Published June 3, 2018
Vicki Vasques, President & CEO of Tribal Tech, LLC is proud to be a signatory on the recent report, America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Vicki Vasques, President & CEO of Tribal Tech, LLC proudly endorses the release of America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century, especially with its championing of the native languages.
In support of its recent report, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has released a call-to-action signed by 37 individuals and over 150 organizations who urge greater support for languages in order to maintain and enhance American global leadership.
“Bridging America’s Language Gap” has been endorsed by dozens of businesses, academic and professional associations, school systems, and other institutions that support the five recommendations of the America’s Languages report:
- Provide access to languages for all age groups and every level of the education continuum, from early childhood through retirement;
- Prepare more language teachers, without whom we cannot advance language education;
- Promote public-private partnerships in language education to amplify the work begun in our schools;
- Support heritage and indigenous language communities in their traditions and birthrights, and as an important and distinctive national resource; and
- Encourage international learning experiences for students, teachers, and workers through educational and professional programs, as a critical aspect of advanced language learning.
“The people and organizations who have signed this call-to-action are witnesses to the enduring importance of language education in the United States,” said Jonathan F. Fanton, President of the American Academy. “They affirm the fundamental recommendation of the Academy’s report: to improve access to language education for as many Americans as possible in order to strengthen our relationships at home and abroad.”
“Bridging America’s Language Gap” is the first product of the America’s Languages Working Group, an informal group convened under the aegis of the American Academy that includes representatives from the language profession, academia, government, business, NGOs, and heritage and indigenous communities. Over the next few years, Working Group members will be undertaking a series of collaborative activities in support of the America’s Languages report.
“The members of the Working Group have come together, across institutional divides, to advance the common cause of improving language education,” Fanton added. “This collaborative spirit is as important as any report or call to action and is the basis of real change. The Academy is proud to have inspired such cooperation through its America’s Languages report, and we are happy to help sustain the Working Group’s ongoing efforts.”
“Bridging America’s Language Gap” is available at https://www.amacad.org/language-gap. The America’s Languages report is available at www.amacad.org/language.
To join the effort, contact John Tessitore at firstname.lastname@example.org.