The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability has selected Pam Grossman, Dean of Penn GSE, as the 2015 recipient of the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education.
The Edward C. Pomeroy Award recognizes outstanding contributions to teacher education, either through distinguished service to the teacher education community or through the development and promotion of outstanding practices in teacher education at the collegiate, state, or national level.
Grossman’s research delves into topics at the forefront of the current education policy discourse, including the changing landscape of teacher education and the use of observation protocols for teacher professional development. Some of her more recent work considers the classroom practices of middle school English teachers that are associated with student achievement. As part of this research, she helped develop the Protocol for English Language Arts Teaching Observation (PLATO) instrument, which has been used in the Measures of Effective Teaching project. She also served as co-principal investigator of a five-year study of pathways into teaching in New York City schools, focusing on the features of preparation that affect student achievement.
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a national alliance of educator preparation programs, with over 800 member institutions. The Pomeroy Award will be presented as part of AACTE’s 67th Annual Meeting, which will be held in Atlanta, GA, February 27- March 1, 2015.