Vesna Dimitrieska, Coordinator of Global Education Initiatives, has won the Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The award, given at the association’s recent annual meeting in Atlanta, recognizes Dimitrieska’s unique work between the School of Education and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.
“Globally ready students are able to reach their fullest potential and make a difference not only in their local but also national and international communities,” Dimitrieska said. “Global issues are rooted in local contexts, and, as teacher educators, we owe it to our students to create the types of learning experiences that would empower them to be active advocates in their local communities while being mindful of how the local and the global are interconnected.”
Dimitrieska coordinates K-16 Global Education Perspectives, a cross-school program that is a collaboration between the School of Education and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and its area studies centers, including the African Studies Program, Center for the Study of Global Change, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for the Study of the Middle East, East Asian Studies Center, Institute for European Studies, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Centerand Russian and East European Institute. This internal but cross-school partnership has been shared as an exemplary model among several associations and grant-awarding agencies.