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E-NNELL NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2021

 
A Message from the President

Michelle Olah

Welcome! My name is Michelle and I am so excited to be the NNELL president for the next 2 years! 

What a year it has been! Seriously. When I look back at January 2020 I’m astonished at how much life has changed. Some of it was good and some of it was extremely challenging. For me personally, 2020 was a wild roller coaster of highs and lows, a year of challenge and growth. In February 2020, my husband was in a motorcycle accident. It was the most frightening and challenging time for me and my family. But it also brought a renewed sense of gratitude and appreciation for all we have. And while he is still recovering, I have a renewed sense of thankfulness every day and a reminder not to take for granted the people and things that are important to me. I have a lot of experiences similar to that. Not being able to travel has led me to exploring nature and sites in my local area. Working from home has reminded me that I need to establish a healthier “work/life balance” and the ever changing and stressful work environment has forced me to take time for self-care that I never did in the past (although I needed it then too!).

For many of us, 2020 was also filled with change, uncertainty and stress in our professional lives. Trying to navigate the new educational landscape and provide support to students and teachers who were going through something that none of us were prepared for was challenging to say the least! But with that challenge came a lot of mistakes. And with those mistakes came a lot of growth! It wasn’t always easy, but I believe we are stronger and better teachers, colleagues, and coaches than we were a year ago. 

The same can be said for NNELL this year. Moving our traditional summer institute to a summer summit this year was unexpected and challenging but in doing so we were able to connect teachers to each other in a way that wasn’t possible in the past. Our Regional and State representatives were able to grow and learn virtually at our leadership summit and our NNELL Annual meeting “Breakfast in PJs” brought us together again to collaborate and connect to each other. As our Past-president, Kathleen Priceman, said this year has also provided us with some “Pandemic Perks.”

As I look forward to 2021, I feel that as a person, as an educator, and as an organization we are stronger because of the challenges we have faced and I am looking forward to taking what we have learned to better support students and teachers. In the next year, my goal as NNELL president is to continue supporting students and teachers and advocating for early language learning. I hope you will join us. We will have opportunities this year to not only attend NNELL events but to participate in the planning and implementing of events and initiatives. If you are interested in professional development, leadership or advocacy please email me at president@nnell.org

I’m looking forward to collaborating with you this year to learn, grow, collaborate and advocate in the service of our early language learners! Thank you for everything you do everyday! 

WELCOME MICHELLE OLAH, NNELL PRESIDENT 2021-2022
In January, Michelle Olah became the President of NNELL for 2021 and 2022. Michelle has served as president-elect for two years and is looking forward to her term as president. Michelle is a World Language Instructional Coach with Wayside Publishing. Read more about Michelle here. 

VOICES FROM THE FIELD

HIGHLIGHTING

ANCHORAGE  SCHOOL DISTRICT'S 

COMMITMENT TO WORLD LANGUAGES 


by Brandon Locke,
Director of ASD World Languages and Immersion Programs,
NNELL Representative for Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska is often a mystery to those who have never visited. It is not dark 24/7, nor do we live in snow year-round. The Anchorage School District (ASD) is the largest public school system in Alaska and is among the 100 largest in the United States. Serving a student population of about 45,000, ASD is also one of the most diverse public school systems in the U.S. The top five languages spoken by students after English include: Spanish, Hmong, Samoan, Filipino/Tagalog, and Yup’ik – an Alaska Native language. ASD has over 130 schools and programs, including a longstanding, successful history of language immersion programs."
 
ASD launched its first dual language immersion program in the fall of 1989, in Japanese. Since that time Spanish (1991); Spanish/English Two-Way (1993); Russian (2004); German (2007); Mandarin Chinese (2016); Yup’ik – an Alaska Native language (2018); and French (2019) immersion programs have been added. All programs are K-12 or are in the process of growing to K-12 implementation.  
 
NNELL is proud to feature the Alaska School District and congratulate them as the recipients of the 2020 ACTFL Melba. D. Woodruff Award for Exemplary Elementary Foreign Language ProgramREAD ENTIRE ARTICLE
NNELL ENEWS  WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE YOUR SCHOOL OR SCHOOL DISTRICT'S EARLY WORLD LANGUAGE PROGRAM.  
-credit given to ASCD for this image 
“We need to be highly resilient now—which means practicing self-care,” remark Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey in their article: “Regaining Compassion Satisfaction.

Thank you, Samara Spielberg, NNELL leader and Spanish teacher at the Allen-Stevenson School, New York City, for your inspiring “Self-care” message this month. Listen here. Samara recommends the following resources for further self-care/wellness here

ADVOCATE. ADVOCATE. ADVOCATE.

