The 61st Annual Northeast Conference Awards


     Dr. Gladys Lipton is the Director of the National FLES* Institute, a Commandeur dans l'ordre des palmes académiques, former President of the American Association of Teachers of French, former chair of the AATF's National FLES* Commission, former Associate Editor of Hispania, author of over 160 varied publications including a FLES* methods book in its fifth edition, and educator par excellence at all levels of instruction in New York City and Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Not content to rest on such laurels, Dr. Lipton continues to support world language teachers with her online "Ask Gladys" feature (www.gladys-c-lipton.org)! She has set the standard for advocacy in our field, honing approaches to working with parents and administrators long before current challenges made such efforts every teacher's responsibility. Her honors include ACTFL's Steiner Award for K-12 Leadership, the Distinguished Alumna Award from Brooklyn College, NNELL's Special Recognition Award, the French Honors Award from NYU, NYSAFLT's Distinguished FL Leadership Award and many others. Her innumerable accomplishments reflect an uncanny ability to discern what is truly needed and to gather the resources required to fulfill that need; she thus created a World Language Outreach Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County which included teacher seminars, an International Camp for children aged 7-10, a series "Let's Talk" teacher days, and, at the AATF, the now venerable National French Week.

Dr. Lipton, in the acknowledgements section of the 5th edition of Practical Handbook to Elementary Foreign Language Programs (FLES*) in Grades K-8, thanks her Brooklyn College methods instructor for "scheduling a class visit to a grade 4 French FLES* class." She went on to conduct her doctoral research on the place of reading in FLES* programs. Starting her teaching career in a New York City high school, she remained dedicated to foreign language in elementary school. Through her many articles, books and personal presentations, she has worked to assemble a body of FLES* research that can help expand programs throughout the country. Dr. Lipton has been invited to speak throughout the U.S. (in approximately 35 states) and internationally in Costa Rica, France, India, Japan, Quebec, Yugoslavia, and others, and she has presented or keynoted in many of the major regional and state organization meetings.

On a personal note, Dr. Lipton has been married to Robert Lipton for over 70 years. They have two daughters, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. In the past year, she has become devoted to painting and was invited to donate one of her paintings to NECTFL for the 2014 Silent Auction.

Gladys Lipton's influence extends across the country and the world, but she has always made the Northeast her home, and the Northeast Conference is honored that she is one of us! She served as a Director on the Board of NECTFL from 1973-1976 and was editor of the Northeast Conference Newsletter from 1993-1995. She has presented at NECTFL conferences on numerous occasions.

Dr. Lipton is among the most prolific Northeast Conference Reports authors listed in those volumes, having been invited by Conrad J. Schmitt to write on "Foreign Languages in the Elementary School" in 1964, by F.Andre Paquette to address "The Times and Places for Literature" in 1967, by Jerome G. Mirsky to explore "Inservice Involvement in the Process of Change" in 1971, by Stephen L. Levy to participate in teh work of the Committee on Curriculum for the 1975 volume on Goals Clarification, and finally by Alice C. Omaggio to co-author "Foreign Language in the Secondary School: Reconciling the Dream with the Reality" in 1983.

Among all these remarkable contributions to the profession, the most remarkable is Gladys Lipton's determination to fight year in and year out for foreign languages and for the language educators who help children see the world from new, challenging and exciting perspectives. In an era when too many of us are discouraged, Gladys Lipton does not give up. She is a treasure, and we at NECTFL are privileged to confer on her the 2014 Brooks Award for her distinctive embodiment of "outstanding leadership in the profession." Nous vous embrassons, chère amie, chère collegue!