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State Chapter Leaders to Interact With Dynamic Speakers at June Institute

As part of next month’s Washington Week, themed “Diverse Perspectives, Deep Partnerships, One Profession,” AACTE state chapter leaders will hear from several policy leaders in this year’s State Leaders Institute (SLI).

Held June 4-5 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, this event fosters dialogue pertaining to education policies in each state and develops capacity for state chapters of both AACTE and the Association of Teacher Educators to address major policy and advocacy themes facing educator preparation.

This year’s SLI will feature a keynote address by Idaho State Senator Brent Hill, president pro tempore of the Idaho State Senate. Senator Hill will share how teacher educators can get their message across and effectively work with legislators.

Melody Schopp, South Dakota’s secretary of education and president of the Council of Chief State School Officers, will address participants in another session about the current status of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation and its implications for educator preparation. AACTE has also extended an invitation to Candice McQueen, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education, to join the conversation on ESSA. Chapter leaders will not want to miss this important conversation about how educator preparation can make the most of this historic opportunity in their states!

Brent Hill
Melody Schopp

Another popular component of SLI is roundtable discussions on how to boost state chapters’ capacity. Attendees will leave this year’s institute equipped with best practices and strategies to share with chapter colleagues on priorities such as advocacy, event planning, and organizational structures.

Be sure to book your hotel by May 12 to secure the AACTE group rate and perks such as high-speed Internet. We also hope you will stay for Day on the Hill June 6-7 – and if you register for both SLI and Day on the Hill, you will receive a 15% discount!

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Aaron Goldstein

Manager, State Policy & Relations