FLOR BERMAN'S ADVOCACY MESSAGE  FOR EARLY LANGUAGE LEARNING

Flor Berman, NNELL New York State representative shares her enthusiasm for early language education. Flor teaches Spanish to children in grades K-3 at St. David's School in New York City.  Listen to Flor's message on advocacy for early language learning. Flor Berman and other NNELL members before her have provided great resources for you to support and advocate for your own early language program and those of others.  

Karen Sasky Hughes, NNELL Advocacy Chair, encourages YOU to take the challenge next month!

Consider taking the challenge to create and record your own brief “elevator pitch” (1-2 min.) to advocate for early language learning. Make it compelling and you stand to earn a fun prize from NNELL! Upload your brief recording to this Google Folder. This opportunity will help you prepare for when you may need to promote your own early language program or that of a colleague.

Advocacy News:
JNCL-NCLIS staff and advocates cherish the ongoing relationships that we have with congressional offices and we are appreciative of their tireless dedication to their work, which benefits us all as American citizens.

Link to the statement made by JNCL-NCLIS on January 7 following the violence on Capitol Hill on January 5, 2021.

NNELL is a proud supporter of JNCL-NCLIS.

 

NNELL is committed to supporting legislation that promotes Native Language education as well as supporting those efforts by actively informing our members about ways in which we can work with other agencies to make the United Nations International Decade of Indigenous Languages a change agent for linguistic diversity and preservation for the 21st Century. 

MORE 
RESOURCES FOR PREPARING FOR THE UN INTERNATIONAL DECADE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND LANGUAGES CAN BE FOUND HERE. 




SPOTLIGHT ON

NNELL 

LEADERS



 
MEET DR. MARCIA ROSENBUSCH
A NNELL FOUNDING MEMBER AND LIFELONG EARLY LANGUAGE ADVOCATE 
Dr. Rosenbusch writes, “NNELL provides unique and invaluable leadership in the profession in clarifying the importance of an early start and a long sequence of instruction to successful language learning.”

Marcia Harmon Rosenbusch, Ph.D. (Iowa State University, 1987) is a founding member of NNELL.  She began her career as a preschool and elementary school Spanish teacher and later served as the founding editor of the Iowa FLES Newsletter and of two publications of the National Network for Early Language Learning, FLES News and Learning Languages.  

Dr. Rosenbusch was also the founder and Director of the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at Iowa State University (ISU), a federally funded Center (1994-2008) that sought to improve the nation’s capacity for teaching and learning languages at all levels of instruction by building a strong foundation in exemplary K-12 foreign language teacher preparation.  Dr. Rosenbusch coordinated the 43 NFLRC summer professional development institutes that were taught by nationally recognized leaders in the profession to 800 K-12 world language teachers and teacher educators representing all 50 states. 

Honoring her leadership in the profession, Dr. Rosenbusch received the Iowa Educator of the Year Award in 1987, the Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education in 1996, and the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education in 2001.     

After retiring in 2013, Marcia and her husband, Ricardo, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, to live near their family.  “I love the amazing hikes we take here every week in the beautiful mountains surrounding Las Vegas!” she exclaims.

NNELL is grateful for Dr. Rosenbusch's trailblazing efforts and service on behalf of early language education in our nation. We stand on your shoulders.  Thank you! 


MEET

MONICA FRAZIER,

NNELL TENNESSEE

REPRESENTATIVE
 

“The thing that I value most about being an NNELL member is the ability to collaborate with others in my field.  It is often difficult being the only elementary school language teacher, and NNELL has helped me find others in similar situations and I can share ideas with them. NNELL has been an incredible resource for me, and I am so happy to be a member.”

Monica Alegría Frazier currently teaches at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN.  She is the Lower School Spanish Teacher and the Director of After School Programs. Monica holds a B.A. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a M.A.T in Spanish from Middle Tennessee State University. She has taught Spanish for 15 years, teaching every grade level from Kindergarten through the college level with the exception of 5th grade. Monica has been at BGA since 2013, and truly enjoys teaching in a FLES program.  

Monica is a member of the Leadership Team at the BGA Lower School and also a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force, with an emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion. She is a Board Member of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (TFLTA), and has been involved with NNELL since 2016. 

During the 2019-2020 school year, Monica was awarded BGA’s Lower School “Second Mile Award,” in recognition of her contributions made outside of the area of classroom instruction. In March 2020, when the pandemic broke,  Monica put the  entire Lower School student body on an eLearning platform and trained the faculty members on how to use it within a span of about 48 hours.  

Outside of school hours, Monica enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her family and pets. She also loves to travel, and her favorite vacation spot is any beach anywhere.  

