2019 FFLA Teacher of the Year Application
The FFLA/SCOLT/ACTFL National World Language Teacher of the Year Award
Friday, May 3, 2019
The award for the National Language Teacher of the Year (TOY) is intended to elevate the status and the public profile of the language profession at the state, regional, and national levels by creating opportunities to recognize accomplished members of our profession. First and foremost, this process is designed to involve all of our 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. This award also recognizes best practices and excellence in the teaching and learning of foreign languages.
A candidate for this award is an experienced world language teacher who is completely familiar with the National Standards of Foreign Language Education as well as the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and applies this knowledge on a daily basis in the classroom. Candidates will submit a portfolio demonstrating this expertise and will participate in an interview at the FFLA Conference in October in which he/she will be asked to explain the integration of the standards and modes of communication as well as what his/her platform might be as the national advocate.
By submitting a portfolio, he/she is agreeing to participate in the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) portion of ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) TOY competition and to continue on to the national competition if selected at the regional level. He or she will be competing to be the national voice of ACTFL and will spend a year promoting language study and advocating for language learning and study at the national level.
Candidates will submit a complete portfolio as detailed below. Incomplete portfolios will not be considered. Those that aspire to this award will be interviewed electronically and a winner will be selected. The FFLA winner will participate in the following March/April’s regional competition at SCOLT. If selected, the candidate will participate in the national competition the following November.
To apply, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email subject line should be "2019 FFLA TOY Application". In the email, provide your full name, school name, level(s) taught, language(s) taught, and a short biography. It should also have all the required documents from the Submission Guidelines section below. Submission for this award needs to be in a WORD doc, Times New Roman, 12 point, double spaced. Needs to be in the order of what is required for consideration.
Candidates must submit their portfolio electronically.
Late or incomplete submissions will NOT be considered; submissions are due by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on the date given.
It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that they have met the requirements included here when they submit their portfolio. The awards director does not review portfolios to make sure they meet the requirements listed below.
The following checklist contains all requirements for submission.
* Professional colleague can not be a parent of a student
** Parent can not be a colleague or supervisor
* Please have appropriate releases for student work and provide a copy.
PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW
All portfolios will be carefully reviewed by the selection committee, which will conduct interviews at the FFLA Conference. This year, nominees will be interviewed via a meeting in person with the current and previous TOYs during the conference (we will inform you). Because the FFLA TOY is not only a great teacher, but also a spokesperson for our profession, the interview is an essential part of the selection process.
As part of the interview, the candidates will answer 4-5 questions from the selection committee with a 2-3-minute response. The questions may cover such topics as: culture/standards in the classroom, professional involvement, value of language learning, challenges and successes in world language teaching, trends in language teaching. Applicants should be well versed in the Discover Languages initiative, National Standards and the 21st Century Skills Map.
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
The FFLA Teacher of the Year selection will be named at the FFLA annual conference. FFLA’s Teacher of the Year will go on to represent our region at the annual SCOLT Conference.