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Feb. 22 Webinar to Share Lessons From AACTE’s NIC to Diversify the Teacher Pipeline

On February 22, AACTE will host the third installment of a four-part webinar series highlighting the experiences and findings of each of the 10 institutions in the AACTE Black and Hispanic/Latino Male Teachers Initiative Networked Improvement Community (NIC). The webinar, “Diversifying the Teacher Pipeline at Boston University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and William Paterson University: Lessons From AACTE’s NIC,” will be held Wednesday, February 22, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST.

The webinar will provide an inside look at the path of inquiry guiding the NIC’s overall work and how that process has shaped and changed recruitment and retention of Black, Hispanic, and Latino male teacher candidates at three participating institutions. Presenters will share specific initiatives and strategies developed through their participation in the NIC process to demonstrate how NIC-developed approaches can be adapted locally to advance a common goal – in this case, to increase the percentage of Black and Hispanic/Latino men receiving initial teaching certification through educator preparation programs.

Presenters will discuss their own institutions’ experiences as they pursued this shared goal and took part in the NIC process, including –

  • The strategies developed to garner university interest in and support for involvement in the NIC process
  • The critical role of faculty and staff diversity in diversifying the teacher/leadership workforce
  • The importance of school-university partnerships as an entry point for recruitment
  • The establishment of support frameworks, such as the Holmes Program, to advance candidate recruitment and success
  • The process of identifying key program components to attract and support targeted students to become teachers and leaders
  • The challenges and successes encountered by each team as they worked to implement NIC-inspired approaches

I will be moderating the webinar and am excited to be joined by the following presenters:

  • Michael Dennehy, Director, College Access and Completion, Boston University
  • John Kuykendall, Interim Department Chair, School of Education, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
  • James Alford, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Professional Studies, William Paterson University
  • David Fuentes, Assistant Professor, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, William Paterson University
  • Rogernelle Griffin, Director of the Academic Success Center, William Paterson University
  • Sharon Leathers, Instructor, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and Holmes Scholars Coordinator, William Paterson University

The final webinar in the NIC series is planned for mid-spring and will include presenters from California State University, Fullerton, and Northeastern Illinois University. The story shared by each institution during this webinar series will also be featured as a case study in a conceptual framework paper being developed for release later in 2017.

Register here to join us on February 22.

Would you like to learn more about what was shared through previous webinars in the series? A recording and PowerPoint presentation for each can be found in the AACTE Resource Library. Click here to catch up on what you missed in the first webinar, which featured MidAmerica Nazarene University (KS), the University of Connecticut, and Western Kentucky University. The second webinar, which highlighted work at Florida Atlantic University and the University of St. Thomas (MN), can be found here.


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Amanda Lester

Associate Director for Member Engagement and Support, AACTE

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