As Global Engagement Grows, AACTE Explores New Initiatives
Did you know that AACTE has a growing international footprint? Although “American” is our first name and our membership is primarily domestic, the world is watching—and engaging—more widely, especially online.
We recently explored who is engaging with AACTE from around the world and discovered audiences in more than two dozen countries are visiting our web sites, connecting with us via social media, or accessing the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) online.
During 2015, the most frequent visitors were from the following countries:
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
A full one third of the organizational subscribers to JTE are from outside the United States, as are just under half of the top 20 organizations accessing JTE online. International submissions of manuscripts have increased in recent years, and the editors at Michigan State University are working to make JTE content more accessible by translating article abstracts into several high-incidence languages.
AACTE’s web sites are attracting a diverse range of visitors as well. According to analytic reports, the sites aacte.org and edprepmatters.net receive the most global interaction from India, Canada, Russia, China, Australia, and the Philippines. Our expanded presence on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, YouTube, and Instagram also extends our reach to a broader worldwide audience. The analytics for Facebook, for example, indicate our top international engagement comes from India, Indonesia, Egypt, Pakistan, and Turkey.
As this global interest in our work grows, we are eager to learn more about the international activities of our U.S. member institutions. (We also have a few international affiliate members.) As an organization, AACTE collaborates with various international partners, has a Committee on Global Diversity, and gives an annual award for best practices in support of global perspectives in educator preparation. Now we’re looking to learn more about what individual programs and institutions are doing and how we might support you better.
To give us a preliminary understanding of the scope of work under way, we invite you to complete a short survey by Friday, April 1. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.
For more information, contact Sungti Hsu, director of state affiliates and partnership support, at firstname.lastname@example.org.