AACTE Awards Program

2020 AACTE Awards

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.

AACTE is currently accepting applications for its 2021 Awards. For most of the awards, programs and individuals can be either self-nominated or nominated by a third party. To submit your nomination, visit AACTE’s online submission site. Entries for the Outstanding Book Award are due June 15 and entries for the Outstanding Dissertation Award are due August 21. The due date for all other award submissions is October 9. The selected award winners will be honored at the 2021 AACTE Annual Meeting.

The 2020 award recipients were honored during the AACTE 72nd Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, February 28 – March 1, 2020. For an overview of the 2019 award winners, see this press release.

View the 2021 Call for Entries.

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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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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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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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

he 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

This 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

This 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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