JNCL-NCLIS ADVOCACY

JNCL-NCLIS, The Joint National Committee for Languages/The National Council for Languages and International Studies, is our national lobbying organization for second language study and language services in the United States. Connect at http://www.languagepolicy.org/  You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

The common purpose of the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) is the promotion and implementation of public policy in support of all languages and of international studies and right of accessibility to quality second language instruction ALL students; the improvement and enhancement of international studies and the studying, learning, teaching of languages, linguistics, cultures, and their practical application; and the advancement of that purpose, by joint action among the members and through appropriate relationships with other individuals and organizations in the public and private sectors of the nation. 

 

The National Committee for Latin and Greek has been providing a voice for Latin and Greek Studies within the NJCL and joins them annually in their advocacy to officials in Washington DC and in various state governments. This is vital work and NCLG represents all local, regional and national associations in its advocacy activities.

 

World Language Advocacy 

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN LANGUAGE ADVOCACY! Contact us if you wish to become more involved in your area. We also invite you to consider joining national advocacy efforts by contacting your state and national representatives. In addition, if you wish to join our efforts, contact us. We want our NCLG committee members to reflect all levels of education and we want to promote the rights of all students to language access.

Know the current issues! Here are some links for making connections that can add timeliness and effectiveness to your advocacy. Stay in the know and learn how to make your voice and opinions heard locally, regionally and nationally.

 

JNCL_NCLIS   Go to languagepolicy.org for ALL the news about national legislative issues, bills and funding that touch in any way upon language education and language services.

 

JNCL-NCLIS   Receive weekly email Action Alerts and NewsBriefs. Click Login/sign up.

https://www.languagepolicy.org/newsroom/categories/advocacy-alerts

 

In-Person Advocacy   Tips on planning an effective meeting with your legislators 

https://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/advocacy/resources/MoCProgramVisitHowTo.pdf

 

Advocacy contacts   Follow your government and what they are voting on and considering. YOUR VOICE CAN MATTER!  Please influence your officials about the benefits of laws and bills that support language education and equity of access to quality education.

Here’s how to get in touch with your elected officials: national, state, local, city.  https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

 

ACTFL 'You can become a world language advocate!' Check out suggested paths of action HERE.

 

Consider these 10 goals for state-level advocacy  and check to see if local associations are aware of what they can be doing on the state level to support world language education.

 

ACTFL Advocacy Alerts  Weekly SmartBriefs are very informative and include articles about current programs, success stories, news, and action items that reflect language teaching and learning  today.

https://www.actfl.org/node/3117


Your State and Regional Language Associations  Check websites for groups you know, like MaFLA.org, CLTA.net; CAMWS.org, et al.) See if they have an advocacy page, news page, or advocacy information contacts about issues like inclusion and diversity and benefits of second language study. Stay in the know about current laws and funding bills in your own state.  These bills can affect language education greatly and need to be monitored carefully. Watch things like maintaining graduation requirements that include world language credits, approving the graduation Seal of Biliteracy, preserving equity in funding, supporting teacher training, etc.

 

For other good information on efforts to promote Humanities education in general, go to the National Humanities Alliance, another non-profit organization.