NJ Teacher Of the Year Award (TOY)

Nominate a colleague for NJ TOY

Deadline: December 1

Is there a talented, devoted New Jersey world language teacher who you feel deserves special recognition? Nominate that person today at the state level and he or she may go on to compete for the regional Teacher of the Year award! Each year, the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages selects one teacher from among its state associations to represent the region. That winner then competes to become the ACTFL Teacher of the Year at the national level.Each year, the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages selects one teacher from among its state associations to represent the region. That winner then competes to become the ACTFL Teacher of the Year at the national level. So the process starts here and now – consider nominating a teacher or submit your own application to represent New Jersey today! Deadline is December 1. The following list details what is required for a complete application. ALL materials must be submitted electronically and as a group to njtoy@flenj.org:

  1. Letter of recommendation from a professional colleague
  2. Letter of recommendation from a supervisor
  3. Letter of recommendation from a current or former parent or student
  4. Curriculum Vitae of no more than five (5) pages.
  5. Five-hundred-word (500) first-person statement on the value of learning language and culture.
  6. Examples of Student Work (two individual examples, one page and one-sided only) that reflect the goals of the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (5C’s). These can be written examples or in a digital format.
  7. Reflection on the student work not to exceed 4 pages (Size 12 font, double-spaced) total for both examples that provides a written reflection about these student examples and how they:
    • demonstrate current best practices of language teaching and learning, including the integration of the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (5 C’s);
    • encourage the proficient use of the target language by the teacher and students;
    • provide the effective use of feedback, including but not limited to rubrics.
  8. Completed Commitment form which is a statement of willingness to participate in all required activities associated with the award including:
    • a commitment to attend the respective regional conference for a personal interview (The regional organization or state association may provide reimbursement of some expenses);
    • if selected as the regional winner, a commitment to attend the ACTFL Annual Convention (hotel, registration, and transportation are paid by ACTFL);
    • willingness to serve as a spokesperson for the profession, based on availability.
Recent NJ TOY
Caleb Howard

Caleb Howard

“Participating in the Teacher Of The Year application process has been life-changing because it’s forced me to carve out enough time for one of the most important works a teacher can do: reflect. Through essay writing, the development of student work portfolios and preparing for interviews, I’ve tapped into passions (that I never realized I had), pedagogical convictions (that are a driving force behind my practice), and love (for my diverse students and who they can become). The uncanny thing is that ACTFL knew that my students and I would be profoundly enriched by my participation in their Teacher Of The Year program. That’s why I’m grateful for the vision, leadership and support that ACTFL, NECTFL and FLENJ offer through their programs and cutting-edge resources. My advice to all foreign language teachers is to apply. Pick a year, set some goals and plan to apply at some point in your career. Even if you don’t win, I’d wager that you won’t regret the profound effects that will be immediately seen in your practice, your students and your life.”

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