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    Webinar Spotlights Teacher Preparation for Online Instruction

    On November 20, an interactive webinar sponsored by the Midwest Regional Educational Laboratory at American Institutes for Research addressed the preparation of preservice teachers to educate PK-12 students in online, hybrid, and blended environments. Mary Herring, associate dean of the College of Education at the University of Iowa and chair of AACTE’s Committee on Innovation and Technology, and Bryan Zugelder, executive director for undergraduate affairs and partnerships at the University of Central Florida’s College of Education and Human Performance, discussed the preservice teaching landscape as it relates to online learning; the implications of virtual education on preservice teacher preparation programs; and the skills that current research and theory suggest preservice teachers should have to be successful in online and blended learning programs.

    TAG—You’re It!

    A great new AACTE program has hit the ground running, as many of your colleagues are already putting it to good use by creating “topical action groups” (TAGs).

    The TAG program, which replaces the Association’s former “special study groups,” allows members to initiate or join action-oriented forums around a professional topic of importance, with funding and other support from AACTE.

    Here are two examples of newly established TAGs and how they are using AACTE funding and support to further a topic of professional interest:

    AACTE Congratulates New Committee Members

    Please join AACTE in welcoming the following new appointees to its standing committees, effective March 1, 2014:

    Committee on Global Diversity
    Judit Szente, University of Central Florida

    Committee on Government Relations and Advocacy
    Suzann Girtz, Gonzaga University (WA)
    Joen Larson, Ashford University (IA)

    Committee on Innovation and Technology
    Jeffrey Carpenter, Elon University (NC)
    Christina Dehler, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

    Free Webinar to Address Preservice Preparation for Online Teaching

    Making Connections: Teaching Preservice Teachers to Teach OnlineThe Midwest Regional Educational Laboratory at American Institutes for Research will host a free webinar Wednesday, November 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m. CST, to address the question of how we prepare preservice teachers to work in online and blended settings.

    “Making Connections: Teaching Preservice Teachers to Teach Online” will feature Kathryn Kennedy, director of research at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, and Leanna Archambault, assistant professor at Arizona State University, who coauthored the 2012 study Offering Preservice Teachers Field Experiences in K-12 Online Learning: A National Survey of Teacher Education Programs.

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