AACTE Announces 2020 National Award Winners

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For media inquiries, contact: Jerrica Thurman
202-478-4502 or jthurman@aacte.org

(February 10, 2010, Washington, D.C.) The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of its annual awards for innovative research, best practice, and exemplary leadership in educator preparation. The following member institutions and individuals will be honored during the AACTE 72nd Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, February 28 – March 1.

  • Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award Winner:
    Amy Rector-Aranda, Texas A&M University, “Critically Compassionate Intellectualism in Teacher Education: The Contributions of Relational-Cultural Theory” – Learn more
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award Winner:
    Christina Restrepo Nazar, California State University Los Angeles, “Youth as Teacher Educators: Supporting Preservice Teachers in Developing Youth Centered, Equity-Oriented Science Teaching Practices” – Learn more
  • Outstanding Book Award Winner:
    Reclaiming Accountability in Teacher Education Learn more
  • Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives Winner:
    Indiana University School of Education, K-16 Global Education Initiatives Across Indiana Program Learn more
  • Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology Winner:
    Salisbury University College of Education, Makerspace Initiative Learn more
  • Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity Winner:
    Manhattanville College School of Education, Changing Suburbs Institute Learn more
  • David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education Winner:
    Anthony Bryk, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Learn more

“As the leading voice in educator preparation, AACTE represents educators throughout the U.S. who advance our profession through innovation, high standards, and leadership. For 24 years, AACTE has honored its member institutions, leaders, and individuals who make bold, exceptional, and revolutionary contributions to our field,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “The 2020 AACTE Awards recipients exemplify excellence in educator preparation, and I look forward to honoring them at the 72nd Annual Meeting later this month.”

The AACTE Awards Program recognizes excellence in schools, colleges, and departments of education. It includes a rigorous selection process carried out by the AACTE Standing Committees, which review all of the entries before determining the winners to be honored at the AACTE Annual Meeting.


AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator Preparation
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs and partners dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. Nearly 800 members include public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at www.aacte.org.

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