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July 12-14, 2013

May 2013
New Deputy Assistant Secretary for
International and Foreign Language Education

The Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education has announced the appointment of a new Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education. Clay Pell is the grandson of former Senator Claiborne Pell, after whom the Pell Grant program is named.


Below is the message from the Department of Education:


We are pleased to welcome Clay Pell as our new Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education. Clay joins us from the White House, where he served as Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Staff and helped advance President Obama's key national security priorities.

Joining the Department of Education, Clay's goal is to advance President Obama's vision for America's global competitiveness, including growing the foreign language competence of America's students and workforce.

Clay brings critical experience from a breadth of departments and agencies including the White House, State Department, and CIA. In addition, Clay has a personal commitment to foreign language study as a speaker of Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic. Clay studied law in Argentina and China, earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and graduated from Harvard College with high honors in Social Studies and a Citation in Modern Standard Arabic.

Finally, Clay will be an important bridge to our military community as a reserve officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, including nearly four years on active duty and legal experience as Appellate Government Counsel for the U.S. Coast Guard.


Submitted by Crystal Goldie, legislative assistant for JNCL/NCLIS


Nominations for the
National Network for Early Language Learning Award
And the award goes to…! NNELL is seeking nominations for the NNELL award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning at the ACTFL conference in Orlando. At the ACTFL conference in Philadelphia, NNELL recognized Dr. John David Edwards for his support and advocacy for foreign languages. The NNELL Award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning will be given to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support of early second language learning of languages other than English. Nominees may be actively involved in their efforts in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, the following: principal or other school administrator, district or state school superintendent, classroom teacher, parent, school board member, businessperson, civic leader, politician/elected representative. Nominees should be individuals whose primary job responsibilities are not related to the field of second language education. For more information please go to nnell.org/awards . Submissions should be postmarked no later than June 1, 2013.
 NNELL Award Committee
Attn: Nadine Jacobsen-McLean
6840 Palms Ct
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Award Committee
Nadine Jacobsen-McLean, Chairperson
Lindsey Cornwell
Nicole Saari
Marcela Summerville
Sally Hood

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