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AACTE Members Pledge their Support for Digital Equity at Signing Event

Today, representatives from several AACTE member institutions, along with AACTE staff, representatives from both the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), and colleagues from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), committed to leveraging their resources to support the adoption of the EPP Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge.

In a signing ceremony at the U.S. Department of Education with Deputy Secretary Cindy Marten, the following AACTE members, on behalf of their respective institutions, committed their educator preparation programs to expanding and scaling digital equity and transformation in learning:

  • Boston University
  • George Fox University
  • Northeastern State University (OK)
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Central Oklahoma

These five programs join the following AACTE member institutions in committing to build the capacity of their faculty, update their curriculum to accelerate digital learning, and ensure candidates have practical experience in using technology effectively for teaching:

  • Arizona State University
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • University of Maryland, Global Campus
  • University of Wyoming
  • Utah Valley University
  • University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Wilmington University
  • Texas Woman’s University

The tenets of the Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge include the following:

  • Prepare teachers to thrive in digital learning environments.

    We will prepare future teachers to use technology to provide equitable learning opportunities that support student success in all classrooms. This includes experience teaching in online or hybrid settings.
  • Prepare teachers to use technology to pursue ongoing professional learning.

    We will prepare future teachers to use technology for collaborative learning and professional growth. This includes participating in online communities of practice relevant to their teaching goals and aspirations.
  • Prepare teachers to apply frameworks to accelerate transformative digital learning.

    We will prepare future teachers to create effective digital learning experiences using nationally recognized educational technology standards. This includes aligning coursework and clinical experiences to those frameworks.
  • Equip all faculty to continuously improve expertise in technology for learning.

    We will support all EPP faculty in modeling effective use of technology for instruction to build confidence and competence in future educators. This includes building capacity through faculty professional learning.
  • Collaborate with school leaders to identify shared digital teaching competencies.

    We will partner with schools to establish a shared understanding of the teacher competencies required for effective, equitable use of technology for learning. This includes modeling exemplary approaches to technology use that are relevant to the vision, culture, and infrastructure of partner schools.

You, too, can join the pledge! By signing, you will join a network of EPPs and stakeholders engaged in continuous growth and learning. Resources will be provided by partner organizations, including a biannual facilitated roundtable of leaders and faculty champions convened by ISTE. For additional information and to join the pledge, please visit the website.

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Matthew Wales

Vice President, Member Services & Events