Leading Educator Preparation Association Releases New Strategic Plan
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) publicly announced today their new strategic plan effective through 2023. The plan reflects the Association’s ongoing commitment to high-quality educator preparation while leveraging opportunities to be forward thinking in addressing challenges that come from an ever-changing educational landscape.
“It positions AACTE to truly revolutionize educator preparation,” said Kim Metcalf, chair of the AACTE Board of Directors and dean of the college of education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. “It provides AACTE members support and encouragement to be innovative in ways that address not just today’s needs in our local communities, but the needs that those communities will have in years to come.”
AACTE has refocused its efforts around three significant strategic priorities:
- Advocating for High-Quality Educator Preparation – AACTE and its members advocate for policies dedicated to building and sustaining high quality preparation of teachers and other education professionals that ensure graduates are profession-ready.
- Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – AACTE and its members value the diversity of students, their families, and educators; equity in access to high quality instructional environments; and the inclusion of all students, defined as access and opportunity, in PK-20 classrooms.
- Advancing Educator Preparation Policy, Practice, and Research – Through cutting-edge research, innovative practice, and advocacy, AACTE and its members advance the field of educator preparation.
“Our new strategic plan is incredibly visionary and bold. It speaks to the current issues of today with a level of detail and commitment that is absolutely essential to move the field forward,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “This gives an opportunity to reinvigorate the importance of teaching as a profession.”
Participation by AACTE members in developing and vetting the plan was robust. Member surveys were sent to more than 5,000 individuals, focus groups were held, and member leaders served on a Strategic Planning Taskforce that engaged key stakeholders.
AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator Preparation
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. Nearly 800 member institutions include public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at www.aacte.org.