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Friday, April 23, 2010

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IU School of Education names new Armstrong Teacher Educators

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Designation honors top teachers, advances professional development, teacher preparation and education research

April 23, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University School of Education has announced a class of six Indiana public school teachers as the group of Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Teacher Educators for the 2010-11 school year. These select teachers will participate in professional development opportunities and work with IU faculty and students studying to be teachers over the next year. A committee of IU faculty and former recipients choose the Armstrong teachers.

Since 1997, superintendents and principals from around Indiana have nominated teachers for the Armstrong Teacher Educator award based on patterns of outstanding teaching and school leadership. The nominees must also demonstrate a potential to work effectively as mentors and role models for pre-service teachers.

The current class of award winners is:

"Having these outstanding teachers engaged in the life of the School of Education in such a meaningful way is a tremendous asset to the preparation of future teachers and our academic mission in general," said Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the IU School of Education. "This is one of the most exciting private-public partnerships in education today. We owe much to the donors who helped establish it as well as the university faculty and teachers who have turned it into such a huge success."

Armstrong teachers will invite IU students and faculty to visit their classrooms and also work with campus-based courses, panel discussions, field experience sites, student teaching seminars, research projects, and other activities. Past Armstrong teachers have created unique projects from their year in the program.

The awards are made possible through the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Fund in Teacher Education, established through a gift from the Cook Group Companies, Inc. of Bloomington. The endowment also supports the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair in Teacher Education. Since the program started, more than 100 Indiana teachers have earned selection as Armstrong Teacher Educators.

Read more about the Armstrong program at, and look there for a link to more biographical information and photos of each new Armstrong teacher educator.

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