University of Missouri – St. Louis, to Receive 2022 AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives
AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced that the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) is the recipient of the 2022 AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives for their “Internationalizing Education at UMSL and Beyond” initiative. This award, sponsored by AACTE’s Committee on Global Diversity, recognizes exemplary practice in the intercultural, global, cross-cultural, and international arenas and will be presented at the AACTE 74th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La, on March 6.
Drs. Shea Kerkhoff and Natalie Bolton, faculty in the Department of Educator Preparation and Leadership, lead the Internationalizing Education at UMSL and Beyond project. The project’s overall goal is to integrate global competency in teaching across content areas and P-20 levels in St. Louis and beyond. The comprehensive approach incorporates five components: internationalizing teaching and learning inquiry circles for university faculty, teaching a global readiness grand seminar for preservice teachers, integrating global readiness in curriculum outcomes and standards, inquiry initiative professional development for in-service teachers in Kenya and St. Louis, and a Doctor of Education partnership with Shenyang Normal University, China.
College of Education Dean Ann Taylor stated, “Drs. Kerkhoff and Bolton represent the many voices of student, staff, and faculty colleagues in teacher education here in the college who know that all our futures rest not in less, but rather in more, learning across international boundaries. We continue to challenge ourselves to rise up for our region and the world.”
The 26th annual AACTE Awards Program honors member institutions and individuals who have made bold, extraordinary, and innovative contributions to the profession of teacher education.
“The Internationalizing Education at UMSL and Beyond project is a vital initiative in extending global and international perspectives in educator preparation,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and chief executive officer. “Initiatives like this forge the way to a globally diverse environment in our educator programming and into our school systems.”