Mead Leadership Fellowships

About the Award   

This scholarship is provided to support an individual in the development of a project that contributes to the foreign language teaching profession and advances quality language instruction. The Mead program was created to develop future leaders for the profession at the state, regional, and national levels.

Educators of ALL LANGUAGES at ALL LEVELS are encouraged to apply to this program, designed to identify potential leaders in education and to support the development of their potential. Each scholarship recipient will be assigned a mentor with expertise in the area of that person’s project, and NECTFL will facilitate virtual and, if possible, face-to-face meetings of the two.

How to Apply

Please note the tighter timeline this year due to earlier conference dates. Please see the application packet for complete details.

  • Applications must be submitted to NECTFL by a state association and must therefore be received by the state association’s posted deadline. Applications must be submitted to state associations by November 1. 
  • State associations are requested to select their winner and submit his or her dossier to NECTFL by December 3. Dossiers should be shared electronically via Google Drive with

Mead Fellowship Program Flyer

Information for State Associations

Download Application


Individuals should send their dossier to their state association, not directly to NECTFL.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

2023 Mead Fellow

Traci Dougherty, Sandy Run Middle School, Dresher PA

Traci Dougherty - Teacher - Upper Dublin School District | LinkedIn

“Mind the Gap: Helping World Language Teachers Understand their Data” will be a webinar series dedicated to discussing data driven instruction in the world language classroom. Each month will focus on a specific topic (such as data analysis, data tools, assessment, feedback, action plans, etc.) to allow educators to apply knowledge to their own language classrooms. Once a month, participants sign up and receive a link for a live Zoom webinar, which will be recorded and made available freely online via YouTube or Vimeo for those who cannot participate. In addition to a general insight to the topic at hand, each webinar will feature sample data sets, analysis demos, as well as a Q&A session. Participants will be able to submit questions ahead of time. Moreover, the project seeks to invite subject-area experts (e.g. data informed educators) to provide their own unique perspectives and suggestions for the participants and later viewers. Beyond the monthly webinar, the project aims to keep discussions going all month by offering follow up PLC sessions and quick tip videos and free resources and readings for participants.

2022 Mead Leadership Fellows

Julia Koch
Bernards Township School District, NJ
Stephanie Krause & Wesley Wood
McLean School in Potomac, MD
Bullis School in Potomac, MD

Congratulations to Julia, Stephanie & Wesley on their selection as 2022 NECTFL Mead Fellows.

Click here for full details on their projects!


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