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TESOL Presidents' Award

Every year the TESOL President, in collaboration with the President-Elect and the Past President, selects a recipient for the annual Presidents’ Award. The award honors individuals and organizations outside of TESOL who have demonstrated a commitment to English-language instruction, helped TESOL further its mission, and supported education in general. Past recipients of the TESOL Presidents' Award come from diverse backgrounds and include The British Council, UNICEF, and the Peace Corps.

2020 Presidents' Award Recipient: Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw

She is a law professor at Columbia University and UCLA. She founded and directs Columbia Law School's Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS), and she is a co-founder of the African American Policy Forum. Hers is a cornerstone for work on critical race theory and was influential in drafting the equality clause in the South African constitution. She is a prolific author and a lecturer globally on topics including race, women, and civil rights. Her contributions are extensive and impressive.

Dr. Crenshaw has spoken specifically about the struggles of immigrant women in the United States. They struggle – and they succeed – as people of color, as women, and as immigrants. They are more than any one aspect, and in today’s world, any or all of these aspects can be used against them. As their teachers, we work with our immigrant students to understand and prevail against obstacles, only one of which is English.                                           

Past Recipients

Year    Recipient
2020    Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw
2019    iCivcs
2018    Jim Cummins
2017    The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF)
2016    International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
2015
   Linda Darling Hammond
2014    British Council
2013    Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
2012    BRAC Education Programme
2011    Association of Binational Centers in Latin America (ABLA)
2010    The Peace Corps
2009    Sen. Gilbert Cedillo & UCLA Improving Dreams, Equality, Access & Success (IDEAS)
2008    Laurie Olsen
2007    Li Ka-shing
2006    American Civil Liberties Union
2005    Claudio Sanchez
2004    Howard Gardner
2003    Morris Dees
2002    John H. Flavell
2001    The Spencer Foundation
2000    Milton Wong
1999    UNICEF Education for Development Unit
1998    James Banks
1997    Charles Ferguson
1996    The Center for International Exchange of Scholars
1995    Le Ly Hayslip 
1994    George Soros
1993    Hillary Rodham Clinton
1992    Lt. Governor David C. Lam
1991    Paulo Freire
1988    Senator Paul Simon