There is some big news this month from Rosetta Stone! They’ve just launched a new program to celebrate emergent bilingual educators. In this blog post, I’ll share Rosetta Stone Education’s new bilingual educators award program and how schools now have a chance to win almost $100,000 in prizes this year.
If you haven’t heard of Rosetta Stone before, they have a digital platform that helps students of all ages learn new languages. Rosetta Stone is a popular platform for use in the home, in schools, and in the workplace. It helps all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Rosetta Stone also has a literacy division called Lexia Learning, which helps students build reading skills.
Emergent Bilingual Educators Award Program
This year, Rosetta Stone is launching the Emergent Bilingual Educators of the Year award program for the very first time. The new program will recognize the most impactful teachers of English learners (EL) in the country. It will award their school with a schoolwide license of one of Rosetta Stone’s K–12 language programs.
The full award program details are on the landing page for this special award. The entry period is open now and ends Thursday, July 30, 2020, at midnight ET. If you’re ready to submit an application, you can use this link to get started.
What happens after you enter?
After educators enter the program, a panel of judges will evaluate and score each entry based on three different areas. This evaluation includes the innovative approach of the educator in helping emergent bilingual students, the impact of the educator in the classroom and community, and the quality of expression and writing.
Based on the strength of the submissions, judges will then select:
- One grand prize winner of the Emergent Bilingual Educators of the Year Contest
- Two runners-up
- Seven additional winners of the Emergent Bilingual Educators of the Year Contest
The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 grant donation to their school. The two runners-up will receive a $5,000 grant donation for their school. The grand prize winner, runners-up, and seven additional winners of the Emergent Bilingual Educators of the Year Contest will win Rosetta Stone English for Education, a language learning program, for their entire school for one semester—worth up to $7,500. Winners will be announced at a live-streamed award ceremony in October.
Why should you consider entering?
This new award program from Rosetta Stone provides an opportunity for you to win significant prizes for your school. When I came across this program, I was so glad to see that there were multiple levels of winners. These prizes can support programs for students you may already have in place or ones that you might want to explore in the future.
One of the benefits of a program like this one is the submission process — it asks you to reflect on your role as an educator. If you submit the 800-word essay that explains how you make a difference, you might also add this piece of writing to a professional portfolio. You could even post it on a blog that you already use to share ideas with fellow educators.
If you decide to submit an entry on behalf of another educator, like a mentor or mentee, you can share the essay with them as well. Either way, it can become a part of a professional portfolio that celebrates your work (or the work of a colleague) even after this program has finished.
Learn more and submit your entry by heading to this special landing page! If you do decide to enter and share your essay on your own blog, make sure to tag me so I can see and celebrate your work, too!