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(Feb. 18, 2013, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will present its 2013 Best Practice Award in Support of Global Diversity to the University of Maryland (UM) College of Education. The award recognizes a school, college or department of education that fosters diversity, equity and global awareness as core elements of its educator preparation program(s). It will be presented March 2 at AACTE's 65th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.
The AACTE Committee on Global Diversity, which reviews the award, selected UM for making significant contributions to global diversity not only for its students, but also for the educator preparation profession. The program was found to be comprehensive and systematic, with an extensive scholarly record of addressing the goals and missions of global initiatives.
The College of Education team was commended for building long-standing, collaborative partnerships with government entities and school systems, which help to produce internationally literate graduates for the community's diverse schools. UM is the only institution in the U.S. to be selected to host the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program for the past three years.
"The University is delighted but not at all surprised to learn that our College of Education has won the AACTE 2013 Best Practice Award in Support of Global Diversity, as its commitment to internationalizing the college has been long-term, intentional and innovative," said Ross Lewin, Ph.D., UM Vice President for International Programs. "The University of Maryland believes that a great university must be a globally connected university, and has made significant strides towards that goal in recent years. We sincerely appreciate AACTE's recognition of the tireless efforts of our College of Education international outreach."
The Committee gave special recognition to UM's Office of International Initiatives for reflecting a vision of sustainability that is focused on global initiatives. It also highlighted grant opportunities that are available for faculty development and curricular implementation around global issues.
Find more information on AACTE's 2013 award winners at www.aacte.org.
AACTE: Serving Learners
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The 800 institutions holding AACTE membership represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. AACTE's reach and influence fuel its mission of serving learners by providing all school personnel with superior training and continuing education.