AACTE to Offer Free Online Seminars, New Support Initiative

I am delighted to announce AACTE’s new Quality Support Initiative, which is designed to provide resources and support to educators interested in assessment and accreditation. Starting next month, we will offer Online Professional Seminars (OPSs) for faculty at AACTE member and nonmember institutions, undergraduate and graduate students, PK-12 teachers—or anyone involved in educator preparation.

As part of our mission to advocate and build capacity for high-quality educator preparation, AACTE has established this initiative to support the profession’s work in continuous improvement and accreditation. The OPSs provide professional development for individuals and promote organizational development for institutions in a convenient, flexible format.

“This initiative supports our members’ determination to use valid evidence to inform continuous improvement in program quality,” said AACTE President/CEO Sharon P. Robinson. “Further, we are exploiting the benefits of technology to engage more colleagues in the conversation. We developed this series of seminars in collaboration with the field to support their national or state accreditation work.”

The first two OPSs, Building Quality Assessments and Data Use for Improvement, will be offered at no cost to participants beginning in June. I encourage you to sign up immediately, as these free seminars have limited enrollment and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Subsequent seminars will be available for a fee, with discounts for AACTE members and for large groups. In fall 2015, AACTE will roll out additional OPSs and a credentialing program to enable faculty from AACTE member institutions to become consultants.

Topics for the OPS series include the following:

  • Building Quality Assessments
  • Data Use for Improvement
  • Creating a Quality Assurance System
  • Accreditation Standards: Examples of Evidence
  • Preparing for Accreditation
  • Preparing for a Site Visit

Register now for the free OPS 1: Building Quality Assessments and OPS 2: Data Use for Improvement. Do you know a fellow educator who would benefit from AACTE’s Quality Support Initiative? Do a good deed and spread the word!
Learn more about the Quality Support Initiative at aacte.org.

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Mark LaCelle-Peterson

Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs, AACTE