Posts tagged #Languages

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese: Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards

The AATSP Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards are given to teachers of Spanish or Portuguese representing the following four categories and a $500 honorarium for the winner teachers accompanies this award:

A. Elementary Level: Grades K-8
B. Secondary Level 9-12
C. Two-year college level
D. College or university level

Teachers who wish to be candidates for these awards must follow the procedures outlined below.

ELIGIBILITY: To be considered, the nominee must meet the following requirements:

1. Membership in the national AATSP for at least five consecutive years. 
2. Provide evidence of teaching Spanish or Portuguese for at least five consecutive years at any level of instruction.
3. Your application materials should include:

a. Completed Awards Application Form (DOC)
b. A current curriculum vitae or resume (no longer than 10 pages in length) 
c. At least two, but no more than five, letters of recommendation which may include letters from administrators, colleagues, or other significant references. Letters of recommendation should be written by those who have first-hand knowledge of the candidate's teaching abilities. Letters should provide evidence of outstanding teaching from a variety of sources such as direct classroom observation; students evaluations; teaching portfolios including videos; review of course syllabi and print and on-line teaching materials. 
d. A personal statement. The candidate should provide evidence of professional excellence in teaching Spanish or Portuguese in a two-or three-page statement which presents the candidate's teaching philosophy and involvement in related activities and professional organizations. In this position statement the candidate may comment on any of the following topics:

1. How are students inspired to want to speak Spanish or Portuguese and to develop proficiency in the other language skills? 
2. How are creativity and ingenuity used in planning classroom activities that help to challenge students? 
3. What type of activities are used to develop critical thinking and higher order thinking skills?
4. How is a sense of global understanding developed in the students? 
5. To what extent has the candidate demonstrated leadership and participation
6. In what way has the candidate shared knowledge or information with colleagues?

More information HERE.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Spring.

American Association of Teachers of German: Outstanding German Educator Award

Recognizes excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to the German teaching profession. Awards are presented to: an elementary, middle school or junior high school educator; a high school educator; and a post-secondary educator. The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation in Berlin provides honorees with the Friedrich-Gerstäcker-Travel Grant.

A nominee’s dossier should document five or more years of demonstrated excellence in German education; active membership in the local AATG chapter; creative leadership in German language education; impact in local, state, or national arenas; and continued growth as a German educator.

The following factors should be considered:

  Excellence in teaching

    Knowledge of subject matter

  1.       Functions with a high degree of proficiency in German
  2.       Knows and understands the cultures of the German-speaking world
  3.       Uses knowledge of subject matter to involve and direct students in meaningful learning
  4.       Uses methods which foster language acquisition

    Awareness of students’ learning

  1.       Develops student proficiencies, increases their knowledge, strengthens their cultural
  2.         understanding
  3.       Creates an inclusive, caring and challenging learning environment
  4.       Fosters critical and creative thinking in students
  5.       Sets goals which insure that all students have the opportunity to learn
  6.       Differentiates instruction

    Student rapport

  1.       Values each student as an individual
  2.       Encourages open communication with students and parents
  3.       Promotes fairness, equity and strength through diversity

    Intellectual growth of students

  1.       Helps students understand how their learning can be applied
  2.       Helps students develop an awareness of other points of view

Professional growth and contributions

  1.   Continues development and growth in subject area and teaching strategies
  2.   Collaborates in curriculum development and assessment
  3.   Shares knowledge and experience through professional writings or presentations
  4.   Demonstrates leadership in professional organizations on the in local, state, or national level

More information HERE.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Spring.

American Association of Teachers of French: Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award

The AATF invites nominations for four annual awards for outstanding teachers, one at each level: elementary school, middle school or junior high school, high school, and postsecondary (university, college, or community college). The purpose of the award is to recognize teachers who have demonstrated excellence and commitment in the teaching of the French language and French and Francophone cultures and literatures. Each winner will receive a certificate from the AATF recognizing his or her outstanding contribution to the teaching of French and a one-year complimentary membership in the AATF for 2014, a cash award, and a one-year subscription to Le Français dans le monde. An official presentation will be made at the AATF Awards Banquet in New Orleans in July 2014. Nominations may be made by any AATF member in good standing or by an AATF Chapter. The nominee must be an active member of the AATF. The selection committee will consist of two members of the AATF Executive Council and one member at large. Any nomination that does not conform to the guidelines below in length or content will not be considered. A teacher may receive the award only one time at a given level. If there is no suitable candidate at a given level, the AATF reserves the right not to make an award. The AATF will acknowledge the recipients of the awards by sending a letter to their principal and/or supervisor and will issue a press release, if requested. The National Bulletin will include a feature article on the recipients.

More information HERE.

Posted on June 16, 2016 and filed under Spring.