AACTE Awards Grants to 7 State Chapters

Seven state chapters of AACTE will share $50,000 in funding from the 2017 State Chapter Support Grant competition.

AACTE is pleased to support these state chapters as they develop new initiatives and projects focused on advocacy, program quality, and chapter development. For the 6th year, these grants will help strengthen AACTE’s relationship with our state chapters.

A review committee consisting of one ACSR Executive Committee member, four recent chapter grant recipients, and one staff member chose the following winners:

  • The North Dakota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education will continue work begun under a previous AACTE chapter grant to develop an online interrater reliability training system for the statewide Student Teaching Observation Tool.
  • The Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Education will support dialogue between educator preparation providers (EPPs) and PK-12 school district administrators concerning data that are available or could be produced to fulfill the expectations of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standard 4: Program Impact. Funds will be used to enhance the reliability and validity of data produced by statewide surveys of program completers and their employers.
  • The Washington Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE) will hold a Washington State Day on the Hill event to advocate for WACTE’s agenda and present EPP leaders as resources to state legislators.
  • The Tennessee Association of Colleges for Teacher Education will create an initiative called TN TEACH: The TN EPP Assistive and Collaborative Help Network. The technical support structure will train and send out lead educators (EPP faculty, PK-12 administrators, and lead teachers) to the three regions of the state to provide training on implementation of new Tennessee Department of Education and CAEP accreditation structures and required reporting, assist in the development of collaborative partnerships for program and regional data collection, and build stronger PK-12/EPP collaborations in preparing Tennessee teachers.
  • The Kansas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education will use grant funds to collaborate on a statewide teacher observation/assessment tool. The primary goal of the funding is to establish the validity and reliability of the tool.
  • The Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s Kentucky Information Technology for Educator Preparation Committee will use the funding to develop EPP dispositional measures for use by EPPs with data aggregated at the state level.
  • The new Montana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education will support the launch of the state chapter by holding an executive planning meeting that will provide time for chapter officers to develop a strategic plan for the chapter, create an agenda for the EPP summit, and draft plans for a day at the capitol.

Stay tuned to Ed Prep Matters and State Directions for updates about these chapters’ activities and outcomes.

If you have any questions about the State Chapter Support Grant Program, contact me at agoldstein@aacte.org.

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Aaron Goldstein

Manager, State Policy & Relations