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Webinar Series to Highlight NIC Lessons for Diversifying Teacher Pipeline

AACTE is excited to launch a new webinar series highlighting the experiences and findings of each of the 10 institutions in the AACTE Black and Hispanic/Latino Male Teachers Initiative Networked Improvement Community (NIC). Kicking off Thursday, October 20, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT, the inaugural webinar is “Diversifying the Teacher Pipeline at MidAmerica Nazarene, Western Kentucky, and UConn: Lessons From AACTE’s NIC.”

The goal of this NIC is to identify and test strategies to increase the percentage of Black and Hispanic/Latino men receiving initial teaching certification through educator preparation programs. This webinar series will provide an inside look at the path of inquiry guiding the NIC’s work and process and how that has shaped and changed recruitment and retention of Black, Hispanic, and Latino male teacher candidates at each institution.

Presenters will share and discuss various aspects of their work, including–

  • The impact of the NIC process on recruitment and retention practice and their campus
  • Challenges and successes they encountered as they worked to implement NIC-inspired approaches
  • Feedback from their teacher candidates about how changes in recruitment and retention practice on their campus have influenced their experience and success
  • Suggestions for additional areas of research and change based on their work

My colleague Omar Davis and I will facilitate the webinar, joined by the following NIC participants:

  • Jill Gonzalez-Bravo, Director of Clinical and Field Placements & Assistant Professor of Education, MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Brenda Harris, Associate Dean, MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Denise Hardesty, Coordinator, Minority Teacher Recruitment Center, Western Kentucky University
  • Mia Hines, Academic Adviser, University of Connecticut
  • Dominique Battle-Lawson, Academic Adviser, University of Connecticut

Register here to join us October 20 (free of charge!).

The webinar series will include three additional presentations in the coming months featuring the work, experiences, and findings of the other NIC institutions. Each institution’s story will also be shared as a case study in a theoretical framework paper being developed for release in 2017.

For more information about the AACTE Black and Hispanic/Latino Male Teachers Initiative NIC, see recent blogs by participants here and here.


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Amanda Lester

Director, Programs & Professional Learning, AACTE

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