Archive for June, 2023

AACTE Statement on the SCOTUS Decision on Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard University

Since its founding in 1948, AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) has been committed to advancing the field of educator preparation and ensuring that those preparing to be teachers, principals, and other professional educators represent the diversity of the children they educate. Today’s Supreme Court of the United States decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard University is contrary to our collective efforts to build an educator workforce that is diverse and representative. 

Diversity in the college student population is important to recruiting a cadre of teachers, principals, and other education professionals who reflect the diversity of the K-12 student population. Today, 79% of public school teachers identify as white while the majority of public school students are students of color.  

Join Your Peers at #AACTELA2023: A Message from AACTE Board Chair

Are you registered for the 2023 Leadership Academy?

You still have time to reserve your seat alongside other higher education thought leaders to expand your network of supportive colleagues and peers and develop strategies together.

Hear more about this exciting opportunity from AACTE Board Chair Monika Williams Shealey, new dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University and a proud Leadership Academy Alumna.

Senators Introduce Supporting Teaching and Learning through Better Data Act

This weekly Washington Update is intended to keep members informed on Capitol Hill activities impacting the educator preparation community. The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of AACTE.

It was another busy week in Washington as Members of Congress and their staff hustled to move some items across their respective finish lines before the two-week 4th of July recess. House Republicans failed to overturn President Biden’s veto of a bill repealing his proposal of $20,000 in student debt relief. Senate appropriators, for their part, approved funding totals for a dozen fiscal 2024 spending bills along party lines on Thursday, while acknowledging the need for reaching an agreement on more money in the coming months. While the allocations in the Senate are higher than those in the House for all non-defense bills, both the House and Senate committees cut the total for the Labor-HHS-Education bill; the House by $60.3 billion (29%) and the Senate by $12.2 billion (6%). When Congress last imposed spending caps from FY 2013 through FY 2021, education funding was cut and held below its starting point for years in a row- in fact when accounting for inflation, funding levels are still below the starting point.

Tips for Writing a Successful 2024 Annual Meeting Proposal

Submit your Proposal by July 18

Do you want to feature your work at AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Rockies in Denver, CO, being held February 16 – 18? This year’s theme is Ascending New Heights: Propelling the Profession into the Future; therefore, we are looking for proposals that share perspectives on addressing current issues and providing innovative ways to approach that which has yet to be considered in educator preparation. Before you submit, watch the Tips for Submitting a Successful Proposal Video in which Roben Daubler, veteran member of AACTE’s Committee on Meeting and Professional Development, provides advice that can help ensure your proposal is selected.

Proposals are due July 18.

Congresswoman Porter Introduces Bills to Improve Student and Educator Mental Health

Legislation Addresses the Growing Mental Health Crisis in Schools

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) has introduced two bills aimed at improving the support students and teachers receive when struggling with mental illness. Teachers and students alike are experiencing a mental health crisis. In 2022, over a quarter of educators reported symptoms of depression, with job satisfaction for teachers at record lows due to job-related stress. Students and youth are similarly affected by mental illness, with reports of up to 44% of college students suffering with depression and 37% with anxiety from 2021-22. The Student Mental Health Rights Act and Teacher Health and Wellness Act would improve compliance with existing federal law and expand the toolkit for well-being in schools.

Resident Teachers: Program Helps Develop Pipeline of Well-Prepared Future Educators

This article was originally published by the Tribune-Star.

As a participant in a state-funded teacher residency program, Alexis Spice — then an Indiana State University senior — spent her 2022-23 year in the kindergarten classroom of Stephanie Barnett at Terre Town Elementary in Terre Haute.

“It definitely made a huge impact on me,” said Spice, 21, who is from Vigo County and a North Vigo High School graduate.

Barnett served as her teacher mentor, and Spice learned about setting expectations for students, developing relationships with children and families and experiencing first-hand what it means to be a teacher. She observed, taught and co-taught, the kindergarten students.

ISTE Announces First AI Explorations Program for Educator Prep Faculty

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a nonprofit focusing on accelerating innovation in education, announced the first cohort of fellows for its AI Exploration for Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs).

The AI Explorations for EPPs Fellowship marks the first of its kind in higher education offerings. This year’s recipients were selected to participate in an eight-month learning and development opportunity. The fellowship aims to enhance EPP faculty and staff understanding of best practices on artificial intelligence (AI) in education, its implications on instruction, and strategies for preparing preservice educators to teach with and about AI.

WKU Hosts First Teacher Apprenticeship Summit

On June 22, 2023, over 120 individuals from Kentucky school districts, community colleges, universities, and government agencies gathered on WKU’s campus to discuss teacher apprentice programs and how they can be implemented to create a pipeline of educators returning to teach in their home districts. 

