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AACTE Wins APEX Award for COVID-19 Resource Hub

AACTE is the winner of an 2021 Apex Award for Publication Excellence for its online COVID-19 Resource Hub.

AACTE earned the Award of Excellence in the COVID-19 Media –Education and Training category. This award, sponsored by Communications Concepts Inc., is an annual competition for publishers, editors, writers, and designers who create print, web, electronic and social media. Nearly 1,200 entries were submitted to this year’s competition.

AACTE developed the  COVID-19 Resource hub to in response to the global crisis to address the immediate needs of its member institutions. The pandemic caused many unprecedented challenges in education preparation—whether it be the move from in person to virtual learning or putting safety measures in place, colleges of education had to quickly adapt their teaching methods to prepare their students to step into virtual classrooms while fighting teacher shortage and burnout.

The Hub provides links to pertinent articles, resources, research and learning opportunities to support schools and colleges of education with operational needs. Among the greatest impacts the pandemic has had on the educator preparation community is the clinical practice and field experience requirements that teacher candidates must complete. To assist educator preparation programs and teacher candidates, AACTE created an interactive State Policy Tracker Map to highlight and present changes to state-by-state licensure policies and practices.  The map, along with an AACTE report of recommendations to state leaders on how to support educator preparation programs and novice teachers as they navigate new and unexpected challenges, was added to the COVID-19 Resource Hub.

As member institutions prepare to return to campus this fall, AACTE will transition the Hub with resources and tools that address the “new normal” educator preparation environment.