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Ulla Schmidt, Member of the German Bundestag,
Assumes Patronage of the German Language School Conference

The GLSC is very pleased that Frau Ulla Schmidt, Member of the German Bundestag, is taking over the patronage of the German Language School Conference (GLSC). This is a special recognition of the significant work being done by GLSC and the German language schools in the US.

During her visit to the GLSC professional development conference last year, Frau Schmidt was able to gain an impression of the work and needs of the German language schools. We thank her very much for volunteering to serve as patron of GLSC following the conference as a sign of her appreciation for the work of the organization. Frau Schmidt was educated as a teacher of special education and has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1990. As a member of the Subcommittee on Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy, she deals with current developments in this area, which also includes the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA).

Frau Schmidt also plans to attend future GLSC conferences. This year's conference will be held in New York City on November 9th, for the first time in conjunction with the ZfA, which is also hosting a conference for school leaders this same weekend.

Ulla Schmidt’s Statement on the Assumption of Patronage of the German Language School Conference:

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"The German language schools in the USA make an extraordinarily important contribution to the teaching of the German language in the USA and, thus, to the promotion of cultural exchange and to the strengthening of friendship between our countries. I have already been able to visit various language schools as well as last year’s GLSC Conference and am convinced of their outstanding commitment. The German Language School Conference has been performing important work in networking, further education, and advocacy for over 40 years—work which I would like to accompany in the future as a patron and for which I will advocate for the necessary support in Germany.” 

Foto: Benno Kraehahn

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