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ACTFL Statement On Russian Invasion Of Ukraine
The leadership of ACTFL strongly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign nation with its own linguistic and cultural identity.
ACTFL Statement on Prioritizing Health and Safety of All Educators and Learners This Fall
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 Board of Directors Votes to Keep Future Conventions Out of States with Anti-Transgender Laws
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.
Class Size as a Factor Influencing Language Learning
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.
Remote Assessment for World Language Teaching and Learning
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 Statement in Support of the Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Nonconforming Communities
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.
ACTFL Statement Against Anti-Asian Racism
ACTFL is outraged by the increasing instances of racism and violent hate crimes perpetrated against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people across the United States.
ACTFL on Nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education
ACTFL applauds President-elect Joe Biden on his nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona, the current Commissioner of Education in Connecticut, as the next Secretary of Education.
ACTFL Statement on Supporting Language Educators and Learners This Fall
ACTFL is making the following five (5) recommendations in support of the language education community: 1) Prioritize Educator and Learner Health and Safety, 2) Include Language Educators in the Decision-Making Process, 3) Focus on Equity and Access, 4) Invest in a Pipeline of Well-Prepared and Diverse Educators, and 5) Make Professional Development Widely Available.