Archive for 2021

One Last Item for Your Pre-Holiday Checklist: The AACTE Board Election

AACTE Board Election

Turkey? Check. Pies? Check. Vote in the AACTE Board Election? Check!

As you tick items off your list ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, please make sure you include voting in the AACTE Board Election, which closes on November 30. This year, there are 12 individuals running for two at-large seats and for seats representing AILACTE, HACU, NAFEO, and TECSCU.  In addition, members are asked to ratify a set of proposed technical changes to the Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws.

MSU Elementary Teacher Preparation Program Gets Powerful Redesign

A second-grade teacher uses a white board to teach both her in-class and online students at Wesley Elementary School.

Photo by Allison Shelley for EDUimages

This article originally appeared in MSUToday and is reprinted with permission.

Students interested in becoming elementary teachers now have an exciting new pathway at Michigan State University.

Faculty in the nationally known MSU College of Education have redesigned the elementary Teacher Preparation Program to not only address changes in how Michigan certifies new teachers, but to ensure that Spartan educators are even better prepared to meet the challenges of today’s schools.

“It is important that we continue to evolve as a teacher preparation program to reflect changing times,” said Tonya Bartell, associate professor and associate director of elementary programs. “This means preparing high-quality beginning teachers ready to serve our nation’s diverse student population, including teaching English learners and students with disabilities, and serving as agents of change toward equity and social justice.”

Unlock the Power of your AACTE Community: Collaborate with Peers on Connect360

As you probably know, AACTE recently launched its new online community— Connect360.  The Connect360 platform is an engaging and interactive virtual platform that brings together AACTE’s community of over 15,000 individuals in an exciting way. Members are able to start discussions and ask questions of fellow AACTE members, comment on each other’s posts, share best practices, and create their own unique member profile.

With over 20 communities, hundreds of resources, and dozens of discussions, there is a home for everyone.   Below are just a few of the news communities:

In Memoriam: Dean Corrigan

Dean CorriganDean Corrigan, who served as AACTE president from 1981-82, passed away on November 7 at his home in Middlebury, VT. He was 91 years old. 

Dr. Corrigan had a great influence on many things that mattered for the educator preparation profession. He was instrumental in the writing of the AACTE manifesto on Educating a Profession, greatly influenced the Association’s stance on special education, served as a liaison for the Association to the National Teacher Corps, helped to shape 10 years of work on inter-professional education, and was a passionate advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion long before it was fashionable to be so.

House Passes Build Back Better Act, All Eyes on Senate

Unites States CapitolThis blog post is written by AACTE consultant Jane West and is intended to provide updated information. The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of AACTE. 

Democrats in Congress are taking a victory lap as they leave town for a weeklong Thanksgiving recess next week. With House passage of the Build Back Better Act, the Biden agenda is one step closer to enactment. But the Senate will have the final say. 

House Passes Build Back Better Bill – At Last 

After weeks of fraught negotiations, and multiple postponed votes, the House finally passed the Build Back Better Act (the reconciliation bill) this morning.  One Democrat (Rep. Jared Golden of Maine) sided with all Republicans opposing the bill. This left the Democrats with the slim margin they needed to cross the finish line.

Sergio Maldonado Aguiñiga Named Holmes Scholar of the Month

Sergio Maldonado AguiñigaCongratulations to Sergio Maldonado Aguiñiga, Holmes Scholar of the Month for November 2021. Aguiñiga is currently a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Purdue University. Aguiñiga previously attended California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, where he majored in psychology with a minor in political science. While volunteering with the Prison Education Project and Reintegration Academy, he developed interests in integrating character strengths approaches in counseling practices for youth offenders and former and currently incarcerated individuals.

Aguiñiga’s interests in the field of psychology lie in positive psychology and applying the theoretical background in the practice of counseling psychology for youth offenders, former gang members, and formerly incarcerated adults transitioning into the community.

Congress Introduces Legislation to Fully Fund IDEA

Urge Your Representative and Senators to Cosponsor the IDEA Full Funding Act Today

Portrait of disabled schoolboy using digital tablet in classroom at schoolSenator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) this week introduced the IDEA Full Funding Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to finally ensure Congress’ commitment to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). AACTE is a strong supporter of this legislation and has called for Congress to fully fund IDEA to help support students with disabilities.

Fifty Percent of Teachers say, ‘Salary is Not Enough to Sustain Them Long-Term’

Nearly 1 in 5 teachers have to work second jobs.

The Teacher Salary Project surveyed 1100+ teachers nationally, with an oversample of recognized teachers (e.g., State Teachers of the Year -STOYs, Nationally Board Certified Teachers – NBCTs, Teach Plus Fellows, and others) and found:

  • Nearly half of the surveyed teachers say their salary was not sufficient to sustain them in teaching for the medium-to-long term (two-thirds when teachers who weren’t sure if they could continue teaching on their salary are included). 

Explore Issues That Matter Most at #AACTE22

#AACTE22 - Deeper Dives

AACTE’s 74th Annual Meeting, March 4 – 6, 2022, will be the first in person AACTE event in over two years. We can’t wait to welcome you to New Orleans as we rethink, reshape, reimagine, and revolutionize the profession post pandemic.

As the 2022 Annual Meeting schedule evolves, AACTE is excited to share an incredible lineup of speakers, topics, and nearly 200 interactive learning opportunities designed to sharpen your skills and equip you to drive change in both teacher preparation and the field of education.

One of the highlights of AACTE’s Annual Meeting are the “Deeper Dives.” These sessions provide a large-scale, expert-facilitated exploration of key issues facing the profession. Here’s a sneak peek at #AACTE22’s “Deeper Dive” sessions.

