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University of Northern Colorado to Receive the 2024 AACTE Increasing Educator Diversity: Promising Practice Award

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced that the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Center for Urban Education (CUE) is the recipient of its 2024 Increasing Educator Diversity: Promising Practice Award for its demonstrated outcomes and advocacy related to increasing educator diversity.  

The inaugural award, overseen by AACTE’s Programmatic Advisory Committee on Educator Diversity, recognizes a promising practice from a school, college, or department of education demonstrating outcomes and advocacy related to various activities, practices, programs, pedagogies, systems and/or policies that lead to or is likely to lead to, an increase in educator diversity.  

Since 2000, the CUE has focused on preparing teachers who are culturally, racially and linguistically responsive to build a workforce that mirrors the demographics of the learners in Denver. With over 70% of its teacher candidates being individuals of color, the center equips educators to make a meaningful impact in diverse urban settings. Through the center’s Grow Your Own (GYO) program, teacher candidates work as paraeducators in local schools during the mornings and complete their teacher prep courses in the afternoons and evenings setting them up for success in the classroom.  

Kimberly A. White-Smith to Receive National AACTE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced Kimberly A. White-Smith, Ed.D., as the 2024 recipient of the AACTE Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education. White-Smith is the dean and professor at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego (USD) and vice president of the California Council on Teacher Education.

The Pomeroy Award recognizes outstanding contributions to educator preparation, either through distinguished service to the educator preparation community or through the development and promotion of outstanding practices in educator preparation at the collegiate, state or national level. The award is named in honor of former AACTE Executive Director Edward C. Pomeroy who served from 1952 to 1980. White-Smith will be presented with the award during AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting Feb. 16–18, 2024, in Aurora/Denver, Colo.

University of California, Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins University Researchers Honored with 2024 Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced that the article, “Developing an Equity-Centered Practice: Teacher Study Groups in the Preservice Context,” has been selected to receive the 2024 Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) Article Award.

This award, cosponsored by Sage, recognizes exemplary scholarship published in the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) in the area of educator preparation or teaching and learning with implications for educator preparation. The authors will be presented with the award during AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting Feb. 16-18, 2024, in Aurora/Denver, Colo.

University of Utah’s David Stroupe to Receive 2024 AACTE Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced David Stroupe, Ph.D., associate professor of STEM education and director of research of the USTEM Hub at the University of Utah, as the 2024 recipient of the AACTE Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award for Growing and Sustaining Student-Centered Science Classrooms.

The Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award, named in honor of the prominent American pedagogical theorist and teacher educator, recognizes an author or book that significantly contributes to the knowledge base of educator preparation. The award, overseen by the AACTE Committee on Research and Dissemination, acknowledges those who offer a fresh lens on current assumptions or practices, reorient thinking in the field and show potential for significant impact on policy or practice in educator preparation. Stroupe will be presented with the award during AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting Feb. 16–18 in Aurora/Denver, Colo.

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.

Sarah McCarthey to Receive AACTE National Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced Sarah McCarthey, Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2024 Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education. McCarthey is the Sheila M. Miller Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and interim associate dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

This award recognizes distinguished achievements in research over the last decade that has significantly impacted the field of educator preparation. Lindsey was a longtime professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, whose writing and research had a tremendous and lasting impact on the field. McCarthey will be presented with the award during AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting Feb. 16–18, 2024, in Aurora/Denver, Colo.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to Receive the 2024 AACTE Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced that The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is the recipient of its 2024 Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology for its College of Education and P16 Integration (CEP) Empowered Educator (E2) Program for 21st Century Teaching.

The award, overseen by AACTE’s Committee on Innovation and Technology, recognizes an innovative use of educational technologies in a school, college or department of education and highlights initiatives that creatively infuse technology into the curriculum, transcending conventional teaching methods and bringing about transformative changes in educational practices. UTRGV CEP’s Leticia De Leon, Ed.D., Rene Corbeil, Ed.D., and Maria Elena Corbeil, Ed.D., will be presented with the award during AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting Feb. 16–18, 2024, in Aurora/Denver, Colo.

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.

