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    AACTE Awards Program Recognizes Multicultural Education and Diversity

    Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity

    The annual Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity honors members for their outstanding work infusing diversity throughout all components of a school, college, or department of education (SCDE) as critical to quality teacher preparation and professional development. This award, sponsored by the Committee on Global Diversity, represents one of the nine categories of the annual AACTE Award Program that recognizes excellence in educator preparation.

    This video features the 2018 Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity recipient, University of Colorado (UC) Denver School of Education and Human Development (SEHD). The Committee selected this program for it outstanding efforts in preparing teacher candidates from diverse, multicultural backgrounds to gain the foundational knowledge and experiences necessary to advocate for the educational equity for all children.

    “The UC SEHD curriculum approach is based on every student candidate sharing a common set of understandings built on social justice and equity,” said Barbara Seidl, associate dean of SEHD. “Infusion to us also means taking an integrated and coherent approach across the whole program so that students are experiencing multiple opportunities to hear about and practice these ways of teaching a diverse community of children.” Learn more in this blog.

    The eligibility requirements for Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity include AACTE member institutions with SCDE programs that have infused multicultural education and diversity into educator preparation and successfully addressed such issues throughout their curriculum, personnel, policies, and programs. In the narrative, special attention should be devoted to the following criteria:

    • Demonstrable effects on the broader community
    • Evidence that infusion of multicultural and diversity concepts has occurred (manifested in curriculum content, field placements, numbers of diverse faculty and students, program outcomes/impact of PK-12 and community collaborations)
    • Impact on teaching and learning, in particular in PK-12 settings

    Applications for the 2020 AACTE awards are open on AACTE’s online submission site.  Entry deadlines for the Outstanding Dissertation Award and Outstanding Book Award have passed. Entries for the 2020 Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and all other awards are due October 9.

    AACTE standing committees will select the winning entries and awardees will be formally recognized at the 2020 Annual Meeting, February 28 – March 1 in Atlanta, GA. For more information, review the official Call for Entries, visit the submission site, or contact AACTE Director of Meeting and Events Linda Minor at lminor@aacte.org.


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