Loyola Marymount Selected for Multicultural Best Practice Award

AACTE has selected the Loyola Marymount University School of Education (CA) to receive the 2016 AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity. The award will be presented at the 68th AACTE Annual Meeting Welcoming Session, Tuesday, February 23, at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

All of the education programs at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) are grounded in principles such as the promotion of social justice, cultural responsiveness, inclusion, value and respect for all individuals, and leadership that is moral, intellectual, responsible, and caring. Their effectiveness is evident in the conceptual framework, curriculum, commitment of faculty and staff, and the culturally and linguistically diverse teacher candidates and students throughout the programs.

LMU has earned praise from public, charter, and faith-based PK-12 schools in its service area, thanks to its graduates’ impact on children in high-need urban schools through culturally responsive instruction. Its programs promote equitable learning in order to close the academic and socioeconomic gaps that exist in large urban settings. The school’s commitment to multicultural and multilingual education and to the recruitment and retention of students and faculty of color is not only a statement, but a fact evident in its demographics. The long-term success of these efforts derives from the support of the programs’ mission and vision at all levels and their core values of social justice, equity, and diversity.

“The Loyola Marymount University School of Education is committed to inclusive excellence in multicultural education and diversity across our programs, research, and partnerships,” said School of Education Dean Shane P. Martin. “This recognition by AACTE is a testament to the quality and diversity of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners who make such a difference in schools and communities in Los Angeles and beyond.”

AACTE’s annual Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity recognizes a member institution for the infusion of diversity throughout their teacher preparation curriculum, personnel, policies, and programs. Specifically, the successful incorporation of issues related to culture, language, demographics, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and exceptionalities in the education process are valuable to quality teacher preparation and professional development. The award is overseen by AACTE’s Committee on Global Diversity.

AACTE issued a press release today announcing all of its 2016 award winners. For more information on AACTE’s awards program, visit http://aacte.org/professional-development-and-events/awards. Applications for next year’s awards open in June.

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