The Language Connects Foundation (LCF), a new not-for-profit supported by ACTFL, in partnership with Klett World Languages are thrilled to announce the launch of the inaugural LCF/Klett Award for Sustainable Development Education in the World Language Classroom. This exciting initiative aims to celebrate and reward K-12 educators, higher education educators, and college or university students who have effectively integrated United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their classroom curriculum and projects, and through these efforts promote global awareness and social responsibility among their students and peers.
The LCF/Klett Award for Sustainable Development Education in the World Language Classroom will award $1,000 each to a K-12 educator, an educator from higher education, and one college or university student. Awardees will have demonstrated excellence in promoting sustainable programs and initiatives that are diverse, inclusive, and encourage meaningful communication to foster global citizenship in and out of the classroom.
"We are proud to sponsor this award, recognizing the efforts of those who are making a difference in the world language classroom by promoting global awareness and social responsibility among their students and peers," said Klett World Languages' Marketing Director María Jesús Abilleira, acknowledging the importance of the award in promoting sustainable development education.
Nominations for this prestigious award are currently being accepted through June 30, 2023. Winners will be announced at the ACTFL Professional Awards Ceremony during the 2023 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Chicago.
LCF Director Kit Hall expressed gratitude to Klett World Languages for their generous support of this innovative award. “We are delighted to partner with Klett World Languages to highlight the critical importance of global citizenship and social responsibility among language students and educators so to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. Klett has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to issues of sustainability, which align well with the goals of both ACTFL and, in particular, the Language Connects Foundation.”