Key State Policy Makers Complete Hunt-Kean Fellowship

Fifteen high-level state policy makers recently completed the inaugural class of the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program, a 9-month training for state policy makers on education policy issues. The Hunt Institute, a center based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, created the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program in 2014 and named it in honor of former governors Jim Hunt (D-NC) and Tom Kean (R-NJ).

In their program, the fellows discuss and develop political and policy strategies around state education topics including teachers, school leaders, data systems, and higher education. The fellows are influential state leaders including governors, lieutenant governors, attorney generals, and state legislators considered to be some of the nation’s top “education catalysts of change.”

AACTE encourages you to build relationships with these policy makers in your state and make sure that your voice is heard on critical issues facing teacher preparation and the teaching profession. In particular, AACTE state chapters should be aware of who has participated in the Hunt-Kean program and reach out to them regarding any policy initiatives they propose that are relevant to educator preparation. As a handy reference, please refer to the state-by-state list of contact information for policy makers in each state compiled by AACTE staff.

Details on the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program are available here.


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Aaron Goldstein

Manager, State Policy & Relations

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