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    AACTE to Host Webinar Series on Clinical Practice Starting June 16

    AACTE is excited to announce the launch of a new webinar series on clinical practice beginning this month. Kicking off Thursday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT, the series will highlight examples of AACTE members’ clinical programs and partnerships and will provide updates on the work and progress of AACTE’s Clinical Practice Commission (CPC), which plans to release a white paper in early 2017.

    The inaugural webinar, “Building the Pathway From Theory to Practice: The AACTE Clinical Practice Commission” will feature members of the CPC presenting an overview of their work during the past year. Learn about the commission’s efforts to establish a clearly defined pathway between the research and theory supporting clinical teacher preparation in order to operationalize and support best practice in the field. The overview will include–

    • The CPC’s framework and initial charge
    • A sneak peek at key components of the CPC’s upcoming white paper
    • Action toward developing a shared professional lexicon
    • Exemplars of best practice in clinical preparation and partnership

    The CPC members presenting are Audra Parker, George Mason University (VA); Jennifer Robinson, Montclair State University (NJ); Rene Roselle, University of Connecticut; and Kristien Zenkov, George Mason University.

    You can register to attend (free of charge!) through this web page.

    Additional webinars are planned for late summer and fall of 2016. Topics will include examples of how institutions are using clinical practice as a framework to address workforce issues such as teacher shortages and increasing diversity, as well as models of effective clinical practice and partnership development at member institutions.

    For more information about the CPC, see two blogs from November 2015 (here and here) and another from April 2016 (found here). To learn more about clinical practice initiatives under way across the country, you can also view the Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series in AACTE’s Innovation Exchange.

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    Amanda Lester

    Associate Director for Member Engagement and Support, AACTE

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