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Institutional Excellence Award

January 28th, 2017

Institutional Excellence Award

Due Date: February 15, 2017

Notification: March 6, 2016

Award Ceremony: May 12, 2017 at the SSTESOL Conference

Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions of K-12 schools and Higher Education institutions to the field of Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages, Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, Bilingual Education, Intensive English, Applied Linguistics and other related fields

Who’s Eligible: Florida K-12 schools and Higher Educational institutions

Award: $500.00 and a recognition certificate to each (1) K-12 school & (1) higher educational institution

  1. Nomination Process: A nominator will write a one-page letter of nomination, which describes the positive contributions and achievements of the nominee through programs, initiatives, activities, and events that reflect their mission and have significantly impacted the institution’s effectiveness and growth in TESOL.
  2. Supporting documentation (required): The K-12 School or Higher Education institution will send a one page narrative and evidence for each criteria in Word format (New Times Roman or Arial. Font size: 12) focusing on the criteria for this award. The accomplishments must demonstrate evidence of:
  • The institution’s or school’s mission related to TESOL and how the institution or school is enacting its purpose.
  • How the school or institution empowers and inspires teachers or faculty as well as other professionals within the institution or school.
  • Ways to engage others in professional development and student learning.
  • Demonstration of professional and financial support.
  • Contributions to the development and expansion of program activities and initiatives; and
  • Continuing professional development.
  1. Letter of Support: A letter from the institution’s President, Dean or Department Head or School Principal in support of the contributions of the department is required.
  2. Letter of Recommendation: One additional letter of recommendation from the President or designee of the institution or the School Superintendent, School Principal, or designee (one page maximum) providing information relevant to the factors above.

Click here to submit your application letter and required attachments! or email them to awardschair@sstesol.org

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SSTESOL Research Grant

February 3rd, 2015

SSTESOL Research Award

Due Date: Feb 16th, 2017

Purpose: To support graduate studies in the field of TESOL, Bilingual Education, or related fields.

Who’s Eligible: All current Sunshine State TESOL members who are enrolled in a TESOL, TEFL, Linguistics, or related graduate program at an accredited institution in the state of FL and who are currently completing a master’s or doctoral thesis or a substantial research paper relevant to the fields of ESL, EFL, Applied linguistics, or a related field.

Award: One award of $500.

Guidelines & Criteria: Applications are evaluated in terms of (a) reasons for pursuing graduate studies in the field, (b) stage of program completion and (c) financial need. Preference is given to students who are within one year of program completion.

To Apply: Submit the following online at www.sstesol.org: a) a two-page (maximum) letter of application including, an explanation of your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in ESL/EFL/applied linguistics or a related field, expected completion date, and a statement from your academic supervisor/advisor/dissertation chair/faculty member confirming that you will complete your program within one year; and b) a current curriculum vitae and 50-word bio-data summary.

Follow up: Awardees will be expected to submit a blog post or brief essay outlining what you hope to do upon completion of graduate studies within one year of receiving the award.

Click here to submit your application letter and required attachments! or email them to awardschair@sstesol.org

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SSTESOL Teacher Mini-Grants

February 5th, 2013

SSTESOL Teacher Mini-Grants

Do you have a great idea for an innovative language-learning project but need some money to make it happen?  Sunshine State TESOL (SSTESOL) is accepting applications for its ESOL Teacher Mini-Grants, small cash awards designed to help teachers enrich their curriculum with fun and exciting activities and programs.

Due Date: Feb 16th , 2017

Purpose: To provide funding for projects or professional development activities which directly enrich students’ language, academic, and/or cultural learning experiences

Who’s Eligible: ESOL teachers/instructors who teach at non-profit public or private institutions in the state of Florida. Applicants must also be members of Sunshine State TESOL.

Award: Grant awards will vary, but will average $250 and may not exceed $500

Criteria:
The Grant Review Committee will review each applicant using the following criteria:
• Is the application readily understandable in lay language? (Tip: Ask a non-educator to critique
your application)
• Is the proposed project an innovative solution to the stated problem or issue?
• Is the statement of purpose and the procedure for doing the proposed project clear?
• Is the project realistic in terms of what is expected to be accomplished?
• Are the project activities will planned, specific, and directly related to the project goals?
• Is there active student involvement? Do the students clearly benefit?
• Are the plans for evaluating the project realistic and measurable?
• Is the budget request reasonable and sufficiently detailed?
• To what extent does this project make a positive contribution to meeting students’ needs and motivating them to learn?

Guidelines
The ESOL Teacher Mini-Grants Program will provide funding for projects or professional development activities, which directly enrich students’ language, academic, and cultural learning experiences. ESOL learners may be of any age and enrolled in a school program or a program funded by a non-profit organization.
Successful applicants will be required make a presentation at the next annual conference or submit an article about their projects to SSTESOL’s website/blog or journal within one year.

ESOL Teacher Mini-Grants are announced at the annual conference after consideration of all applications by a Grant Review Committee composed of representatives of SSTESOL. Proposals will be reviewed on a competitive basis and a limited number will be funded; certain geographical criteria will be used to ensure distribution of grants throughout the state.

Because one of the main purposes of the mini-grants is to encourage proposals by new applicants, past recipients of mini-grants are ineligible (as individuals or as a member of a team) to reapply for a period of two years. Following this “time out” period, past recipients are welcome to submit applications.

