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Distinguished Program in Teacher Education

The award for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education has been established to recognize and honor outstanding teacher education programs that exemplify collaboration between local education agencies and institutions of higher education in program development and administration. The Association stands committed to recognizing this critical connection. This award is designed to stimulate development and innovation, which will bring into harmony all those agencies which have direct involvement in the preparation of teachers. It also is intended to emphasize the Association's concern for quality in teacher preparation. The winner of this award agrees to make a Distinguished Program in Teacher Education special session presentation at the ATE Annual Meeting, and a plaque will be presented to the representative of the winning program at the ATE 2017 Awards Dinner. 

Who May Enter?

All applicants must be consortia of higher education institution(s), school system(s), and other involved agencies. Each consortium may submit only one entry. 

What Criteria Will Be Considered?

Collaborative development between institutions of higher education and local, state, national, and/or international agencies;

Program goals directed at the establishment of identifiable teaching behaviors;

Theoretically sound, research-based principles that are adaptable to other teacher education programs;

Assessment framework and record of implementation that provides for on-going data-based decision making and program improvement

Alignment among program goals, program actions/activities, and assessment;

Conclusive data demonstrating positive impact of the program on its graduates and on the students they teach in P-12 settings.

What is the entry process?

Entries must be submitted electronically and must contain the following sections:

1.    Overview of program (250 words)

2.    Detailed program description that includes the following sections: (3750 word total)

Collaborative Development of Program

Program Goals 

Theoretical Underpinning and Its Adaptability to Other Programs

Assessment Framework and Implementation Record 

Alignment Among Program Goals, Actions/Activities, and Assessment

Impact of Program on Its Graduates and on P-12 Students

3.    Appendices (limit to five pages)

The entire proposal must be no longer more than 21 pages and must be saved as ONE PDF document. Email the document to the Chair of the DPTE Selection Committee, Dr. Jim Laney, at Jim.Laney@unt.edu by or before 11:59 p.m. EST on September 30, 2016. Insert DPTE 2017 Proposal in the subject line of the email. Late submissions will not be accepted and will not be acknowledged.

What is The Review Process?

1. A selection panel of ATE Members will review and evaluate all entries by November 1, 2016.

2. The winning program, as well as all other entrants for the award, will be notified of the review process outcome by November 21, 2016.

3.  Finalists for the DPTE award are required to make a presentation of their teacher preparation program at the ATE Conference and must maintain a display table in the display area of the ATE conference.

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