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Expanding AACTE’s Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series

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It’s been a busy fall of traveling for the AACTE Member Engagement and Support team as we’ve been visiting campuses to document exemplary clinical partnerships and practices for our online Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series, part of the AACTE Innovation Exchange.

This fall, we’ve been filming at St. John’s University (NY); the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and California State University, Long Beach. We are also busy scheduling visits with State University of New York at Oswego and Butler University (IN) for spring 2017. At each location, we’ve met with deans, professors, teacher candidates, school district principals, teachers, and PK-12 students to see firsthand how a variety of programs are developing and sustaining successful clinical partnerships. The video production company “Ideas That Breathe” has been a valuable partner for filming, editing, and producing a compelling series from each site we visit. Each series is then segmented into episodes for posting on the Innovation Exchange and highlighting in the Ed Prep Matters blog.

The current expansion of the Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series follows your overwhelming positive feedback on our earlier episodes, which to date have featured programs at Winthrop University (SC), Montclair State University (NJ), Colorado State University, and Ohio University. Our videos and blogs highlighting Virginia’s George Mason University will begin posting in December.

In addition to learning about these institutions’ common focus on clinical practice and PK-12 partnerships, we’ve been interested to see the ways they’ve thoughtfully addressed the needs of their local context while upholding a high standard for teacher preparation. The spotlight series aims to not only celebrate successful programs but also provide models of exemplary practice for those who are in the nascent stages of partnership formation or who need fresh ideas to renew their current work.

We look forward to continuing to bring you Research-to-Practice Spotlights as both an informational resource and as an instructional tool for your programs and partners. We are honored by the opportunity to document and share the voices of our profession!


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Rodrick Lucero

Vice President for Member Engagement and Support

Tim Finklea

Director of Member Engagement, AACTE

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