Grants and Awards


Each year MCTLC recognizes the extraordinary work of language teachers and advocates at the Annual Fall Conference in October. 

How to nominate:
To nominate a student, organization or business, or pre-service, beginning, or veteran teacher this year:
  1. complete the initial nomination form here AND
  2. email all required supporting documents in Word or PDF by June 15 to awards@mctlc.org
*Exceptions to this process are noted.


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Future Language Educator

Awardees are college or university foreign language methodology and pre-service teachers who attend the MCTLC Fall Conference in October at a reduced rate. In return, they agree to volunteer and participate in the conference. Simply register for the conference as a Future Language Educator.


Outstanding Student Teacher Award

In recognition of outstanding service and extraordinary potential in providing excellent instruction in the world language classroom by a student teacher of a world language in Minnesota. The student teacher may be nominated by a cooperative teacher or university methods professor.

Criteria:
  1. Outstanding service and potential as a student teacher.
  2. Completion of student-teaching during the preceding academic year.
Submit:
  1. A letter of nomination from cooperating teacher and/or university methods professor.
  2. A letter of recomendation of the candidate from a methods instructor or cooperating teacher.


Student Service Award

In recognition of a significant contribution to others by voluntarily using ESL or second-language skills in Minnesota. The nominator must be a current member of MCTLC, but not a voting member of the Executive Board.

Criteria:
  1. Nominee must be a student in Minnesota during the year of nomination;
  2. Use of developing ESL or second language skills to make a significant contribution to others;
  3. Service was voluntary (it was not a class assignment or requirement);
  4. Reliable service and dedication to others for a year or more during the experience; and
  5. Advancement of nominee’s ESL or second-language skills through the experience.
Submit with the permission of the nominee:
  1. Two letters of support for the nominee, one each from:
    • a world-language teacher
    • someone who has benefited from the nominee’s service
  2. A statement of nomination describing the nominee’s experience, especially how the experience related to the nominee’s use of his/her developing ESL or second-language skills and how it benefited others.


First-Time Attendee Scholarship

MCTLC is pleased to offer five (5) first-time attendee fall conference scholarships to world language teachers.

A teacher may self-nominate or may be nominated by a colleague or administrator.

Criteria:
  1. Nominee must be currently teaching a world language;
  2. Nominee must be a first-time attendee to an MCTLC Fall Conference; and
  3. Nominee must be a paid regular member of MCTLC upon nomination.
DEADLINE: September 15



Early Career Award

In recognition of outstanding promise in providing excellence in instruction in the world-language classroom by a first-year language teacher in Minnesota. Any current member of MCTLC may nominate a first-year teacher.

Criteria:
  1. Excellence in instruction and outstanding promise;
  2. Prospective completion of first year of teaching by June of nomination year;
  3. A continuing commitment to the world-language classroom; and
  4. Membership in MCTLC upon nomination.

Click here to begin the nomination.


Minnesota Teacher of the Year

This award represents the first step for the Teacher of the Year Award at the national level as awarded by ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Languages and Cultures). The 

Minnesota winner will be nominated to the Central States Teacher of the Year selection process.  If the Minnesota winner is chosen as one of five regional finalists, he/she will proceed to the national competition. Anyone interested in earning this award should familiarize themselves with the portfolio requirements at the regional level which can be found HERE.

In order to be considered for this award at the state level, the following documents are required:

  1. Letter of Nomination and Recommendation submitted by a representative of the state organization. This can be downloaded from the ACTFL Teacher of the Year website.
  2. Letter of recommendation from an administrator.
  3. Letter of recommendation from a current or former parent or student.
  4. Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae of no more than five pages.
  5. A 500 word first-person statement on the value of learning language and culture.  Sample statements can be found on the ACTFL website
  6. A letter of commitment to complete and submit all items required for the final portfolio to the regional committee by December 15. 

    Click here to begin the nomination.


    Emma Birkmaier Award for Outstanding Language Educator

    In recognition of outstanding service and support for world languages and cultures by someone within the language-teaching profession in Minnesota.

    The nominator need not be an MCTLC member.

    Criteria:

    1. Sustained involvement in the teaching of world languages and cultures;
    2. Significant impact on MCTLC or on the teaching of world languages in Minnesota;
    3. Significant service to or support for the language-teaching profession;
    4. Three consecutive years of membership in MCTLC, including the current year of nomination; and
    5. Ten years of membership in MCTLC, not necessarily consecutive.
    The nominee is:
    • a Minnesota language teacher.
    • not a current voting member of the MCTLC Board
    • considered a major contributor to the profession.
    Submit:
    1. Curriculum Vitæ or Résumé
    2. Full name and complete home contact information for nominator and nominee
    3. Four letters of support for the nominee, one each from:
    • an administrator
    • a current colleague
    • a student or parent
    • a world-language professional who works outside of the nominee’s current institution

    Click here to begin the nomination.


