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Butler College of Education Named AACTE Global Award Recipient

AACTE is delighted to announce Butler University College of Education as the recipient of the 2019 AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives for its Global Network for Teacher Preparation program. Kelli Esteves, Butler College of Education (COE) associate professor and global coordinator, will be presented with the award at the AACTE 71st Annual Meeting, February 22-24, in Louisville, KY.

Butler’s Global Network for Teacher Preparation is a comprehensive program designed to bring international and multicultural perspectives into their teaching through experiential learning in other countries. Made up of local and global partners, the network has sent faculty and students around the world and has hosted educators on Butler’s campus and in its lab schools from Sweden, Colombia, Italy, Australia, and China to ensure its teacher candidates are exposed to international perspectives and curriculum. The network’s local partners include the College of Education’s two Reggio-inspired Lab Schools, Shortridge International Baccalaureate World School (lab high school) and Butler’s Center for Global Education. Global partners are the Institutes of Higher Education student exchange partners, including Uppsala University, Sweden, University of Tasmania, and the Education University of Hong Kong; and School partner for student and educator exchange—Vallentuna Gymnasium in Sweden.

COE Dean’s Advisory Council members applauded the Global Network for Teacher Preparation team and their achievement. “You continue to raise the bar on educating our future leaders,” said COE Dean’s Advisory Council Senior Vice President Jeff Kucer. “It is so exciting to see the College of Education, with its amazing leaders and faculty, receive national recognition for their cutting edge and impactful work. Congratulations!” said Fay Snodgress, COE Dean’s Advisory Council’s executive director.

The impact of its global partnerships has been disseminated widely in published work by a number of Butler faculty members in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, news media coverage, and international presentations. While the network impacts the undergraduate and graduate programs, the focus is on undergraduate teacher preparation.

AACTE commends Butler’s Global Network for Teacher Preparation for its leadership in engaging student-centered learning experiences, equipping its future educators with knowledge of culturally relevant pedagogies and preparing them to make a meaningful impact in the world.

As the leading voice in educator preparation, AACTE represents teacher educators who sustain and advance our profession through innovation, high standards, and leadership. For 23 years, AACTE has honored the exceptional contributions of member institutions and individuals to our field,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “The 2019 AACTE Awards recipients exemplify excellence in educator preparation, and I look forward to honoring the Butler University College of Education at the 71st Annual Meeting later this month.” 

This AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives is given annually to recognize exemplary educator preparation in the intercultural, global, cross-cultural and international arenas. The AACTE Committee on Global Diversity reviews these applications and selects the winning entry.

AACTE issued a press release today announcing all of its 2019 award winners. For more information on AACTE’s awards program, visit the AACTE website. Nominations for the 2020 Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives will open in April.


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