OFLA Teacher of the Year


Cheryl Johnson, OFLA President-Elect
Instructional Technologist for the Dept. of Modern Languages, Denison University 

Do you know an outstanding teacher who is deserving to represent Ohio as the 2021 Teacher of the Year (TOY)? Do you want this deserving teacher to be recognized at the 2021 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference? The Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA) Board is pleased to announce a call for applications for the OFLA 2021 TOY. Self-nominations are encouraged! The award for Ohio Teacher of the Year is intended to recognize and celebrate our most accomplished world language teachers. Successful candidates demonstrate that they follow best practices, both state and national standards, as well as proficiency guidelines. Candidates must be full-time world language Pre-K-12 teachers or Postsecondary instructors or professors.  They must spend at least 50% of their time in direct teaching during the year of application with an expectation of teaching for at least two additional years.

To be considered for the TOY award, one must be a currently active OFLA member and a member for at least 3 years, of which 2 must have been in the previous 2 years.

Please note that the nomination process contains requirements broken up into 3 steps with separate due dates.

  • The tasks in the first step are due by February 15, 2020.
  • The candidate interviews will take place at the 2020 OFLA conference, and will be scheduled by March 7, 2020.

The tasks in the third step are due by April 18, 2020.

Requirements for Each Step

Portfolio: Step 1 

The following should be submitted by February 15, 2020.  If the following portions of the TOY portfolio are not submitted by this date, the candidate will not be considered.

  1. Curriculum Vitae/Resume of no more than five (5) pages.
  2. An unedited video of the candidate teaching of a minimum of 15 minutes but not to exceed 20 minutes. (If you are not able to easily capture just 15 to 20 minutes, just film the entire class session and tell us the minute and second that the committee should begin and end watching your preferred segment.)
  3. Samples of Student Work (two individual samples, one page and one-sided only) that reflect the goals of the State and National Standards for Learning Languages. Samples can be paper or digital format and all personal identifying information should be removed.
  4. Completed Commitment form (https://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/public/CommitmentForm2009.pdf) which is a statement of willingness to participate in all required activities associated with the award including:
    1. A commitment to attend the ACTFL Annual Convention (hotel, registration, and transportation are paid by ACTFL); and if selected as the regional winner,
    2. Willingness to serve as a spokesperson for the profession, based on availability
Interview: Step 2

An interview with the 2021 Teacher of the Year Committee to take place during the 2020 OFLA conference.

Portfolio: Step 3

The following should be submitted by April 18, 2020.  If the remaining portions of the TOY portfolio are not submitted by this date, the candidate will not be considered regardless of submission of the first series of the portfolio.

  1. Five-hundred-word personal statement on the value of learning languages and developing cultural competence for all learners.
  2. One-page letter of recommendation from a supervisor
  3. One-page letter of recommendation from a current student
  4. One-page letter of recommendation from a current or former parent or student

In order to submit the required tasks for steps 1 and 3, please email pres2021@ofla-online.org. Upon receiving your email, you will receive instructions explaining where to submit your materials.

I look forward to hearing from you!


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