blowing glass and resiliently tilling the soil that grows some of the world's best rhubarb.

From the Puget Sound waters to Mount Rainier and everything in between Pierce County communities are unique. Check out rhubarb pie in Sumner or antiques in Puyallup. Maritime can be found in Gig Harbor, while majestic gardens are in Lakewood. Discover history in Fife or connect with nature at Mount Rainier. With each just a car-ride away from Tacoma's glass art scene, it's easy to go out and explore.

West Coast Bootcamp 2019

Midwest Bootcamp 

July 28- August 2, 2019

It's hard to know what to gawk at first. High-flying architecture is everywhere, from the stratospheric, glass-floored Willis Tower to Frank Gehry's swooping silver Pritzker Pavilion to Frank Lloyd Wright's stained-glass Robie House. Whimsical public art studs the streets; you might be walking along and wham, there's an abstract Picasso statue that's not only cool to look at, but you're allowed to go right up and climb on it. For art museums, take your pick: impressionist masterpieces at the massive Art Institute, psychedelic paintings at the mid-sized Museum of Mexican Art or outsider drawings at the small Intuit gallery.

Steely skyscrapers, top chefs, rocking festivals – the Windy City will blow you away with its low-key cultured awesomeness.

Midwest Bootcamp 2019

East Coast Bootcamp 

August 4 - August 9, 2019

Take a walk through history at the Fire island Lighthouse with a Lighthouse Keeper. Visit the Keeper’s Quarters, historic boathouse and Fresnel Lens Building from a Keeper’s perspective. Tower tours reduced for those on the walk.

If there’s a single truth about Long Island, it’s that one adventure quickly leads to another. This great stretch of sand and surf, history and culture, culinary excellence and local farm stands is New York’s playground. You’ll find exceptional experiences here and you won’t always expect what you find. Long Island likes to surprise you in the best possible ways.


East Coast Bootcamp 2019

Got a question? Need some help getting there? Need to chat it up with a Bootcamper? CONTACT US! We want to support you in your proficiency journey! 

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Hello! This March 1 conference is for administrators, dept chairs, district supervisors or teacher leadership in curriculum. I am coordinating the conference. Please encourage admins to come. We want them to get the message! Stay tuned because I want to have live streaming for all and will send details as I get it. 
I also am planning a conference for June 6 for teachers. Save this date and aflyer will  follow. 
Thank you so much,
Dr. Jennifer Eddy 
PI: NYSED World Language Standards and PD Initiative 
Assistant Professor of World Language Education 
Queens College, CUNY 
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Flushing, NY 11367
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