Complete these three forms by May 8, 2020:
The Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT) LANGUAGE TEACHER OF THE YEAR program is intended to elevate the status and the public profile of the language profession in the state of Connecticut. Winners of the state contest will be forwarded to the Northeast Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) for consideration as a National Language Teacher of the Year semifinalist. This program is designed to create opportunities to recognize accomplished members of the language profession. First and foremost, this process is designed to involve all of the state, regional, and national organizations in promoting the language teaching profession. Second, 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 languages. All state winners will be featured on the CT COLT website and all regional finalists are featured in the ACTFL Language Teacher Hall of Fame, located on the ACTFL website.
CRITERIA FOR APPLYING
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 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.
- Candidates cannot at the time of such nomination or selection be also nominated for a position on the CT COLT Board of Directors.
PROCESS OF APPLICATION
The COLT LANGUAGE TEACHER OF THE YEAR will follow the policies and guidelines set forth by ACTFL’S National Language Teacher of the Year program. The process begins at the state level with the state language organizations selecting a 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. The process outlined below at each level is designed to facilitate the development of the portfolio used in the evaluation process by suggesting certain items at each level for the process leading toward the complete portfolio required 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. 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.
Following are the items that must be included in the candidate’s portfolio for the CT COLT awards committee:
- One-page letter of recommendation from a supervisor
- One-page letter of recommendation from a current student
- One-page letter of recommendation from a current or former parent or student
- Curriculum Vitae of no more than five (5) pages.
- Five-hundred-word personal statement on the value of learning languages and developing cultural competence for all learners.
- Completed CT COLT Commitment form (available on the CT COLT website) which is a statement of willingness to participate in all required activities associated with the award including: A commitment to attend the CT COLT Fall Conference (registration is paid by CT COLT), if selected as a state winner.
- Completed Commitment form Available on the ACTFL website), which is a statement of willingness to participate in all required activities associated with the award including:
- A commitment to attend the ACTFL Annual Convention (hotel, registration, and transportation are paid by ACTFL); and if selected as the regional winner,
- Willingness to serve as a spokesperson for the profession, based on availability.
In 1990, an annual $1000.00 award was established in memory of Helen Amaral, president of the Connecticut Council Of Language Teachers from 1986-1988, and former Foreign Language Department Head in Newtown, Connecticut. She served the foreign language profession, students, and adults in an exemplary way throughout her professional career.
PURPOSE OF AWARD: To help defray the cost of travel or study abroad in existing programs or one designed by the applicant in order to enhance language skills, absorb contemporary culture, and/or gain historical perspective.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: A world language teacher with five years of continuous CT COLT membership currently employed, three classes or more in world language teaching and/or administration in Connecticut. Priority will be given to proposals designed to improve language and/or cultural proficiency. Consideration will be given to applicants who have not previously received awards or grants. This award is not available to previous recipients.
IMPORTANT DATES: The awards will be made annually in October and must be used prior to September 1st of the following year. The application deadline for each year is August 15. Monies will be made available upon receipt of appropriate documentation.
FOLLOW-UP: The recipient of the award will agree to submit a written report to the CT COLT News Exchange or give a presentation at the CT COLT Annual Fall Conference, or both.
In 1996, an annual award of up to $300.00 was established in memory of Robert G. Mead, Jr., a beloved colleague and friend in the world language profession, University of CT professor emeritus of Spanish American Literature, recipient of the CT COLT Distinguished Service Award, a founder of both the Connecticut Council Of Language Teachers and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and mentor to countless language students and teachers throughout his long and illustrious career. Dr. Mead quietly assisted many language teachers to attend conferences to further their knowledge and understanding of the art of teaching. The Robert G. Mead, Jr. Award keeps alive the spirit of his tradition and CT COLT is pleased to honor such an outstanding person in this way.
PURPOSE OF AWARD: To help defray the cost of attending a national-level conference focusing on teaching language and culture.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: A tenured world language teacher with five years of continuous CT COLT membership currently employed full-time in world language teaching and/or administration in Connecticut and who has never attended a national-level language conference, e.g. ACTFL, Northeast Conference, AAT conferences, etc. This award is not available to previous recipients.
IMPORTANT DATES: The awards will be made annually in the fall and must be used prior to June 1st of the following year. The application deadline is August 15th.
FOLLOW-UP: The recipient of the award will agree to submit a written report to the CT COLT World Language News Exchange.
In 1999, an annual award of up to $300 was established in memory of Jane G. Graveen, former headteacher of Glastonbury's Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program. During her tenure in Glastonbury, she made immeasurable contributions to students, to staff and to the community, helping to preserve the program as a nationally recognized model.
PURPOSE OF AWARD: To support the accomplishments of a FLES teacher by providing funding for the purchase of classroom materials.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: All elementary FLES teachers who are current CT COLT members with at least two years of continuous membership and who are teaching FLES at least 50 percent of the time in a public or private elementary school in Connecticut. This award in not available to previous recipients.
IMPORTANT DATES: The award will be announced at the Fall Conference and must be used in the following academic year. The application deadline is August 15th. Disbursement of funds will be made to the recipient upon receipt of appropriate documentation.
FOLLOW-UP: The recipient of the award will agree to either submit an article for the "Teacher Tips" section of the CT COLT News Exchange or give a presentation at the next annual Fall Conference. CONTRIBUTIONS ALWAYS WELCOME AND GREATLY APPRECIATED!
CT COLT would like to recognize and highlight some of the many dedicated world language teachers represented by our membership - teachers who, day in and day out, work hard in their classrooms to underscore the importance and to promote the development of foreign language skills among their students.
All nominees must be current CT COLT members in good standing for at least the last five years. Nominees must have been teaching world language full-time for at least five years.
Nominees should demonstrate:
- Respect for cultural differences
- Involvement or Interest in professional growth within the language field
- Dedication to students
- Enthusiasm for languages and for teaching
- Teacher may nominate self or colleague.
- Individuals selected will:
•be highlighted in the CT COLT World Language News Exchange.
•receive one year's free membership to CT COLT.
•be identified in a letter sent to their superintendents.
The Connecticut Council of Language Teachers takes great pride in honoring two groups of teachers each year at the annual Fall Conference.
- Retiring World Language Teachers
- Teachers with at least 25 years of service in the world language teaching profession
The Nomination Form is due not later than August 31st.
NECTFL Mead Leadership Fellows Program supports individuals in the development of a project that contributes to the World Language teaching profession and advances quality language instruction.
The program was created to develop future leaders for the profession at the state, regional, and national levels. Teaching in CT COLT submit their applications to COLT, who will support one application to be sent to compete with other applicants to NECTFL.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: World language educators who have demonstrated leadership potential in their institutions and/or professional organizations at the local, state, or regional or national level may apply. They must teach in one of the thirteen NECTFL states or the District of Columbia (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV).
IMPORTANT DATES: View the website for more information. The application will be turned in to the state organization.
FOLLOW-UP: The recipient of the award will attend NECTFL for free, and will be asked to present at the Fall Conference and write an article for the newsletter.