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  • AACTE Applauds President Biden’s $9 Billion Proposal to Address the Teacher Shortage

    On behalf of the AACTE, President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone issued the following statement on President Biden’s American Families Plan:

    “President Biden today released the American Families Plan, which includes a transformative investment in our nation’s education system from early childhood through higher education. In addition to calling for free community college and free, universal pre-K for all 3- and 4-year-olds, the plan targets a $9 billion investment in teacher education and support.

    AACTE has long advocated for such an investment to address growing teacher shortages, reduced enrollment in educator preparation programs, lack of diversity among teacher candidates, and the cost of college for prospective educators. Prior to the pandemic, American schools needed an estimated 100,000 additional certified teachers. Teachers without full qualifications disproportionately serve students of color and students with disabilities, posing a significant equity challenge.

  • AACTE Launches New Online Community for Teacher Educators and Candidates

    AACTE this week officially launched its new online community, AACTE Connect360, the premier connection circle for engaging and collaborating to advance educator preparation. The virtual platform enables teacher educators, candidates, and partners to engage in meaningful discussions, exchange ideas and resources, and share best practices on real-time issues impacting the profession. With user-friendly features, AACTE Connect360 enables the Association’s members to easily access their professional community for the support they need during these unprecedented times in education.

    “AACTE members are committed to advancing educator preparation through cutting edge research and innovative practice and offer a wealth of knowledge on best practices in preparing high-quality teachers. AACTE developed the Connect360 online community to enhance the exchange of knowledge and provide access on-demand to solutions that address the rising challenges in education today,” said Matthew J. Wales, AACTE vice president, member services and events. “AACTE Connect360 gives members a place to connect virtually, which is especially critical while not able to convene in-person meetings and events due to COVID-19. This interactive platform brings together AACTE’s community in an exciting and engaging way.”

    AACTE Connect360 is a member-only resource that enables users to post messages, share files, download resources, watch videos, collaborate with peers and industry leaders, participate in special interest communities, and expand connections with others. AACTE Connect360 provides educators the means to increase social interactions virtually and grow their network with colleagues and experts in the field year-round.

    To learn more about AACTE Connect360, watch the introductory video and visit aacteconnect360.org. For the latest in what’s happening with AACTE’s new online community, follow us at #AACTE360.

  • AACTE Video Case Studies Offer Promising Practices to Increase Male Teachers of Color

     AACTE released its new video series featuring promising practices for recruiting and retaining male teachers of color. AACTE created the Black and Hispanic/Latino Male Teacher Initiative Networked Improvement Community (NIC), which included a 5-year study by 10 AACTE member institutions that implemented improvement science to address the shortage crisis of Black and Hispanic/Latino profession-ready male teachers. Key findings from their research are featured in the video case studies, where the NIC participants present their experiences and lessons learned. NIC members describe effective ways for reducing barriers, developing partnerships, building recruitment pathways, providing mentorship, and offering faculty training to diversify the profession. Learn more
  • AACTE Statement on Racist Attacks Against Asian Americans

    On behalf of AACTE, President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone issued the following statement responding to recent hate crimes toward the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community:

    “AACTE believes that to educate is to enlighten. As such, our Association remains committed to educating all learners in PK-12 and higher education institutions to enlighten and empower the next generation of citizens. As an educational association of colleges and universities that values the diversity of students, their families, and educators, AACTE condemns the escalation of violence and harassment toward our AAPI colleagues, students, and friends. Learn more

  • AACTE Report Examines Imperative to Revolutionize Education for All Learners

    AACTE released its latest report, Revolutionizing Education for All Learners: A Road Map to the Future on March 18, 2021. The research closely examines the Association’s new strategic vision—to revolutionize education for all learners—for a comprehensive understanding on how best to serve the nation’s PK-12 public school students during a COVID-era. It also offers invaluable perspectives on AACTE’s key priorities for the educator preparation community to guide the profession through the coming decade from the lens of thought leaders at influential grant-making and public policy organizations, as well as a cross-section of deans of education at diverse U.S. institutions. Learn more
  • AACTE Partners with National Science Foundation to Advance Science Educator Preparation

    AACTE has launched a new initiative to advance the use of simulation in science educator preparation. AACTE recently received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Research PreK-12 convening grant to address the critical need for well-qualified science educators who can teach effectively in a variety of face-to-face and virtual school settings and meet the needs of diverse learners. Learn more
  • AACTE Congratulates Dr. Miguel Cardona as New Education Secretary

    This week, AACTE congratulated Dr. Miguel Cardona as the new U.S. Secretary of Education, sworn in March 2 by Vice President Kamala Harris. AACTE recognizes Secretary Cardona as a lifelong educator who understands the importance of professional, high-quality educator preparation programs. AACTE and its members stand ready to work with the head of the U.S. Department of Education for ensuring that our nation’s educators are profession-ready and have the necessary resources to help students effectively achieve academic success. Learn more
  • Robert Floden at Michigan State University Becomes AACTE Board Chair

    AACTE announced today Robert E. Floden, Ph.D. of Michigan State University (MI) as the new chair of its Board of Directors. During his one-year term, Floden will support AACTE and its President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone in implementing the Association’s strategic goals, incorporating lessons learned from the pandemic to advance educator preparation and policies, and growing AACTE’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Learn more
  • AACTE Announces 2021 National Award Winners

    AACTE is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of its annual awards for innovative research, best practice, and exemplary leadership in educator preparation. The member institutions and individuals will be honored at the virtual the AACTE 2021 Annual Meeting Awards Forum today, 2:45-3:30 p.m. Learn more
  • GoReact partners with AACTE to expand access to video assessment for teacher education programs

    GoReact and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) today announced a joint venture to expand educator preparation programs’ access to video assessment tools. The partnership was announced during AACTE’s 73rd Annual Meeting, the premier event for teacher education. Learn more
  • America’s Teacher Educators Convene to Address Challenges

    The 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) begins today. The conference, themed “Resisting Hate, Restoring Hope: Engaging in Courageous Action,” is being held virtually February 24 – 26. Attendees include deans, faculty, students, and administrators from undergraduate and graduate education programs, community colleges, and PK-12 schools, as well as representatives from state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and foundations. Learn more

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