Angelo State University, in conjunction with the Ballinger Independent School District, has received a 2022 Exemplary School Partnership Award from the Texas Association of Teacher Educators (TxATE).
Exemplary School Partnership Awards honor initiatives that have been developed and collaboratively implemented between university teacher preparation programs and school districts with the goal of supporting beginning teachers and improving learning for all children.
The ASU College of Education and BISD were recognized for the BISD New Teacher Academy, an induction program that provides consistent support, professional development and encouragement for beginning BISD teachers. Work began on the program in 2020 with BISD leadership led by Superintendent Jeff Butts collaborating with the ASU College of Education on its structure and implementation. That collaboration has continued, and the 2022-23 New Teacher Academy is underway.
“This award exemplifies the College of Education’s commitment to our district partners to improve educational experiences,” said Dr. Scarlet Clouse, dean of the College of Education. “Ballinger ISD has embraced this partnership and enhanced the College of Education’s practices in preparing future teachers and administrators. We are very appreciative of this valuable relationship.”
Butts and Clouse accepted the Exemplary School Partnership Award at the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE) annual conference earlier this month in San Marcos.