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Teacher of the Year

Award to a USA Teacher from a Northeastern
State for Outstanding Language Teaching

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Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL)

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Award to a USA foreign language teacher from a Northeastern state to recognize outstanding achievements in the profession. The purpose of the award program is to promote the language teaching profession and to raise awareness of the importance of language learning among the media, policymakers, and the general public.

The winner and runners-up will be selected from candidates in the following States: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Each year, the Northeast Conference chooses its Teacher of the Year from among the candidates selected by the states in the Northeast region. This individual then represents the organization at the National Language Teacher of the Year competition at the ACTFL Conference in November.

The award for the National Language Teacher of the Year is intended to elevate the status and the public profile of the language teaching profession at the state, regional and national levels by recognizing the individuals chosen for this award.

The winner will be announced at the NECTFL TOY at the conference (February 7–9 in New York City) and all runners-up will be recognized at the awards ceremony.

NECTFL is prepared to waive conference registration fees for all state-level nominees and to cover one night at the conference hotel for all NECTFL TOY finalists. NECTFL will also provide a stipend to assist the NECTFL TOY to participate in the ACTFL Convention 2019 in Washington, DC.

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GrantWatch ID#: 170941

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Candidates for state, regional, or national Language Teacher of the Year (TOY) must be full-time world language Pre-K-12 teachers or Postsecondary instructors or professors. There is an expectation of teaching for at least two additional years.

-Candidates nominated by state organizations or selected by regional organizations must meet the following requirements:

-Candidates must spend at least 50% of their teaching duty in direct teaching of languages (with no more than half of the language teaching percentage being the teaching of English Language Learners).

-Candidates cannot at the time of such nomination or selection be also nominated for a position on the ACTFL Board of Directors nor nominated for an award given by ACTFL for the year in which that candidate would be placed in eligibility for the ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit applications to NECTFL is January 4, 2019. In January, the NECTFL TOY Committee will review all state dossiers, interview candidates, and choose a regional winner who will be announced as the 2019 Northeast Conference Teacher of the Year.

All nominees will be notified of the results prior to the conference (by January 31).

Phase I - Portfolio Development and Submission:

Each state’s foreign language association or other designated state organization is invited to submit to that state’s regional language organization a nomination form and accompanying portfolio for one (1) state-sponsored foreign language teacher of the year candidate.

Portfolios will be reviewed at the regional level and each regional foreign language organization will submit to ACTFL the portfolio of the winner of its regional Language Teacher of the Year.

Each state may submit one (1) candidate. States who participate in more than one (1) regional conference may submit a candidate to only one (1) regional organization. While states and regionals have autonomy to change the selection process, regional candidates must submit all the required documents for the national dossier.

Phase II - National Finalists:

Each regional finalist must attend the ACTFL Annual Convention in order to complete a personal interview with the national selection committee. During this interview, finalists will be asked to discuss pertinent topics, e.g., culture in the classroom, professional involvement, value of language learning, and offer in the form of a mock press conference or mock address to a civic group the first three to five minutes of a ten (10) minute presentation on an issue of current interest in national foreign language policy.

Access all guidelines, forms and application documents at the ACTFL website.

All materials submitted to NECTFL must be shared with via Google Drive. Please do not mail or email your materials.



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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit an application:

For more information:
John Carlino, Executive Director, NECTFL

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USA: Connecticut;   Delaware;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia