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Billy G. Dixon Distinguished Program in Teacher Education (DPTE)

Billy G. Dixon Distinguished Program in Teacher Education for 2021 (updated June 2020)

The award for the Billy G. Dixon Distinguished Program in Teacher Education has been established to recognize and honor outstanding teacher education programs that exemplify collaboration between local education agencies and institutions of higher education in program development and administration. The Association stands committed to recognizing this critical connection. 

This award is designed to stimulate development and innovation, which will bring into harmony all those agencies which have direct involvement in the preparation of teachers. It also is intended to emphasize the Association's concern for quality in teacher preparation. The finalists for this award agree to make a Distinguished Program in Teacher Education special session presentation at the ATE 2021 Annual Meeting, and a plaque, as well as, a $1,000 award will be presented to the representative of the winning program at the ATE 2021 Awards Dinner. 


Who may enter?

All applicants must represent a consortia of higher education institution(s), school system(s), and other involved agencies. Each consortium may submit only one entry. 


What criteria will be considered?

Collaborative development between institutions of higher education and local, state, national, and/or international agencies;

• Program goals directed at the establishment of identifiable teaching behaviors;

• Theoretically sound, research-based principles that are adaptable to other teacher education programs;

• Assessment framework and record of implementation that provides for on-going data-based decision making and program improvement

• Alignment among program goals, program actions/activities, and assessment;

• Conclusive data demonstrating positive impact of the program on its graduates and on the students they teach in P-12 settings.


What is the entry process?

Entries must be submitted electronically and must contain the following 3 sections:

1.    Overview of Program (i.e. an executive summary of its development, design, and demonstration of quality in teacher preparation and/or innovation in teacher preparation; limited to 1 page of 250 words)

2.    Program Description (limited to 10 to 20 pages of descriptive details, organized around the 5 subsections listed below)

              • Collaborative Development of Program

              • Program Goals 

              • Theoretical and Research-based Underpinnings and Its Adaptability to Other Programs

              • Assessment Framework and Implementation Record 

              • Alignment among Program Goals, Actions/Activities, and Assessment

              • Impact of Program on Its Graduates and on P-12 Students

3.    Appendices (limited to 1 to 5 pages—of charts, tables, graphs, etc.)

The entire application is limited to no more than 26 pages (1 page of program overview, 10 to 20 pages of program description, and 1 to 5 pages of appendices) and must be saved as one PDF document. Email the document to the Chair of the DPTE Selection Panel, Tyna Hunnicutt, at by or before 11:59 p.m. EST on October 1st extended to November 16th. Insert DPTE 2021 Proposal in the subject line of the email. Late submissions will not be accepted and will not be acknowledged.

The DPTE Selection Panel encourages potential applicants to let us know of your interest in applying and to ask clarifying questions.  We are happy to provide guidance and check draft proposals for completeness prior to final submission.


What is the review process?

1. In order to choose finalists for the award, a selection panel of ATE Members will review and evaluate all entries by November 1st December 1.

2. All applicants, including finalists and non-finalists, will be notified of the review process outcome by November 18th December 18.

3.  Finalists for the DPTE Award are required to make a presentation on their teacher preparation program at the ATE 2021 Annual Meeting and must maintain a display table in the display area of the ATE conference.

4.  The winner of the DPTE Award will be announced at the ATE 2021 Awards Ceremony towards the end of the conference.


What resources are available to help in writing the application?  (Click on links in blue below.)

Or contact Tyna Hunnicutt, Chair of the DPTE Selection Panel.


Previous Recipients

Billy G. Dixon Distinguished Program
in Teacher Education Award

 2021  Kansas State University, College of Education Elementary Online Program
 2021  Sam Houston State University, College of Education 4 + 1 TEACH Program
 2020  Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
 2019    
 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
 2018     
 University of Houston
 2017  No award given
 2016  Wichita State University & Wichita Public School Professional Development School Partnership
 2015  Arizona Sate University
 2014  University of South Florida’s Urban Teacher Residency Partnership and Cohort Partnership Programs
 2013  No award given
 2012  Cleveland State University, Urban Teacher Education Program
 2011  University of Florida TLSI Teacher Education Program
 2010  Kansas State University’s Professional Development School Program
   University of Central Arkansas’ Master of Arts in Teaching Program
 2009  West Virginia University, Benedum Collaborative
 2008  Emporia State University (Finalist Award)

 University of Houston at Clear Lake (Finalist Award)
 2007
 University of Houston
 2006  Western Carolina University
 2005  Buffalo State College Elementary Education and Reading and Western New York Schools Professional Development School Consortium (Finalist Award)
   Southern Illinois School University Partnership Teaching Fellows Program: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale #95 Elementary Schools, Unity Point School, Giant City School, Murphysboro #196 Schools (Finalist Award)
 2004  Western Michigan University
 2003  The University of North Florida and Duval County Public Schools
 2002  Pennsylvania State University/State College Area School District Elementary Professional Development School Program
 2001  The University of Arkansas Master of Arts in Teaching Program
 2000  The University of New Mexico-Santa Fe Public School Teacher Education and Mentoring Program
 1999  Fort Hays State University
 1998  Towson State University/Baltimore County Public Schools Network
 1997  University of California, Riverside; Rubidoux High School; Mission Middle School; A.B. Miller High School and San Bernadino High School
 1996  Houston Consortium of Urban Professional Development and Technology
 1995  Albuquerque Public Schools and University of New Mexico
 1994  East Carolina University and Pitt County School System
 1993  The University of Nevada Las Vegas and Clark County Schools
 1992  Eastern Washington University and Walla Walla School District
 1991  Eastern Michigan University; Ann Arbor Public Schools; Lincoln Consolidated Schools; Ypsilanti Public Schools and Willow Run Schools
 1990  University of Houston, Houston Independent School District, and Gregory Lincoln School
 1989  University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools
 1988  Indiana State University, Vincennes Community School Corporation, South Knox School Corporation, Vigo County School Corporation, Gibault School for Boys, N. Gibson School Corporation,
Clay Community Schools, and South Putnam Community School Corporation
 1987  University of Maryland, Maryland State Department of Education, Prince Georges County Public Schools, and Howard County Public Schools
 1986  San Diego State University and La Mesa-Spring Valley Public Schools
 1985  The State University of New York, College at Fredonia, and Hamburg Central Public Schools
 1984  Cleveland State University, Cleveland Catholic Schools, Cleveland Public Schools, Euclid City Schools, Lakewood City Schools, and Parma City Schools
 1983  Brandon University, Manitoba Metis Federation, Department of Indian Affairs, Southeast Resource Development Council, Manitoba Indian Brotherhood, Keewatin Tribal Council, Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, Frontier School Division, Manitoba Teachers’ Society, West Region Tribal Council, and Interlake Reserves Development Council
 1982  University of Oregon and Eugene District 4J
 1981  Trenton State College, Trenton Public Schools, and Willingboro Public Schools
 1980  San Diego State University and San Diego Unified School District
 1979  University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools
 1978  Arizona State University and Chandler Public School System
 1977  Michigan State University and Lansing School District

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