NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES FOR TEACHER EDUCATION

CHARLES C. MACKEY, JR. EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE LEADERSHIP AWARD

PURPOSE

The Charles C. Mackey, Jr. Excellence in Service Leadership Award honors an educator in New York State who has demonstrated personal and professional qualities that exemplify the highest standards of service leadership in teacher education.

The annual award, initiated in October 2002, is named in honor of Dr. Charles C. Mackey, Jr., Executive Coordinator of the Office of Teaching Initiatives in the New York State Department of Education. Dr. Mackey's tireless efforts on behalf of teacher educators and teacher practice have made lasting positive changes in education in New York State, the North-east Region and nationally. He was a science teacher in Rhode Island from 1957 to 1966, The Division Chief for Teacher Education in Rhode Island Department of Education from 1963 to 1966. He moved to New York State in 1966 and since then has been the head of teacher education initiatives in the Department of Education's Division of Teacher Education and Certification. During his career he also served in numerous leadership roles in NASDTEC and other interstate and national teacher education organizations.

DEFINITION:

An excellent servant leader is one who through personal knowledge, wisdom, ethical practice, and courage models effective practice and thus enables others to reach individual, institutional, and communal goals. In the four decades of his extraordinary career, Dr. Mackey has demonstrated exemplary service and leadership as a mentor and advisor to hundreds of teacher educators. Respectful, collegial, knowledgeable, insightful, encouraging, honest, and articulate: these are some of the admirable qualities that describe his interactions with and commitment to colleagues and their teacher education initiatives.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

The Charles C. Mackey, Jr. Excellence in Service Leadership Award recognizes an individual who represents Teacher Education in his/her respective institution of higher education in New York State. The individual exemplifies service leadership within his/her institutional setting and within the broader New York professional community through engagement, initia-tive and personal qualities that reflect relevant High Standards for Teacher Education Accountability as defined by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education:

  1. Serve first and foremost as an advocate for P-12 students, especially for promoting the growth and development of all students;
  2. Promote diversity in teacher education faculty, candidates, curriculum, and programs;
  3. Be accountable to prospective teachers for their preparation to meet state licensure expectations (including knowledge of subject matter and of the students to whom those subjects are taught);
  4. Be informed by the best practice and most current research on teaching and learning theory and practice, including the commitment to active scholarship by teacher education faculty;
  5. Operate in collaboration with professional agencies responsible for quality assurance in the teaching profession.

Nominees and/or recipients of this award need not be a member of or affiliated with NYACTE. However, there should be a visible connection between the individual's goals and achievements and the mission of NYACTE - essentially to search continuously for and to promote ideas and practices that are most effective in the education of teachers in New York State.

The award is presented annually but may be deferred in any given year.

NOMINATION PROCESS:

Self-nominations are not permitted. To nominate an individual, please submit the following to the Excellence in Service Leadership Award Committee of NYACTE, postmarked by July 1st for consideration for the October award:

  1. A completed nomination form;
  2. A letter of nomination explaining how the individual exemplifies the five standards cited above (maximum one page);
  3. The nominee's updated curriculum vitae;
  4. Three additional letters of support (letters may be from persons both within and external to the nominee's institution).

All nomination materials should be sent to the address on the nomination form. The Charles C. Mackey, Jr. Excellence in Service Leadership Award honors an educator in New York State who has demonstrated personal and professional qualities that exemplify the highest standards of service leadership in teacher education.

All nomination materials should be sent as a complete package to the address on the nomation form.

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