Applications Open for 2018 MIDTESOL Member Advocacy Award

Applications Open for 2018 MIDTESOL Member Advocacy Award

Announcing – Applications for the inaugural 2018 MIDTESOL Member Advocacy Award are now being accepted!

One MIDTESOL member will receive up to a $1000 stipend to be used toward expenses related to attending the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., June 18-20, 2018. Winners will attend the summit with an experienced MIDTESOL attendee who will serve as a guide and resource.

Applications due March 4, 2018 via email to Adrienne Johnson:

Criteria for application:

  • Active member in MIDTESOL for three or more years
  • Evidence of active membership: attendance/presentation at annual MIDTESOL conference and/or Mid-Winter conference, service to MIDTESOL, contributions to MIDTESOL Weekly Features or MT Matters publications, organization of professional development opportunities for MIDTESOL members, etc.
  • Commitment to attend and fully participate in the entirety of the annual TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., including visits to Capitol Hill
  • Ability to assist in pre-summit planning for Capitol Hill visits, particularly with gathering and organizing information to share with elected officials
  • Commitment to write a MIDTESOL Weekly Feature Post and/or a MIDTESOL Matters Article by July 31, 2018, based on experiences and learning at the summit

Submission requirements

  • 500 word essay including, but not limited to: interest in MIDTESOL advocacy work, how MIDTESOL advocacy training will benefit personal and professional goals, understanding of the MIDTESOL Advocacy Goal Statement, stories to share with policy makers on how policies impact students and educators, assurance of ability to meet the financial and time-related costs required to attend the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.
  • Current résumé or C.V.

Selection criteria:

  • Qualified applicants will demonstrate a strong level of commitment to MIDTESOL mission, a passion for advocacy, extensive experience in language education, and communication skills.
  • Applicants do not have to have had prior formal training in advocacy, nor do they have to have previously visited offices of their elected officials.
  • Among qualified candidates, preference will be given to MIDTESOL members from states and fields (K-12, higher education, community college, IEP) that have been under-represented at previous summits.

From the TESOL website:

“The only event of its kind in the United States, the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit is an unparalleled professional development opportunity for educators to learn about U.S. federal education issues and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education.

By attending the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit, you will

  • learn from experts and insiders about the latest federal education policy
  • enhance your leadership skills with hands-on advocacy training
  • share a powerful message with your members of Congress
  • join your colleagues from across the United States to make a difference”

Highlights from the 2017 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

2017 speakers included

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