Gangone Testifies to Federal School Safety Commission
On June 6, while AACTE members and partners were on Capitol Hill advocating for educator preparation as part of AACTE’s Day on the Hill, Association President/CEO Lynn M. Gangone was testifying before the Federal School Safety Commission at a listening session at the U.S. Department of Education.
The Commission, tasked with quickly providing meaningful and actionable recommendations to keep students safe at school and headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is composed of the leadership of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Last week’s meeting was the fourth since the Commission’s inception in March of this year and the first public listening session.
AACTE School Safety Initiative
In April, AACTE kicked off its own national initiative to engage and support members in preparing educators to preserve the sanctity of the classroom and advocate for safer schools. As part of this initiative, member institutions submitted stories about what their programs are doing to prepare future teachers on issues of school safety before they enter the classroom. As we deepen our understanding of key skills and strategies for promoting a safe learning environment, such as trauma-informed instruction and threat assessment, we will be working with our members to integrate these topics into both teacher and principal preparation programs. Stay tuned for further updates and opportunities!