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Join us in Denver for #AACTE2024

Join AACTE at the 2024 Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, February 16 – 18, where you will experience a lineup of quality programming and a host hotel that showcases Colorado’s alpine charm.

With topics for every member of the educator preparation community — students, faculty, leaders, K-12 administrators and staff, and education partners — the AACTE Annual Meeting will advances your skills and knowledge to propel the profession into the future. AACTE encourages you to register early, by November 1, to get the best rate.

AACTE Invites You to ‘Lunch with Lynn’

You are invited to join AACTE for its inaugural “Lunch with Lynn” conversation. Hosted by AACTE President & CEO Lynn M. Gangone, this monthly series of virtual conversations will include members of the educator preparation community.  

For the first session, AACTE’s Dean in Residence, Leslie T. Fenwick, will join Lynn to discuss the editorial “75 Years of Transforming Teacher Education,” which they coauthored earlier this year for the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE). In celebrating the Association’s 75th anniversary, their dialogue will focus on AACTE’s historic support of educators and the imperative of learning from those efforts moving forward. AACTE members can access the article on the JTE site. 

Following Lynn and Leslie’s conversation, participants will be invited to join in the discussion and ask questions. The first session is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Register today for the Lunch with Lynn – 75th Anniversary Edition.


2024 Annual Meeting Early Bird Registration Now Open

AACTE invites you to register early for its 2024 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, February 16 – 18. Say “yes!” and receive the best value for the premier educator preparation conference in the nation. In alignment with this year’s theme, “Ascending New Heights: Propelling the Profession into the Future,” you will be immersed in three days of specialty content — both research and practice — to become better equipped to drive change in the educator preparation field.

AACTE Thanks 2024 Annual Meeting Proposal Reviewers

The AACTE 2024 Annual Meeting, taking place February 16 – 18, will showcase content from faculty, scholars, leaders, practitioners, and other educator preparation colleagues from around the world.  The submitted proposals undergo a selective review process, which AACTE could not carry out without the volunteer reviewers from member institutions. Reviewers are integral to the creation of the educational content offered and their advice and guidance are invaluable assets to our conference speakers and authors.

AACTE appreciates the time and effort of the 131 individual reviewers and the 83 member institutions that support them. The proposal review process offers selected faculty and graduate students the opportunity to engage with research from faculty and institutions from across the country. Thank you to the following Annual Meeting 2024 Reviewers.

Biden-Harris Administration Seeks IHE Nominations to Participate in Rulemaking Process on Student Debt Relief

The Biden-Harris Administration has announced the next step in its work to open a new pathway to student debt relief by soliciting nominations for negotiators who will participate in public rulemaking negotiation sessions this Fall. The Department is seeking nominations from 14 different constituency groups for the Student Loan Relief committee, which will meet for three virtual sessions beginning October 10. These nominations are the second step in a process known as “negotiated rulemaking,” which is required under the Higher Education Act for any regulations related to the Federal student financial aid programs.

Last Call: Submit Your AACTE Awards Applications by Sept. 1

It’s time you are recognized for your exceptional achievements in educational preparation. AACTE invites you to showcase your outstanding contributions and best practices (or nominate a deserving colleague!) for the 2024 AACTE Awards.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Applications are due by September 1.

Start preparing your submission today and get ready to be celebrated at the 2024 Annual Meeting in Denver/Aurora, Colorado during this highly coveted awards ceremony.

AACTE’s President Addresses Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows

Sets the Stage for Educator Workforce Policy and Practice

AACTE President and CEO Dr. Lynn M. Gangone recently addressed a cohort of Hunt Kean Leadership Fellows during a policy discussion titled, “Setting the Stage: Educator Workforce Policy and Practice.” The discussion was part of the second in-person session for the Cohort 9 Fellows. Gangone was joined by Dr. Melody Schopp, former chief state school officer of South Dakota, in examining how the teaching profession has changed over time, the advocacy and political influence of educators, and major issues facing the workforce.

A program of the Hunt-Kean Institute, the Leadership Fellows program partners with senior-level political leaders to be effective, equity-minded education policymakers at the state level. Named for two former renowned education governors, Jim Hunt (D-NC) and Tom Kean (R-NJ), the national, nonpartisan Fellowship launched in the fall of 2014. The current group of high-ranking elected state officials that make up Cohort 9 have committed themselves to a nine-month immersion in the full education continuum.

During the moderated session, Gangone shed light on the developments AACTE members are undertaking to address the needs of the educator workforce, sharing three specific examples: 1) embracing competency-based education at the undergraduate level, 2) offering higher education-based alternative certifications and 3) debunking the one teacher-one classroom model as addressed by AACTE member-institution Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

Be Recognized for Your Contributions to Ed Prep

To honor the outstanding efforts and contributions in this vital field, AACTE proudly presents the AACTE Awards Program, which acknowledges both member institutions and individuals who have made significant strides in the realm of educator preparation.

