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JNCL-NCLIS Names Amanda Seewald To Serve As President-Elect, 2019-2020


JNCL-NCLIS President-Elect, Amanda Seewald

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) has named Amanda Seewald to lead the organization as the next President-Elect for the term of 2019-2020. Immediately following her term, she will become JNCL-NCLIS President for 2020-2021.

Amanda has been teaching children, coaching educators, and developing curricula for 20 years. Her expertise is in multilingual/multicultural curriculum and instruction, focused on early language learning as well as dual language immersion education.  Amanda works with educators and schools across the country as well as in Europe to develop meaningful language programs founded in globally engaged curricula and strong interactive instruction. Amanda is a regular presenter at national, regional, and state conferences.

As an advocate for language education, Amanda has been actively involved with JNCL-NCLIS as the official delegate for the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ) and as a small business member.  In New Jersey as well as at the federal level, Amanda works with legislative offices to garner support for legislation and funding. Her advocacy led to the signing of the N.J. Seal of Biliteracy into law in 2016 and to the development of pending legislation for dual language immersion grants.

Amanda is the Immediate Past President of FLENJ and serves on the executive board of JNCL-NCLIS.  She is the N.J. State Representative for the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) and has also served on the board of the Northeast Conference for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL).  Most recently, Amanda joined the Board of Directors for the Pulsera Project to develop their education committee. Amanda is a speaker of Spanish, French, and Japanese.

Amanda Seewald is the owner of MARACAS Language Programs and Learning Kaleidoscope Educational Consulting. She is the author of the MARACAS curriculum. To learn more about Learning Kaleidoscope or MARACAS visit, on Facebook @learningkaleidoscope, or Twitter @maracas123.

The Joint National Committee for Languages, a 501(c)3 organization, and the National Council for Languages and International Studies, a 501(c)4 organization, develop policy recommendations for the Language Enterprise and advocate to the federal government for implementation of those policies. Together, JNCL-NCLIS represent nearly 140 member organizations active in virtually all aspects of the Language Enterprise — PreK-20 education, research, training, assessment, translation, interpreting, localization, and more.

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