"The most significant changes to promote the fulfillment of American potential must come from the classroom in the form of strong language education programs and the preparation of language educators."

 Language and the Fulfillment of the Potential of All Americans
Center for Applied Linguistics,

Dear Fellow Educators:
March already?  Time certainly is flying by!  Did you do anything special to celebrate National Foreign Language Week?  Please share your stories with us!  We are quickly approaching our incredible FLENJ Annual Conference!  

Have you registered yet?  

Which workshops will you attend?  

Are you ready to dance salsa with us  or join us for a movie on Friday night? (FREE EVENTS!) 

What great tools will you discover in our Tech Garden?

How will you learn to build stronger global citizens in your school?

I am almost a year into my term as President of FLENJ and I am more excited than ever about the way our members and our professional community come together to grow, learn, and tackle difficult issues that face us.  In the next year, we will endeavor to get many of you more involved and build professional connections with the businesses in our state in an effort to demonstrate the necessary match between language learning and career readiness.

This past week two very important things happened in world language education! The first is the release of the AAAS congressionally commissioned report entitled,

America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century

This report is the essential support we need to move language education forward and to advocate for programmatic development and growth.  Be sure to download the report and share it with your administration, parents and PTA, and your school board.  The second very important news this past week is ACTFL's kickoff of the Lead with Languages campaign!  This is a national PR initiative to draw attention to language education.  It is aimed at the public and especially directed at parents and students.  Be sure to share far and wide and check out the great resources that can help you advocate.  

FLENJ Senior Scholarships Program  - DEADLINE EXTENDED!!
FLENJ sponsors an annual statewide written and oral contest for high school seniors. Winners receive a $500 scholarship for college. Teachers who are current members of FLENJ, and who renew for the next calendar year can nominate a high school senior to participate. Deadline for entries is April 15th.  READ MORE AND APPLY HERE!

FLENJ Mentoring Fellowship
Applications for the FLENJ Mentoring Fellowship will be available on the FLENJ site starting March 31. We encourage all FLENJ members interested in being mentors and mentees during the 2017-18 school year to apply. LEARN MORE HERE!

Terry Caccavale 1953-2017
This week we lost a true pioneer and leader for language education. 
Terry Caccavale had tremendous spirit and passion for her work that inspired so many.  In keeping with Terry’s tradition of generosity and her dedication to professional sharing and growth, FLENJ is publicly releasing the webinar she did for us in 2013 to keep her essential voice openly available to our profession and allow her words to continue to inspire.

I hope to see you all very soon!  

Amanda Seewald  
FLENJ President

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