AACTE is thrilled to recognize and celebrate excellence in education and educator preparation. Check out last year’s AACTE Awardees and read about their 2023 winning entries. If you are an educator, a program administrator, a researcher, or a passionate advocate for education, we invite you to nominate yourself, your institution, or your colleague for a 2024 AACTE Award:

Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to August 11

AACTE has extended the Call for 2024 Annual Meeting proposals, and will accept submissions through Friday, August 11, 11:59 p.m. PT. AACTE is inviting proposals that align with this year’s theme “Ascending New Heights: Propelling the Profession into the Future,” and address one of five strands:

  • Strand I: Advancing Innovation and Impact
  • Strand II: Resilient Leadership During Unprecedented Times
  • Strand III: Education Policy and Advocacy in an Era of Inequity
  • Strand IV: Deepening the Impact of Education Research and Research to Practice
  • Strand V: Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

To have your bold, innovative idea considered for inclusion at next year’s Annual Meeting, view the Proposal Guidelines and submit your entry before the August 11 deadline

AACTE Joins Education, Labor Departments in Release of National Guideline Standards for Teaching Apprenticeships

AACTE President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone, Ed.D., CAE, represented the association alongside state and national leaders to unveil the National Guideline Standards (NGS) for K-12 Teaching Apprenticeships released today at a briefing hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor.

Federal, state, and local workforce and education leaders gathered to set a benchmark for high-quality teaching apprenticeship programs in August 2022. This initiative, launched by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the White House in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, tasked leaders to develop comprehensive guidelines for high-quality educator apprenticeships. One year later, at today’s event, the Department of Labor announced the approval of the NGS, the culmination of an effort led by the Pathways Alliance through a working group co-chaired by Jacqueline King, Ph.D., of AACTE and representatives from Deans for Impact and National Center for Grow Your Own. These guidelines are a framework for states creating a registered apprenticeship program for K-12 teachers, outlining the requirements and responsibilities apprenticeship programs must fulfill.

Submit an Annual Meeting Proposal by August 4

As the deadline for 2024 Annual Meeting proposals approaches, AACTE invites diverse voices from both the higher education and PK-12 communities to submit a proposal for consideration in the 2024 Annual Meeting program. AACTE strongly encourages doctoral students pursuing an Ed.D. or Ph.D. to share their perspective on addressing current issues and providing innovative ways to approach that which has yet to be considered in educator preparation.

Individuals from all educational fields are invited to bring their research and practice to the Annual Meeting that aligns with this year’s theme: Ascending New Height: Propelling the Profession into the Future. 

AACTE Co-Hosts Congressional Briefing on Educator Preparation

TheStrengthening Educator Preparation: Addressing Needs and Exploring Innovative Solutions” congressional briefing organized by AACTE, University of Northern Iowa (UNI), and American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), took place today, Tuesday, July 18, on Capitol Hill. The briefing brought together a group of university presidents and deans, all AACTE members, from around the country for a candid conversation on issues impacting educator preparation and innovative solutions. 

The issue summary provided to briefing participants stated, “the educational profession is in crisis.” The summary outlined the following four legislative actions necessary to address the crisis:

  1. Removing financial barriers to entering the education profession
  2. Updating and expanding the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program
  3. Reauthorizing the Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Program
  4. Increasing Capacity of Educator Preparation Programs

Last Call: Apply to Become a Reviewer by July 21

AACTE invites you to step into a more influential role and help shape the content at the 2024 Annual Meeting. The deadline is fast approaching. Apply to be a reviewer by July 21. 

By becoming a reviewer of Annual Meeting proposals in this highly selective process, your service to the field will be celebrated and shared with peers and educational leaders.

  • Sharpen your skills: Stay at the forefront of educational innovation and enhance the quality of your writing, teaching, and research.
  • Bolster your portfolio: Acquire service to enhance your assessment for tenure and promotion by demonstrating your commitment to advancing the field.
  • Increase your influence: Receive a certificate of appreciation, highlighting your expertise and dedication to the field.

Service as a reviewer of Annual Meeting proposals is open to doctoral students and faculty.  And don’t forget, you can still submit an Annual Meeting proposal, even while serving as a reviewer.

Call for Entries: 2024 James D. Anderson Outstanding Dissertation Award

Have you or do you know someone who recently completed a doctoral dissertation related to educator preparation? Now is the time to submit entries for the AACTE 2024 James D. Anderson Outstanding Dissertation Award. The deadline for submission is July 28.

This award recognizes excellence in doctoral dissertation research (or its equivalent) that contributes to the knowledge base of educator preparation or of teaching and learning with implications for educator preparation.

Overseen by AACTE’s Committee on Research and Dissemination, the award includes a $1,000 cash prize as well as special recognition at AACTE’s Annual Meeting in Aurora/Denver, CO, February 16 – 18, 2024.