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TESOL Teacher of the Year Award

Award to a USA, Canada, or International Teacher
for Outstanding English Language Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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TESOL International Association and National Geographic Learning

Deadline Date:

07/19/19 11:59 PM EST


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Award of $1,000 and additional benefits to a USA, Canada, or International teacher to recognize their hard work and commitment to the instruction of English as a second language. Applicants for the award will be evaluated according to their demonstrated ability to:

-Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.
-Have a positive impact on students and colleagues.
-Participate in continuing professional development.
-Create a supportive and encouraging learning environment by providing quality language instruction
-Based on well-articulated theory, philosophy, educational research, and best practice.
-Play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school demonstrated through collaborative partnerships and relationships.
-Demonstrate involvement in the field
-Demonstrate evidence of positive teacher effect on student learning through formal and/or informal documentation.
-Incorporate innovative and effective lesson strategies and evaluation techniques by utilizing new scholarship from TESOL or related fields.
-Demonstrate a commitment to English language teaching.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172529

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The winner will receive:
-US $1,000
-Free 1-year TESOL membership
-Free registration for the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo the year of the award, plus 3 nights hotel and round-trip airfare
-A session as an invited speaker at the annual convention
-An invitation to the Leadership Luncheon at the TESOL Convention​
-A profile and a published article in TESOL Connections
-US $250 voucher for the TESOL Bookstore

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from any English language teacher who:
-Has been a classroom teacher for a minimum of three years
-Is not a previous recipient of this award or the TESOL Excellence in Teaching Award

Note: Applicants are not required to be members of TESOL International Association.

Pre-Application Information:

Accepting applications starting 1 May. All applications must be submitted by 19 July.

A letter from the applicant's current supervisor and a letter from a colleague or former supervisor is required.

After the initial evaluation of application materials, the judges select the top candidates. This second round of candidates will be prompted to submit a convention session proposal for the annual TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo. Candidates will be asked to prepare a 10-word title, a 50-word abstract, and a 300-word session description. While they can prepare a presentation on any topic of their choice, it is important that the proposal be connected to the purpose of the Teacher of the Year Award and the convention theme.

Upon review of the convention session proposals, the winner will be selected.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.