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Promoting Integrity and Social Responsibility in Teacher Education at #AACTE24

Join the Kern Family Foundation’s sponsored Featured Session, “Integrity and Social Responsibility in Teacher Education,” on Saturday, February 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Colorado Ballroom B.

Character education and integrity are pivotal aspects of educator education as they form the bedrock of an educator’s professional identity and practice. Integrating character education into educator preparation programs equips future educators with the tools to address complex ethical challenges they may encounter, ultimately contributing to the creation of safe, respectful, and nurturing learning environments. Through their commitment to honesty, empathy, equity, and respect, educators can inspire the next generation to become not only academically proficient but also morally grounded individuals who contribute positively to their communities and society at large.


Cristy Guleserian, M.A. 
Executive Director, Principled Innovation
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Arizona State University

Guleserian is the executive director of Principled Innovation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. In prior roles, Guleserian was director of Social Emotional Learning and Character Development Programs at Casa Center for Positive Social Change and has served as an interpersonal communications consultant in education, business, nonprofits, and healthcare.


Yvette Bynum, Ph.D.    
Clinical Associate Professor
Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies
University of Alabama

Bynum is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies at The University of Alabama. She serves as the program coordinator for the Education Specialist certification program in Instructional Leadership. She currently works as a certified mentor coach trainer with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), president of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA), and co-investigator on a multimillion-dollar grant, Leadership for Character (LFC) project funded by the Kern Family Foundation and Alabama Superintendent’s Academy.

Lance Forman, Ed.D.
Director of Educational Leadership & Associate Professor
Lipscomb University

Forman is an associate professor and director of the Educational Leadership Program at Lipscomb University. Forman previously served as a teacher, assistant principal, and executive principal in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School district for 13 years prior to joining the College of Education in 2017.


Anna McEwan, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
Orlean Beeson School of Education
Samford University

An accomplished administrator and a 40-year educator, McEwan joined Samford University as dean of Orlean Beeson School of Education in January 2020. Formerly, she served as provost at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, and dean of the College of Education at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL.

Mary Lombardo-Graves, Ed.D.
Senior Program Designer, Character Core
Western Governor’s University

Lombardo-Graves is a member of WGU’s Character Core Project team as the senior program designer. She has previously worked in higher education as associate chair, program coordinator, and associate professor in teacher education, and her research agenda includes building teaching self-efficacy through mentoring among pre-service and novice teachers. She began her career as a middle school special educator where she was involved in creating, implementing, and serving as a teacher leader for character development initiatives.

Wendy Oakes, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Graduate Programs & Associate Professor
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Arizona State University

Oakes is an associate professor and the associate director of graduate pathways of at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Oakes is an associate editor for Remedial and Special Education and Special Issue co-editor for Education and Treatment of Children. She served as the president of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) – Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders and, currently, past president of the CEC-Division for Research.

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