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International Panel Zooms in at #AACTE20 to Discuss the Education Workforce

International Panel #AACTE20

At the AACTE 72nd Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, GA, educators from all over the world had the opportunity to share their research and practitioner journey through conversations around diversity, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and innovations in teaching and learning. In a session, “Transforming the Educational Workforce,” moderator Carole Basile of Arizona State University (ASU) presented the international panelists via Zoom: Liesbet Steer of the Education Commission, education program and evaluation specialist Kingsley Arkorful from Ghana, Paul Atherton of Fab Inc., and Dale Johnson and Ukiah Malambo of ASU.

The international team provided a snapshot of how adaptive technology can better support students in countries like Vietnam. Arkorful led the discussion around the Education Workforce Initiative (EWI). This project aims to turn the Education Commissions’ Learning Generation recommendation on expanding strengthening, and diversifying the education workforce into action that will harness the latest evidence and innovations to inform new ways of approaching education workforce design to improve learning outcomes for this century.

Presenters engaged the audience with results from a workforce education longitudinal study abroad. Researchers gave lots of golden nuggets for educators to think about in preparing generation X thinkers beyond rote and memorization skills, especially in subjects like middle school math.

Highlights from this session outlined strategic initiatives that focus on the following:

  • The role of the teacher
  • Various types of professional roles to support improved learning
  • School leadership around instructional leadership
  • Multidisciplinary teams
  • Growing role of technology

Moving forward, this international study will provide stakeholders with insight into better ways to support a diverse workforce through attending to work conditions and best practices around integrating technology as a tool to practice everyday skills when applicable. This research team, like so many others, are creating platforms that will uplift a new generation of educators and scholars.

A video recording of this AACTE 2020 Deeper Dive session is available to Annual Meeting attendees at aacte.org. Additional video recordings, including the Opening and Closing Keynote Sessions and other Deeper Dives from the 72nd Annual Meeting may be accessed in the AACTE Resource Library.


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