NNELL is fortunate to have Monica represent us  and make our NETWORK stronger by the day! Thank you, Monica.  

NNELL LEARNING LANGUAGES JOURNAL WINTER 2020-2021

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Hello to all of our #earlylang friends! We know 2020 was a year like no other and 2021 is already an interesting one. How have your experiences shaped your teaching? How have you engaged early language learners in virtual and hybrid settings? How is your balance between your personal life and work? Has your use of social media or virtual professional development changed? Are you considering assessments or TL use differently? How have you connected with students and parents in your community when teaching virtually? How will world language teacher education programs or district program articulations change?
NNELL wants to hear from you for a special issue of Learning Languages—Staying connected in a time of (dis)Connection: A Collection of reflective essays. Consider submitting a short reflective piece to this open, honest, low-stress discussion of different layers of change and connections.
Questions? Contact @drkellydavidson, Learning Languages Journal Editor.. Please send your manuscript, graphics, and author information to
Journal@nnell.org using the subject line “NNELL Journal Submission 2020-21." 

Credit given to Multicultural Book Day and artist NAT IWATA.

 

Did you know that January 29, 2021 is Multicultural Book Day?

Check out this link for more information.

CALLING ALL STUDENT ARTISTS!

SCOLT is looking for students to  enter our 2021Conference Program Cover Art Contest. All entries must be submitted by January 29, 2021.  Contest details are available here: 
SCOLT Earth globe americas      @_SCOLT

WEAR YOUR SUPPORT FOR EARLYLANG!
Did you get your #EarlyLang shirt?
Order now!
Meet Ana Ce Snook-Quintazzi, a Spanish teacher and new NNELL member from Chicago, IL who was the prize winner of an #Earlylang t-shirt at the NNELL breakfast in December. Congratulations, Ana Ce, and welcome aboard.

Wear your support for #EarlyLang. Order now!
Seal of Biliteracy Updated Implementation Guidelines Focus on Equity and Expansion (updated 12.18.2021

United by a common mission to support language learners and to advocate for languages as an asset for the communities and economies across the US, eight organizations have released updated guidelines for the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy. READ ACTFL'S STATEMENT

WHERE DO I FIND THE VIDEOS FROM SUMMER SUMMIT 2020?
Go to the NNELL website and log into the Members Only section.  There you will see Current Webinars-On Demand Archive | Members Only.  They are ready for you to be viewed again and again! 
KUDOS TO THOSE THRIVING IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD
NNELL IS STILL UPDATING OUR RESOURCE LIST FOR  EDUCATORS, PARENTS AND STUDENTS
WHILE WE ARE LEARNING FROM A DISTANCE
Thank you to all of our members who have been sharing resources that you are creating or discovering! New items are being added as they are received. Parents, even if you do not speak the "Target Language," what a wonderful opportunity for your child to share their new language with you.  If you have a resource that you would like to share with others, please email us at info@nnell.org and we will add it to our list.This is a direct link to the NNELL Resources Document to date. 
ATTENTION: ON SOME MOBLE DEVICES YOU WILL NEED TO CLICK "VIEW MORE MESSAGE HERE" TO CONTINUE READING THE ENTIRE NNELL E-NEWSLETTER. DON'T MISS THE GREAT ARTICLES IN THE SECOND HALF!  
WONDERING HOW TO ADDRESS ISSUES OF RACE, DIVERSITY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN YOUR CLASS?

"On this day and in the days ahead, let us recommit to care for and look out for one another. Let us recommit to our common purpose to educate and serve. And let us recommit to our shared destiny as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people." 
-  
President Gabel,  University of Minnesota 

HONOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S LEGACY BY SPEAKING TRUTH EVERY DAY

Erin Jones was one of  three featured keynote speakers at the ACTFL 2020 Virtual Conference. Erin is a former early language learner  and currently teaches and advocates for social justice and equity. 

Erin gave permission to share her compelling message sparked by MLK Day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy ((Twitter: @erinjonesin2016). Her 3 takeaways--humility, humanity, history. 

Listen for how we can all show up for each other.

A new resource  has been added to the NNELL Resources on Race, Diversity and Social Justice Document. View a  compelling Twitter share from @erinjonesin2016-- for January 2021.

Here you will find additional helpful resources and action items for unpacking the topics of social justice, anti-racism, inclusion, and equity as we move forward as a nation— and as world language teachers and mentors.

           Consider how you might implement social justice in your own curriculum. 

