MATSOL Awards & Grants

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

2018 Recipients

MATSOL Teacher of the Year Award - Nicoleta Filimon, International High School, Lawrence

Anne Dow Award for Excellence and Creativity for leadership in empowering English Learner student and/or parent voices in education policy and decision-making Eli Driscoll, Glenda Cohen and Maria Lourdes Santos, Framingham High School

Linda Schulman Innovation Award 

  • Hannah Dingman, Stratton Elementary School, Arlington, “STEM Technology to Engage and Grow Language Skills in ELL Students”
  • Christina Rish, McAuliffe Charter School, Framingham, “Sophisticated Word Study”
  • Lindsey Mayer, Lawrence High School, Lawrence, “I Learn Lawrence:  A Collection of Student Stories”
  • Christi Cartwright, Lawrence International High School, Lawrence, “Innovation for ELs”
  • Heidi Upton, Greenhalge Elementary School, Lowell, “Learning Language with Laptops”
  • Kristen Eschmann, Stoklosa Middle School, Lowell, “English is Everywhere”
  • Leah Palmer, Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools, “Teaching Social Justice through Complementary English Language Development and Sheltered Mathematics Content Curriculum Units”
  • Anna Burt, Brookside Elementary School, Milford, “Listening Lab for English Learners: Language Learning through Comprehensible Input and Structured Talk”
  • Megan Gabellieri, Woodland Elementary School, Milford, “View-Master Virtual Reality for Building EL Schema”
  • Andrea Tobio and Maria Russo, Northeast Elementary School, Waltham, “Northeast ELL Writing with Technology Project”
  • Maria Morong, Woodland and Field Schools, Weston, “Developing Academic Conversation and Writing Skills Through a Mock Caldecott”

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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