Pennsylvania State University’s Mariah Harmon Named 2024 AACTE James D. Anderson Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced Mariah Deans Harmon, Ph.D., assistant professor at the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University, as the recipient of the 2024 AACTE James D. Anderson Outstanding Dissertation Award for, “From Object to Subject: Exploring the Experiences and Developmental Needs of Black Women Pre-Service Teachers.”

This award recognizes excellence in doctoral dissertation research (or its equivalent) that contributes to the knowledge base of educator preparation or teaching and learning with implications for educator preparation. This award is named for James D. Anderson, one of the towering giants in the history of American education. Harmon will be presented with the award at AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting Feb. 16–18, in Aurora/Denver, Colo.

Jane West to Receive National Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced Jane West, Ph.D., former senior vice president of AACTE, as the 2024 recipient of the AACTE David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education.

The AACTE David G. Imig Award is presented to individuals who demonstrate distinguished achievement in developing, implementing or analyzing teacher education policies or who perform outstanding scholarship in the field of educator preparation. The award is named in honor of AACTE President and CEO Emeritus David G. Imig, who led the association from 1980 to 2005. West will be presented with the award at AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting Feb. 16–18 in Aurora/Denver, Colo.

University of Central Florida to Receive the 2024 AACTE Best Practice Award for Exemplary Holmes Program

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced that the University of Central Florida is the recipient of the 2024 AACTE Best Practice Award for Exemplary Holmes Program.

This award recognizes Holmes Program institutions that demonstrate exemplary and innovative practices in supporting graduate students of color resulting in increased productivity of its scholars. Amanda Wilkerson, Ed.D., assistant professor, and Caroline Pratt Marrett, Ph.D., senior lecturer and program coordinator for the Exceptional Student Education Program, College of Community Innovation and Education, will accept the award at AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting on Feb. 16–18, 2024, in Aurora/Denver, Colo.

Enjoy Your Stay In Denver

With nearly a month to go until the 2024 AACTE Annual Meeting, be sure to make the most of your experience by booking your hotel room at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center by January 22 to be guaranteed the special AACTE discount. By doing so, you not only guarantee your spot at this premier gathering but you will also unlock exclusive benefits related to your hotel accommodation.

The 2024 AACTE Annual Meeting takes place February 16-18 in Aurora/Denver, Colorado. Check out the hotel’s dining options and enjoy other amenities at the Gaylord Rockies Resort, including the spa, fitness center, and indoor pool, to make the most of your stay in the Mile High City.

Register for #AACTE24 by January 1 to Receive Advanced Registration Rates

As the year comes to a close, make a resolution to invest in your professional development by registering for AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting before the Advanced Registration deadline of January 1. AACTE does not want you to miss out on the chance to network with peers, explore cutting-edge educational practices in teacher preparation, and gain insights from industry experts at the February 16 – 18 Annual Meeting in Aurora/Denver, CO.

Member Spotlight: Nicholas Hartlep Previews #AACTE Featured Session Highlighting Solutions to Diversify Leadership in IHEs

As the AACTE 2024 Annual Meeting quickly approaches, Ed Prep Matters will highlight presenters at Featured Sessions. These accomplished experts represent a diverse spectrum of thought leadership in the field of teacher education, bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience, and groundbreaking insights to the forefront. Get ready to be inspired by members in the field, each poised to elevate and shape the future of educator preparation.

Featured Session: From Hiring to Tenure: Solutions to Diversify the Ranks of Higher Education Faculty and Leaders

Despite increased racial and ethnic diversity of U.S. college enrollees and calls for greater DEI, the lack of faculty of color in higher education, particularly colleges and schools of education, continues to persist. Faculty diversity plays an important role in college completion. This session will examine the challenges and opportunities to diversify the ranks of academia and elevate successful initiatives to attract and retain faculty and leaders of color.

In this member spotlight, Nicholas D. Hartlep, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin discusses his presentation in this Featured Session and what attendees can look forward to in this engaging conversation.

Hartlep holds the Robert Charles Billings Endowed Chair in Education at Berea College, where he chairs the Education Studies Department. His research includes examinations of the model minority stereotype of Asian Americans, higher education leadership, teaching and transformation in urban educational settings, and the impact of neoliberalism on public P–20 education. He has published 26 books in the field of education over the course of his academic career, two of which were named Outstanding Books by the Society of Professors of Education.