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AACTE Presents Back to School Webinar on Alternative Certification

AACTE is hosting a three-session Back to School Webinar Series, which will begin in August with its first event, “The Growth and Impact of Alternative Certification: Findings from Two Studies.”

For-profit alternative educator preparation programs have seen their enrollment almost triple in the last 10 years. Join AACTE and researchers from the University of Texas, Austin, who have examined national and state trends among alternative certification programs, paint a rich — and concerning — portrait of the impact of these programs as they continue to expand across the United States.

Register to attend this live webinar on August 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

This live webinar will present two findings, including national and state trends for these for-profit programs, as well as one case study from the University of Texas, Austin, highlighting the state’s reliance on these alternative programs and its impact on teacher longevity and student performance. Panelists will suggest strategies for EPP leaders.

About the Panelists

Celeste Alexander serves as the director of the Texas Education Research Center (ERC). The ERC is a research and evaluation center that provides access to high quality, longitudinal data from the Texas PK-12, Texas higher education, Texas workforce, and other data for the state of Texas. The data now spans over 30 years and continues to grow annually. The ERCs mission is to maintain a longitudinal data system for the State of Texas; and to provide social scientists and other researcher’s access to the ERC database to study and analyze significant questions to improve educational policy, educational outcomes, and labor outcomes.

Jacqueline King is an independent consultant who works with K-12 and higher education leaders to improve student outcomes. She is also a collaborator with Education First consulting group. King has had a long career in education, including 15 years at the American Council on Education (ACE). She is the author or co-author of numerous reports, articles, and book chapters on college readiness, student financing of higher education, access and persistence in postsecondary education, student demographic trends, and trends in the leadership of higher education. She has authored several reports for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, including Colleges of Education:  A National Portrait. Her work has been featured on CNN and in national publications such as The New York Times, Time, USA Today, and the Washington Post.

Michael Marder is a professor in the Department of Physics, Director of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics, and a condensed matter physicist at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Cornell in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986. He is co-founder of UTeach, a university-based secondary STEM teacher preparation program that began in 1997. In 2005, he wrote a white paper about the expansion of this program into other universities which foresaw the national replication of UTeach. Since that time, the UTeach program has expanded to 50 universities in 21 states and the District of Columbia. He oversees this effort as executive director.

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