The Christa McAuliffe Award has long honored exemplary teacher education programs at public colleges and universities that belong to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) that can document the success of their graduates in improving P-12 pupil learning outcomes.
However, in response to ongoing developments in state data systems which might potentially advantage programs in data-rich states, the award now focuses on how programs have been adapted using evidence of P-12 impact. (Note: evidence of P-12 impact may include, but is not limited to, state data—when and where this is available.) Furthermore, whereas the award historically focused on pre-service preparation, the criteria have been expanded to include professional development programs.
To win this award, teacher education and professional development programs must not only demonstrate effectiveness in producing P-12 learning outcomes; award winners must also demonstrate and explain how they have redesigned their programs as a result of these P-12 learning outcomes.
The purpose of the criteria is to ensure that states that have rich data systems do not provide an unfair competitive advantage for their institutions, and that strategies and programs recognized by the award have the broadest possible application.
Twenty five programs have been honored with this award since 2002.
A first screening of all applications will be conducted by the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU). A committee of AASCU presidents and chancellors will subsequently review all applications and, if necessary, invite selected campuses to submit a second round of applications.
The award will be presented at the AASCU Annual Meeting in October, in Austin, Texas. A follow-up presentation will also be made at TECSCU’s Annual Meeting in February 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Applications must be submitted online no later than Friday, April 24, 2015.
Jolanda M. Westerhof, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
1307 New York Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone (202) 478-4649