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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Title IV, Part A Coalition, comprised of more than 75 national organizations, including the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), released the following statement in response to the House Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee’s decision to provide $1 billion in FY17 to the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Program (SSAEG):

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Tuesday, June 7, the U.S. Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee voted to advance its FY17 funding bill. The bill includes $300 million for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants—a new program created under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—which provides for funding for foreign language education along with other academic subject areas.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announces the establishment of the ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research and Development. The ACTFL Board of Directors approved the proposal for the Center during its May 13-15 annual meeting.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has released its first-ever Annual Report. The report, "Moving Forward—Giving Back," highlights ACTFL’s dedication to the advancement of language education and gives an overview of programs and services from 2015.

“We are pleased to be releasing our first annual report, a document that showcases ACTFL’s many contributions to the language profession and highlights all that the organization and its partners accomplished in 2015,” said ACTFL Executive Director Marty Abbott.

WHITE PLAINS, NY – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to announce that as of April 22, 2016, the number of currently certified ACTFL OPI Testers has reached 1,000. This is the first time in the certification program’s 34-year history that this has been achieved. The growth of the network of Testers to 1,000 today represents a doubling of the number from just 5 years ago and includes Testers located throughout the world in 34 languages.

ARLINGTON, VA — ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative submissions and Professional Award nominations are now open. The deadline to apply is May 28, 2016.

ARLINGTON, VA — Author and innovator Mike Walsh will kick off ACTFL 2016 with a keynote speech at the Opening General Session on Friday, November 18 on “The Language Factor: Impacting the Future.” Walsh is CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century advising leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change.

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO — On Sunday, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announced a strategic international partnership to expand and enhance foreign language collaboration at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. ACTFL and the Centro Universitario de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (CUCSH) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation initiating a new educational alliance to support academic research, new language assessments, and professional development workshops for language instructors at the University.

San Diego, CA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2016 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Edward Zarrow, a Latin teacher at Westwood High School in Westwood, MA, and a member of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECFTL). The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2015 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in San Diego, CA.

ARLINGTON, VA — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) are pleased to announce an alliance that will, in the future, enable the National Board to expand National Board Certification to teachers of world languages other than French and Spanish.

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