Per the ACTFL website, “The proposal to establish a national award for Foreign Language Teacher of the Year is intended to elevate the status of our professional at the state, regional, and national levels by creating opportunities for recognizing the most accomplished members of our profession. First and foremost, this proposal is designed to involve all of our state, regional and national organizations in promoting our profession. Second, it is intended to create as many media opportunities as possible to increase the visibility of the importance of learning languages and cultures to the general public.” Learn more about the ACTFL TOY program.
This ACTFL national award is intended to elevate the status of our profession at the state, regional, and national levels by creating opportunities for recognizing the most accomplished members of our profession. The Illinois awardee becomes a regional candidate for the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) Teacher of the Year Award. The CSCTFL recipient is one of the five national ACTFL Finalists who has the opportunity to be named the ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year.
Past ICTFL Paul T Griffith Award recipients have been honored by the Governor, recognized at ISBE events, have represented ICTFL in Washington D.C. at Language Advocacy Day and have gone on to be named both CSCTFL Regional and ACTFL National awardees.