The award for the National Language Teacher of the Year 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. The award also recognizes best practices and excellence in the teaching and learning of foreign languages
The National Language Teacher of the Year process begins at the state level with the state language organizations selecting a top candidate each year whose application is then submitted to the regional level. The finalist for each of the five regions then competes at the national level. The process outlined below at each level is designed to facilitate the development of the portfolio used in the evaluation process by requiring certain items at each level of competition leading toward the complete portfolio required at the national level. This process is intended to incrementally add the required elements of the portfolio at each level to encourage broad participation while having sufficient evidence from candidates of their teaching accomplishments and ability to represent the language profession. ACTFL will supply the forms and samples needed so that candidates understand what is required at each level. In addition, there is a detailed explanation of the portfolio items on the ACTFL website.
Each state may submit ONE candidate with endorsement from the state organization. State organizations may submit a candidate to only one regional organization. SCOLT has waived the registration fee for the state nominee participating in the selection process at the 2017 conference and will pay $100 toward transportation/accommodation costs.
For all submissions, you will receive confirmation via e-mail immediately upon receipt. Contact Thomas Soth at the email listed above if you need assistance.
Candidates are encouraged to use Dropbox to submit their portfolios. Click for details explaining how to share folders with others at Dropbox.
A basic introduction to Dropbox is also available on the site.
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 the application.
The first page must be the Nomination Cover Page, completed by an officer of the state language association (normally the president or executive director of the state association). Click here to download a pdf copy of the Nomination Cover Page. It is the candidate's responsibility to secure this form from his/her state leadership.
* Please have appropriate releases for student work.
The entire portfolio (when submitted to ACTFL) must not exceed 30 pages. We assume that for the regional submissions, it should be between 20-25 pages. You may complete the rest of the pages after you are chosen as the SCOLT World Languages Teacher of the Year.
NOTE: Candidates will NOT be required to submit a video to SCOLT, but upon selection by SCOLT, the candidate will need to submit a video teaching segment to ACTFL. For ACTFL this includes a detailed lesson plan and a 20 minute continuous, unedited video segment of that lesson plan being used in an actual classroom setting that demonstrates target language communication and a variety of instructional strategies. The video should not be professionally produced or edited and should be filmed during the current academic year.
All portfolios will be made available electronically to the full selection committee, which is typically composed of past SCOLT Teacher of the Year winners, as well as higher education faculty. Portfolios will be carefully reviewed by the committee, who will conduct interviews on-site at the SCOLT Conference. This year, state nominees will be interviewed at the 2017 SCOLT Conference in Orlando in the afternoon of Thursday, March 16, 2017. Because the ACTFL Teacher of the Year 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:
The 2017 SCOLT World Languages Teacher of the Year selection will be named during the conference in Orlando, FL on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the SCOLT Opening General Session. SCOLT's World Languages Teacher of the Year Representative will go on to represent our region at the ACTFL Conference in Nashville, TN from November 17-19, 2017. ACTFL covers all conference related costs for the regional nominees.