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AATG Outstanding German Educator Award


Sponsored by American Association of Teachers of German, Inc.

Contact:American Association of Teachers of German, Inc.
112 Haddontowne Ct. 104
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Phone: 856.795.5553
Email: (To submit nominations)
Description:The Outstanding German Educator Award recognizes excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to the teaching profession by teachers of German in the United States. This annual award is presented to teachers at three different levels: an elementary, middle school, or junior high school educator; a high school educator; and a postsecondary educator. The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation in Berlin provides honorees with the Friedrich Gerstäcker Travel Grant for travel and study in Germany.

Eligible nominees must have five or more years of experience teaching German and be active members of their local American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) chapter. Candidates also should be able to demonstrate creative leadership in German language education; participation and impact in local, state, or national education arenas; and continued growth as a German educator.

Candidates are judged on evidence of teaching excellence and professional development. In choosing materials for an application, nominators and candidates should consider the following areas and criteria.

Excellence in teaching:
• Demonstrates subject knowledge (proficiency in German and understanding of cultures of the German-speaking world), use of subject matter to involve and direct students in meaningful learning of German language and culture, and awareness of students’ learning.
• Uses teaching methods that foster language acquisition and critical and creative thinking in students.
• Creates an inclusive, caring, and challenging learning environment.
• Differentiates instruction and sets goals that insure all students have the opportunity to learn.
• Demonstrates rapport with students by valuing each as an individual.
• Encourages open communication with students and parents.
• Promotes fairness, equity, and strength through diversity.
• Develops intellectual growth of students by helping them understand how learning can be applied and recognizing other points of view.

Professional growth and contributions:
• Continues development and growth in subject area and teaching strategies.
• Collaborates in curriculum development and assessment.
• Shares knowledge and experience through professional writings or presentations.
• Demonstrates local, state, and national leadership in professional organizations.

The application dossier must be created as a single PDF file and submitted electronically to the contact email address by the deadline. Award winners traditionally receive their honor in November at the AATG annual conference, held in conjunction with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Eligibility:Charter, Private, Public
Award(s):Awards vary.
Deadline(s):Applications are due May 31, 2017.
Focus:Professional Development
Grade Level(s):Adult
Content Area(s): World Languages
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Global Awareness
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