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Take Action: Receive AACTE Action Alerts and Advocate on Teacher Prep Regs

If you have not registered for the AACTE Action Alerts, you’re missing out on chances to advocate on behalf of the profession!

You don’t need to be an AACTE member to engage through this system; you just need to create a profile in our database (which is free and easy to do), if you don’t have one already.

Once you have an AACTE profile, there’s one additional step to register for the Action Alerts. Just go to the AACTE Advocacy Center and look for the box on the left labeled “AACTE Action Alerts” – the white button takes you to the brief registration form.

When an alert is available, engaging in the campaign will take just a few minutes of your time. You will receive an e-mail from me letting you know that your constituent voice is needed. A link in the e-mail will take you to our predrafted message, which you can simply approve to send (or customize, in some cases). The system then sends your communication to the targeted elected officials for your zip code.

Our first AACTE Action Alert went out on Friday, January 13, on the teacher preparation program regulations. Congress can rescind these regulations, but officials need to hear from you, their constituent, to know you support this action. The AACTE alert conveys this message to members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. This alert did not need any personalization, making it extra easy to start the engagement! It’s not too late for you to participate in this campaign – please sign up today.

Of course, contacting your congressional representatives is just one of multiple steps you can take in advocating against the regulations. You should also reach out to colleagues, staff, and others to alert them to the final rule for the teacher preparation program regulations. To support your advocacy, AACTE has prepared an overview of the final rule and an updated concerns document on our regulations resource page. In addition, the coalition statement signed by 35 organizations is also there for you to share.

Please feel free to send me questions at dkoolbeck@aacte.org and attend one of this month’s Federal Update webinars (January 24 and 25) to learn more about what Congress can do to rescind the teacher preparation program regulations.

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Deborah Koolbeck

Senior Director of Government Relations, AACTE