8 State Chapters Win AACTE Grants

    AACTE has awarded funding to state chapters in California, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin in the 2014 State Chapter Support Grant competition.

    The grant program, now in its 4th year, directs $50,000 of member dues toward strengthening the capacity of state chapters to operate as an organization and to advocate on behalf of the interests of teacher preparation in the state, as well as toward bolstering the relationship between the state chapters and AACTE. This year, chapter leaders were invited to apply for funds for support of the following priority areas: Policy and Advocacy, Professional Issues, and Chapter Development and Capacity.

    To support chapter development and capacity, California’s group won funding to develop a “Quest for Teacher Education Research” program, which will provide stipends to support innovative practices in education. Michigan’s chapter will use AACTE funds to host its second annual strategic planning session and develop its social media presence, and Tennessee’s chapter will bring in AACTE staff to host trainings on PEDS data and on how to utilize the data to support the chapter’s advocacy agenda.

    Affiliates in Delaware, Iowa, North Carolina, and Wisconsin won grants to strengthen their advocacy efforts by developing state Days at the Capitol, hosting advocacy workshops for chapter leadership, and increasing engagement with legislators and other policy makers.

    In the area of professional issues, AACTE awarded Kentucky’s affiliate funding to develop sustained collaborative efforts among the chapter, the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, the Education Professional Standards Board, and the Kentucky Board of Education to access and utilize cross-agency data sets to develop evidence of preparation programs’ impact on candidates, classrooms, and districts.

    State chapters that applied for but were not awarded AACTE grants for 2014 are eligible to receive complimentary registration for one person to attend the State Leaders Institute this summer.

    Grant recipients will be reporting on their progress over the next year—so stay tuned for more information!

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    Elizabeth Ross

    Manager for State Chapters, AACTE

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