Dr. Jacque Van Houten

World Language Specialist, Jefferson County Public Schools, KY, former president of ACTFL and World Language Supervisor State of Kentucky

Jacque Bott Van Houten is a leader in the development of national self-assessment tools for language and interculturality, such as LinguaFolio and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do statements for Language and Intercultural Communication. Currently, world language Instructional Lead for Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville), Jacque taught French in middle school through university and served 14 years as World Language & International Education consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education. She was 2015 president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, representing ACTFL at European Centre for Modern Languages. She is president of Sister Cities of Louisville and has also served as president of the National Network for Early Language Learning and the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL). She has a BA, MAT from the University of Louisville, an MA from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Miami University of Ohio. Her presentations and publications focus on curriculum development, teacher professional learning, goal-setting and proficiency. Jacque was awarded the Kentucky World Language Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the French government’s Palmes Académiques, ACTFL’s Florence Steiner award for Leadership in K12 Foreign Language Education, and Pearson’s State Supervisor of the Year.