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Howard University to Receive the 2024 AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced that the Howard University (HU) School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction is the recipient of the 2024 AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives. The university is being recognized for its revamped elementary education program that integrates global experiences into the curriculum.

This award recognizes exemplary practice in the intercultural, global, cross-cultural, and international arenas and is overseen by AACTE’s Committee on Global Diversity as part of its mission to ensure that a global/international perspective is brought to policy and programs associated with the preparation of education professionals. Dawn Williams, Ph.D., dean of HU’s School of Education, and Katherine Norris, Ed.D., professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will be presented with the award during AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting Feb. 16–18, 2024, in Aurora/Denver, Colo.

“It is an honor to be recognized by AACTE,” Williams said. “This collective effort to foster cross-cultural understanding for our pre-service teachers underscores the importance of interconnected education in our increasingly interconnected world.”

The HU School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, emphasizes the strengths of diverse people, languages and cultures while ensuring that teacher candidates have the social and emotional skills to establish rapport with students from diverse backgrounds. Its global initiative immerses future teacher leaders in various communities through a week-long spring break program with established partnerships in South American countries. In its fifth year, HU’s initiative involves multiple cohorts of elementary education students engaging with local officials, conducting community service, and presenting on the U.S. educational system in English and Spanish.

“It is my pleasure to present Howard University with the Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “HU’s global initiative stands as a pinnacle of the industry and testament to the university’s commitment to foster compassionate and culturally responsive educators.”

About AACTE 

Established in 1948, AACTE is the leading voice in educator preparation. AACTE’s member institutions and programs prepare the greatest number of professional educators in the United States and its territories, including teachers, counselors, administrators, and college faculty. These professional educators are prepared for careers in PK-12 classrooms, colleges and universities, state and governmental agencies, policy institutes, and non-profit organizations. The AACTE alliance of colleges and universities and educator preparation programs collaborates with members and partners to advance the field of education by prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and engaging in research-based inquiry, advocacy, and innovative practice. Learn more at aacte.org