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HBCU Topical Action Group will Convene at #AACTE19 in Louisville

The AACTE HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Teacher Education topical action group (TAG) will convene a business meeting on February 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. a day before the 2019 Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY. The convening, which will take place in the Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel, will also include a special award ceremony to honor an exceptional educator who has advanced HBCU issues in teacher education.

The purpose of the TAG is to promote dialogue, collaboration, research, and the advancement of the HBCU voice in the teacher education discussion. Since its inception in 2016, more than 20 teacher educators have joined the TAG. This special group will develop plans and a research agenda during the HBCU TAG business meeting in Louisville.

As the administrator of the HBCU Teacher Education TAG, I envision a robust discussion at this year’s annual meeting as we work to build a presence within the AACTE community. HBCUs are responsible for the production of half of the nation’s African American teachers, and I believe that a forum to promote the unique perspective of those who teach or were trained in these institutions is extremely valuable.  

New participants are welcome to join the TAG to help address the issue of culturally responsive teaching, declining state funding, enrollment, retention, or the lack of diversity in teaching. You may be inclined to contribute to a conversation on special education, disproportionate discipline, HBCU lab schools, or early childhood development. Naturally, these issues affect all schools, but by generating dialogue through the HBCU lens, we may collectively discover mechanisms for addressing common problems that are culturally competent and solution-focused. To join the HBCU Teacher Education TAG and access the online community, visit our webpage.

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Terrance McNeil

Holmes Scholar, Florida A&M University.