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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.

  • AACTE Applauds President Biden’s Budget Proposal

    On behalf of AACTE, President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone issued the following statement on President Joseph R. Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget:

    “Today, President Biden let educators know that he has heard our voices loud and clear.  The unprecedented investments called for in his FY 22 budget proposal begin to redress the chronic inequities in our nation’s education system. With a new $20 billion Title I Equity grant, a $1 billion program to double mental health professionals in schools, and a significant increase in Pell grants, educators can envision a future where every student is on a pathway to success. The President’s budget reflects a full understanding of the crisis in our educator pipeline and recommends robust increases to address it. AACTE is thrilled to endorse President Biden’s vision and commitment to a fully equitable education system.  We are eager to work with Congress to make these requests a reality.”

  • AACTE Celebrates Educators During National Teacher Appreciation Week

    On behalf of AACTE, President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone issued the following statement to celebrate educators during National Teacher Appreciation Week:

    “One of the most pervasive truths in American public education is that great teachers transform lives. COVID-19 illuminated the vital role teachers play in our communities. As parents struggled to balance work, supervise virtual classrooms, and co-educate their children, a new awareness and appreciation arose for the influence, importance, and value of teachers. Educators across America have learned new technologies, created innovative ways to reach students online, and, above all, kept education moving forward. As we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, AACTE thanks these critical front-line workers for their adaptability, ingenuity, and dedication and recognizes the difficult circumstances they face in returning to the classroom. 

  • 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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