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BOSTON—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) recognized outstanding contributions to the field of language education with an award presentation on Friday evening, Nov. 18, at the 2016 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in Boston.

ACTFL Past-President Jacque Bott Van Houten presided over the awards ceremony, which was held in honor of 2016 ACTFL President Pete Swanson. The following awards were presented:

Global Engagement Initiative Recognition Awards

BOSTON—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2017 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Katrina Griffin, a German teacher at North County High School in Glen Burnie, MD, who represents NECTFL. The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2016 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in Boston on Friday, Nov. 18.

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- ACTFL Executive Director Martha G. Abbott has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Security Education Board.

Abbott will serve a four-year term on the board.

“It is truly an honor to be appointed by the President to serve in this capacity on the National Security Education Board advising on the important work of building our nation's linguistic and cultural capacity,” Abbott said.

The staff of The Language Educator (TLE) and ACTFL are once again looking forward to presenting excellent and thought-provoking articles in the upcoming issues of the magazine. To this end, we are planning to include a “focus topic” section for each of the four issues of TLE published in 2017.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) acknowledges the success of the third annual Proficiency Assessments Summer Institute. In addition to the regular four-day OPI Assessment Workshops, two MOPI (modified) workshops were added to accommodate the increased demand for proficiency training in the K-12 community.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) content topics for ACTFL's 2017 performance assessment have been released.

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.

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