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Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching President to Receive AACTE Imig Award for Contributions to Teacher Education

Anthony Bryk, Ph.D.AACTE’s Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability has selected Anthony Bryk, Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2020 AACTE David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education. Bryk is the ninth president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and will be recognized formally with the award at the AACTE 72nd Annual Meeting, February 28 – March 1, in Atlanta, GA.

In his current role, Bryk leads work to strengthen the research and development infrastructure for improving teaching and learning. From 2004 until assuming Carnegie’s presidency in September 2008, Bryk held the Spencer Chair in Organizational Studies in the School of Education and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His main areas of expertise are school organization, education reform, and educational statistics. His early work in educational statistics contributed to the development of Hierarchical Linear Models that has transformed statistical applications across a broad array of fields in the social and behavioral sciences.

His book on Catholic Schools and the Common Good has become a classic in the sociology of education. His two books based on his efforts at promoting school reform in Chicago—Trust in Schools and Organizing Schools for Improvement—synthesizes 15 years of evidence from Chicago on how the organization of schools and community context influences the capacity to enhance student engagement and advance student learning. These books provide practical frameworks for improvement across a large number of urban school districts. His most recent book, Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better seeks to transform educational research and development to focus explicitly on how better to achieve quality educational outcomes more reliably at scale.

Bryk has served with distinction as president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and has directed a number of initiatives that have directly benefited the advancement of teacher education. As an extraordinary scholar, leading research methodologist for education, prolific author, accomplished researcher, outstanding foundation leader, and exceptional policy maker, he has made a positive difference in all aspects of education. He has received several awards and recognitions for his many accomplishments, serving on the most prestigious panels that shape research and practice for education. He has not only influenced the ways we think about schools and school systems in this country, but also contributed an array of studies that confirm our understanding of American education.

Named for AACTE’s President and CEO Emeritus, the David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education recognizes an individual’s career achievement in the formulation, implementation, research or analysis of educator preparation policy. Nominations for the award come from the AACTE membership and are reviewed by the Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability.

“Bryk and colleagues undertook an array of studies of the Chicago Public Schools that laid the foundation for the transformation of that system and its rise to the top of urban school systems in this country,” said David Imig. His leadership has helped shape policy efforts pertaining to early literacy and deep learning, teacher induction, and professional development.”

“As the leading voice in educator preparation, AACTE represents educators throughout the U.S. who advance our profession through innovation, high standards, and leadership. For 24 years, AACTE has honored its member institutions, leaders, and individuals who make bold, exceptional, and revolutionary contributions to our field,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “AACTE regularly employs the Carnegie Foundation’s Network Improved Communities (NIC) model to create solutions in critical shortage areas such as special education, and develop strategies to recruit and retain Black and Hispanic/Latino men into the teaching profession. AACTE is grateful to Dr. Byrk for his work and contributions to the advancement of teaching, and we look forward to honoring him at our 72nd Annual Meeting later this month.”

AACTE issued a press release today announcing all of its 2020 award winners. For more information on AACTE’s awards program, visit aacte.org.


Jerrica Thurman

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