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NNELL Summer Institute

July 12-14, 2013

June 2013
Contact Congress Today

Contact your members of Congress today and encourage them to cosponsor the Foreign Language Education Partnership Act. The bill amends the Foreign Language Assistance Program in NCLB-Title V to create a new K-12/higher education foreign language education partnership program. This legislation would provide incentives for creating model programs of articulated, sequenced foreign language instruction from K-12, with the goal of graduating high school students with an advanced level of proficiency.




Go to the ACTFL Advocacy Page or click here to send your letter today. Click here to read a summary of this bill, or see the full text of the bill.


NNELL Founding Member Marcia Harmon Rosenbusch Retires
Marcia Harmon Rosenbusch, Ph.D., was a founding member of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL), and was invited to serve as the editor of NNELL’s newsletter FLES News from 1987 to 1995. She then became the founding editor of NNELL’s professional journal Learning Languages, serving from 1995 through 2001. NNELL named Dr. Rosenbusch Editor Emerita in 2001. She was also the founding editor of the Iowa FLES Newsletter and served as its editor from 1984-1993.

Dr. Rosenbusch served as the Director of the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at Iowa State University (ISU) from 1994-2011. The NFLRC was the first federally funded center to focus on building a strong foundation in foreign language education in elementary and secondary schools as a means of improving the nation’s capacity for teaching and learning languages at all levels, K-16. Through Dr. Rosenbusch’s leadership, the NFLRC addressed projects that were innovative for their time and focused on positively impacting the world language profession. Since 1994, she directed 44 summer professional development institutes taught by nationally recognized leaders in the profession to over 800 K-12 world language teachers and teacher educators from all 50 states.

The Iowa Foreign Language Association honored Dr. Rosenbusch in 1986-87 with the Iowa Educator of the Year Award and again in 2010 with the Distinguished Service Award. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages honored Dr. Rosenbusch in 1996 with the Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education. Additionally, in 2001 the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages honored Dr. Rosenbusch with the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.

NNELL would like to thank Dr. Rosenbusch for all she has done for the profession and for NNELL. She has been a mentor, friend and inspiration to many. We wish you the best in retirement.


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