AACTE Celebrates Volunteers During #NationalVolunteerWeek
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, AACTE thanks all members who give their time to advance AACTE and its vision to revolutionize education for all learners. AACTE is grateful to those who support the organization in a number of ways:
- Serve on the Board of Directors, a programmatic advisory committee, the Holmes Program Council or JTE Editorial Team and Review Board
- Volunteer for one of the state affiliates or Topical Action Groups
- Lend their expertise as proposal and peer-reviewers and task force members
It does not go unnoticed that volunteering your time, while fulfilling your role at your institution, is a great sacrifice. AACTE not only thanks you but also acknowledges that without your efforts, the organization’s mission and programs could not succeed or move forward.
During this year’s National Volunteer Week, AACTE encourages more members to share their time, expertise, and leadership skills. AACTE is currently accepting applications for its programmatic advisory committees through April 28. Learn from your colleagues about the rewards of volunteering.
The most rewarding experience has by far been making lasting partnerships and friendships with diverse colleagues who are passionate about the same things I’m passionate about. Being able to see how our institutions can work together from across the nation has been monumental. —Lisa Bisogno, AACTE Committee on Government Relations and Advocacy
The most rewarding experience as an AACTE committee member has been expanding my network of colleagues beyond my focus area of literacy. Since graduating with my doctorate in Literacy Education in 1999, most of my research and service activities have taken place within literacy organizations. A few years ago, I intentionally shifted my service to different education-related associations, AACTE being one, so I could learn from and with scholars with fresh perspectives on topics I had been studying for years. —Rachel Karchmer-Klein, AACTE Committee on Innovation & Technology
Maybe time constraints prohibit you from serving on a committee. There are many other ways to get involved in AACTE activities ranging from one-time commitments to ones that require less than five minutes:
- Amplify AACTE’s advocacy mission: Complete an Action Alert
- Share your story about how you are revolutionizing education: Submit an Ed Prep Matters Blog
- Support policy, practice and research in teacher education: Become a JTE Reviewer