 

Link to ASCD Webinar: Excellence and Equity, featuring Douglas Reeves who asks-- what makes a school truly equitable? In this webinar, Reeves breaks down the five core competencies of Equity and Excellence systems as well as the seven professional practices that distinguish Equity and Excellence schools. He also presents compelling strategies for implementing these practices. Douglas Reeves is a recent author of The Learning Leader: How to Focus School Improvement for Better Results.

The Edutopia Foundation is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Founded by innovative and award-winning filmmaker George Lucas in 1991, Edutopia takes a strategic approach to improving K-12 education through two distinct areas of focus: Edutopia and Lucas Education Research. Participation is free!

Credit to Edutopia for this photo.
 

Edutopia articles for January that the NNELL editors found meaningful and relevant for these times. 

1-The Building Blocks of Dramatic Play in Preschool 

2- Making Teamwork More Intentional 

3- 13 Virtual Games to Play in Your Elementary Classroom

4- 5 Tips for Teaching Virtual Preschool Classes

5- What Teachers are Learning During the Pandemic
 

Archived articles from Edutopia from September to January-- in the event, you did not have enough time to read them yet.

WHAT BRINGS YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS JOY? 

View what brings some elementary students daily joy during COVID.

Share what brings you and your students joy. Send your story/photo/or video clip to enell@nnell.org so we may include them in the upcoming NNELL newsletters. Make someone smile!

Karen Sasky-Hughes (above), NNELL Advocacy chair shares here the fun she has with a student who speaks about the importance of early language learning.

SPOTLIGHT ON NNELL EARLY LANGUAGE LEADERS FOR FEBRUARY 2021    
**We are so proud of our NNELL members that we will continue to feature them in our upcoming newsletters.  If you would like to share your story or know of a NNELL member you would like to recognize, please contact   advocacy@nnell.org**
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT YOUR NNELL REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TO FIND OUT ABOUT BECOMING  MORE INVOLVED IN OUR NETWORK

* We look forward to hearing from and working with you to make Early Language learning a reality for all children. 

* We depend upon our members to let us know of upcoming events of interest to Early Language learning advocates and educators in local areas so that we can add them to our EVENTS Calendar.  

* We are striving to increase our membership in all states in order to form a stronger "local" NETWORK for our members. 

* Our REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES look forward to hearing from YOU

Central States Regional Representative Kathy Olson-Studler
Pacific Southwest Regional Representative Teresa Kennedy
Pacific Northwest Regional Representative  Betsy Basom  (interim)
Southeast Regional Representative Jennifer Kennedy
Northeast Regional Representative Bárbara Barnett
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NATIONAL AND REGIONAL NEWS


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If you registered for the ACTFL20 Virtual conference previously, you may log-in with the same credentials until Jan. 31, 2021. This represents an extension of one month!! Thank you, ACTFL.

ACTFL
Language Learning for Children SIG
Winter Webinar: Interactive Tasks to keep Language Learning Live

Presenters:  Flor Berman (NNELL NY Rep.), Laura Brennan, Colleen Haggarty
Thursday, January 28th @6:00p.m. (EST) for our Winter webinar.

Interactive technology and platforms have become our best allies in our ´New Normal´ to keep language learning live. Join us and listen to how three teachers have created a series of interactive tasks to keep students engaged and motivated.
Registration is limited to the first 300 SIG members. Membership status will be verified, once verified, you will receive an email confirmation with the login information. Please register using the same name and email as in your ACTFL membership account. Registration will be closed one-hour prior to the webinar start. Non-member registrants are subject to have their registrations cancelled without prior notification. A copy of the webinar recording will be uploaded to the LLC SIG community for those unable to attend. We hope to see you there!
Please use this link to register: 
zoom.us/meeting/register/...

Save the Dates! 

Announcing the ACTFL Winter Learning Series! Add to your instructional practices and learn how to connect the three modes of communication to improve #language proficiency. #langchat

Registration opens soon!

The Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools will hold their next conference October 8 & 9, 2021, we hope in a combination of on-site (at American University in Washington, DC) and virtual opportunities. There will be an interesting combination of workshops and panel discussions. Registration will open in June. Save the date, let your colleagues know, and more information will come soon!
Presentations, PowerPoint slides, and handouts from the 2020 conference are available here.

Teaching World Languages and Cultures
in Elementary Settings

June 28–July 16, 2021
Asynchronous* 3-week online summer institute

This institute focuses on proficiency-based lesson design and assessment skills necessary to teach world languages and cultures at the elementary and middle school level (K-8), with an emphasis on novice learners. Informed by the National World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, it explores the goal areas of Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, Communities, and Communication. REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Register for webinars from CERCLL at https://tinyurl.com/litbased. If you register before the date of the webinar, you may listen to it at a later date. Past webinars are archived at CERCLLView here for upcoming events: https://cercll.arizona.edu/upcoming-events/  (Click on Professional development tab for upcoming professional development.)

