Archive for February, 2022

AACTE Welcomes New Holmes Scholars

The AACTE Holmes Program continues to grow with diverse scholars who are engaged in innovative and impactful research in the education field. AACTE is excited to welcome three new scholars from the University of North Texas and Lehigh University. Congratulations to these new scholars on being selected to join the Holmes Program: Zutella Holmes, Mohammad Bahadori Fallah, and Devon Carter.

Register for Session Two: The Holmes Scholars Leadership Series

Sponsored by Ohio University’s Patton College of Education, The Holmes Council, and AACTE, this free four-part series of conversations is designed to explore the leadership trajectories and experiences of various individuals connected to the field of education. The sessions will offer a platform for the presenters to share valuable insights regarding leadership lessons. Participation is free. Register a

Session Two: A Conversation on Leadership Lessons With Deans of Colleges of Education Monday, February 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST


Andrew P. Daire, Dean, School of Education
Virginia Commonwealth University

Michael E. Dantley, Dean Emeritus College of Education
Miami University

Mia Tuan, Dean, College of Education
University of Washington

What’s New with Federal Funding, Student Loans and Education Grants?

Student Loan GraphicAs we head into Congressional recess, behind the scenes things are heating up surrounding the passage of an FY22 appropriations bill which includes historic increases for education funding. The Senate passed a stop-gap funding measure on Thursday that, once signed by the President will give Members and their staff another three weeks to cement a deal on FY22. The proposed increases to education funding are critical in supporting rebuilding and diversifying the educator pipeline-now is the time to make sure your voices are heard. 

Claflin School of Education: Developing Black Male Visionary Educators

This post is part of AACTE’s Black History Month 2022 Blog series. 

Anthony A. PittmanClaflin University is pleased to have been invited by AACTE to help celebrate Black History Month. Founded in 1869, primarily to educate freed slaves, Claflin was the first historically Black college/University (HBCU) in South Carolina to open its doors to all people – regardless of race, class, gender, and/or any of the other social constructs that have been divisive across many components of society. For over 150 years, Claflin has remained committed to her mission, one in which diversity and inclusion are central to the development of visionary leaders and scholars in their chosen fields of study. At Claflin, our belief is that our graduates will make their marks on the world by leading innovative changes in various industries and professions across the globe.

Anthony BroughtonClaflin University is located in the small city of Orangeburg, South Carolina and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. Among her numerous accolades, Claflin is ranked the #1 HBCU in the state, and for its 11th consecutive year, the University is in U.S. News & World Report’s “Top 10 of the Nation’s Best HBCUs.” As the oldest HBCU in the state of South Carolina, Claflin University’s commitment to teacher eucation has been consistently strong since its founding. She has produced teachers, principals, superintendents, and numerous other educational professionals who have made significant contributions to the myriad classrooms and other educational contexts within the state of SC and indeed across the United States and the world at large.

AACTE Diversified Teacher Workforce TAG to host Day Long Preconference Institute

Driving the National Conversation to Recruit, Sustain, and Retain Diverse Teaching Candidates

Initatiate. Collaborate. DiscussThe AACTE Diversified Teacher Workforce Topical Action Group (TAG) will convene Pk-20 practitioners, researchers, and community stakeholders to discuss how to bolster collective efforts to recruit, sustain and retain teachers of color. The preconference event will take place on Thursday, March 3 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Grand Ballroom B, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

Across the field of education (PK-20) students, teachers, administrators, teacher educators/professors, and program leaders continue to witness and lament the chronic disparities in representation and lack of ethno-racial and linguistic diversity among teachers (relative to their students) in our nation’s schools. And in the wake of a global pandemic, enduring civil unrest, the impending mass teacher exodus, and calls for racial justice related to systemic anti-Black, anti-Asian and anti-immigrant sentiments within all aspects of society, educational institutions are being forced to engage in introspection with greater magnitude. Teacher preparation programs in particular are feeling increased pressure to recruit, retain and effectively prepare a highly-qualified, racially-literate, and ethno-racially diverse pool of candidates as districts scramble to hire teachers with the content knowledge and pedagogical skills as well as the cultural and linguistic competencies needed to meet the needs of today’s students.

A Reflection and Call to Action from Howard University’s Dean for the School of Education

Dawn WilliamsThis post is part of AACTE’s Black History Month 2022 Blog series.

As we are nearing the end of another Black History Month, this year somehow feels different. On one hand the increased representation of diversity in marketing and corporate settings is promising. On the other hand, the resurgence of attacks on the use of school curriculum that represents diverse lived experiences is troubling. We find ourselves fighting a history of structural racism while also trying to safeguard our health against a global pandemic. However, what has not changed is our steadfast commitment to “balance the scales for the disenfranchised and promote an America that is devoid of inequalities.” 

Make the Most of Your AACTE Membership at the 74th Annual Meeting

visit us button. rounded glass sign. sticker. bannerAre you a current AACTE member and want to make the most of your membership?  You are invited to stop by the AACTE membership area during the 74th Annual Meeting to learn more about the resources offered to you as a member and how to become an even more engaged member.

New to AACTE?
The AACTE team will be on hand in the Gallery to share information on how to take full advantage of your membership.

