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Need Support for Congressional Meetings on Teacher Prep Regs? We’ve Got You Covered

Last month, AACTE Director of Government Relations Deborah Koolbeck offered an update webinar on the proposed teacher preparation regulations, complete with tips and strategies for how best to discuss your concerns with congressional offices. As noted in the webinar, it is vital that the voice of teacher preparation—and most importantly, of your own programs—remain at the forefront of policy conversations on the proposed regulations.

As you continue meeting with your congressional offices, please feel free to consult the related resources AACTE has developed, all available in AACTE’s Resource Library (please note they are for members only, requiring login):

  • How to Set Up Meetings With Congressional Offices
  • Helpful Hints for Setting Up Meetings
  • Tips for a Successful Congressional Meeting
  • Suggested Agenda for Meeting
  • Overview of the Proposed Regulations
  • AACTE Concerns with the Proposed Regulations
  • Summary of Comments Submitted on the Proposed Regulations
  • Appropriations Bill Rider Language – House & Senate
  • Webinar Slides and Video Recording

If you cannot schedule a congressional meeting, the next best thing is to send e-mails sharing key points and information to the relevant staff in Washington and in their local office. You might attach the comments you submitted to the Federal Register during the comment period as well.

The power of the constituent voice is undeniable. Your members of Congress need to be hearing from you—not only about your concerns with the proposed regulations, but on a regular basis about all the great innovations and successes that come from your programs. Don’t assume they know about the impact you’re having on the district or your state—be one of their most valued resources!

AACTE appreciates hearing from you as you continue these meetings to learn how they went and any helpful takeaways. Please share with us via e-mail to regs@aacte.org to help guide our follow-up with the respective offices.

Meanwhile, we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions throughout this process. Remember: Your voice can make—and is making—a real difference!

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Zachary VanHouten

Manager of Programs and Advocacy, AACTE