The Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT) is thrilled to announce that the 2023 recipient of WAFLT’s esteemed Anthony J. Gradisnik Award is the Institute for Regional and International Studies National Resource Center (IRIS NRC).
Established in 1998, this distinguished award commemorates the exceptional enthusiasm and advocacy for language education exemplified by Mr. Anthony J. Gradisnik. Mr. Gradisnik’s profound impact on language education, coupled with his remarkable career as a Spanish Teacher and foreign language curriculum specialist, continues to inspire educators around the world.
The Anthony J. Gradisnik Award recognizes individuals or groups who have demonstrated a deep commitment to language education, particularly in areas such as international education, early language learning, and creative initiatives in language education. This year’s recipient has displayed exemplary dedication and innovative approaches that align with Mr. Gradisnik’s vision for promoting multilingualism and cultural understanding.
The Anthony J. Gradisnik Award selection process involved a rigorous review of the nominations by the Awards Committee. Each submission was evaluated based on the strength of the nominee’s contributions, their innovative approach, and the impact they have made in the field of language education. IRIS NRC emerged as a shining example of excellence and dedication for their impactful programs and resources to support language, intercultural, and global learning in our schools through programs like educator film and book clubs, Global Scholars Media Community, Global Libraries Grant, and intensive summer language institutes. Pamela Delfosse, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction World Language and Global Education Consultant, has this to say about IRIS NRC: “In our profession we often highlight the rich and inseparable relationship between language, culture, and context. The Institute for Regional and International Studies National Resource Center makes those intersections visible and approachable through their work.”
Language education plays a crucial role in building bridges, fostering understanding, and promoting global citizenship. The Anthony J. Gradisnik Award celebrates the remarkable individuals or groups who have made a significant difference in language education, leaving an indelible mark on the communities they serve.
The award ceremony will be held on Friday. November 3 at the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Fall Conference in Appleton, Wisconsin to honor the remarkable achievements of the recipient. For more information about the Anthony J. Gradisnik Award and its recipients, please visit https://www.waflt.org/member-resources/awards/ or contact email@example.com.
Andrea Behn, Awards Chair & President-Elect
Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT)