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  • AACTE Releases Report on the Use and Impact of Entrance and Exit Exams in Teacher Preparation

    The Consortium for Research-Based and Equitable Assessments (CREA) at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education has released its first report, The History, Current Use, and Impact of Entrance and Licensure Examinations Cut Scores on the Teacher of Color Pipeline: A Structural Racism Analysis. The CREA project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, engages 14 states in examining their cut score setting process for entrance examinations into teacher preparation programs. The recent report chronicles the history of teacher preparation entrance and exit assessments and their impact on the diversity of candidates pursuing teaching as a profession.

  • Educators and Leaders Come Together for AACTE’s Virtual Day on the Hill – Washington Week

    AACTE begins its virtual “Day on the Hill” today, September 21, through September 23, as part of AACTE’s Washington Week activities. Themed “Your Voice Matters,” the virtual event enables AACTE members to make their collective voices heard with Members of Congress and their Staff. Prior to their virtual Hill visits, participants engage in orientation and advocacy training in preparation to call for education funding and policy changes focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and teacher preparation programs. Throughout the sessions, attendees will learn what context to consider when meeting with their legislators and explore the latest developments in Washington.
  • AACTE Applauds Passage of Department of Education Spending Bill

    On behalf of the AACTE, President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone issued the following statement today on the House Appropriations Committee passage of the fiscal year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill:

    "AACTE is deeply gratified to see such an historic investment in education, and particularly in educator preparation. While our members have advocated for years, indeed decades, for such investments, this is the first time Congress has responded with such a robust bill. These unprecedented increases will make a significant difference in addressing the long-term deficits in our nation’s education system. They will enable our nation to address the critical shortage of educators and the lack of diversity in our profession in transformative ways. AACTE urges Congress to pass this legislation and send it to President Biden for his signature as soon as possible.

  • Discover How to Make the Most of AACTE Connect360!

    Join AACTE for a free, members-only tutorial of AACTE’s new online community, Connect360. “Discover How to Make the Most of AACTE Connect360” will be held Thursday, July 8, at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT. This in-depth walkthrough will navigate how to access its many features and provide resources to better acquaint you with the online community platform. Topics covered include
    • How to setup your community profile
    • How to join a community and post a discussion
    • How to connect with colleagues
    • How to use the community libraries and explore shared resources and documents from community members
    • How to engage in rich discussions with peers
    • And more!
    Connect360 is an engaging and interactive platform that virtually brings together AACTE’s community. Featuring over 20 unique communities and dozens of discussions, members can post content, ask questions of fellow AACTE members, provide insight on each other’s ideas, and share best practices.

    Learn more about the webinar in this recent blog. Time is running out to register, so reserve your seat today!  

    For the latest in what’s happening with AACTE’s new online community, follow us at #AACTE360. 
  • AACTE Celebrates Juneteenth

    AACTE will close its offices tomorrow in recognition of Juneteenth, which honors the day when Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, to enforce the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Until that day, June 19, 1865, Black men, women, and children in Texas remained enslaved, despite the provisions of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth, as named by the newly freed citizens, is celebrated annually on June 19. Congress voted this week to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

    AACTE staff pauses its work to reflect on the violence, including murder, that our Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian-American Pacific-Islander, and Transgendered populations are particularly experiencing, in addition to the long history of violence against these groups of people. AACTE condemns, in the strongest terms, this violence and invites all its colleagues to work together to create a society in which no one should fear for their lives based on the color of their skin or gender identity. 

    AACTE believes that all also must work together to eliminate institutional racism, which plagues our nation and our educational system. As the Association that represents educator preparation programs that prepare the next generation of teachers, AACTE is leading the way. Through conferences, webinars, public statements, and other tools, AACTE works to affect change by advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion, engaging in critical conversations about race, and countering the abhorrent impact racism and discrimination continue to have upon our society.

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Upcoming Events

  • Monday

    2022 Washington Week

    Jun 6, 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    With high legislative stakes throughout the country, this is the year to get involved and make your voice heard . AACTE’s 2022 Washington Week will be held June 6 – 8 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. Targeted sessions include the following activities: State Leaders Institute: AACTE and ACSR leaders will focus on capacity building and augmenting their state affiliate’s impact through leadership development. Holmes Policy Institute: Holmes Scholars will learn how to advocate for their profession by participating in discussions and briefings. Day on the Hill: All participants will engage in advocacy training

  • Wednesday
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    2022 Leadership Academy: Full Conference

    Jun 26, 05:00 PM - 03:00 PM (ET)
    The academy offers expert presentations and interactive sessions around essential topics, from managing finite resources to effective development and public relations, while helping attendees cultivate a supportive network of peers.

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