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AACTE Awards to Honor Educator Preparation Programs, Leaders, Scholars

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jerrica Thurman 202-478-4502 or

(Feb. 2, 2017, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of its annual awards for best practice, professional achievement and writing and research. The following universities and individuals will be honored during AACTE’s 69th Annual Meeting in Tampa, Fla., March 2-4:

  • Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology
    Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State UniversityLearn more
  • Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives
    College of Education and Allied Studies at Bridgewater State UniversityLearn more
  • Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity
    Ball State University Teachers CollegeLearn more
  • Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education
    Renée A. Middleton, Ohio University
    Learn more
  • David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education
    Nancy L. Zimpher, State University of New YorkLearn more
  • Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education
    James Hiebert, University of DelawareLearn more
  • Outstanding Book Award
    Eva Zygmunt and Patricia Clark, Transforming Teacher Education for Social Justice (Teachers College Press, 2015) – Learn more
  • Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award
    Anna Lees, Western Washington University, “The Roles of Urban Indigenous Community Members in Collaborative Field-Based Teacher Preparation”
    (November /December 2016) – Learn more
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award
    Sarah A. Nagro, George Mason University, The Effects of Guided Video Analysis on Teacher Candidates’ Reflective Ability and Instructional Skills(completed at Johns Hopkins University under the advisement of Professor Laurie deBettencourt) – Learn more

“We are thrilled to honor these outstanding programs, leaders and scholars with the 2017 AACTE awards,” said Sharon P. Robinson, president and CEO of AACTE. “Their work illuminates the path ahead by modeling best practices, building professional knowledge and inspiring our future progress on behalf of all learners.”

The AACTE awards program annually recognizes excellence in both member institutions and individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of educator preparation. By honoring notable programs and practices, professional accomplishments, and writing and research, these awards encourage all member institutions to strengthen the profession of educator preparation through innovation, high standards and leadership.


AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator Preparation

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. More than 800 member institutions represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at