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California State University, Fresno, to Receive AACTE Award for Professional Ethics and Moral Dispositions in Teacher Education

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(Feb. 18, 2013, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will present its 2013 Best Practice Award for Professional Ethics and Moral Dispositions in Teacher Education to the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State). The award recognizes excellence in a school, college or department of education for illustrative and purposeful attention to professional ethics and moral dispositions in teacher education. It will be presented March 2 at AACTE's 65th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Stemming from AACTE's work through its Task Force on Teacher Education as a Moral Community, the award seeks to identify models of moral and ethical preparation of prospective PK-12 teachers and other school professionals.

"A focus on character development, professional ethics and moral dispositions has been at the core of our credential and graduate programs for over two decades," said John Welty, Ed.D., president of Fresno State. "The careers of thousands of Kremen School-trained educators have been touched over this time. We are delighted that AACTE and the profession have acknowledged those efforts and we are humbled to have been chosen to receive the 2013 Best Practice Award for Professional Ethics and Moral Dispositions in Teacher Education."

The winning applicant was required, among many criteria, to describe the kind of professional educator the program or unit is trying to foster, within the context of education in a democracy and explain how dispositions and professional ethics enact values and relate to knowledge and skills. They also needed to demonstrate how a clear theory and practice relate to the development of dispositions, and demonstrate the success or impact of the policies and practices on developing professional ethics and moral dispositions in teacher candidates.

Judges selected the Kremen School for the award because of its clear commitment to preparing educators who have a deep understanding of the ethical dimensions of teaching, who see education as part of the democratic fabric of society, and who have worked to develop dispositions toward teaching effectively in diverse communities. In addition, faculty members share an understanding of conceptualizing and developing their candidates' dispositions, thanks to a long-standing and ongoing commitment that is embedded throughout the educator preparation program.

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The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The 800 institutions holding AACTE membership represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. AACTE's reach and influence fuel its mission of serving learners by providing all school personnel with superior training and continuing education.

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