Awards to Kentucky educators and administrators to recognize excellence in the instruction of world languages. Awards will go to nominees who demonstrate achievement in teaching and have made significant contributions to the profession of language instruction. One award will be made in each of the six following categories:
1) Outstanding New Teacher Award - This award recognizes outstanding teachers whose excellence in world language teaching may not be recognized otherwise.The recipient is a teacher with no more than five years experience who has already made an amazing impact on their students by exhibiting desired qualities to an uncommonly high degree.
2) Outstanding Teacher Award - This award recognizes an individual of the world language teaching profession who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to the profession (K-16). Candidates for this award are automatically those who have been named the “Teacher of the Year” selected and awarded by the executive boards from the Kentucky Chapters of each of their own respective professional language teaching organizations (AATSP, AATF, AATG, KCA, KACLT, KAJLT, KY-NNELL). The winner of this award will represent KWLA in the running to be named the Regional Teacher of the Year.
3) Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher - This award recognizes an individual of the world language teaching profession who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to the profession at the post-secondary level. The person who is named “Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher” will also be in the running for the “Outstanding Teacher Award”.
4) Lifetime Achievement Award - This award recognizes an individual of the world language teaching profession who has demonstrated long- term achievement and service to the foundation and to the profession – locally, statewide, regionally, and/or nationally.
5) Outstanding Administrator Award - This award recognizes a school administrator who has demonstrated exemplary support of world language learning and teaching at his/her institution, community, or in the state. Preference will be given to administrators whose responsibilities lie mainly outside of world languages
6) Amici Linguarum Award - This award recognizes an individual or organization not directly involved in the teaching of world languages that has made a significant contribution to the profession.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Criteria for all awards:
- Record of excellence in teaching and/or administration
- Current KWLA member in good standing
- Service to the world language teaching profession locally, regionally, and/or nationally
Outstanding New Teacher:
- Maximum of five years’ experience as a world language educator
- Evidence of quality and impact of teaching with program descriptions and letters of support from students, colleagues, administrators
- Evidence of service to school, community, and state organizations including memberships, offices, contributions, presentations to the public, media coverage, and participation in cultural events
- Record of participation in professional development
- Minimum of three consecutive years of membership and a minimum of five years’ experience as a world language educator (K-16)
- In addition to KWLA membership, candidates must also be current members in good standing with their affiliate organization and with a minimum of three consecutive years of membership.
- Candidates must be full-time language teachers who spend at least half of their time in direct teaching, and who expect to continue teaching for at least two more years.
- Professional achievements and activities
- Evidence of continued professional growth
- Minimum of 20 years in the teaching profession.
- A history of service to KWLA is required
- Review of candidate’s professional achievements & activities
- Evidence of continued professional growth
- Service to the Kentucky World Language Association
- Must have offered outstanding leadership in promoting the study of world languages in his/her institution, community, or in the state
- Must have given exceptional support for world language programs in his/her institution, community, or in the state
- Must have helped to improve the quality of world language teaching and learning at his/her institution, in the community, or in the state
- Must have made a large contribution to the teaching and learning of world languages
- Must have given significant support for the world language teaching profession
Submit letters of recommendation and other required materials via email (see contact info).