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Workshop Recording Available: How to Use ESSER Funds for Ed Prep

In case you missed it, there is another opportunity to learn about how to use ESSER funding to recruit into Educator Preparation Programs (EPP).

As you know, in the past year, Congress has set aside billions for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. To help educator preparation programs effectively allocate those funds, AACTE created an Advocacy Toolkit with examples from EPPs across the nation who are expanding their recruitment using federal dollars.  In this workshop, GoReact and AACTE put together a panel of national, state, and university teacher preparation professionals. We explored one state—Tennessee—which used ESSER funds to support a statewide Grow Your Own Program to address teacher shortages and diversify the profession.

What you will hear from our visionary panel?

  • Analysis of one particular state’s strategy to employ ESSER funds
  • Details on how all educator preparation programs can effectively use the emergency relief funds
  • An exploration of AACTE’s toolkit, a resource AACTE has developed to support EPPs and Local Education Agencies to create a pathway into teaching
  • Discussion of how funded residencies can support community development and lower attrition within districts

Watch the recorded workshop.


Michael Rose currently serves as the senior director of federal relations and policy for AACTE. He comes to the role with over 20 years of experience as a government relations professional working with Members of Congress and nonprofit organizations.

David Donaldson is the chief of human capital for the Tennessee Department of Education. David is a previous teacher and principal, and his work focuses on ensuring profession-ready educators are in every classroom.

Prentice Chandler is dean and professor of the Eriksson College of Education at Austin Peay State University (APSU). Along with authoring about 50 works, he received a state and national award for his work as a high school history teacher.

Lisa Barron is a professor, associate dean, and the director of teacher education and partnerships in the Eriksson College of Education at Austin Peay State University. She earned national board certification and spent 16 years in an elementary school as a teacher, assistant principal, and curriculum coach.


Jacqueline Rodriguez is the vice president for research, policy, & advocacy for AACTE. She leads the strategy and content development for the association’s scholarship, programs and professional learning, state and federal policy, and advocacy initiatives.  She is also an experienced teacher, teacher leader, and professor.



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Jacqueline Rodriguez

Jacqueline Rodriguez

Vice President, Research, Policy, and Advocacy, AACTE