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Yaden Begins Term as ACTFL President

CONTACT: Sherri Halloran
(703) 894-2900 x119

ACTFL is pleased to introduce Dr. Bridget Yaden as its new President for 2020. Yaden served as President-Elect in 2019. Her term as ACTFL President began on January 1, 2020.

Bridget served as the Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL) representative on the ACTFL board from 2010-2013 and served as ACTFL Treasurer in 2013 and as Convention Chair in both 2011 and 2012. Since her initial board term ended, she has also served on ACTFL’s Finance & Audit and Professional Learning Committees. She is dedicated to issues of access and equity in order to advance the study of world languages in the U.S., evidenced by 24 years of experience as a Professor of Hispanic Studies, Director of the Language Resource Center, and Chair of Languages and Literatures at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where she has taught Spanish language and linguistics as well as World Language and ELL theories and methods.

Yaden also serves as the mentor of a local Spanish-English K-8 dual-immersion program, where she assists with program assessment as well as professional development. She has been honored by her peers with numerous recognitions including: Holy Rosary San Juan Diego Award (2017), ACTFL's Wilga Rivers Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (Postsecondary: 2016), WAFLT's Continued Distinguished Service Certificate (2016), and an IALLT Henderson Plenary Award (2011). In addition to supporting current and future teachers, she has been involved in advocacy for increasing student access to world language study, from years of coordinating competency-based credits for all languages to facilitating scholarships for language students.  

Yaden regularly presents at local, national, and international conferences, including sessions, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions.  She has authored or co-authored four book chapters and dozens of articles and media reviews related to technology for language teaching, language learning centers, living-learning communities, and student and teacher recruitment and retention. She has also served as a peer reviewer for journals including Hispania (AATSP) and Foreign Language Annals (ACTFL).

“It is an honor to serve as ACTFL's President in 2020”, said Yaden. “I truly believe in celebrating our diversity through the many assets that we as language educators bring to the classroom—from the languages we teach, the settings we teach in, the routes we traveled to our profession, and the strategies we employ to support proficiency. By uplifting and building on our own unique assets, we can, in turn, celebrate and better support the growing diversity of our learners.”

About ACTFL:

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, January 9, 2020