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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.

AACTE Introduces New Holmes Scholars

With 65 active member institutions, the Holmes Program continues to grow to include new members and diverse master, doctoral, and post-doctoral scholars who are advancing research and practice in various specialty areas. AACTE is proud to welcome new Holmes Scholars from Ohio University, the University of Connecticut, Cal State University – San Bernardino, Texas Christian University, Fordham University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

On #GivingTuesday: Support the Future of Teacher Education

AACTE is excited that the launch of its first-ever individual giving program begins today, November 28, with #GivingTuesday — offering you and others an opportunity to have a direct impact on building the next generation of the educator workforce. Members and educator preparation advocates are invited to be a part of this inaugural giving campaign, “The Future of Teacher Education Starts Now.”   

Your tax-deductible gift to the campaign will greatly assist AACTE in its work to elevate educator preparation and grow the educator workforce. Become an AACTE champion and directly impact the programs, products, and services that create a more robust, diverse, and high-quality educator workforce.

Register Now – November 29 Lunch with Lynn

AACTE will host the November 29 virtual Lunch with Lynn, “The Holmes Program Today,” to showcase the history and work of the Holmes Program, which supports the graduate work of ethnically and racially diverse students at member institutions. AACTE President & CEO Lynn M. Gangone will be joined by Lisa F. Huffman and Gina Anderson from Texas Woman’s University where the program has grown and expanded despite statewide efforts to hamper DEI efforts. Weade James, AACTE’s vice president of advancement and Holmes Program alumna will also join the conversation to provide an update on recent program successes and expanded opportunities for participants.

Register today for the November 29 Lunch with Lynn.

Come Early and Learn More at #AACTE24 Preconferences

The AACTE Annual Meeting is a cornerstone event for educators, researchers, and education leaders alike. While the main conference offers a wealth of insights and networking opportunities, there is an often-overlooked gem that deserves special attention — Preconference opportunities. Attending AACTE Preconference activities is an excellent way to invest your time and commitment to learning during the Annual Meeting. Check out the schedule and descriptions below to see what this year’s preconference has to offer.

Final Reminder: State Leaders Institute Starts November 1

AACTE and the Advisory Council of State Representatives (ACSR) invite all who are interested in state policy impacting educator preparation to gather together at the Fall Virtual State Leaders Institute, where you can catch up on the latest information about state policy developments and share advocacy plans, activities, and resources with your colleagues from around the country. 

The low registration fee of $50 per person ($65 for AACTE non-members) and virtual format are designed to enable all who have an interest in state policy to attend.

Join us as we delve into innovative strategies, research, and best practices that will help us elevate teacher preparation programs to new heights. Together, we can work towards creating a brighter and more effective future for our educators and, in turn, for the students they inspire. Your participation in this event will be instrumental in shaping the future of teacher preparation. We look forward to your presence and contributions.