Important Considerations
• Each teacher or group may submit only one proposal. Collaboration is encouraged. All applicants must be members of SSTESOL and currently teaching ESOL in Florida.
• Grants cannot be used to pay school salaries, substitute teacher costs, or personal honorariums for the applicant
• Grants cannot be used to purchase equipment over $100. All equipment purchased must be integral to the project and clearly justified in the proposal.
• Expenditures for food, awards, rewards, software, consultants and/or field trips will only be considered if the item is an integral and vital component of a larger strategy.
• Grants may be used to supplement expenditures normally supported by state, district, or federal revenues.
• Project funds must be spent within in school year that they are received unless special permission is granted. A final project and expense report is required.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Title

Your Institution

Your Mailing Address

Your Phone Number

Are you currently a Sunshine State TESOL member?
YesNo

Where do you teach? (School Name, City, State)

What is the title of your Mini Grant Project?

Detailed Explanation: Please give a detailed explanation of your project here (no more than one page). Be sure to list your Rationale. Why is this project needed? What you want to do? What benefits are expected and why? Who will this project serve? How do you intend to use the funds?

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SSTESOL Outstanding Educator Award

February 5th, 2013

Download Application information here SSTESOL Outstanding Educator Award

Click here to submit your application!

Due Date:  March 15, 2013

Award Ceremony: May 17, 2013 SSTESOL Conference, Orlando, FL

Award Notification: April 15, 2013

Purpose: To honor TESOL/Bilingual Education professionals considered outstanding by their colleagues.

Who’s Eligible: Professional educators, administrators, or support staff with at least 5 years of experience in the field of ESOL in Florida.

Award: $500.00 USD each to (1) K-12 & (1) higher education professional

Nomination Process:  A nominator will write a one-page letter of nomination, which describes the accomplishments of the nominee, especially highlighting achievements, which show the nominee to be the kind of ESOL professional who should be recognized for excellence.  Additional information should be included to provide evidence of the criteria listed below:

  • Ability to motivate and inspire students as well as other professionals in the field;
  • A talent for engaging others in learning;
  • Exceptional professional service outside the classroom;
  • Involvement with professional colleagues/organizations; and
  • Continuing professional development.

Recommendation Letter:  One additional letter of recommendation (one page maximum) will be submitted, providing information relevant to the factors above.

Supporting documentation: The nominee will send a vita or resume and a written statement (500 words max) focusing on:

  • Reasons for becoming an ESOL professional
  • Professional philosophy
  • Plans for further education and other creative endeavors, or activities that will enhance your role in the field of language education

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Arnhilda Badia Outstanding Student Award

February 5th, 2013

Arnhilda Badia Outstanding Student Award

 

Due Date:  February 16, 2017

Award Ceremony: May, 2017, SSTESOL Conference, West Palm Beach, FL

Award Notification: April 1, 2017

Purpose: To honor outstanding high school students who achieved academic excellence while learning English as a second language.

Who’s Eligible: High school seniors enrolled in a public school in the state of Florida. Must be accepted to an accredited college or university for fall 2017.

Award: 2 awards at $500.00 USD each

  1. Award Process: Applicant will write a (min) one-page letter of request, which describes the applicant’s academic experiences (including ESOL), highlighting personal and academic challenges and achievements.  Additional information should be included that outlines the applicant’s future educational goal(s), and how this award will be used to pursue that goal.
  2. Recommendation Letter: One letter of recommendation from a current or former teacher will be submitted, providing information relevant to the factors above.
  3. Follow-up: Awardees agree to maintain contact with the SSTESOL President/Board of Directors for up to one year. If feasible and schedule permitting, awardees will attend the 2017 SSTESOL Awards Ceremony to update the organization on their academic pursuits.

 

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SSTESOL Conference Travel Grant

January 16th, 2013

Travel Grant

Due Date: Feb 16, 2017

Award Notification: Feb 28th, 2017 – Award given at SSTESOL Conference

Purpose: To provide financial support for teachers, paraprofessionals, parent liaison and/or graduate students currently involved in TESOL, TEFL, Bilingual Education, Applied Linguistics or a related field.

Who’s Eligible: Any of the above pre-service or in-service professionals a) who have not been awarded a SSTESOL travel grant in the past two years and b) who will not be receiving support from their own institution to attend the 2017 Sunshine State TESOL Conference.

Award: $400 (10 awards will be given this year)

Guidelines & Criteria:

  • You must be a member of Sunshine State TESOL. (If you are not a current member, you can get your membership here)
  • Only complete applications submitted by Feb 16th, 2017 will be considered. Complete applications consist of the application form and required essay that can be found below
  • Recipients must participate in the entire conference.
  • Recipients must provide a post-conference write-up of about 200-300 words regarding their conference experience. This document must be provided no later than two weeks post-conference and should include summaries of sessions attended, new ideas learned from the conference, and/or personal reflections on the SSTESOL conference experience.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Title

Your Institution

Your Mailing Address

Your Phone Number

Are you currently a Sunshine State TESOL member?
YesNo

Have you ever attended a Sunshine State TESOL Conference?
YesNo

Have you submitted a proposal to present at the 2015 SST Conference?
YesNo

If yes, what is the title of your presentation?

Has your proposal been accepted?
YesNoDon't Know

If you are school personnel, where do you teach? (School Name, City, State)

If you are currently a graduate student, where are you studying? (Institution, City, State)

Are you involved in your local chapter of Sunshine State TESOL? If so, in what capacity?

Essay: In no more than 400 words, explain how attending the SSTESOL conference will enhance your professional development and allow you to better serve the ESOL population in Florida.

I AGREE TO ATTEND THE ENTIRE CONFERENCE AND TO SUBMIT A SUMMARY OF MY EXPERIENCES (AS OUTLINED IN THE CRITERIA) TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE SSTESOL MESSENGER AND/OR ONLINE FORUMS.

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