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Celebrate Black History Month at AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting

Black History Month is not merely a reflection on the past; it is a call to action, an opportunity to amplify Black voices and contributions within the realm of education. This year, we extend an enthusiastic invitation to all AACTE members, educators, and education leaders to join us in embracing excellence as we celebrate Black History Month. 

As educator preparation programs (EPPs) that produce our country’s educators and education leaders, we play a pivotal role in shaping the minds of the next generation. By actively participating in Black History Month celebrations, we create a space that fosters inclusivity, diversity, and a genuine appreciation for the contributions of Black individuals in educator preparation.  

February is also the month of AACTE’s 2024 Annual Meeting, with the theme of Ascending New Heights: Propelling the Profession Into the Future.  Part of the work to achieve a future that fully embraces and celebrates a diverse study body is actively participating in the celebration of Black history.  Celebrate and engage with us February 16– 18 at the Annual Meeting events below that feature Black excellence and advocate for inclusive and enriched educational experiences for all.   

This list is not an exhaustive list of all sessions and speakers that represent or are speaking to Black educator preparation topics. For a full list and to plan your experience visit the Annual Meeting 2024 Online Planner.

  1. Pre-conferences: Register for a separate pre-conference to engage in an agenda dedicated to discussing programs, practices, and policies that create a sustained, inclusive, diversified P-20 educator workforce.   
  2. Featured Session Panel Discussions: Participate in thought-provoking panel discussions led by experts in the field of educator preparation. These discussions will delve into topics such as promoting diversity in the educator profession and academy, fostering inclusive learning environments, and addressing the unique challenges Black educators and students face. 
    • Diversifying the Teaching Profession: Strategies for Success 
    • From Hiring to Tenure: Solutions to Diversify the Ranks of Higher Education Faculty and Leaders 

  3. Learning Labs:  Participate in panel discussions, scholarly paper & poster presentations, and roundtables led by experts in the field of educator preparation. These discussions will explore topics such as promoting diversity in the educator profession and academy and fostering inclusive learning. 
    • Holmes Scholars Poster Presentations 
    • Examining the Relationship Between the STEM Identity and STEM Achievement of Black Female Students 
    • Dismantling Racial Injustice and Constructing Educational Possibilities: Restoring Black Teachers in the Classroom 
    • A Unicorn or Window to the Future: A Teacher Education Program Led by All-black Women 
      Location: Aurora Pre-function A 
    • Hear Us When We Say…: Examining Cross-Atlantic Black Educator Experiences in Post-pandemic Racialized School Spaces 
    • Anti-CRT Legislation and the Unanticipated Threats to Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) Institutional Autonomy 
    • Doing Better for Black Educators: Recommendations to Improve the Recruitment and Preparation of Black Educators 
    • Pulling Back the Professoriate Curtain: Black Doctoral Scholars’ Arts-based Reflections in a Year-long Mentoring Community 
    • Leveraging Innovation and Partnerships to Increase Educator Diversity

We hope you make the most of your Annual Meeting experience and celebrate the growing diversity of the educator workforce. 

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