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AACTE Holmes Program Participants Discuss the Value of Being a Member


In this latest video entitled, “I am Holmes Too,” Holmes coordinators and students discuss the value of the AACTE Holmes Program, which focuses on recruiting educators of color into the teaching profession. They share how the program supports their work, research, and advocacy efforts in educator preparation.

Here’s what a few of the participants had to say:

“I would like to say thank you to Holmes for being a great support system throughout my academic journey.” – Jerraco Johnson, Auburn University

“One thing I appreciate about being part of Holmes is it provides the opportunity to learn and grow from others as well as provide me with research opportunities.” – Talisa Jackson, George Mason University

“Holmes has been a great opportunity for me to meet and connect with other Scholars to discuss their research and is helping me grow as a scholar, future faculty, and researcher.” – Irenea Walker, University of Central Florida

“The Holmes Scholars Program has provided me with many opportunities to collaborate and to get great feedback from Holmes Scholars Alumni. It also allowed me to develop and implement different types of research in my dissertation study.” – Brianna Joseph, Florida Atlantic University

“Holmes has created a platform to be able to network with Scholars throughout the nation. It has been a wonderful experience for me and has helped me to grow as a doctoral student. I am really grateful for what Holmes is providing me.” – Benita Kluttz-Drye, Rowan University

“Holmes provides a loving family that wants you to become an educator and help in the field.” – Luis Rubio, South Texas Independent School District

View the full video of the participants’ testimonials and visit aacte.org to learn more about the AACTE Holmes Program.

You can also engage with Holmes participants at the AACTE Holmes Summer Policy Institute, June 3 in Arlington, VA. As part of AACTE’s Washington Week, this annual Holmes Program event brings together Holmes Scholars, coordinators and leaders to explore best practices for education advocacy. Attendees will learn how to elevate their voice and research to positively impact future policy for students of color and other marginalized groups in a full day of interactive sessions with faculty members and policy advocates and a closing reception among peers. View the draft event agenda at aacte.org. Online registration for this event will close May 30 so secure your spot today!

To stay connected with the activities of the Holmes Scholars, follow on Twitter at @HolmesScholars and Facebook at facebook.com/holmesscholars. You may also subscribe to the Scholars Report, the monthly e-newsletter from the Holmes Scholars Council.

For more information about getting involved with the program, contact Brandon Frost, AACTE, director, programs and professional learning, at bfrost@aacte.org.

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