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NYU Steinhardt to Receive the 2024 AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education, Diversity

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced that the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s Teacher Residency is the recipient of the 2024 AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity.

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 critical to quality teacher preparation and professional development. The Teacher Residency’s co-directors Diana B. Turk, Ph.D., and Frank Pignatosi, Ph.D., will be presented with the award during AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting Feb. 16–18 in Aurora/Denver, Colo.

“It is my pleasure to present New York University with the Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “Its Teacher Residency program’s groundbreaking practices and transformative impact shine as a guiding example in educator preparation, paving the way to establish an inclusive classroom environment that embraces all students.”

NYU’s Teacher Residency program fosters diverse cohorts of full-time teacher education students engaged in partner school settings. With support from NYU Steinhardt faculty, these students receive extensive coaching, mentoring, and guidance along their graduate path into teaching. The curriculum integrates theory, research, and practice, emphasizing multiculturalism, equity, inclusion and justice. Regular equity and inclusion audits ensure continuous analysis and enhancement of the curriculum, pedagogy, policies, language and assessment frameworks to maximize inclusivity and justice. Furthermore, elements from the Framework for Equitable and Effective Teaching are incorporated to prioritize equitable, inclusive, and culturally sustaining teaching practices in the certification process.

“This achievement reflects the dedication of the faculty and staff of the Teacher Residency, as well as our outstanding students who serve as resident teachers,” said Jack H. Knott, Dean of NYU Steinhardt. “Working alongside our K-12 partners, they ensure that students in our partnership schools have teachers who are deeply committed to supporting learning, equity, growth and inclusion. We at NYU Steinhardt are proud to be acknowledged for our efforts towards supporting multicultural education and diversity.”

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.