2007.03.26 > For Immediate Release
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UNO College of Education Presented with Best Practice Award for Ethics
New York City - The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) presented the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) with the Best Practice Award for Professional Ethics and Moral Dispositions in Teacher Education at the Association’s 59th annual Meeting & Exhibits event in New York City on Feb. 27.
Growing from the work of AACTE and its Task Force on Teacher Education as a Moral Community, the award recognizes colleges of education for exemplary practices in the moral and ethical implications of teaching. Examples of exemplary practices may include, but are not limited to, broad attention in program curricula to the ethical obligations of teachers and production of data that further understanding of the moral aspects of teaching.
Recognizing the importance of professional disposition and temperament, the faculty and staff at UNO’s College of Education (COE) are working to assess the dispositions of effective teachers and administrators, systematically incorporate the teaching of dispositions throughout its teacher and administrator preparation programs, and involve PreK–12 schools in their efforts to teach and assess the dispositions of effective teachers and administrators.
After defining, identifying and aligning the dispositions of effective teachers and administrators with professional standards, they developed and validated, using quantitative procedures and analyses--instruments (the Teacher Dispositions Index and the Administrator Dispositions Index) to assess those dispositions--as well as curricula to teach them within the college’s educator preparation programs.
“Professional ethics and moral dispositions should be part of the fabric of an outstanding teacher preparation program. I am proud of our faculty’s efforts to reach this goal by continuing to systematically teach and assess the dispositions of our teacher and administrator candidates,” said John Langan, dean of the COE. “As a result of these efforts, our graduates approach their roles in education with a passion rather than as a job.” Langan was on hand to accept the honor.
“We are extremely proud of our College of Education, its faculty and staff, for being selected for this distinguished award. As we prepare the next generation of education leaders, it is critical that we instill in them the importance of ethical behavior and high moral standards,” said John Christensen, UNO interim chancellor. “By this example, we hope the best practices they use will help and inspire other institutions, thereby elevating the quality of teacher education throughout the nation.”
For more information on AACTE’s Best Practice Award for Professional Ethics and Moral Dispositions in Teacher Education, contact Jade Floyd, AACTE communications manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 478-4596.
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