NNELL Awards

Congratulations to Rep.​ ​Peggy​ ​Mayfield, Assistant​ ​Majority​ Floor ​Leader,​ ​House​ ​of​ ​Representatives​ ​in​ ​the Indiana​ ​General​ ​Assembly for winning the 2017 National Network for Early Language Learning Award for Outstanding Support of Early Language Learning. Please click here to read her award statement.

Congratulations to Representative Peggy Mayfield, Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the Indiana General Assembly, recipient of the 2017 NNELL Award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning.

Please click here to read more about Rep. Mayfields’ contributions to Early Language Learning in her state.

(Representative Mayfield was instrumental is the passage of Indiana SB267 which provided $1 million in funding as seed money to begin world language programs in Indiana´s primary schools.

She guided the process strategically by eliciting the support of the Chairmen of the Education Committees in both the Senate and the House of Representatives and established additional support on both sides of the political aisle in different capacities. When this legislation was finally passed, it actually contained two world language bills: one in support of the seed funds to initiate dual language/immersion world language programs in primary schools and the other in support of the Seal of Biliteracy. The combination was extremely powerful on many levels. The legislation provided financial incentives to initiate dual language and/or immersion programs in kindergarten and first grade AND created a means to recognize the achievement of biliteracy in English and a world language upon graduation from high school.)


awardNNELL Award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning

The NNELL Award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning will be given to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support of early second language learning of languages other than English. Nominees may be actively involved in their efforts in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, the following: principal or other school administrator, district or state school superintendent, classroom teacher, parent, school board member, businessperson, civic leader, politician/elected representative. Nominees should be individuals whose primary job responsibilities are not related to the field of second language education.

The nomination for this award will be in the form of two letters of recommendation (a letter of recommendation and a letter of support) from individuals who can attest to the nominee’s work in the field of early language learning. The letter of nomination must come from a current NNELL member, and the letter of support should be written by another individual who is very familiar with the nominee’s work for early language learning. The letters should include documentation that clearly demonstrates evidence of the ways in which the nominee supports early language learning and that is clearly separate and distinct from the individual’s primary job responsibilities.

The nomination may also include up to five photocopied pages of supporting evidence such as copies of newspaper articles that recognize the nominee’s work for early language learning (brochures, pamphlets, etc. will not be accepted). The following are examples of criteria that can be considered in writing the letters of nomination as they apply to the nominee’s work on behalf of early language learning:

  • Demonstrates commitment to early second language learning in the school and the community, e.g., seeks ways to inform the community of the need for beginning language study early as an integral part of the school curriculum and in an uninterrupted sequence
  • Provides visibility to the second language program, e.g., seeks media and/or newspaper publicity of school foreign language events, sends newsletter with second language program updates to parents
  • Provides leadership in establishing and maintaining early second language programs at the local or state level
  • Supports and provides professional development opportunities for early second language specialists
  • Advocates for early second language programs at the local or state level, e.g., represents his or her foreign language program at local or state school board meetings
  • Serves on local or state committees for early second language learning, e.g., advocacy projects, state world/foreign language association committee or board, PTA
  • Supports exemplary ongoing second language instruction in his/her classroom, e.g., collaborates with the world language specialist on interdisciplinary projects

Three copies of the nomination packet including the two letters of nomination and up to five pages of sample supporting evidence should be emailed as one nomination submission with a postmark date of no later than June 1 to:


Past Award Winners

2016 Award Winner — Dr.​ ​Renee​ ​Foose  – Superintendent,​ ​Howard​ ​County​ ​Public​ ​Schools . Please click here to see more.

Please click here to see who won our awards in the past.

NNELL Award Chair 2017-2018

Kathleen Priceman

2018 NNELL Awards Committee
Helena Curtain, Wisconsin; Cristina Rodriguez Villa,Florida; Jackie Skelton, California; and Lisa Urso,Connecticut.