ACCELA receives AERA Award

Access to Critical Content and English Language Acquisition, (ACCELA) has received the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) DIVISION K award for “Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education.

ACCELA, under the direction of College of Education professor Jerri Willett and associate professor Meg Gebhard, began as a federally funded professional development partnership between the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education, three local school districts, and several community organizations to support teachers, administrators, community members, teacher educators, researchers, and policymakers in more fully understanding and critically responding to the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse learners by providing data-driven, locally responsive, and sustained professional development.

The Division K Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education Award recognizes research that demonstrates innovations in addressing issues of diversity in teaching and/or teacher education. Recipients may be individuals or a small collaborative group whose innovative research explores and/or demonstrates powerful new ways to think about diversity in teaching and teacher education, giving direction to the field and to policy makers; offers an expanded vision of a theoretical framework, research methodologies, or practices regarding diversity in teaching and teacher education; or provides new models of research that give direction to the field concerning diversity in teaching and teacher education.