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ACTFL Executive Director appointed to National Security Education Board

CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

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.

“We are delighted to have Marty represent ACTFL and the language education community on the National Security Education Board,” ACTFL President Peter Swanson added. “Her appointment sends a strong message about the importance of global competence in the 21st century.”

In a press release Sept. 7, President Obama praised Abbott and H.T. Nguyen, who was appointed to the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations.

“These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look forward to working with them,” Obama said.

The National Security Education Board (NSEB), a 14-member board comprised of representatives from eight Cabinet-level departments and six Presidentially-appointed members, advises the National Security Education Program (NSEP).

NSEP meets with its Board to gain feedback on what skills are required for the national security workforce. Additionally, NSEP’s Director relies on the Board to provide guidance on hiring practices, internships and clearances, as well as to assist in crafting policy and guidelines. The NSEB provides important value to NSEP by ensuring that its programs remain focused on efforts that serve the broad national security interests of the United States. The Board helps build consensus that meets broad national needs, rather than the needs of a single agency.

About Martha (Marty) G. Abbott:

Martha G. Abbott is Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), a position she has held since 2011. From 2004 to 2011, Ms. Abbott was Director of Education at ACTFL. Prior to joining ACTFL, she was the Director of High School Instruction for Fairfax County, Virginia Public Schools from 2001 to 2004 and served as a Foreign Language Coordinator from 1991 to 2001. Earlier in her career, Ms. Abbott taught courses in Spanish and Latin at the elementary, high school, and postsecondary levels. She has held a number of leadership positions within teaching organizations, including President of ACTFL in 2003, Chair of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in 1999, and President of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia in 1996. Ms. Abbott received a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington and an M.S. from Georgetown University.

About ACTFL:
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Thursday, September 8, 2016