Last year, an AACTE State Chapter Support Grant enabled members of the Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) to build more collaborative relationships with PK-12 schools and the Michigan Department of Education in order to facilitate more meaningful and relevant discussion on the preparation of excellent beginning teachers. This work supported the chapter’s goal of “promoting, within Michigan, the learning of all PK-12 students through the promotion of high-quality preparation and continuing education for all school personnel.”
Many thanks to AACTE, we were able to host a summer workshop at Ferris State University, the primary accomplishment of which was the review and revision of the MACTE Strategic Plan that had been developed the previous year. Based on input from the workshop, the group decided to tailor the annual conference to provide a forum for examining and highlighting the increasingly pressing issue of beginning teacher evaluation and distinctive efforts to improve educator preparation.
A new resource is now available to help AACTE members and state affiliates connect with education officials in their states.
AACTE staff have compiled lists of contact information (member login required) for each state’s governor, chief school officer, relevant legislature committees, and education agency staff. In addition, the lists include a resource from the Sunlight Foundation’s Open States web site that can be used to find your state legislators.
Do you think educator preparation programs are out of touch with today’s PK-12 schools? See what Ohio’s teacher educators are doing to engage with their partners in this video for AACTE’s Debunking Myths campaign. See how you can participate in the campaign here.
In early March, 60 representatives from Ohio public and private higher education institutions converged for Day on the Square to meet with state legislators, including Senate Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner and House Education Committee Chair Bill Hayes. Conversations centered on current policies, legislation, and the direction of teacher education in Ohio, focused specifically on the theme “Merging Voice and Vision Through P-16 Partnerships.”
AACTE is pleased to offer the State Chapter Support Grant Program for a 5th year, directing member dues toward strengthening the relationship between state chapters and AACTE and supporting the development of chapters through their initiatives.
The state of Florida recently passed a new rule governing the implementation and evaluation of teacher preparation programs. The Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (FACTE) was very active during the development and public comment periods for this new rule, and while we did not secure all the changes we’d hoped, we did make a difference in the process and in the outcomes.
FACTE implemented a detailed advocacy strategy during the public comment period. One of our greatest assets was our relationship with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), which has always worked to be partners with our programs. I cannot speak enough of the importance of building relationships with those charged with program approval before you are in the process of rule development. We have focused our efforts on building on our shared vision of ensuring every child in the state is taught by a high-quality educator.
A version of this post also appears on the edTPA web site.
When Georgia begins requiring edTPA for teacher certification in 2015-16, it will be the final phase of an implementation process marked by small steps to help educators learn more about performance assessment and then bigger steps to include, inform, and support key audiences.
With Election Day just around the corner, below are some gubernatorial races, state education chief contests, and education ballot initiatives to watch. Remember, like politics, education is local. Check out the tables below to see what’s at play in your state.
Be sure to vote November 4!
Gubernatorial Races to Watch
|State||Incumbent||Challenger||Rating *||Major education issues|
|Colorado||John Hickenlooper (D)||Bob Beauprez (R)||Toss-up||Higher education funding, college affordability, school choice, Common Core|
|Connecticut||Dan Malloy (D)||Tom Foley (R)||Toss-up||Education funding, school accountability, charter schools, Common Core|
|Florida||Rick Scott (R)||Charlie Crist (D)||Toss-up||College affordability, higher education funding|
|Georgia||Nathan Deal (R)||Jason Carter (D)||Leans Republican||Common Core, school vouchers, higher education funding|
|Illinois||Pat Quinn (D)||Bruce Rauner (R)||Toss-up||Teacher retirement benefits, school vouchers, merit pay, charter schools, college affordability|
|Kansas||Sam Brownback (R)||Paul Davis (D)||Toss-up||School funding, Common Core|
|Maine||Paul LePage (R)||Mike Michaud (D)||Leans Democratic||Early childhood education funding, school vouchers, college affordability|
|Wisconsin||Scott Walker (R)||Mary Burke (D)||Leans Republican||School vouchers, Common Core, higher education funding|
* Rating according to Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
Teacher quality and professional practice in New Jersey just got an enthusiastic shot in the arm, thanks to a new coalition of the state’s teacher educators, teachers’ unions, and other education groups.
Leaders of this coalition, the Garden State Alliance for Strengthening Education, held a high-profile symposium “Taking Back the Profession” September 27 to release a report chock-full of ideas to improve the continuum of teacher development in the state. The event was attended by several key state education officials and featured nationally known speakers including Stephanie Hirsch of Learning Forward, Marilyn Cochran-Smith of Boston College (MA), and Susan Headden of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In addition, the report was featured at a press conference October 2 and will be the subject of a state hearing later this month.
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE), in conjunction with the New Teacher Project, has announced new efforts to align the state’s educator licensing statutes, rules, and content assessments. As part of the alignment efforts, CDE is inviting stakeholders to participate in a series of focus group meetings this month.
The focus groups will meet during the weeks of October 6 and October 13 at the following locations and times:
|Western State (Gunnison)||October 7, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.|
|Pikes Peak BOCES (Colorado Springs)||October 9, 9:00-11:00 a.m.|
|UNC Greeley||October 10, 9:00-11:00 a.m.|
|UC Denver||October 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m.|
|Mesa University (Grand Junction)||October 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.|
The Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform Center (CEEDAR Center) has released three new program evaluation tools, called innovation configurations, in partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at the American Institutes for Research. The innovation configurations are designed to help evaluate teacher preparation programs and professional development activities for the extent to which they incorporate evidence-based practices in a particular area: