AACTE Awards Program

The AACTE Awards Program recognizes excellence in both member institutions and individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of educator preparation. In identifying notable programs, practices, activities, writing, and research, these awards encourage all member institutions to strengthen the profession of teacher preparation through innovation, high standards, and leadership. For an overview of the the 2024 award winners, read the press release.

Open for Entries

2025 Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award – Submissions now closed
This award, overseen by the AACTE Committee on Research and Dissemination, recognizes exemplary books that make a significant contribution to the knowledge base of educator preparation or of teaching and learning with implications for educator preparation. Learn more and submissions are now closed.

2025 James D. Anderson Outstanding Dissertation Award – Submissions now closed
This award, overseen by AACTE’s Committee on Research and Dissemination, recognizes excellence in doctoral dissertation research (or its equivalent) that contributes to the knowledge base of educator preparation or of teaching and learning with implications for educator preparation. Learn more and submissions are now closed. 


Writing and Research Awards

2025 Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award

Best Practice Awards

2025 Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity

2025 Increasing Educator Diversity: Promising Practice Award

2025 Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives

2025 Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology

2025 Best Practice Award for Exemplary Holmes Program

Professional Achievement Awards

2025 Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education

2025 David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education

2025 Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

AACTE Award Categories

Innovative Use of Technology

This award, sponsored by AACTE’s Committee on Innovation and Technology, recognizes an innovative use of educational technologies in a school, college, or department of education.

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Support Global and International Perspectives

This award recognizes exemplary practice in the intercultural, global, cross-cultural, and international arenas. It is sponsored by AACTE’s Committee on Global Diversity as part of its mission to assure that a global/international perspective is brought to policy and programs associated with the preparation of education professionals.

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Support in Multicultural Education and Diversity

This award, sponsored by AACTE’s Committee on Global Diversity, recognizes the infusion of diversity throughout all components of a school, college, or department of education (SCDE) as critical to quality teacher preparation and professional development. Specifically, the incorporation of issues related to culture, language, demographics, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and exceptionalities in the education process are perceived as important.

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Increasing Educator Diversity: Promising Practice Award 

This inaugural promising practice award, overseen and sponsored by AACTE’s Programmatic Advisory Committee on Educator Diversity (PACED), recognizes a promising practice from a school, college, or department of education (SCDE) demonstrating outcomes and advocacy related to various activities, practices, programs, pedagogies, systems, and/or policies that lead to, or is likely to lead to, an increase in educator diversity.

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Best Practice Award for Exemplary Holmes Program

This award recognizes Holmes Program institutions that demonstrate exemplary and innovative practices in supporting graduate students of color resulting in increased productivity of its scholars.

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Research in Teacher Education

The Margaret B. Lindsey Award recognizes an individual whose research over the last decade has made a major impact on the field of teacher education.

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Achievement in Teacher Education

The David G. Imig Award recognizes distinguished achievement in the field of policy or research in teacher education. The recipient(s) of this award need not be from an AACTE member institution or otherwise affiliated with AACTE, although there should be an obvious connection between the achievement recognized and AACTE’s mission and work.

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Contributions to Teacher Education

The Edward C. Pomeroy Award recognizes outstanding contributions to teacher education, either through distinguished service to the teacher education community or through the development and promotion of outstanding practices in teacher education at the collegiate, state, or national level.

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Outstanding Book Award Winner

The Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award recognizes as exemplary books that make a significant contribution to the knowledge base of educator preparation or of teaching and learning with implications for educator preparation. AACTE will accept ebooks should your warehouse not be able to ship hard copies by the deadline

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Outstanding Dissertation Award Winner

The James D. Anderson Outstanding Dissertation Award recognizes excellence in doctoral dissertation research that contributes to the knowledge base of educator preparation or of teaching and learning with implications for educator preparation.

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Outstanding JTE Article Award

This award, cosponsored by Sage, recognizes exemplary scholarship published in the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) in the area of educator preparation or of teaching and learning with implications for educator preparation.

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