K-12 Award for World Language Instruction Using Technology

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ACTFL/IALLT Award for Excellence in World Language Instruction Using Technology (K-12)

The ACTFL/IALLT Award for Excellence in World Language Instruction Using Technology (K-12) is presented annually to recognize excellence in the integration and use of technology in world language instruction at the K-12 level. These awards are the outgrowth of collaboration between ACTFL and the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT).

The recipients each receive a $500 cash award.

Procedur​es for Nomination

  1. Nominations and self-nominations may be made only by ACTFL members.
  2. The nomination dossier must include the following documents (in order):
    1. A simple cover letter introducing the nominee and the other dossier materials to follow from the school or institution, or in the case of self-nominations by instructors, a nominating letter from an officer of the school or institution.
    2. Curriculum vitae of the candidate (not to exceed 10 pages).
    3. Evidence should include rationale for a technology-enhanced approach to language teaching, objectives, and specific strategies using technology that contribute to the attainment of the course goals within the framework of the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Three (3) letters of support clearly explaining the rationale for the choice of this candidate.
    4. Other supporting documentation not to exceed 10 pages (e.g., photos, artifacts from teaching, evidence of leadership, etc.) Supporting documentation may include letters from students, colleagues, school or institutional officers, and student course evaluations.
  3. Complete nomination dossiers must be submitted to ACTFL in one PDF file by the deadline. Any media documentation must be included in the PDF as an openly accessible link.
  4. No member or officer of the ACTFL Board of Directors may write a letter of support for any award nominee or actively shepherd the nomination of an award candidate. If a dossier packet is resubmitted that contains a support letter written prior to the establishment of these guidelines, that letter will be removed from the packet by the Committee Chair.
  5. No member or officer of the ACTFL Board of Directors, or contracted employee is eligible for nomination for any award while holding these positions.

Criteria for Eligibility (Checklist)

  • Both classroom teachers and administrators are eligible for the award.
  • The recipient must be a current ACTFL member.
  • The recipients must have a minimum of five years’ teaching experience with at least half of each year's assignment in the area of world language education.
  • Dossier includes introductory cover letter, CV, maximum of three letters of support, and supporting documentation combined into one PDF file.

Procedures for the Selection Committee

  1. The award selection committee will be chaired by a member of ACTFL, who will be appointed by the ACTFL Past President. The chair will serve in a non-voting capacity.
  2. As soon as possible after the deadline for submission of nominations, the Committee Chair will circulate copies of the nomination dossiers to members of the committee.
  3. Committee members rate and rank the dossiers using the rubric and return their ratings and rankings to the Committee Chair by the date specified.
  4. At the discretion of the Committee, the award may or may not be presented during a given year.
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