Awards for Educators

In addition to the "Best Article Award in the German Quarterly" and the "Best Article Award in Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German," the following three awards are presented annually by the national office. Click here to see the Nominating Procedures for Awards. Please get involved and forward your nominations to the Awards Committee.

AATG Outstanding German Educator Award
Up to three awards are presented annually to an AATG member who exemplifies excellence at his/her level of instruction (K-8; 9-12; college/university).

AATG Friends of German Award
Up to to two awards will be given, one to a German educator, and one to an individual or organization outside of the German teaching profession, Each award recognizes outstanding support for and promotion of German and the study of German at the local, regional, or national level.

Goethe-Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit
These awards are presented primarily to members of the teaching profession, although others who have furthered the teaching of German in schools in the United States, such as community members, business leaders, or political figures, have received these awards in the past.

Awards for Students

Every year the national office will also select outstanding high school students from regional chapters for the Study Trip Award. A nationally representative committee chooses the final award winners from among the candidates selected by the Local Chapter Testing Chairs (Jill Twark for North Carolina; see Executive Council). For more information see the testing page on the national web site.

Study Trip Award

Award I: Prize winners (not graduating seniors) receive round-trip group transportation from New York to Germany, spend a month living in Germany, attend classes at an academic high school, and participate in various excursions to places of cultural significance.

Award II: Graduating seniors receive round-trip group transportation from New York to Germany, where they are placed in groups with international students. In addition to a home-stay program, they also attend special seminars in other locations within Germany.