HALT Award for Excellence in Teaching Nomination Criteria


The Hawai‘i Association of Language Teachers (HALT) is seeking nominations for its Excellence in Teaching Award. The awards are made to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of second language teachers in teaching and promoting Hawaiian and foreign languages in the State of Hawai‘i. The recipients will be honored during a special presentation at the HALT Spring Conference (place and date TBD).


Guidelines for Nominations:

  1. The awards are open to language teachers at all levels: elementary, secondary, and post-secondary. Two winners will be selected: one from K-12 and one from higher education.
  2. Nominees and nominators must be members of HALT in good standing, and nominations must be made by a minimum of two HALT members.
  3. Nominators, please use our new online nomination form to nominate your candidate. Nomination deadline: December 31, 2018 (extended to January 20, 2019)
  4. Nominees, please download a copy of the HALT ExcellenceChecklist (Portfolio Requirement Checklist). You can also download a copy of the HALT Excellence Rubric. Portfolio requirements are due by January 30, 2019 (extended to February 20, 2019). Please submit your portfolio per the instructions below to HALT, P.O. Box 61903, Honolulu, HI  96839-1903. Portfolios can also be submitted electronically to HALT808@gmail.com A link to google docs would be preferable.
  5. The names of nominees and nominations will be held in confidence.
  6. No incomplete or late applications accepted.


Portfolio requirements (HALT ExcellenceChecklist):

  1. Cover Page: nomination completed by HALT member (you will receive a copy of the submitted nomination form via email from HALT)
  2. HALT commitment page: signed and completed (HALTAwardcommitmentform rev)
  3. Curriculum Vitae: not to exceed five (5) pages
  4. One-page letter of recommendation from a supervisor, student, and former parent or student
  5. Personal statement: 500 word personal statement on the value of learning languages and developing cultural competence for all learners
  6. Two samples of student work (scanned, audio/video file or provide link) and reflection on the student work: maximum of four (4) pages providing a written reflection about two individual student examples and how they:
  • Demonstrate current best practices of language teaching and learning to include the integration of the World Readiness Standards for learning Languages (5 C’s);
  • encourage the appropriate proficiency level use of the target language by the teacher and by the students;
  • provide the effective use of feedback including, but not limited to, rubrics.
  1. Response to questions (each question can have a response of up to two (2) pages):
  • How does the teacher engage and encourage students in language related and culture related activities beyond the classroom?
  • How do the samples of student work reflect the teacher’s personal statement on the value of learning languages and culture for all learners?
  1. Documentation of Professional Involvement: Professional involvement documentation examples to include, but not limited to, certificates, newspaper articles, letters, and links to video. Said documentation should not exceed four (4) pages and will:
  • Demonstrate professional growth and involvement in professional organizations.
  • Provide evidence of a variety of leadership experiences, including advocacy.
  1. Reflection on professional involvement documentation: Reflection should not exceed two (2) pages:
  • Describe and analyze significance and impact on you as a teacher.
  • Describe and analyze the significance and impact on student learning and on language learning in your school and/or district or state.


Any questions, please email Lynette Fujimori

Lynette Fujimori
HALT Awards Coordinator