What to Expect at Washington Week

Support Your Cause and Get Ready to Influence Policy June 4 – 7

AACTE exists to advocate for high-quality and equitable education for all — and works to amplify the voices of its member advocates. Teacher educators, scholars, and other members from colleges and institutions nationwide are invited to attend AACTE’s 2023 Washington Week on June 4 – 7. Under this year’s theme of “Investing in Education,” AACTE’s national advocacy event will inspire attendees to explore some of the most pressing policy issues in educator preparation, such as censorship, educator shortage, and educator diversity.

Register today, and remember to book your hotel by May 24 to receive your special rate.

What to Expect

June 4: Welcome to AACTE’s 2023 Washington Week

Attendees are invited to attend the afternoon’s keynote address and the opportunity to connect with peers and colleagues during the evening welcome reception at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View.

June 5: Keynotes, Panels, and Preparing for Congressional Meetings

AACTE CEO and President Lynn M. Gangone welcomes attendees to today’s programming, followed by a session on AACTE’s learning priorities and the keynote address. Prior to lunch, attendees will learn about media advocacy and how to best use your voice to support educator preparation priorities. Following a networking lunch, attendees will also hear from state representatives on federal legislation to address the educator shortage, including discussion on the Educators for America Act, the Pay Teachers Act, and Student Loan Forgiveness. The day concludes with an informative session on how to make your Day on the Hill successful.

June 6: Special Programming and Congressional Meeting Preparations

AACTE welcomes attendees to the second day of Washington Week, followed by networking breaks and five optional sessions:

  • Investing in Teachers of Color
  • Politics, Education Policy and School Leadership
  • An Increased Number of Teachers?!  What Has California Done to Address the Teacher Shortage and Why has it Worked 
  • Effective Advocacy in Today’s Hyper-Partisan Environment: Working Across the Aisle
  • Nuts and Bolts of DOTH

June 7: Day on the Hill to Advocate for Education Preparation

On the last day of Washington Week, attendees will meet congressional representatives to advocate and show support for educators and educator preparation.

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