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NNELL Summer Institute

July 12-14, 2013

February 2013
NNELL Webinars
Thank you to those of you who attended NNELL’s first webinar by Al Martino titled Literacy and FLES Connecting to the Common Core Learning Standards. It was a success and is now available online. Members can view it on demand for free and non-members view it for $35.

Registration is still open for our final webinar in March:

Engaging Students through Digital Storytelling
Presented by Dorie Conlon Perugini
Date: March 21, 2013
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST

In today’s digital age, sharing stories with our global community is becoming more common as new technologies and apps make creating digital storybooks quick and easy. In this webinar we will discuss the advantages of using digital storytelling in the elementary foreign language classroom. We will also explore how to use the tools you already have available to create beautiful digital stories that fit seamlessly into your curriculum.

In celebration of NNELL’s 25th anniversary, all three webinars are free to NNELL members. Non-members may participate for $35 per webinar. To register for webinars, go to http://www.nnell.org/webinars after January 1, 2013.

For details on the webinar topics, presenters,dates and times, please visit http://www.nnell.org/webinars.

Advocacy Update

NNELL is seeking members who wish to be part of the Advocacy Committee. We are looking for help in three different areas:

  • Submit links for the monthly publication Newsworthy, a publication which offers links to important articles and websites with information and resources for parents, educators, and policymakers advocating for K-8 programs.
  • Review and briefly summarize links submitted by NNELL members for Newsworthy.

Lead discussions, post questions and share advocacy ideas on the NNELL Advocacy Google Group. These are non-voting positions. Any communication sent out to the membership under the name of the Advocacy Committee must first be edited and approved by the Early Language Learning Advocate and the NNELL President.


Your input and expertise has the potential to help many people around the nation. Please contact NNELL’s Early Language Learning Advocate, Tammy Dann at tdann@nnell.org if you are interested in becoming a member of the Advocacy Committee.

We need your help! Contact Your State Senators and Representatives

Sequestration (an across-the-board spending cut to all discretionary federal programs) is set to go into effect on March 1st of this year. If nothing happens to prevent it, large cuts to Title I and IDEA will go into effect, meaning jobs and services lost. Important language programs, such as the K-12 Language Flagship initiative and STARTALK, will also experience significant cuts if sequestration is not prevented. If elected officials agree to spending cuts that avert sequestration, there will still be winners and losers. Now is the time for language advocates to speak up – in an effort to protect critical programs.

ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, is leading an advocacy effort to prevent these cuts. Please help with this effort by sending a message to your senators and representative telling them that funding for language and education programs are important to the future of our country! It will only take a few minutes – click this link to make your voice heard.


Remind others to renew their membership
As the new membership year gets underway, remind other early language educators that NNELL wants to keep members connected to others interested in early language learning around the nation. Have them consider joining NNELL or renewing their membership today so that they can take advantage of all that NNELL has to offer!

Save the Date - NNELL Summer Institute

NNELL Journal Now Available 
The Fall/Winter edition of Learning Languages is now available in the Members Only area.
Please click here to access the Members Only area to view this publication. Thank you!

National Network for Early Language Learning