The partnership between the School of Education and Alpha House has been recognized as the 2020 recipient of the Exemplary Service/Partnership Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE).
The award recognizes the development of partnership programs that connect IHEs with basic education and community partners and recognizes activities that provide service to the field of education. The Partnership is led by Mary Becker, Director of Alpha House, and School of Education faculty member, Maria Agnew. With input from the entire Partnership Committee, Trish Joergensen led the effort to write and submit the application for the award, which will be recognized prominently during the PAC-TE annual conference this coming October. Members of the Partnership Committee that plans and oversees joint activities between the School of Education and Alpha House include Mary Becker, Maria Agnew, Trish Joergensen, Claire Sullivan, Kim Heuschkel, Janet McNellis, and Gerry Arango (retired).
In addition to the Exemplary Service/Partnership Award, PAC-TE also bestows an annual Distinguished Research Award and Outstanding Dissertation Award. The 2020 Exemplary Service/Partnership Award marks the second consecutive year that School of Education faculty and staff have been recognized for their outstanding work. Trish Joergensen and Jennifer Fisler (Messiah College) were the co-recipients of PAC-TE's 2019 Distinguished Research Award for their study, "Realistic vs. Effective: An Analysis of Traditional and Co-Teaching Models of Student Teaching."