    Pro Lingua Award

    In recognition of outstanding service to and support of education in world languages and cultures by a person or Minnesota organization/business that is not a world-language educator.

    Any current MCTLC member may nominate an organization or business which is not managed or owned by self.

    Criteria:
    1. A large contribution to the teaching of languages and cultures;
    2. Significant support for the language teaching profession; and
    3. Important service to or support for the language-teaching profession.
    The nominee is:
    • a Minnesota organization or person that is not a world language educator
    • not a current voting member of the MCTLC Board
    Submit with the permission of the nominee:
    1. One letter of support for the nominee or nominated entity which also includes a description of pertinent contributions
    2. Full name and complete contact information for nominator and nominee


    Percy Fearing Award for Language Curriculum Development

    In recognition of excellence in the creative development of instructional materials for teaching world languages and cultures by a classroom teacher in Minnesota.

    The nominator need not be a member.

    Criteria:
    1. Reasonable and clearly stated learner outcomes;
    2. Quality design and structure;
    3. Readily understandable, meaningful content;
    4. Appropriate use of the target language;
    5. Varied activities for authentic communication;
    6. Varied and appropriate assessment which is aligned with teaching materials;
    7. Originality and adaptability to other languages;
    8. Three consecutive years of membership in MCTLC, including the current year of nomination; and
    9. Five years of membership in MCTLC (not necessarily consecutive).
    Nominee is:
    • a classroom teacher in Minnesota
    • not a current voting member of the MCTLC Board
    • the main author of the unit(s) of excellence
    Submit with the permission of the nominee:
    1. One letter of support for the nominee
    2. The complete unit(s) of excellence
    3. Full name and complete home contact information for nominator and nominee
    **Special Note**
    Awardees are encouraged to present their unit(s) to the MCTLC membership, either via the Fall Conference, the MCTLC Newsletter or another publication.

    Professional Service Award

    In recognition of service to students and the profession through provision of a quality language program by language educator retired from a school in Minnesota.

    Criteria:
    1. Professional achievements/activities;
    2. Dedication to the language-education profession;
    3. Minimum of ten years of experience in education; and
    4. Minimum of five years of membership in MCTLC.


    Certificate of Recognition

    In recognition of a significant contribution to students and/or the profession by a language educator in Minnesota.

    Criteria:
    1. Professional achievements/activities;
    2. Dedication to students and/or the language-education profession;
    3. Minimum of five years of experience in education; and
    4. Minimum of five years of membership in MCTLC.



    Department of Excellence

    Departments of Excellence have 100% membership participation in MCTLC. While membership alone does not assure commitment, affiliation can be the first step to a rich, professional experience. This program is open to schools at all levels (Pre-K through post secondary).



    STAR Award

    The four STAR areas, Study, Travel, Achievement and Recognition, of professionalism represent continued professional development in learning outside the classroom, striving to excel, and showing leadership in professional organizations. Any educator may submit their accomplishments for recognition.

    Criteria:

    1. Current World Language educator in a Minnesota elementary school, a junior high/middle school, or in a secondary, post-secondary or four-year institution,  
    2. Current member of the MCTLC
    3. Compile 100 points from the previous academic year. Please attach a second page if additional lines are needed.

    For recognition, complete the STAR Award worksheet and email to awards@mctlc.org.


    ISE Language Matters Award

    Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) is pleased to make available to MCTLC a special recognition award for its membership. The ISE Language Matters Award is to be granted to a high school teacher through a nomination and selection process determined by MCTLC. No prior association or experience with ISE is required of the nominee.

    The ISE Language Matters Award shall consist of a framed award certificate and a $250 grant. ISE will make the award presentation in person at the MCTLC Fall Conference. 

    Criteria:

    1. High school world language teacher;
    2. Has achieved outstanding success in students' use of the target language through exemplary motivation and creative methods;
    3. Has provided authentic immersion experiences outside the classroom for students to apply their speaking skills; 
    4. Has been a member of MCTLC for three consecutive years, including the current year;
    5. A teacher may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague.

    Submit with the permission of the nominee:

    1. An essay of the nominee's philosophy on the importance of providing students with authentic immersion experiences.
    2. Evidence of student immersion experiences or examples of the programs to prepare students for the immersion experiences such as trip itineraries, sample of units/lesson plans, etc.
    3. A letter from a former or current student addressing the teacher’s impact in the classroom and the value of the immersion experience.
    4. A letter of recommendation from a colleague or supervisor which addresses the teacher’s commitment to excellence in the classroom, immersion experiences, and to a global education.

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