Rutgers to Receive 2023 AACTE Best Practice Award In Support Of Multicultural Education And Diversity
AACTE today announced that Rutgers University Graduate School of Education (GSE) Dean Wanda J. Blanchett and Associate Dean and Faculty Director of Teacher Education Nora E. Hyland will accept the 2023 Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity Award for their work with the Urban Social Justice Teacher Preparation Program. This award, sponsored by AACTE’s Committee on Global Diversity, recognizes the infusion of diversity throughout all components of a school, college, or department of education as fundamental to quality teacher preparation and development. Blanchett and Hyland will formally accept the award on behalf of Rutgers University at the AACTE 75th Annual Meeting on Feb. 24-26, in Indianapolis, IN.
The Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Rutgers University serves as the lead partner for all programs at Rutgers – New Brunswick that lead to an educational license through the New Jersey Department of Education. Rutgers University GSE launched the Urban Social Justice Teacher Preparation Program in September of 2017, with the aim of developing a generation of teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to teach and advocate for all students while learning from the community they serve.
“The Rutgers GSE Urban Social Justice Teacher Preparation Program has had an enormous impact on the Rutgers GSE, the larger Rutgers University-New Brunswick community, and most importantly, on communities across the region and state of New Jersey,” said Blanchett. “I could not be more proud of Associate Dean Nora Hyland and GSE faculty, staff, students, and alumni on being the recipients of such a prestigious national award that supports our mission.”
“The Rutgers GSE Urban Social Justice Teacher Preparation Program truly is a best practice that has yielded significant benefits for our neighboring communities and the State of New Jersey,” said Francine Conway, Rutgers–New Brunswick Chancellor-Provost. “I congratulate the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and its leadership on their outstanding success and this well-deserved recognition.”
“AACTE is proud to highlight the exceptional work of Rutgers University’s Urban Social Justice Teacher Preparation Program in training the next generation of teachers to be the best advocates they can be for the communities of students whom they serve,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “It is a pleasure to recognize the work of Deans Blanchett and Hyland with the Urban Social Justice Teacher Preparation Program at the Awards Forum during our 75th Annual Meeting.”