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ACTFL Recognizes Achievements in Language Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jessica Taylor
(703) 894-2900 x119

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Achievements in Language Education Awards and 2018 Appreciation of Service Awards.

While the Appreciation of Service Awards recognizes individuals for their leadership within the ACTFL community, as well as collaboration and advocacy in language education, the esteemed Language Education Awards recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of language education. All awards were presented during an awards ceremony on Friday, November 16, at the 2018 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in New Orleans.

The following Language Education Awards were given:

  • Global Engagement Award: Project LAURA – Latin American Unaccompanied Minor and Refugee Assistance
  • ACTFL/CENGAGE Learning Faculty Development Programs Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology with IALLT (Postsecondary): Amber H. Navarre, Boston University, Massachusetts 
  • ACTFL-NYSAFLT Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education: Cherice Montgomery, Brigham Young University, Utah
  • ACTFL-NFMLTA/MLJ Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education: Paulina Maczuga, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Mary Grantham O’Brien, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Johannes Knaus, Max Planck Digital Library, Munich, Germany
  • ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (K–12): Toni Theisen, Thompson School District, Colorado
  • ACTFL Wilga Rivers Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (Postsecondary): Elizabeth Bernhardt, Stanford University, California
  • ACTFL-NFMLTA/MLJ Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education: Ines A. Martin, United States Naval Academy, Maryland
  • ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in The Teaching of Culture: Diana Ruggiero, University of Memphis, Tennessee 
  • ACTFL Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology with IALLT (K–12): Leslie Davison, Summit High School, Colorado
  • ACTFL Melba D. Woodruff Award for Exemplary Elementary Foreign Language Program: Canyons School District, Canyons School District, Utah
  • ACTFL/Leo Benardo Award for Innovation In K–12 Language Education: Akash Patel, Dallas Independent School District, Texas
  • ACTFL Edwin Cudecki Award for Support for Language Education: Senator Howard Stephenson, Utah’s 11th District

Learn more about ACTFL’s professional awards.

The following Appreciation of Service Awards were given:

  • Aleidine Moeller, 2018 ACTFL President
  • Susann Davis, Member, 2018 ACTFL Board of Directors
  • Helga Fasciano, Member, 2018 ACTFL Board of Directors
  • Erin Kearney, Member, 2018 ACTFL Board of Directors
  • Fernando Rubio, Member, 2018 ACTFL Board of Directors
  • William C. Anderson, Member, 2018 ACTFL Board of Directors
  • Paul Toth, Member of the Editorial Board of Foreign Language Annals, 2010-2018
  • Joann Hammadou Sullivan, Member of the Editorial Board of Foreign Language Annals, 2010-2018
  • Celebrating ten years of collaboration: Multicampus, LTI, and ACTFL, 2008-2018

About ACTFL:
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 13,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Date: 
Friday, November 16, 2018