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Essex High School’s Global Leadership Program Earns Global Engagement Award

December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has honored the Essex High School’s Global Leadership Program (GLP) with the 2019 ACTFL Global Engagement Award. The prestigious award recognizes foreign language programs’ commitment to globally focused and community-based learning experiences. The EHS GLP is just one of three programs in the nation – and the only K12 program – to be recognized in ACTFL’s 2019 awards.


“The ACTFL’s recognition of the Global Leadership Program is a tremendous honor,” said GLP Founder and Director, Jill Prado. “It’s very rewarding to help prepare the next generation of global leaders. Being recognized by my peers makes my job that much more special.”


Prado accepted the award in Washington, D.C. on Friday, November 22 at the 2019 ACTFL Annual Convention Awards Ceremony. 


To learn more about the Global Leadership Program and its curriculum, please visit the GLP Website and the Global Leadership Program.


About the EHS GLP
The Global Leadership Program prepares Essex High School’s next generation of global leaders. GLP was founded by EHS French and Spanish teacher, Jill Prado, who now serves as the program’s Founder and Executive Director. EHS’ third and newest academy, the innovative four-year program focuses on three core competencies: global studies, cross-cultural competency, and leadership development. Students grow through globally-focused interdisciplinary coursework, internships with Vermont companies and organizations, and experience-based academic learning beyond the traditional classroom. The program is in its sixth year.


For more information, visit, or connect with GLP on Twitter and Facebook.


About the ACTFL
The ACTFL is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 13,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. 


As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.