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Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Award of Excellence in Teaching

ORTESOL acknowledges all ESOL teachers, trainers and volunteers who have demonstrated resilience and compassion as they put students at the center of their work. ORTESOL especially wants to credit a stand-out individual who has been a beacon to peers. You may have a person in mind who has become a shining star in your organization or community. If so, please consider nominating them for this distinction. 

Application Deadline: September 1, 2024

How to Apply: Complete this form

Who is Eligible? 

Currently teaching faculty or staff in a English as a Second Language Program.

Current ORTESOL Board and SIG Team members are not eligible for Awards of Excellence. 


Criteria for selection by the ORTESOL Grants & Awards Committee will include the following.

  • Addressing and meeting student needs
  • Clarity of communication of knowledge in the ESOL subject area
  • Embracing and demonstrating new ways in teaching (through technology or other modes)
  • Application of equity and inclusion in teaching practice
  • Leadership, inspiration, and encouragement among peers

More Information

Recipients will be recognized during the closing session at the ORTESOL Fall Conference. Recognition will include a cash prize and an optional ORTESOL membership or conference fee. 

Thank you for being a part of the ORTESOL community and for recognizing the often unsung efforts of your colleagues, faculty, and staff. Become a part of the ORTESOL Mission "to inspire and support teachers of English to speakers of other languages through professional development, research, coalition-building, and advocacy so that learners and communities thrive."

You are encouraged to share this call for nominations with your colleagues and staff. We look forward to recognizing teaching excellence in your community!


Email the Grant Committee at 


Mailing Address: PO Box 12322, Portland, OR 97212


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