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Teacher Advocates for Foreign Language Instruction
Bronxville, NY

Bronxville High School teacher Denise Flood was among a select group of educators to attend the assembly of delegates at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 21. During the assembly, attendees discussed issues critical to language education.

Flood, a Latin teacher and world language curriculum leader at Bronxville, attended the assembly as an ACTFL delegate and second vice president for the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Flood participated in meetings that included staffers from the offices of Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer and Representative Eliot Engel and advocated for their support of Title VI, which strengthens and supports foreign language instruction.

“It was empowering to have our voice heard in the government and in education policy,” Flood said. “It is important for our government to value the study of foreign languages and recognize its impact from both an economic and a national security perspective.”

During the meetings, Flood and the delegates discussed why they believed foreign language instruction and international education is important and advocated for representatives to ensure adequate resources are directed toward the study of foreign languages.  

“It was an amazing opportunity, and I learned so much about lobbying and advocating in the government,” Flood said.