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Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT)
Awards to Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and US Virgin Islands teachers to recognize outstanding contributions to foreign language education. The intention of this award is to elevate the status and the public profile of the language profession at the state, regional, and national levels by creating opportunities to recognize accomplished members of the profession.
This awards process is designed to involve all of state, regional, and national organizations in promoting the language teaching profession. It is intended to create as many media opportunities as possible to increase the visibility and importance of language learning with the media, policymakers, and the general public. The award also recognizes best practices and excellence in the teaching and learning of foreign languages
The National Language Teacher of the Year process begins at the state level with the state language organizations selecting a top candidate each year whose application is then submitted to the regional level. The finalist for each of the five regions then competes at the national level.
This process is intended to incrementally add the required elements of the portfolio at each level to encourage broad participation while having sufficient evidence from candidates of their teaching accomplishments and ability to represent the language profession.
GrantWatch ID#: 157715
Successful candidates must be full-time language educators who spend at least fifty-percent (50%) of their time in direct teaching during the year of application with an expectation of teaching during the next two (2) years.
The National Language Teacher of the Year process begins at the state level with the state language organizations selecting a top candidate each year whose application is then submitted to the regional level.
The finalist for each of the five regions then competes at the national level
ACTFL will supply the forms and samples needed so that candidates understand what is required at each level. In addition, there is a detailed explanation of the portfolio items on the ACTFL website:
Each state may submit ONE candidate with endorsement from the state organization. State organizations may submit a candidate to only one regional organization. SCOLT has waived the registration fee for the state nominee participating in the selection process at the 2018 conference and will pay $100 toward transportation/accommodation costs.
All state nominees are requested to send a "head" photo for inclusion in the conference program to David Jahner (see contact details below) no later than January 15, 2018. (This is not considered part of the portfolio.)
State nominees must submit a portfolio to be received no later than January 15, 2018. Candidates are requested to submit their portfolios via email to Lee Burson (see contact details below).
This year, state nominees will be interviewed at the 2018 SCOLT Conference in Atlanta in the afternoon of Thursday, March 15, 2018.
The 2018 SCOLT World Languages Teacher of the Year selection will be named during the conference in Orlando, FL on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the SCOLT Opening General Session. SCOLT's World Languages Teacher of the Year Representative will go on to represent our region at the ACTFL Conference in New Orleans, LA from November 16-18, 2018. ACTFL covers all conference related costs for the regional nominees.
Candidates are encouraged to use Dropbox to submit their portfolios. Details explaining how to share folders with others at Dropbox:
USA: Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia
USA Territories: Virgin Islands (USA)