The Connecticut Council Of Language Teachers (CT COLT) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit membership organization that promotes language proficiency and the knowledge of world cultures. The organization has been in continuous operation since 1968. CT COLT advocates for world language learning for all students at all grade levels. The organization supports teacher and student activities that demonstrate language teaching and learning, and it recognizes the successes of teachers and students of World Languages in Connecticut.
The Connecticut Council Of Language Teachers is affiliated with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and maintains liaisons with other national, state and regional foreign language organizations, including the Joint National Committee on Legislation, the National Council for Languages and International Studies in Washington, D.C. (JNCL-NCLIS), and the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL).
|ACTR||American Council of Teachers of Russian|
|CABBE||CT Association of Bilingual and Bicultural Educators|
|CLASS||Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary School|
|CITA||CT Italian Teachers Association|
|ClassConn||Classical Association of Connecticut|
|AATF-CT||American Association of Teachers of French, CT Chapter|
|CT AATG||American Association of Teachers of German, CT Chapter|
|CT AATSP||American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, CT Chapter|
|CT LILL||Leadership Initiative for Language Learning in CT|
|NNELL||National Network for Early Language Learning|
|ConnTesol||Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, CT Chapter|
CT COLT seeks to improve language proficiency and knowledge of other cultures among Connecticut students through a variety of activities including:
- Poetry Recitation Contest (Grades 7-12)
- Poster Contest (Elementary, Middle, and High School)
- Elementary Rhyme Celebration (Grades Pre-K to 6)
- Student Essay Contest (Grades 9-12)
CT COLT recognizes and rewards the excellence and achievement of deserving students at all levels of instruction across the state by offering the CT COLT Student Awards for Excellence. This award is granted to elementary, middle school and high school high achieving students who earn at least a 90% average and who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the language. CT COLT offers to students three scholarships: the Irene Stanislawczyk Scholarship, the Kenneth A. Lester Summer Immersion Student Scholarship and the Francofête Summer Immersion Student Scholarship (only 2012 and 2013).
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS
CT COLT recognizes language educators with the Distinguished Service Award, the Helen Amaral Award, the Robert G. Mead, Jr. Award , the Jane G. Graveen Award, and the Pegasus P.R.I.D.E. Award.
The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually at the Fall Conference to acknowledge exceptional and meritorious service to the world language profession in Connecticut. Some of the past recipients include Robert Serafino, Robert Mead, Kenneth Lester, Toby Tamarkin, Marco Arenas, Christine L. Brown, Beverly Canell, Bert Neumaier, Paul M. St. Louis, Senator Christopher Dodd, Barbara Lindsey, Gloria Caliendo (posthumously) Christi Moraga, Linda Dalpe, Jaya Vijayasekar, Janet L. Picerno (posthumously), Vincenza Mazzone-McNulty. MaryLouise Ennis-Shoemaker, Dorothy T. Mulford, James Wildman, Amanda Robustelli-Price, Christine Rapp Dombrowski, Elizabeth K. Lapman...
In memory of one of our past presidents, the Helen Amaral Award is presented annually at the Fall Conference to an outstanding language educator to support travel and/or study abroad. Past recipients include Robert Bergen, Patricia Clark, Raymond Nalewajk, Mary Cuyler, Ellen Brookes, Dorothy J. Joba, Sharon Straka, Marilyn Horn, Anna Koltypin, Anna Andrews, Rosemarie Bartholomew, Stephanie Duchesneau, Sarah Viets...
In 1999, an annual award of up to $300 was established in memory of Jane G. Graveen, former head teacher of Glastonbury's Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program. The purpose of the award is to support the accomplishments of a FLES teacher by providing funding for the purchase of classroom materials.
The Pegasus Pride Award recognizes at random two language educators in each of the eight regions who represent and underscore the hardworking, dedicated teachers who demonstrate:
Respect for cultural differences
Involvement or Interest in professional growth
Dedication to students
Enthusiasm for languages and for teaching
The CT COLT World Language News Exchange is published four times a year and reaches from 600 to 900 language professionals in Connecticut and beyond. In addition to ongoing information about CT COLT, the CT COLT World Language News Exchange includes a wide range of articles of professional interest and importance. In order to go GREEN, the CT COLT newsletter will be published electronically starting with the Spring 2012 issue. Members who wish to receive a hard copy of the newsletter in the mail MUST contact Paul St. Louis DIRECTLY and tell him that they want to receive a hard copy. Those who do not contact him will receive an e-mail notification when the newsletter is ready for viewing on the CT COLT website.
THE JOB BANK
CT COLT maintains a job bank on this website for posted positions in the state. Please click here to view the Job Bank page.