FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday evening during the annual JNCL-NCLIS Language Advocacy Day reception, Linda Markley was named the inaugural J. David Edwards Power of Advocacy Award winner for 2019. Rita Oleksak, JNCL-NCLIS President, and David Bong, CEO of Avant Assessment, presented the award to Linda at the Hyatt.. read more →

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SACRAMENTO, CA. — JNCL-NCLIS and the Association of Language Companies (ALC) has ongoing partnership with the CAL Chamber’s advocacy campaign, I’m Independent, which is mobilizing multiple industries under attack from the April 2018 Dynamex decision. On Tuesday, February 26th, the Labor Committee will hold a public hearing to debate the future of Dynamex… read more →

Update, Mar. 7, 2019 You have a unique and valuable perspective about why languages matter in Maryland. With your support, misguided bills like HB 1211, which attempt to equate computer science with language and culture, don’t stand a chance! Please read the following carefully regarding logistics for Friday’s hearing, which includes discussion on HB1211: Location: Maryland.. read more →

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, DC — The Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) has named Amanda Seewald to lead the organization as the next President-Elect for the term of 2019-2020. Immediately following her term, she will become JNCL-NCLIS President for 2020-2021. Amanda has been teaching children,.. read more →

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C., FEB. 14, 2019 – Over 160 world language advocates –from business to education– gather in the nation’s Capitol today, February 14, to meet with members of Congress for Language Advocacy Day, an annual summit of administrators, educators, and language industry leaders organized by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL)… read more →

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2019, RICHMOND, VA. — On Monday, January 21, within 72 hours of its first hearing, Virginia’s coding bill, HB2125, was defeated. The education subcommittee’s majority vote prevented the bill from progressing to a full committee hearing. A handful of language advocates headed to the capital to speak out about the bill.. read more →

The study of human language and computer languages impart fundamentally different, yet equal, skill sets. HTML belongs in the math and science curriculum, not alongside Spanish. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/20/2019, RICHMOND, VA. — Language learning advocates in Virginia are urging their representatives to save the study of world languages in high schools across the Commonwealth… read more →

Scroll to bottom to take action. BACKGROUND: On January 8, Delegate Glenn Davis of Virginia Beach introduced House Bill 2125 which would allow all career and technical education classes to replace world languages for the advanced diploma. HB2125 “directs the Board of Education to establish a pathway to the advanced studies high school diploma that requires advanced coursework.. read more →

JNCL-NCLIS Welcomes Alissa Rutkowski as New Communications and Policy Intern read more →

PRIA – A Universal and Portable Retirement Account A proposal from Senator Mark Warner and Congressman Jim Himes The offices of Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) have developed the following proposal that would create a Universal and Portable Retirement and Investment Account (“PRIA”) for all Americans. Sen. Warner and Rep. Himes.. read more →