AACTE Announces 2023 National Award Winners

(Feb. 14, 2023, Washington, D.C.) – AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of its annual awards for innovative research, best practice, and exemplary leadership in educator preparation. Through a rigorous selection process carried out by the AACTE Standing Committees, the AACTE Awards Program honors member institutions and individuals who have made bold, extraordinary, and innovative contributions to the field of educator preparation.

The distinguished honorees listed below will be formally recognized during AACTE’s 75th Annual Meeting on February 24-26, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel, in Indianapolis, IN.

Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award Winner:

“Toward a Healthy Racial Climate: Systemically Centering the Well-being of Teacher Candidates of Color,” by authors Rita Kohli, University of California Riverside; Alison G. Dover, California State University Fullerton; Uma Mazyck Jayakumar, University of California Riverside; Darlene Lee, University of California Los Angeles; Nick Henning, California State University Fullerton; Eddie Comeaux, University of California Riverside; Arturo Nevárez, California State University, Stanislaus, (formerly, University of California Riverside); Emma Hipolito, University of California Los Angeles; Andrea Carreno Cortez, University of Washington (formerly, University of California Riverside); and Margarita Vizcarra, University of California Riverside – Learn more.

James D. Anderson Outstanding Dissertation Award Winner:
Lightning Peter Jay, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching Learning and Educational Leadership, Binghamton University – Learn more.

Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award Winner:
Leslie Fenwick, author, Jim Crow’s Pink Slip: The Untold Story of Black Principal And Teacher Leadership – Learn more.

Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education Winner: Cassandra P. Herring, President and CEO, Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity – Learn more.

Outstanding Holmes Institution Award Winner:
Florida Atlantic University – Learn more.

Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives Winner:
College of Education, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign iGlobal Program – Learn more.

Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology Winner:
Kansas State University College of Education – Learn more.

Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity Winner:
Urban Social Justice Teacher Education Program at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education – Learn more.

David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education Winner:
AACTE Advisory Council of State Representatives – Learn more.

Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Winner:
H. Richard Milner IV, Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development – Learn more.

“This year’s award recipients represent the pinnacle of professionalism in educator preparation, producing the best in programming, practice, and scholarship and in advancing innovation, best practice, and leadership in the field of educator preparation,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO.

Learn more about AACTE and the Annual Meeting in February by visiting aacte.org/.



Established in 1948, AACTE is the leading voice in educator preparation. AACTE’s member institutions and programs prepare the greatest number of professional educators in the United States and its territories, including teachers, counselors, administrators, and college faculty. These professional educators are prepared for careers in PK-12 classrooms, colleges and universities, state and governmental agencies, policy institutes, and non-profit organizations. The AACTE alliance of colleges and universities and educator preparation programs collaborates with members and partners to advance the field of education by prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion, and engaging in research-based inquiry, advocacy, and innovative practice. Learn more at aacte.org.

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