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Clinical Practice Commission Shares Proclamations, Tenets at AACTE Forum

On the last day of the 69th AACTE Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida, the AACTE Clinical Practice Commission (CPC) held a major forum to unveil and discuss the 10 “Essential Proclamations and Tenets for Highly Effective Clinical Educator Preparation” identified in the CPC’s work. These proclamations and tenets, which undergird a forthcoming white paper, were released during the forum as part of a draft executive summary of the paper.

The event started with a panel presentation and discussion moderated by CPC member Jennifer Robinson, executive director of the Center of Pedagogy and associate professor at Montclair State University (NJ). Panelists included Michael Alfano, Central Connecticut State University; Diane Fogarty, Loyola Marymount University (CA); John Henning, Monmouth University (NJ); Rene Roselle, University of Connecticut; Jennifer Roth, Poudre School District (Fort Collins, CO); and Christine Smith, University at Albany, State University of New York.

These commissioners highlighted key aspects of the CPC’s proclamations, which address the essential components of high-quality clinical preparation, a common lexicon to support consistent discourse about clinical practice, and pathways through which to operationalize clinical practice in educator preparation.

Representing both university-based teacher preparation programs and PK-12 school partner perspectives, panelists shared the commission’s vision for a bold, defined pivot for the teacher preparation field to advance high-quality clinical practice and the progressive development of school-university partnerships.

Following the panel discussion, the audience took part in small-group conversations about the proclamations and other information shared by the presenters. Many participants submitted written summaries from these conversations, which the commission will review and incorporate as appropriate in the final white paper and/or its supporting documents.

The major forum concluded with thoughtful questions from the audience, fielded by panelists, and an invitation to the participants to download the draft white paper executive summary and sign up to learn more about forthcoming CPC work.

Over the next several weeks, the commission will be vetting the latest draft of the paper before finalizing the content. The final version of the CPC white paper, the executive summary, and a set of supporting documents will be released later this year during a national press event. To be among the first to receive these finalized documents electronically, sign up here, and you will also be able to download the draft executive summary of the report, titled A Pivot Toward Clinical Practice, Its Lexicon, and Renewing the Profession of Teaching.

To view a recording and presentation slides from this major forum, visit the AACTE Learning Center. Additional information about the CPC can be found in previous Ed Prep Matters blogs, such as the ones found here and here. To learn more about exemplary clinical practice partnership and practice programs under way across the country, visit 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

Rodrick Lucero

Vice President for Member Engagement and Support

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