The National Foreign Language Center   
has a YouTube channel where they have archived the webinars from their virtual summer summit for educators which are free for a limited amount of time --featuring many NNELL members presenters. Click here for the archived NFLC presentations on YouTube available for a limited amount of time.       
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Central States Virtual Conference will be a virtual event  held from March 11-13, 2021. Theme: One Vision: Multiple Perspectives.  

REGISTER HERE FOR WISCONSIN FLESFEST!
ALL ARE WELCOME!

Registration for Wisconsin FLES FEST is FREE!  FLES FEST will be in the format of a Zoom session.

  • Keynote by Rebecca Aubrey, 2019 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, 
  • Two additional breakout sessions.
  • This event is FREE for all World Language Teachers, all languages, all levels.
  • https://www.wi-nell.org/

OFLA (Ohio Foreign Language Association) state conference is slated for March 25-27, 2021.  Updates and evolving information on this conference can be found on the OFLA website.

PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW CONFERENCE DATES: APRIL 22–24, 2021

The Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) is currently offering FREE PSMLA membership through June 30, 2021, to all former and first-time members of the organization. If you are a current PSMLA member, your membership will be extended by one year.

To take advantage of this offer, you must have an account on the PSMLA website. Visit the PSMLA website to log in and check your status or to create an account. Within a few weeks, PSMLA will update your account to reflect your new membership status.

PNCFL
Pacific Northwest Council for Languages 

Pacific Northwest Council for Languages announces March 5-6, 2021 Virtual Conference--Stronger together.  For more information visit pncfl.

The Alaskans for Language Acquisition (AFLA) conference 2020 is postponed until September 2021.

The Greater Washington Association for Teachers of Foreign Languages GWATFL has some great free webinars on Youtube with several that are directly related to early language from NNELL representative, Glenda De Hoyos. 

The SWCOLT 2021 conference will be a virtual event held on March 25-27. The call for session proposals and registration information will be open soon.The SWCOLT 2022 conference will be held in Reno, NV on March 24-26 at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Announcing the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT)  Conference featuring Keynote speaker Meredith Whiite: February 5 with events all month long.  Register now at CCFLT.

The 8th International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education will NOT be held in 2021. 
It is rescheduled for March 2-5, 2022.  Read more information. 

CLTA CONFERENCE IS GOING VIRTUAL FOR 2021. 

CLTA Update: The California Language Teachers Association will be having its annual conference ONLINE on February 24-28, 2021. The theme of the conference is A Mosaic of Multicultural Perspectives. The 30-minute Interest Sessions (30 min.) will be pre-recorded and uploaded to the conference platform. The 3-hour workshops will be presented synchronously via ZOOM. 

If you make purchases on Amazon, you can designate NNELL as a beneficiary of a small donation (at no cost to you). Simply go to smile.amazon.com and choose NNELL!
 
AmazonSmile customers can now support National Network for Early Language Learning in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device 
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings' 
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Thank you to Kathy Olson-Studler for assisting in the publication of this month's newsletter. 
 
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE or BE A NEWSLETTER TEAM MEMBER? 
We want to hear your voices!!! Please contribute your ideas so we can learn from each other, spark even more creativity, and make a difference in the lives of all of our students.  
If you would like to submit an article related to Early Language, your program, advocacy, etc. we would love to share it with our members.  If you are interested in participating in our monthly newsletter publication, let us know. Please submit your entry or send an email  to president@nnell.org.  
WE HAVE  A SHARED VISION: BE PREPARED TO SHARE IT WITH OTHERS. 
CONTACT US: The NNELL Board is here to assist you and invites  you to share your expertise.                                                                                                                                                        
Michelle Olah,  president@nnell.org 
Kathleen Priceman, pastpresident@nnell.org                                                                 
Andrea Boyd, presidentelect@nnell.org                                                               
Karen Hughes, advocacy@nnell.org   
M. Cristina Rodriguez Villa, membership@nnell.org   
Marissa Coulehan, executivesecretary@nnell.org
Betsy Basom, networking@nnell.org
Jessica King, treasurer @nnell.org                                                                              
#EarlyLang Chat
WE MAY NOT BE MEETING OVER THE SUMMER BUT THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO READ THE TRANSCRIPTS OF OUR PREVIOUS CHATS!
Join us in September on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET for a lively chat about topics of interest to early language educators. For more information, please click here.
WEAR YOUR SUPPORT FOR #EARLYLANG!
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