Dora Johnson Awards

To expand the community of primary and secondary school Arabic teachers who can attend the annual ACTFL convention and engage with their peers from QFI’s network, we provide grants to help cover registration and attendance expenses. The Dora Johnson Awards are named in memory of a lifelong advocate for expanding access to K-12 Arabic and professionalizing the teaching of the language. Dora advised and supported QFI from our beginning moments as an organization in 2009 as we established a framework for supporting Arabic in the U.S.; Dora’s perseverance then has made all the difference for teachers and their students ever since.

 How To Participate

To qualify for a Dora Johnson Award, you must be a primary or secondary school Arabic teacher and member of both ACTFL and the ACTFL Arabic Special Interest Group (or commit to joining both). Preference is given according to the following criteria, in descending order:

  • First-time attendees
  • First-time presenters
  • Previous ACTFL attendees, who have not previously received a Dora Johnson Award and who have not attended ACTFL within the past five years.
Upcoming Application:

The application period for this opportunity is currently closed. More details will be released in the coming months.

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