Get Your Complimentary Gift
To show appreciation to its valuable network, AACTE will give a complimentary gift to any member attendee who visits the membership area.   

Help Build Support for the EDUCATORS for America Act

Smiling teacher in her classroomAACTE worked with Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) to craft the EDUCATORS for America Act, a bill to update Title II of the Higher Education Act. The bill will help state and local communities address educator pipeline challenges by channeling national resources to states and localities so local leaders can build a diverse, profession-ready army of teachers, principals, librarians, counselors, and specialized instructors. Nearly 50 national organizations have endorsed the EDUCATORS for America Act.

Having played a leadership role in drafting the bill, AACTE looks forward to its passage. AACTE encourage you to join in advocating for the bill. The investments called for in the measure are long overdue and AACTE needs your help to ensure that students are taught by well-prepared, diverse educators. Please follow this link, to fill out an advocacy form to send emails to your members of Congress urging the passage of the EDUCATORS for America Act.

Be a Change Agent for Education

AACTE's 74th Annual MeetingJoin more than 1,200 education leaders in moving the profession forward at AACTE’s 74th Annual Meeting, March 4 – 6, 2022, in New Orleans, LA.

There’s still time to reserve your spot at this crucial educator preparation event. This high energy and transformational conference will guide attendees in engaging in meaningful discussions, sharing research and practices, and becoming better equipped to drive change in the educator preparation field and beyond. 

Perspective | A teacher licensure proposal from NC Association for Colleges of Teacher Educators

This perspective, written by the North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NCACTE) Advocacy and Policy Committee, originally appeared on and is reprinted with permission.

High angle view of a Caucasian female teacher with long blonde hair holding a picture of leaves and a diverse group of schoolchildren sitting at desks looking and raising their hands, during a lesson in an elementary school classroomThe purpose of this update is to provide feedback to educational partners on the North Carolina Association for the Colleges of Teacher Educator’s (NCACTE) collective perceptions of the current policy discussions related to revising the teacher licensure process in North Carolina. These proposals were originally suggested by the Human Capital Roundtable and have been reviewed over the last year by PEPSC subcommittees. This document was created by the NCACTE Advocacy & Policy Committee, almost all of whom serve on one of the subcommittees.

After spending many months in meetings, reviewing documents, and listening to feedback from all stakeholders involved, we have synthesized our thoughts here. While we believe this work has progressed, there are still several areas where we believe additional work is needed. We would like to thank PEPSC for this work and continue to offer our service as these issues evolve. We ask for the reader’s indulgence in reviewing this entire document carefully.

In our discussions, three priorities emerged (in no particular order):

University of Dayton Professor of Early Childhood Education to Receive 2022 AACTE Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education

2022 AACTE Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education - Shauna Adams, Ed.D., ACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) today announced Shauna Adams, Ed.D., Professor of Early Childhood Education in the University of Dayton School of Education and Health Sciences as the recipient of the 2022 AACTE Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education. The Margaret B. Lindsey Award recognizes an individual whose research over the last decade has made a significant impact on the field of teacher education and will be awarded at the AACTE 74th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La, on March 6.

Southeast Missouri State University to Receive National Award for Innovative Use of Technology

2022 AACTE Best Practice Award for Innovative Use of Technology - Southeast Missouri State UniversityAACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) announced today the winner of the 2022 AACTE Best Practice Award for Innovative Use of Technology. The College of Education, Health, and Human Studies Educator Preparation Program at Southeast Missouri State University is the recipient of this prestigious award for implementation of its EDvolution Model. Southeast Missouri State University’s Trudy Giasi, Ph.D., assistant professor of STEM Education, and Jana Gerard, coordinator of the EDvolution Center, will accept the award at AACTE’s 74th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La on March 6.

Study on Teacher Preparation Outcomes to Receive 2022 AACTE Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award

Journal for Teacher Education Article AwardAACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education)   today announced the article, “Three Different Measures of Graduates’ Instructional Readiness and the Features of Preservice Preparation That Predict Them,” received the 2022 AACTE Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) Article Award. This award, cosponsored by AACTE’s Committee on Research and Dissemination and Sage Journals, recognizes exemplary scholarship published in JTE in educator preparation or teaching and learning with implications for educator preparation. The award will be presented at the AACTE 74th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La. on March 6.

Michigan State University Dean Emeritus to Receive AACTE Imig Award for Contributions to Teacher Education

2022 AACTE David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education - Robert E. Floden, Ph.D.

AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education)  today announced that Robert E. Floden, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Education, is the recipient of the 2022 AACTE David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education. Floden will be presented with this prestigious award at AACTE’s 74th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La, on March 4.

Western Oregon University Researcher to Receive 2022 AACTE Outstanding Dissertation Award

2022 AACTE Outstanding Dissertation Award for Borderland Teaching of Chinese American Teachers with Mexican American Students: Toward the Development of a TheoryAACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education)  today announced Lin Wu, Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2022 AACTE Outstanding Dissertation Award for Borderland Teaching of Chinese American Teachers with Mexican American Students: Toward the Development of a Theory. The author completed his dissertation for the Ph.D. at the University of Washington-Seattle and currently serves as an assistant professor in the College of Education at Western Oregon University. He will be recognized formally with the award at the AACTE 74th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La, on March 4.