MATSOL Awards & Grants

MATSOL awards and grants recognize excellence, creativity, and innovation in our field. Awards are presented at the annual MATSOL conference.

The Call for Nominations/Proposals is open for all awards!


MATSOL Teacher of the Year Award

Nominations due Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The MATSOL Teacher of the Year Award was established to recognize excellence in the education of English language learners. A teacher selected for the award has demonstrated:

  • Successful teaching of English language learners as shown through evidence of best instructional practices and incorporation of students' linguistic and cultural backgrounds within the classroom.
  • Long-term commitment to the education of ELLs.
  • Leadership roles at the school, district, and/or state level on behalf of English language learners.
  • Mentoring and supporting of new teachers to the field through both informal and formal induction programs.
  • Strong relationships with the community and (for K-12) parents of ELLs.

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The Anne Dow Award for Excellence and Creativity 

Nominations due Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Anne Dow Award for Excellence and Creativity is given annually to a professional who has made outstanding efforts that reflect enthusiasm and creative, energetic, independent thinking. This professional displays the ability to take risks, solve problems, support colleagues, and model ethical behavior. Specific criteria vary from year to year, to reflect the many facets of Anne's career and interests. The 2018 award will be granted for leadership in empowering English Learner student and/or parent voices in education policy and decision-making. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium.

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Anne Rindlaub Dow

Anne Rindlaub Dow died in October 2003 at 65, after a two-year battle with multiple myeloma.  Anne was best known as the director of ESL programs at Harvard for over 20 years. She made a difference in the lives of many who knew her in the Boston area and throughout the world. Her death is a great loss for our community.


Linda Schulman Innovation Grants

Proposals due Monday, March 26, 2018

The Linda Schulman Innovation Fund welcomes proposals for projects that promote English language learning and embody a spirit of creativity, sensitivity and community. We give grants of approximately $1,000 for pedagogical plans that benefit English language learners by improving their language skills or increasing their understanding of American culture. Teachers of English as a Second Language in a preschool, K-12 school, college, or adult education program in the state of Massachusetts are encouraged to apply for these grants. 

Linda Schulman served on the MATSOL Board of Directors and was President of MATSOL from 1997-1998. 

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