Four Weeks Left to Apply for AACTE Awards

Just 4 weeks remain before the deadline to submit entries for the 2016 AACTE Awards! Nominate your own program for one of our three Best Practice Awards, or enter an admired colleague in the running for a Professional Achievement Award. All entries must be received through AACTE’s online submission site by midnight EDT on Friday, October 9.

An overview of the awards program and links to the detailed call for entries and submission site are available at The following six awards are currently open for nominations:

Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology

This award recognizes the innovative infusion of technology in an educator preparation program that has caused the program to change in a meaningful way, such as by connecting theory with practice, enabling distance learning, forging interdisciplinary or interinstitutional partnerships, or achieving other outcomes.

Recent winner: CalStateTEACH for its one-to-one mobile learning initiative

Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives

This award recognizes educator preparation programs that have infused global/international perspectives into their curriculum, personnel, policies, or program(s). Examples of best practices include international clinical placements, curriculum development projects, faculty and student exchanges, internationalization of the curriculum, and more.

Recent winner: Kansas State University’s Teaching English as a Second Language “Go Teacher” program for practicing Ecuadorian teachers

Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity

This award recognizes AACTE members that have infused attention to multicultural education and diversity in their educator preparation programs, incorporating issues related to culture, race, gender, exceptionalities, and other factors. Applicants must demonstrate both theoretical and practical attention to these issues in their programs and provide evidence of changes in their programs, impact on teaching and learning, and effects on the broader community.

Recent winner: Texas Christian University’s Early Childhood Through Grade 6 Program, which takes a broad approach in its dedication to diversity and equity

Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education

AACTE’s midcareer research award recognizes an individual whose research over the last decade has made a major impact on the field of educator preparation. The award is named for Margaret B. Lindsey, the late Teachers College, Columbia University professor whose strong voice and long tenure made a significant impact on teacher preparation nationwide.

Recent winner: Jeanne Wilcox of Arizona State University, who now serves on AACTE’s Committee on Research and Dissemination

David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education

This award recognizes an individual or team of individuals for notable achievement in the formulation, implementation, or analysis of educator preparation policy or in the performance of distinguished scholarship in educator preparation. The recipient(s) of this award need not be from an AACTE member institution or otherwise affiliated with AACTE, although there should be an obvious connection between the achievement recognized and AACTE’s mission and work. The award is named for AACTE President Emeritus David G. Imig.

Recent winner: Mary Brownell and Paul Sindelar of the University of Florida for their significant and long-term contributions to teacher development and research, particularly in the field of special education

Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

This award recognizes distinguished service either to the educator preparation community or to the development and promotion of outstanding practices in educator preparation at the collegiate, state, or national level. It is named for the late, longtime AACTE Executive Director Edward C. Pomeroy.

Recent winner: Pamela Grossman, now dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the nation’s foremost scholars of teaching and teacher education

There’s still time to apply—why not get started today? Visit our awards web page to begin, or contact me with any questions at

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Lucy Berrier

Board Liaison and Special Projects Coordinator, AACTE