University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign IGlobal Program to Receive 2023 AACTE Best Practice Award In Support Of Global And International Perspectives
AACTE announced that the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is the recipient of the 2023 AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives for the efforts of its IGlobal Program (IGlobal). This award, sponsored by AACTE’s Committee on Global Diversity, recognizes exemplary practice in the intercultural, global, cross-cultural, and international arenas, and is part of its mission to assure that a global/international perspective is brought to policy and programs associated with the preparation of education professionals. The award will be formally presented to Allison Witt, Director of International Programs in the College of Education, during the AACTE 75th Annual Meeting, February 24 – 26, in Indianapolis, IN.
IGlobal provides online global fieldwork for preservice teachers, professional development for in-service teachers both local and global, connection to campus and home cultures for international students, and opportunities for both local and international middle school students to collaborate on real world challenges across languages and cultures. Now in its third year, IGlobal engages 57 Illinois preservice teachers, in partnership with 10 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) international students, leading over 1000 middle school students from 21 countries.
“IGlobal connects prospective educators with students and educators around the world in ways that help them all learn what it means to live in a global society,” said Dean Chrystalla Mouza, College of Education. “IGlobal works towards a sustainable future, one of the greatest challenges of our time.”
“The University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign is well-deserving of the Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives, presented during our 75th Annual Meeting,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “The IGlobal program makes impactful contributions to the preparation of education professionals around the world by providing critical fieldwork opportunities for teachers serving the needs of both local and international students.”