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ACTFL uplifts the dedicated educators who have spent their summer preparing to engage students in high-quality world language instruction. As we return to school this fall, we must prioritize the health and safety of our educators and learners, paying particular attention to ensuring equitable access to language educational support for learners in under-resourced communities.
ACTFL and its Lead with Languages campaign are pleased to announce the selection of ten 2021 awardees of the Lead with Languages Teacher Scholarship Program which provides merit-based funding to graduating high school seniors committed to pursuing the language teaching profession in languages other than English.
ACTFL is pleased to announce that Dr. Celia Chomón Zamora has been named Director of Professional Learning and Certification at ACTFL, effective July 1, 2021.
Members of the ACTFL Board of Directors unanimously passed a motion on May 22, 2021, that will exclude any yet-to-be contracted locations with current or pending anti-transgender legislation from future consideration to host the ACTFL Convention until such legislation is overturned or reconsidered.
It is evident that class size impacts a multitude of factors related to teacher efficacy and student success across all disciplines, including K-20 World Language education. Communication is at the core of the World-Readiness Standards and students are learning to interact with cultural competence, connect with other disciplines, and use the language to investigate and interact in order to participate in multilingual communities. Maintaining smaller class sizes has a positive effect on student achievement and satisfaction.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to many ongoing inequities in education and has raised various challenges for assessing student progress in remote, in-person, and hybrid learning environments. Ensuring learners’ access to online learning and assessments remains a high priority. The myriad challenges of connecting to remote assessments and health, safety, and other considerations for in-person assessments show the complexity of assessment.
ACTFL is alarmed by the recent wave of proposed and, in some cases, passed state legislation targeting transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming individuals. This type of legislation is discriminatory, it is born out of hate and scapegoating, and is antithetical to the values of ACTFL and the language education profession. We unequivocally condemn these cruel pieces of legislation.