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Dear Teachers,

We would like to introduce you and your students to the North American Computational Linguistics
Olympiad (NACLO,

NACLO is a pencil and paper contest in which students use analytical skills to solve puzzles in
languages that they do not know. In the course of solving the puzzles, students learn something
about the structure of human languages and how computers can process them. The contest introduces
students to possible careers in linguistics, languages, and computer science.

Who can participate in NACLO? The target audience for NACLO is students in 9th through 12th grade.
However, middle school students often enjoy the contest as well, and occasionally win. All students
are eligible as long as they are under 20 years old, do not yet have a high school diploma, and are
not enrolled in a degree program at a college or university. NACLO has no prerequisites and no
registration fee.

What kinds of students are interested in NACLO? Typical NACLO participants enjoy puzzles and
languages. Any students who enjoy the sample puzzles on the attached flyers are good candidates for
NACLO. Good places to start looking for NACLO participants are math classes, language classes,
computer classes, and gifted programs.

NACLO timeline:

1.  Registration is now open at
2. The NACLO open round is on January 25, 2018. Details can be found on the web site.
3. The top 100 students from the open round will participate in an invitational round on March 8,
4. Approximately 15 students will be selected for training sessions via teleconference in April and
5. Eight students will be chosen to represent the US at the International Linguistics Olympiad
( in Prague, Czech Republic, in July-August 2018.

How to Prepare for NACLO: Students can practice with past exams from the NACLO web site.

How to Participate: Please see the 2018 handbook at:

If you would like a flyer and a poster for advertising, please, contact Anna Feldman

We hope that you and your students enjoy the contest!
Lori Levin
NACLO general co-chair
Research Professor at the Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Dragomir Radev
NACLO program chair and head coach
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Linguistics University of Michigan

Anna Feldman
NACLO Montclair State University Site Coordinator Professor of Linguistics & Computer Science
Montclair State University


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The content of the workshop, Supporting Teachers & Students Behind the Locked Doors: Emotional Preparedness for School Lockdown Drills, has been broadened to encompass other sources of stress in schools. The title of the new workshop is Stress Matters: The impact on student engagement, performance, and behaviors. The date, time, location and price for this workshop remain the same however the URL for the online registration has changed.

Sharing on behalf of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Health and the MSU School Psychology Program.


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The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce a request for proposals (RFP) to help parents nurture generosity, gratitude, forgiveness, and related “prosocial” skills in themselves and their children. We are reaching out to you because we believe your organization may be an appropriate match.

With funding from the John Templeton Foundation, the GGSC is offering awards of between $25,000 to $150,000 to organizations that serve parents, particularly education programs run through schools, houses of worship, community centers, or other community-based organizations. The programs must develop or expand innovative ways to educate parents on the research-based keys to guiding children toward choices that place the long-term good of their communities ahead of their immediate self-interest.

Important dates:

October 2, 2017:  Application window opens

December 11, 2017:  Applications due

February 1, 2018:  Application review process completed, grantees notified

April 1, 2018:  Project period begins
March 31, 2020:  Project period ends
Greater Good Parenting
Greater Good Science Center
University of California, Berkeley

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