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January 2014
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A New Year's Message from NNELL President, Rita Oleksak 

Welcome to 2014!
I am happy to share with you that your NNELL board and representatives have been hard at work for you! Let me share with you a some brief highlights regarding some very important upcoming endeavors in early 2014:

  • Thanks to everyone who participated in the discussion on the revisions to the bylaws. We appreciate your feedback and will incorporate your suggestions as we work to modernize our bylaws. We will be contacting you for a vote in the late spring.
  • A small team of NNELL members has been invited to help review ACTFL proposals for the San Antonio convention. Please consider submitting a proposal for early language learning sessions! Join us for one of our webinars this winter/spring. Stacie Berdan, author of Raising Global Children is presenting on January 30th at 7pm EST time.
  • Check your inboxes towards the end of the month for our fall/winter issue of the Learning Languages Journal, where Jessica Haxhi is featured as she addresses the theme of Learning Languages: Any time Any place.
  • This spring we will host a northeast regional workshop in New Jersey on April 5th. Please check the website in March for more information. Thanks to Nathan Lutz for hosting NNELL.
  • You won’t want to miss our national summer institute from July 11-13, in Glastonbury, CT. Registration will open in early February. Stay tuned for details on this!
  • Next month we will be unveiling a streamlined e-message system. NNELL will be combining eNNELL notes and eNewsworthy to offer one message, eNNELL News. This will come out on the 15th of the month. We have heard your requests and we want to streamline your inbox. Alerts will continue to be a pop up when you check the website and the journal will be sent in an e-blast to members. Also on our agenda, we have begun the process of digitizing all of the NNELL journals in order to allow our members electronic access to the archived journals.

I welcome your ideas and suggestions and look forward to opportunities to network. If you would like to become more involved in the organization, we are looking for committee members for the nominating committee and the awards committee. We are also looking to fill the vacant seats for state and regional representatives. (Check the website or the newest journal for more information or contact msummerville@nnell.org.) Please consider nominating someone outside of the profession for the NNELL award. (Contact njacobsen@nnell.org)

As always, thank you for your continued support of NNELL! May you have a wonderful new year filled with amazing professional opportunities!

Rita Oleksak
NNELL President

Upcoming Webinar: Raising Global Children with ACTFL
Author Stacie Nevadomski Berdan
Please mark your calendars for:
Date: January 30, 2014
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST

In today’s ever-more connected global world, both language and cross-cultural skills are proving to be essential differentiators for long-term career success. The process of raising global children begins at home, but it must also be reinforced and expanded on in schools. Join award-winning author Stacie Nevadomski Berdan as she presents both strategy and tactics for teachers and parents alike as detailed in her latest book, Raising Global Children.

Changes to NNELL ByLaws

Thank you to all of you who gave feedback and participated in the revamping of the bylaws. The last day for feedback on the latest draft was December 22, 2013. At this time, the Bylaws Committee will meet again to review the bylaws once more, and create a final draft to be presented to the NNELL Board. NNELL members will be able to vote on the approval of the bylaws in the spring of 2014.

A Picture of Early Language Programs Across the Nation
Continuing the work of Dr. Marcia Rosenbusch, Tammy Dann (NNELL’s new Membership Secretary) will be contacting public and private schools across Iowa in an attempt to gather information on early language programs each school offers. This important work will help NNELL create a current picture of where early language programs are located across the state. NNELL hopes to expand this work across the country. If you are interested in helping, either in Iowa or in your own state, please contact tdann@nnell.org or msummerville@nnell.org.

ACTFL 2014 Call for Proposals
The 2014 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) will be held November 21, 2014 through November 23, 2014, with pre-convention workshops on November 20 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The ACTFL Convention features more than 600 educational sessions covering the whole spectrum of the foreign language profession. The theme for the 2014 Convention is Reaching Global Competence.

The entire selection process is designed to provide attendees with an exciting array of sessions and events to further your knowledge and skills to become better, well-informed teachers and administrators. We welcome language educators at all levels and of all languages to submit a proposal.

Please note: We are using a new submission system this year, which has been designed to make the process quicker and easier. When you login, it is very important that you carefully read all the information in the Submission Guidelines before proceeding to complete your online submission. The submission deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2014. All proposals for consideration must be submitted online and will not be accepted after the deadline date.
National Network for Early Language Learning