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Join AACTE at the 2021 State Leaders Institute

Multiethnic Group of People Discussing About Join UsThe 2021 State Leaders Institute will be held virtually this year on September 30 and October 1 from 1:00 – 5:00p.m. ET.  As with previous years, the schedule of events is designed to give AACTE members ample opportunity to catch up with peers, engage in professional development activities and strategize about the future of educator preparation.

The two-day series of activities will begin with a panel discussion led by the leaders of the Kentucky, California, and Nebraska AACTE State affiliates, who will be describing the projects for which they were awarded 2020 State Affiliate Awards and responding to questions from attendees. Mike Rose, AACTE senior director for federal relations and policy, will follow with a report on the creative and instructive ways states are using American Rescue Plan funding. Day one activities will also include a panel discussion featuring AACTE members describing the advocacy work they have been engaged in this year as part of state education coalitions and will end with a breakout session for members to discuss action plans and related regional issues.

The activities scheduled for day-two include a presentation by AACTE Dean in Residence Leslie Fenwick who will discuss and take questions regarding her recent National Academy of Education (NAeD) Report on how states evaluate teacher preparation programs and providers, and she will discuss her framing paper, The History, Current Use, and Impact of Entrance and Licensure Examinations on the Teacher-of-Color Pipeline.  The day will end with a discussion led by AACTE staff about the rash of anti-critical race theory and anti-Trans student legislation being introduced in states around the country. 

SLI marks the official beginning of State Affiliate Award season and the process for applying for an award will be described on the final day of SLI as will the timeline for filing State Affiliate Reports this year. 

We encourage you to join your colleagues for the 2021 State Leaders Institute on September 30 – October 1 for two days of professional development, lively conversation and fellowship. 

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