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AACTE Honors University of Washington and UC Santa Barbara Educators with Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award

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(Feb. 6, 2012, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will present its 2012 Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) Article Award to Charles A. Peck, Ph.D., and Chrysan Gallucci, Ph.D., of the University of Washington (UW) College of Education and Tine Sloan, Ph.D., of the University of California (UC) at Santa Barbara Graduate School of Education. The award, which recognizes exemplary scholarship published in the JTE in the areas of teacher education or of teaching and learning with implications for teacher education, will be presented February 19 at AACTE's 64th Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The award reviewers, the AACTE Committee on Research and Dissemination, selected the authors for their joint article, “Negotiating Implementation of High-Stakes Performance Assessment Policies in Teacher Education: From Compliance to Inquiry,” which was published in the November/December 2010 issue of JTE. The article analyzes how one institution responded to an external state mandate to adopt a high-stakes teacher performance assessment – a timely topic, as many institutions of higher education and state education agencies are joining the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium (TPAC).

Reviewers noted that the authors constructed a rich, descriptive account of the events and the impacts of the policy implementations as they unfolded in a local context. They added that the authors' stance of inquiry, rather than compliance, provided the field with a portrait of how systematic, programmatic research can greatly benefit the educator preparation profession.

“This paper clearly articulates some of the major tensions involved for teacher educators in the current accountability driven environment for teacher education and provides a compelling example of how one institution was able to connect an external mandate for teacher performance assessment to inquiry about its teacher education program and to program improvement,” said Kenneth Zeichner, Ph.D., director of teacher education and Boeing Professor of teacher education in the UW College of Education. “The paper is an example of the potential in teacher accountability policies like a requirement for teacher performance assessment to provide teacher education faculty with useful data about the performance of their students that can be used both for meeting states' program oversight responsibilities and in helping programs to become better at preparing teachers.”

Dr. Peck is professor of special education and teacher education in the UW College of Education. Dr. Gallucci is research associate professor in the UW College of Education. Dr. Sloan is director of the UC Santa Barbara Gevirtz Graduate School of Education's teacher education program.

The Outstanding JTE Article Award is sponsored by SAGE, AACTE's publishing partner for the journal. For more information about JTE, visit See further details on AACTE's 2012 award winners at


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