Apply by May 5 for the AACTE Simulations for Secondary Science Teachers Conference
Teacher candidates benefit from exposure to a range of diverse clinical experiences. Often, the clinical placements teacher candidates experience during their preparation program are limited and do not encompass the variety of settings they will encounter during their careers. While simulations are not a substitute for in-person clinical practice, well-crafted simulations can:
- expose teacher candidates to student populations that are more diverse in terms of learning needs and socio-cultural experiences than they may encounter in their clinical placement
- allow candidates to practice pedagogical approaches that they do not have the opportunity to employ in their clinical placements and to receive immediate feedback on their professional practice
- offer the opportunity to teach courses and/or categories of content beyond the scope of their clinical placements
In April 2021, AACTE announced the call for applications for the Simulations for Secondary Science Teachers Conference. In partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), AACTE will convene the conference to identify significant gaps in the clinical preparation of science educators, ideate on virtual environments that help address those gaps, and develop scenarios through design thinking for educator preparation programs to implement within their programs.
Remember, the deadline for submission is May 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Applicants will be notified of the review panel’s decision by May 7, 2021.