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AACTE Thanks Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Thanks you Volunteers!

In honor of National Volunteer Week, I would like to personally thank all volunteers who lend their time and expertise to advancing AACTE. Whether you are on the Board of Directors, a programmatic advisory committee, or volunteer for one of the state affiliates, AACTE is grateful for your service.

Given the challenges facing education and educator preparation, volunteering is no small task on top of your already challenging day jobs. Without your efforts, AACTE could not succeed and move forward as an organization.

In turn, volunteering brings personal and professional rewards and opportunities for you as a member. Why is volunteering for AACTE important? Read the thoughts expressed below by your colleagues Michael E. Dantley, Ed.D., current Board chair, and Liz Kolb, former chair of the Committee on Innovation and Technology.


“I became a member of the Board of Directors as the representative of CADREI. Once I became an active member of the Board, I was able to see the many ways AACTE is committed to transforming the preparation of teachers and in fact educators, in general. It is rewarding to watch the organization become one that is determined to be relevant and to provide multiple reasons why preparatory programs should become members of AACTE. Being on the Board gives me the opportunity to collaborate with other leaders who pledge to prepare educators to meet the challenges of positively impacting the next generations of educators. Persons who are willing to think progressively about impacting our field should seriously consider becoming a member of the Board of Directors. Having a voice in the future of our field is just one of the attractions to serving on this Board.”

Michael E. Dantley, Ed.D. 
Retired Dean, College of Education, Health and Society
Professor Emeritus, Educational Leadership
Department of Educational Leadership
Miami University of Ohio


Liz Kolb“I decided to volunteer for the Committee on Innovation and Technology because I was drawn to the opportunity to connect with teacher educators from across the country who were doing similar work as myself. Further, I wanted to not only grow my professional network but also develop professionally by having knowledge and access to the latest emerging technologies and research in my field. Once I joined, I found so many more benefits in being part of the committee, including leadership opportunities, the ability to host and prepare preconference sessions for AACTE, the ability to help with decision-making at AACTE around education technologies, and to work with experts whom I never would have had the opportunity to work with if I had not been on the committee. I would do it again in a heartbeat and only wish the terms were longer!”

Liz Kolb 
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Michigan


During this year’s National Volunteer Week, I hope you will consider nominating yourself or a colleague to serve on the Board of Directors or a programmatic advisory committee

The call for nominations closes April 30, 2022.

For more information, contact nominations liaison, Janae Blanscet.


Lynn M. Gangone

President and CEO, AACTE