Sister Helen Kilzer Lifetime Service Award

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Award Development Committee: Sandra Meidinger, Barb Beach, & Missy Klajda

I. About the Award

The Sister Helen Kilzer Lifetime Service Award was created for two purposes: first, to honor Sister Helen Kilzer, who has demonstrated a lifetime of service to the teaching and learning of world language and cultures; second, to honor those, such as retired teachers and professionals who have served in the profession of the teaching and learning of world language and cultures; and who, like Sister Helen Kilzer, continue to demonstrate a lifetime commitment to the teaching and learning of the world languages and cultures even after retirement.

The first Sister Helen Kilzer Lifetime Service Award will be given to Sister Helen herself in 2010. Thereafter, the Sister Helen Kilzer Lifetime Service Award will be awarded annually, beginning in 2011, to one person who meets the criteria set forth by the Foreign Language Association of North Dakota (FLAND) and the Sister Helen Kilzer Lifetime Service Award Committee, which will be created upon the official acceptance of this award into the FLAND by-laws. The specific duties of the committee are defined in proceeding sections.

The authors of this award were Barb Beach, FLAND historian; Sandra Meidinger, FLAND public relations coordinator; and Melissa Klajda; second-president elect in 2009-2010.

II. Specifications

2.1 Qualifications

Eligible candidates include anyone who has previously served in the field of world language teaching and learning in any state and who has since retired from the profession yet continues to actively demonstrate a commitment to developing and promoting awareness within the field of world language teaching and learning in North Dakota.

During their teaching careers, eligible candidates must have had some involvement in FLAND or the professional organization in their state. Retired teachers are granted free lifetime membership in FLAND, but current membership is not necessary in order to be considered for this honor.

Retired teachers who serve as substitute teachers, whether short term or long term, are eligible for the award.
Candidates may not serve on the selection committee in the same year they are determined to be possible recipients of the award.

2.2 Award Timeline:

The application deadline for the Sister Helen Kilzer Lifetime Service Award shall be February 15. The award shall be awarded in the spring provided there is a recipient during the FLAND spring meeting.

2.3 Selection Committee:

A selection committee shall consist of three FLAND members. Committee members will serve a three year term and will serve as the committee chairperson during their third and final year on the committee. The FLAND president will appoint a new committee member each spring. Since the original selection committee will all be appointed at the same time, they will determine who will serve as the committee chairperson and in what order they will rotate off the committee. The committee responsibilities are defined below.

a. Selection Committee Responsibilities:

Determine a committee chairperson
Collect and review applications
Select each award recipient
Prepare & order the award to present to the recipient
Prepare press releases and contact local news outlets
Revise nomination cover sheet, if needed.

b. Selection Committee Chairperson

Ensure application materials are available on-line
Collect all application materials
Distribute application materials to other committee members
Present award to recipient during the spring FLAND meeting

2.3 Application Process:

Applications must be postmarked by February 15. Applications shall consist of the materials defined in this section, subsection a.

a. Application Materials

FLAND official application cover sheet
1 letter of recommendation from the nominator
2-3 letters of recommendation from additional persons

b. Submission of Application Materials:

Three copies of the documentation must be submitted to the committee chairperson who will distribute the materials to the other committee members.

2.4 Selection of award recipient:

Selection of the award recipient will consist of an application review, scoring, and final vote by the selection committee before the spring meeting provided nominations are received.

2.5 Granting the award

If there is a recipient, the award will be granted at the spring FLAND meeting in conjunction with the Pro Lingua and the Teacher of the Year awards. The Sister Helen Award recipient shall formally be presented with an individual award as originally designed by the authors of this document (see "About the Award" for authors).

The authors of this award were Barb Beach, FLAND historian; Sandra Meidinger, FLAND public relations coordinator; and Melissa Klajda; second-president elect in 2009-2010