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Celebrate Black History Month at Annual Meeting Sessions Dedicated to Supporting Black Educators

Join AACTE as we celebrate Black History Month. This year, AACTE’s 75th Annual Meeting falls in February, the theme of which is Innovation through Inspiration: Remembering the Past to Revolutionize the Future; and how could we revolutionize the future of education and education and education preparation to ensure all learners receive a high-quality, equitable education without Black educators? AACTE is excited to offer programming throughout Annual Meeting and its preconference events, February 23 – 26, dedicated to supporting Black Educators and the representation of Black history and perspectives and curriculum and educator preparation policy and practice. 

These include

  • Recruiting Black Male College Students to the Field of Education: Lessons from an HBCU
  • Developing a Consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to address shortages of STEM teachers of color.
  • The Invisible Labor of Black Faculty in the Recruitment and Retention of Black Educators: A Pennsylvania Black Faculty Affinity Initiative
  • Leaks in Black Teacher Pipeline Hurt Goal of Teacher Diversity
  • Project Mentor: Strategies the Retain, Train, and Empower Black Preservice Teachers
  • Reimagining Education 4 Liberation: Diversifying Teacher Pathways in the Midwest Through BIPOC Youth Participatory Action Research
  • Supporting BIPOC Candidates in Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs at a Predominantly White University
  • Toward a Healthy Racial Climate: Systemically Centering the Well-being of Teacher Candidates of Color (Journal of Teacher Education’s Article of the Year Deeper Dive)
  • Educator Diversity Preconference: Register today

Finally, AACTE would be remiss not to acknowledge the real anxiety educators may feel due to Black History being deemed a “divisive concept” either through legislation or a climate of silence. Therefore, while we as educators celebrate a month that historically highlighted the significant contributions of Black people in arts, entertainment, law, politics, sciences, sports, and so much more, we also do so by advocating on behalf of students who deserve an honest and accurate education that enables them to learn from the mistakes of our past to help create a better future. To prepare children for the future, educator preparation programs need to prepare candidates to teach students both the good and the bad of our history so we can avoid making the same mistakes. To learn more about censoring of “divisive concepts” and other threats to the quality and equity of teacher preparation, we invite you to attend our Saturday Keynote Session, “Revolutionizing the Future: Emerging Scholars Consider the Impact of Academic Censorship.”   

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