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AACTE Honors JTE Article on Justice-Oriented Teaching Practices with 2021 Award

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AACTE is pleased to announce authors of the article, Rethinking High-Leverage Practices in Justice-Oriented Ways,as the recipient of the 2021 AACTE Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award. Published in the September/October 2020 issue of the journal, the authors of the article, Angela Calabrese Barton of University of Michigan, Edna Tan of University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Daniel J. Birmingham of Colorado State University are being presented with the award at today’s virtual AACTE 73rd Annual Meeting Awards Forum.

“There is much to admire and value about the scholarship that Calabrese Barton, Tan, and Birmingham report in this award-winning piece,” said Elizabeth Birr Moje, dean of the School of Education, University of Michigan. “Their ambitious pursuit of justice-oriented teaching practice, conducted in partnership with teachers, makes invaluable contributions to our understanding of how educators engage in socially transformative teaching.”

For 25 years, AACTE has honored its member institutions, leaders, and individuals who make bold, exceptional, and revolutionary contributions to the field of educator preparation. This award is given annually by AACTE to recognize exemplary scholarship published in the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) during the last volume year. The journal’s editors, based at Michigan State University, nominate several top articles for consideration, and the AACTE Committee on Research and Dissemination selects the winning piece to receive the award. The committee selected this article for the award based upon its relevancy and quality methodology utilizing multiple data sources and detailed coding procedures and analysis.

High-Leverage Practices (HLPs) is an important topic that addresses the preparation of general and special education teachers. The article sheds light on the use of the Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach to engage teachers and students as experts and critiques the use of HLPs. It provides a unique perspective of the integration of HLPs and social justice approaches, which adds to the knowledge base.

“This research illustrates the powerful interplay of social activism, theory, rigorous method and steadfast commitment to good work,” said Annemarie S. Palincsar, chair of Educational Studies, University of Michigan.

“AACTE is privileged to have researchers such as Drs. Calabrese Barton, Tan, and Birmingham in the field and contributing to our Journal of Teacher Education,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO.  “Their groundbreaking study provides invaluable insight on disrupting and transforming injustices through teaching and learning. They are well-deserving of this award, and it is a pleasure to recognize them at today’s Awards forum during our 73rd Annual Meeting.”

AACTE issued a press release today announcing all of its 2021 award winners. For more information on AACTE’s awards program, visit the AACTE website.


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Katrina Norfleet

Content Strategist, AACTE