Indiana University School of Education to Receive AACTE Award for Global/International Initiatives
AACTE is delighted to announce Indiana University School of Education as the recipient of the 2020 AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives for its K-16 Global Education Initiatives across Indiana program. Vesna Dimitrieska, coordinator, Global Education Initiatives at Indiana University School of Education and Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, will be recognized formally with the award at the AACTE 72nd Annual Meeting, February 28 – March 1, in Atlanta, GA.
The uniqueness of Indiana University’s program lies in its structure as a joint program between its School of Education and its Hamilton Lugar School (HLS) of Global and International Studies, working collaboratively to create globally competent teachers. Hosted at the School of Education, the program ensures graduates enter the workforce with deep global knowledge and “strong fluency in the regional cultures, languages, and perspectives shaping our world.” By combining the resources that are available from the two schools, the program is providing equitable access to urban, suburban, and rural parts of Indiana and initiating, maintaining, and expanding partnerships with educators in schools from 18 different counties across the state.
Indiana University’s K-16 Global Education Initiatives across Indiana is receiving the AACTE award for preparing teacher candidates and in-service teachers throughout the state to engage their learners in meaningful and transformative learning experiences towards becoming globally-minded, engaged citizens.
This award is given annually by AACTE to recognize exemplary educator preparation in the intercultural, global, cross-cultural, and international arenas. Examples of quality practices may include international student teaching, faculty development, faculty and student exchanges, utilization of international students, infusion of international/global studies in professional development schools, and other elements.
Along with a description of their program’s framework, goals, and objectives, applicants must present evidence of its impact and influence beyond the institution and provide letters of support from relevant community members. The AACTE Committee on Global Diversity reviews the applications and selects the winning entry.
“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. “Indiana University’s commitment to educate globally-competent teachers, and to do so through an active inter-institutional collaboration, serves as a model for us all. As the recipient of a 2020 AACTE Award, Indiana University’s College of Education K-16 Global Innovation program exemplifies best practice in our field.”
AACTE issued a press release today announcing all of its 2020 award winners. For more information on AACTE’s awards program, visit aacte.org. Nominations for the 2021 Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives will open in April.