NNELL AWARDS

PLEASE NOTE: FOR 2021 THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF NOMINATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 30, 2021.

awardNOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS  for

The 2021 NNELL Award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning

And the award goes to…! NNELL is seeking nominations for the NNELL award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning that will be presented at the ACTFL 2021 Virtual Conference, November 19-21.

NOMINATE AN INDIVIDUAL OR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE PROVIDED OUTSTANDING SUPPORT FOR YOUR EFFORTS!

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 July 30  to:  Andrea Boyd  presidentelect@nnell.org

2020 National Network for Early Language Learning

Award for Outstanding Support of

Early Language Learning

CONGRATULATIONS

Dr. Vesna Dimitrieska

Coordinator of Global Education Initiatives,

Indiana University-Bloomington’s School of Education and

the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Dr. Vesna Dimitrieska is the recipient of the 2020 NNELL Award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning. This award is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support of early second language learning of languages other than English. Nominees are individuals whose primary job responsibilities are not related to the field of second language education but who have made significant contributions to early language learning opportunities for children. 

Dr. Dimitrieska is the coordinator of Global Education initiatives within Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Education and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. In her position, she initiates and expands projects aimed to infuse global perspectives in K-16 curricula and educational programs by implementing initiatives for pre-service teachers, faculty members as well as K-12 school principals and in-service teachers across Indiana. She continually works to assure that early second language learning becomes an integral part of a Global Education.        

 Her contribution to early second language learning is extensive as she has helped the growth of various language learning programs in Bloomington and across the state of Indiana. Prior to her current position, she was the project and language coordinator for the CSC Paul Simon award-winning Bridges: Children, Languages World project that offered exploratory language classes to young learners in the greater Bloomington area. As a doctoral student, she initiated support for the first cycle of pilot dual language immersion programs (DLI) funded by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). As a postdoctoral fellow and coordinator of global education initiatives, she has expanded the support to new and existing DLI programs by providing professional development for teachers and administrators, collaboration with the IDOE, as well as advocacy among parents and community members. 

 Known for being a strong leader advocating early for DLI programs in the state of Indiana, Vesna frequently provides talks to parents, school board members, district curriculum specialists, and superintendents that inform them that in addition to educating students to become bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate; dual language instruction aims to meet the needs of many employers who are looking for bilingual employees. Dr. Dimitrieska believes that these programs provide access to high quality instruction for students who need it the most, such as English learners or students of low socio-economic status. This DLI instruction supports efforts to close the achievement gap. She presents research in school board meetings that shows that all students in these programs, regardless of status, race and ethnicity, outperform their peers from monolingual, non-DLI programs.

Past Award Winners

2019Award Winner- Ms. Krissy Brown, Principal, Mount Rose K-8 School of Languages, Washoe County School District,  Reno, Nevada. Please click here to see more.

2018 Award Winner – Dr. Steven Garcia, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Personnel for Pelham Public Schools, New York.  Please click here to see more.

2017 Award Winner —  Rep.​ ​Peggy​ ​Mayfield, Assistant​ ​Majority​ Floor ​Leader,​ ​House​ ​of​ ​Representatives​ ​in​ ​the Indiana​ ​General​ ​Assembly. Please click here to see more.

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 2021-2022

Andrea Boyd
presidentelect@nnell.org

2021 NNELL Awards Committee
TBA

Thank you to the 2020 Awards Committee:

Northeast Region –  Marissa Coulehan

Southeast Region – Michelle Olah

Central East Region – Kathleen Priceman

Pacific Southwest Region – Teresa Kennedy

If you would like to serve on the 2022 Awards Committee, please contact Andrea Boyd,  presidentelect@nnell.org.