COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The College of Education at the University of Maryland will be honored with the 2013 Best Practice Award in Support of Global Diversity by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). The award recognizes a school, college or department of education that fosters diversity, equity and global awareness as core elements of its educator preparation programs.
The AACTE Committee on Global Diversity, which reviews the award, selected Maryland for making significant contributions to global diversity not only for its students, but also for the educator preparation profession. The program was found to be comprehensive and systematic, with an extensive scholarly record of addressing the goals and missions of global initiatives.
The College of Education team was commended for building long-standing, collaborative partnerships with government entities and school systems, which help to produce internationally literate graduates for the community's diverse schools. Maryland is the only institution in the U.S. to be selected to host the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program for the past three years.
"The university is delighted but not at all surprised to learn that our College of Education has won the AACTE 2013 Best Practice Award in Support of Global Diversity, as its commitment to internationalizing the college has been long-term, intentional and innovative," said Ross Lewin Ph.D., vice president for international programs at Maryland. "The University of Maryland believes that a great university must be a globally connected university, and has made significant strides toward that goal in recent years. We sincerely appreciate AACTE's recognition of the tireless efforts of our College of Education international outreach."
The Committee gave special recognition to Marylands's Office of International Initiatives for reflecting a vision of sustainability that is focused on global initiatives. It also highlighted grant opportunities that are available for faculty development and curricular implementation around global issues.