AWARDS DESCRIPTIONS

Awards and scholarships applications are due January 15, 2017 except where otherwise specified. Online application & nomination forms can be found clicking here: Application/Nomination Forms. Be sure to check the specific requirements for each award, scholarship or grant. Questions should be sent to slperun@aol.com or to Tanya at exec-director@clta.net.

Outstanding Teacher Award

The Outstanding Teacher Award is bestowed on a world languages and culture educator who exemplifies exceptional qualities which demonstrate passion for teaching and learning. Affiliates and CLTA members may nominate a CLTA member colleague for Outstanding Teacher. There may be one or more Outstanding Teachers per year; awards are granted on the basis of evidence-based qualifications. The Awards Committee will not consider self-nominations. CLTA Board members may not nominate for this award. Click on title for requirements.

California World Language Project Teacher Leader Award

This award is presented by the California World Language Project to the individual who in addition to being an outstanding teacher, has made a significant contribution to world language and culture teacher training and/or professional development, and is considered a leader in the profession. Affiliates and individuals may nominate CLTA members. The Awards Committee will not consider self-nominations. CLTA Board members may not nominate for this award. Click on title for requirements.

The Hal Wingard Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual’s dedication and commitment to the language teaching profession over an extended period of time. Nominees must meet strict criteria. It is intended to be awarded only when there is a deserving candidate, even if there are multiple applicants, and no more than once per year. The award is named for the founder and first Executive Director, a life-long embodiment of the spirit of CLTA.
Hal was the innovator and creator of the Summer Seminar, the LangAbroD travel award, and many other CLTA programs. Affiliates and CLTA members may nominate. Click on title for requirements.

The Lorraine D’Ambruoso Award for Meritorious Service to the Profession

This award recognizes an individual who has rendered extraordinary service over time to the profession AND to CLTA. Nominees must meet strict criteria. It is intended to be awarded only when there is a deserving candidate, even if there are multiple applicants, and no more than once per year. This award is named for our second Executive Director and CLTA past president, Lorraine D’Ambruoso, who not only exemplified best practices and innovative, engaging teaching for decades, but who also served in district and organizational leadership capacities, and who continues to serve CLTA and many other language and culture organizations, including her current position as Co-Convener of the CLTA/CWLP Summer Seminar at Santa Barbara. As you can see, Lorraine is a tireless advocate for language teaching and learning. Affiliates and CLTA members may nominate. Click on title for requirements.

President’s Award

This award is given by the President to an outstanding individual, not in the teaching profession, who has shown extraordinary support to language education. Nomination for the award is at the discretion of CLTA’s president, with the approval of CLTA’s board of directors. There is no nomination form, although it is appropriate for members to make recommendations in writing to the president.

Teacher of the Year (TOY)

Each year the Awards Committee chooses a truly extraordinary world language and culture educator who will participate in the Teacher of the Year program. The CLTA TOY first competes at the regional level at the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) which is held annually in one of the member states. The winner of the Regional Level goes on to the American Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) level, held at the annual ACTFL Convention & Expo at one of the member states. CLTA TOYs are chosen from a short list of former and current Outstanding Teachers and Teacher Leaders, and others who demonstrate the qualities most likely to be recognized at the Regional and National levels. The winner must submit a professional portfolio, including video, and participate in a rigorous interview process on both levels. The application by CLTA and the portfolio deadline for submission are typically November and January. Self-nominations for this award are not accepted, although suggestions for colleagues, made in writing to the Awards Chair may be considered.

SCHOLARSHIP DESCRIPTIONS

CLTA welcomes and encourages donations to the Scholarship Funds. These scholarships are directly beneficial to world language and cultures teachers who go the extra step to improve their teaching and subject matter knowledge through travel to the target culture. Please consider nominating a deserving colleague for the Memorial, Sidney Gorman or Sylvia Jones Scholarships.

Memorial Scholarship

CLTA established this scholarship to honor Mary DuFort, who served as coordinator of language education in Alameda County. Mrs. DuFort’s contributions to the profession were cut short by her untimely death. It is currently the Memorial Scholarship honoring all our departed colleagues who have had a tremendous impact on our lives, our profession, and the students we touch daily. The scholarship provides financial support to enable one or more members to travel abroad for the purpose of improving their competency and skills in language teaching and augmenting their knowledge of culture and language through travel and/or formal study. Applicants decide on their own study plans, school/program, destination and make their own travel arrangements. Scholarships consist of grants up to $1,000.00. This scholarship is funded through the generous contributions of CLTA members. Click on title for requirements.

Sidney Gorman Endowment Scholarship (for beginning teachers)

Sidney Gorman’s family established this scholarship to honor Sidney, who served as Foreign Language Teacher in Alameda County. Sidney’s contributions to the profession were cut short by her untimely death. She had a tremendous impact on the professional lives of many of our colleagues, especially those new teachers in need of mentoring. The scholarship provides financial support to enable new teachers (who have been teaching for fewer than 5 years) to improve their competency and skills in language teaching and to augment their knowledge of culture and language through participation in either CLTA’s annual statewide conference or other CLTA professional development activity. This scholarship is funded through the generous contributions of Sidney’s family as well as contributions from Sidney’s friends and colleagues in CLTA. The scholarship is generally not more than $200; the amount is determined by the donations.  Click on title for requirements.

Sylvia Jones Legacy Scholarship (for mid-career teachers)

Sylvia Jones was a teacher, a supervisor, a CLTA past president and Conference Coordinator, and California Foreign Language Project (now CWLP) leader, in addition to her other many remarkable achievements. The Sylvia Jones Memorial Scholarship supports one or more mid-career teachers to attend the Summer Seminar each year. Sylvia’s remarkable life is immortalized with this legacy scholarship founded according to her wishes by her husband, Vernon, and her son, Norman. The scholarship provides financial support to teachers who have been teaching languages between 10-20 years. The number of teachers and the amount that each teacher is awarded each year is dependent on revenue generated by the legacy and by contributions. Click on title for requirements.