Grow Your Own Teachers – Northeastern Illinois University College of Education
Receiving the award on behalf of the program––Maureen D. Gillette
Dean, College of Education, Northeastern Illinois University
Grow Your Own Teachers (GYO), a program in the College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), is a community-centered teacher education program. It is part of Grow Your Own Teachers Illinois, a coalition of such partnerships across the state whose mission is to improve teaching and learning in high needs schools by recruiting and preparing community-based teachers, and returning them to their local schools to teach. This effort is improving teacher quality and retention, and thus, student learning in some of the most challenged schools in Chicago.
Rose Duhon Sells Multicultural Program Award
E3: Educational Excellence & Equity
San Rafael CA
E3–Educational Excellence & Equity strives for deep institutional-level change in Bay Area educational systems. E3 trains and supports Bay Area teachers, administrators and students in a “strength-based approach”, educational culture and curriculum that empower youth to use their personal experience to recognize that they already possess critical skills needed for success in the 21st century global market. Through this approach, students develop the following 5 essential 21st century skills: Critical Analysis: The ability to arrive at conclusions by analyzing various perspectives, observations, and evidence. Adaptability and Agility: effectively navigating a continually changing environment; Social Capital & Teamwork: to effectively influence and be influenced while successfully collaborating with others; Cross-Cultural Communication: to effectively communicate with individuals from different cultural backgrounds; and, Innovation and Imagination: to form multiple answers to a problem. E3 promotes this systems-level change through its Innovative student cohort–providing academic and leadership workshops to a cohort of students statistically least likely to graduate, empowering them to graduate. Training Teachers–utilizing the principles, experiences, and lessons from the successful student cohort initiative, E3 trains teachers to more effectively engage low-achieving youth and teach 21st century skills. A School Community Identification Assessment–Train school community to assess and identify student engagement and teacher effectiveness. Together, these strategies increase high school graduation and college retention rates among low-achieving youth, creating a successful strength-based educational model, and forging a paradigm shift in Bay Area educational systems.
Rose Duhon-Sells Local Multicultural Program Award
Center for Academic Enrichment & Outreach (CAEO)
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
William Sullivan, Director and Vice President for Retention & Outreach
This award recognizes an outstanding program in the NAME Conference host city. Under the direction of NAME member William Sullivan, the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach at UNLV is responsible for ensuring an academic culture that is amenable to students of diverse backgrounds or high-risk populations, as well as overseeing 13 TRIO and two GEAR-UP programs to support students’ academic and personal success.
Lincoln (NE) Public School
Thomas Christie, Director
For almost 20 years, the Lincoln Public School’s Multicultural Education Program has provided essential multicultural services and diversity institutes at the local, statewide, and national levels. Thomas Christie, Director of Multicultural Educations Programs believes that multicultural education goes far beyond the holidays, celebrations, and heroes that many classroom teachers highlight at special times of the year. Thomas has always demonstrated that multicultural education is an extension of one’s lived experiences.
Exploring the Indigenous Ways of Knowing of the Ojibwe
Bruce D. Martin
Penn State University
“Exploring the Indigenous Ways of Knowing of the Ojibwe” is a survey course developed by Bruce Martin. The course is designed to cultivate understanding and appreciation of the world-view of the Ojibwe, one of the largest aboriginal communities in North America. It helps students think critically about their own history and culture, and identify assumptions and values that shape their own world-views while introducing them to philosophies of indigenous people. Martin teaches this five seminar course through the Outreach Office in the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State University.
1994 – Yakima Tribal School
1995 – Grow Your Own Teacher Project — Wichita Public Schools
1997 – Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Oregon
1998 – California State University, San Marcos — Middle Level Teacher Education Program
1999 – Multicultural Opportunities Branch — Kentucky Department of Education
2000 – Prince George’s County Maryland (School District)
2000 – Empire Consortium (Heritage College) (Higher Education)
2001 – The New Jersey Project
2002 – Rethinking Urban Poverty: A Philadelphia Field Project
2003 – Center for Multicultural Education, College of Education, University of Washington
2004 – University of Georgia and Clarke County School District, University of Georgia,
2005 – White Bear Lake Area School District’s Diversity & Integration Program
2006 – PMAC – Principal’s Multicultural Advisory Committee Program, Pinellas Co. Schools, Largo, FL
2007 – English Acquisition National, Claflin University