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Former Springfield Foreign Language Director to Receive Coveted Nelson Brooks Award in NYC

CONTACT: Northeast Conference
at Dickinson College
PO Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896


Carlisle, PA - Dr. Kathleen M. Riordan of Springfield has been selected to receive the Nelson H. Brooks award for leadership in the foreign language profession by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL). The honor will be presented to Dr. Riordan on March 31, 2006 during the organization’s annual conference at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

NECTFL is an association serving educators in all languages and at all levels of instruction. In existence since the 1940s, it is the largest regional of its kind in the U.S. Some 2,500 language professionals attend NECTFL’s annual conference each year.

At each annual Conference since 1968, the Northeast Conference Board of Directors has honored a member of the profession for distinguished service and leadership. Since 1978 the award has been given in honor of Nelson H. Brooks who was nationally recognized for his work on the role of culture in foreign language education, for his writing, and for exemplary leadership.

During her tenure as Director of Foreign Languages (1978-2002) for the Springfield Public Schools, Dr. Riordan specialized in developing critical language programs and creating professional development in-service for her staff; she also spearheaded pilot site programs on alternative authentic and performance-based assessment. Dr. Riordan directed international visitor programs and encouraged the use of technology in foreign language learning.

When notified of this award, she commented,” I feel that I have been very fortunate and privileged in my work; I was honored to work with the devoted and innovative foreign language teachers in the Springfield Public Schools.  These professionals work everyday to bring languages and cultures to the lives of children in this urban district, and in doing so change their lives forever.”

Dr. Riordan currently works as a private national consultant and gives workshop presentations on foreign language topics. She also develops and reviews foreign language materials. Her consultant assignments have included the Massachusetts State Department of Education, the College Board, the United States Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also reviews articles for local, regional and national journals.

Dr. Riordan is a graduate of the ElmsCollege, did graduate work at AssumptionCollege in Worcester, SpringfieldCollege and received her Ed.D in Educational Administration from UMASS/Amherst.




Wednesday, February 1, 2006