The Summit started with opening remarks from Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman, WKU President Timothy C. Caboni, and CEBS Dean Corinne Murphy. Coleman discussed the importance of apprentice programs to address the teacher shortage because it allows students to “learn and earn at the same time.” Caboni emphasized the prominence of teachers to WKU, as the university started as a Normal School in 1906. Murphy highlighted how vital it is to show high school students the possibility of a career in education as a viable one and one with upward mobility.

Resources and Action Alerts for Education and School LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Pride month is more than a celebration; it’s an opportunity to reignite the fight for equality within the LGBTQ+ community and other historically marginalized communities in allyship with all those who believe that our P-20 schools should be safe and inclusive spaces for all youth. As Pride Month comes to a close, AACTE is sharing its updated toolkit, Resources to Support LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Ed Prep and P-20 Schools, which can be found on AACTE’s Racial and Social Justice Hub.

San Diego State Prepares Cohort of Globally Competent Teacher Candidates

This blog article is part of the Global Education Faculty PLC Professional Development Series, sponsored by the Longview Foundation. The writing series aims to elevate the perspectives of international scholars — including teacher educators, graduate students, and alike — to offer insights into how Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) can integrate intercultural understanding within their programs. AACTE members interested in participating in the series should contact AACTE’s Brooke Evans.

Note: the AACTE Call for Awards is open for the 2024 Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives, which recognizes exemplary practice in the intercultural, global, cross-cultural, and international arenas. The 2024 Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity is also open and recognizes the infusion of diversity throughout all components of a school, college, or department of education (SCDE) as critical to quality educator preparation and professional development. If you wish to apply for one of these awards, please visit Applications must be received by September 1, 2023.

We believe preparing educators to be globally competent should be at the heart of our work as teacher educators. At San Diego State University, my colleague Gina Vattuone and I co-lead a single-subject credential cohort with the goal of preparing globally-competent teacher candidates. Each year, the cohort invites secondary teacher candidates from all subject areas to self-select into the cohort. After eight years, we have realized the importance of helping teacher candidates understand their own positionality in relation to others. We invite them to reflect on their own cultural ways of knowing and being and how these relate to the dominant, mainstream cultures of most American schools. We also want them to understand how they relate to the histories, geographies, and cultures of the young people they teach. By better understanding themselves in society, we believe teacher candidates are more able to understand their students and how to teach them.

Are You Excited to Lead Innovation and Change?

Register for the 2023 Leadership and New Deans Academy

Are you a dean or chair or head of a department looking to take your leadership skills to the next level? Join fellow educator preparation professionals at AACTE’s 2023 Leadership Academy in Denver from July 30 to August 3.

Whether you are a new or seasoned administrator in the educator preparation field, this year’s Leadership Academy will ignite your passion and equip you with practical strategies to drive real change on campus. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with other education leaders and return with valuable insights. Register by July 7 and book your hotel at the group rate.

College Board Rejects Changes in Florida AP Psychology Course

The “In the States” feature by Kaitlyn Brennan is a weekly update to keep members informed on state-level activities impacting the education and educator preparation community.

The College Board is rejecting a proposed change by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) to a high school Advanced Placement (AP) psychology course. Under the proposal, the AP psychology course would modify or completely remove lessons on gender and sexual orientation.

VCU School of Education Earns $1.6M in Federal Funding to Address Teacher Shortage

Sen. Tim Kaine took part in a visit in February to the Franklin Military Academy classroom taught by Christal Corey, a graduate of VCU’s RTR teacher residency program and Richmond Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year for 2023. (Photo contributed by Andrew Daire)

This article was originally published by Virginia Commonwealth University News.

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia have announced $1,599,645 in federal funding through the Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Program to address teacher shortages by supporting the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education’s RTR teacher residency program.

The funding will help recruit and support more teacher candidates from diverse backgrounds and provide them with the skills to teach in high-need schools, including those in Richmond Public Schools. The VCU School of Education’s RTR program is an undergraduate and graduate teacher residency program.

Senate HELP Committee Members Release Bills on College Affordability and Student Debt

This weekly Washington Update is intended to keep members informed on Capitol Hill activities impacting the educator preparation community. The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of AACTE.

Following the passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, which raises the debt ceiling and limits federal funding for the next two years, Members of Congress, their staff, and education advocates alike have shifted their focus towards an FY 2024 spending bill. House Appropriations Committee chair Kay Granger (R-TX) announced on Monday that the Committee will continue to produce FY 2024 funding bills with new funding capped at the FY 2022 level, which is $119 billion below the FY 2024 discretionary level set in law by the debt limit deal. The level for the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee is $60 billion or 29% below its FY 2023 level of $207 billion in discretionary funding. Your voices and advocacy efforts will be critical as we move toward an FY2024 spending bill.