UNT recently earned the Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
"This award represents a national review by technology teacher educators who recognized UNT's work as innovative and of high quality," says Mary Harris, professor of teacher education and administration and a principal investigator for the grant that funded the award-winning online curriculum.
Harris accepted the award at the AACTE's 59th Annual Meeting and Exhibits in New York City.
UNT received the award for developing an online resource that faculty members can integrate into their teacher education courses.
The online tool helps future teachers acquire the knowledge and skills needed to engage families across cultures. The six online resource modules have been used in a variety of teacher education programs in the College of Education and UNT's partner universities: the University of Mississippi, University of North Dakota and the University of Texas at El Paso.
Topics in the resource modules include communicating, parenting, learning at home, volunteering, advocacy and decision-making, and collaborating with the community.
"The Parent Teacher Education Connection modules and their contents are part of the UNT College of Education's initial and post baccalaureate teacher certification programs," says Jean Keller, dean of the College of Education.
"These modules challenge future teachers to make strong connections in the community and to work with all families, including families of students who have disabilities, those who are recent immigrants or evacuees, and those whose home languages and cultures differ from the teacher's," she says. "The modules reach out to K-12 schools, infusing technology into professional development. UNT is proud of this wonderful partnership and its impact on future teachers."
The resource was developed with support from the Center for Parent Education and the Texas Center for Educational Technology, both at UNT.
"This is a resource for faculty and teacher educators to prepare their students for parent involvement in schools," says Arminta Jacobson, director of the Center for Parent Education. "Very few universities across the country have preparation in working with parents. This can be integrated into any kind of teacher preparation course."
The project was made possible with a three-year grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education from the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.
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