Making the Business Case for Public Investment in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood teacher with group of students exploring a globeIn a recent Washington Post article, AACTE Dean in Residence Leslie Fenwick and two corporate CEOs explore the research that confirms early childhood education programs advance cognitive development and academic achievement that reduces the long-term attainment gaps and produces functioning, responsible adults. Moreover, the authors underscore the critical need to counter the current historic setbacks to high-quality child care—for working mothers and their families and for the U.S. economy at large.

Fenwick, along with Roger W. Crandall, chairman, president and CEO of MassMutual, and JD Chesloff, president and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, share a perspective that the business community has a critical role to play to make universal child care and Pre-K a reality.

The article focuses on three primary areas: an evolving American workforce and caregiver model, promoting economic growth and equity in education, and advocating for a solution.

To read the full article, “The business case for public investment in early-childhood programs,” visit the Washington Post website.

MSU Denver Teaches Future Educators How To Build Equitable, Culturally Responsive and Trauma-Informed Classrooms

Student Teacher helping two students with masks on complete resiliency formsThis article  originally appeared on and is reprinted with permission.

At East Elementary school in Littleton, a group of fifth graders is seated in a semi-circle around student teacher Stephanie Shufelt for their morning meeting.

“Yesterday we talked about resiliency. Can someone remind me of what that actually meant?” she asks.

“To keep trying,” 10-year-old Brisaida Velasco replies.

“To keep trying, right,” Shufelt says. “When tough times hit, you’re able to bounce back.”

Four days a week, time is set aside for teachers to focus on social-emotional learning and teaching students self-regulation skills. At this meeting, Shufelt discusses strategies that can help them be resilient.

Thinking Wrong: Academy Attendees Contemplate When, and How, to Disrupt the Status Quo

In the second session of AACTE’s 2021 virtual Leadership Academy Series, attendees explored the benefits of When Thinking Wrong is Right: Purposeful Disruption of the Status Quo. Facilitated by Kandi Hill-Clarke, dean of the College of Education at the University of Memphis, and Patty Alvarez McHatton, senior vice president at Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity, participants engaged in a number of activities inspired by the book Think Wrong: How to Conquer the Status Quo and Do Work That Matters.

During the first part of the session, facilitators engaged in a review of the six practices that enable disruptive, yet productive and forward-thinking, work. These practices include 1) be bold, 2) get out, 3) let go, 4) make stuff, 5) bet small, and 6) move fast. Attendees were then challenged to reflect upon how thinking wrong is needed, both within colleges of education and the education field overall, and to consider how these six principles could be used to create deflection points that would enable a shift from how things are to how things might be in the future.

Countdown to Early Bird Registration Deadline for #AACTE22

2022 AACTE Annual Meeting Banner
Register by midnight on November 22
to take advantage of discounted early bird rates.

Time is ticking to take advantage of the early bird rate for AACTE’s 74th Annual Meeting, March 4 – 6, 2022, in New Orleans, LA. Now is the time to reserve your seat at the premier educator preparation conference in the nation. Don’t miss out on this in person opportunity to collaborate and enhance educator preparation programs.

 Why Should You Attend?

The pandemic has impacted many facets of our society, but arguably none has been more disrupted than the educational system. And as we all know, such challenges call for bold solutions. That’s why AACTE’s 74th Annual Meeting is themed “Rethink, Reshape, Reimagine, Revolutionize: Growing the Profession Post Pandemic.

Make Your Voice Heard: Board of Directors Election Underway Through November 30

2021 Board Election

The 2021 election for the AACTE Board of Directors is underway through Tuesday, November 30. This is an important year, with 12 candidates vying for six open seats:

  • Two at-large representatives
  • One seat representing the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE)
  • One seat representing the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • One seat representing the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
  • One seat representing the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU)

All AACTE Institutional and Chief Representatives are eligible to vote for all positions. In addition, members are asked to vote on ratifying changes to the AACTE Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. 

University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and the Impact of Teacher Ed Entrance Assessment Requirements

AACTE’s Consortium for Research-Based and Equitable Assessments (CREA) project recently released a framing paper titled The History, Current Use, and Impact of Entrance and Licensure Examinations Cut Scores on the Teacher-of-Color Pipeline: A Structural Racism Analysis. The paper addressed the following questions: (1) How are standardized entrance and licensure tests being used as a gateway into the profession? (2) Who determines cut scores for these tests?, and (3) What is the historical significance and implications of these tests on the diversity of the profession today?

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW) represents one of fourteen lead institutions that comprise the CREA project. Lana Collet-Klingenberg, professor and interim associate dean at UWW recently reflected on the effects of entrance assessment requirements at her institution and her institution’s plans to ensure equitable access for all students who choose to pursue teacher education.

Why did University of Wisconsin – Whitewater pursue membership in the CREA project?

Increasing the diversity in our educator workforce is a high priority for our state and our institution. By many measures Wisconsin is failing when it comes to equity in our schools and in our educator workforce. As the EPP that prepares the most first-time licensed teachers in the state, we are interested in any initiative that advances the cause. In addition, in an effort to lessen the number of barriers for prospective teachers, our state changed rule, providing EPP with flexibility regarding what measures we use for admission. In our state, students can meet requirements with GPA OR test scores. Our state is continuing to address removal of barriers by recently changing rule again to allow for alternate measures to GPA for licensure (which, in turn, will allow greater flexibility with admission requirements). I believe our inclusion in the project is a means of sharing these avenues with states still requiring standardized test performance as the primary admission pathway.