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Get Inspired, Get Ready to Attend #AACTE23 in Indy

As AACTE members remember the past to revolutionize the future, get inspired in Indy February 24 – 26 — and celebrate 75 years of shaping the future of education. Join us in exploring the latest research and practices and create a roadmap to ensure a bright future for all learners. and partners in ensuring a bright future for all learners at AACTE’s 75th Annual Meeting.

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As AACTE celebrates 75 years during its Annual Meeting, February 24 – 26 in Indianapolis, this year’s conference promises to be even more engaging under its theme “Innovation through Inspiration: Remembering the Past to Revolutionize the Future.”

Do you want to feature your work during AACTE’s 2023 Annual Meeting? This year’s conference is an opportunity to reflect upon our journey as we innovate for the future: What could, and should, authentic educator preparation, and education overall, look like? How do you we the discoveries of recent research and the successes of programs for the betterment of the profession? How do we continue to address inequities to shape a more equitable and just educational system?

AACTE Participates in White House Discussion on School Staffing Shortage

Strengthening the Teaching Profession Through Public and Private Sector Actions

AACTE met with the Biden-Harris Administration today to discuss the nationwide school staffing shortages.

“It was an honor to have AACTE at the table with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and other key decision makers, such as the Secretaries of Education and Labor,” said AACTE President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone, Ed.D. “There are solutions to this crisis, and I am confident that in working together we will accelerate our work to recruit and retain highly-qualified and diverse teachers. Education is an exciting and worthwhile profession, and I believe that today’s conversations, alongside members of the talent industry, will take us far as we lead collaborative and solutions-based work. To have this spotlight today on the education profession from the White House elevates the importance of teachers and education in the U.S.”

Call for Proposals Open: AACTE 75th Annual Meeting

Be a part of AACTE as we celebrate 75 years at the 2023 Annual Meeting! Submit a proposal for AACTE’s 75th Annual Meeting February 24 – 26 in Indianapolis, IN. Help create innovation through inspiration, as we turn to our past successes to revolutionize the future of education. The deadline to submit is October 1.

Share the Power of Us Workforce Survey

In announcing the National Partnership for Student Success, a bright spotlight has been put on the adults who serve young people in communities nationwide. This is a clarion call for more adults to step up and lean in to address students’ academic, emotional, social, and mental health needs. 

In 2022, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and a constellation of partner organizations launched the Power of Us Workforce Survey, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive workforce survey to get to know the people who are already working and volunteering with youth in afterschool and summer programs, in libraries, in affordable housing, in community centers, in schools, and anywhere young people need support.

AACTE Applauds Biden Administration’s Decision to Forgive Federal Student Loans

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) announced its support for the Biden Administration’s decision to forgive a portion of the federal student aid debt certain individuals have incurred to attend college.

“The federal government’s decision to forgive a portion of federal student debt is long overdue,” said  AACTE President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone, Ed.D. “Many students are overwhelmed with student debt, preventing them from beginning families, purchasing homes, or achieving other life milestones. This announcement is a significant step in helping these students. However, much more needs to be done to help students interested in pursuing a career in education finance their college degree. As a nation, we must address the high cost of a college degree and the low compensation of teachers, both of which have contributed to a nationwide shortage of profession-ready, fully licensed educators.”

Deadline for 2023 Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award Extended to Aug. 26

There is still time to nominate a book for the AACTE 2023 Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award. The deadline to submit entries has been extended to Friday, August 26.

This national award recognizes exemplary books that make a significant contribution to the knowledge base of educator preparation or of teaching and learning with implications for educator preparation. The award-winning book and its author/editor(s) will be recognized at AACTE’s 75th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, February 24 – 26, 2023.

Call for Entries: 2023 Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award

The AACTE 2023 Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award is open for submissions. Now is your chance to nominate an author’s book for this prestigious national award. The deadline for submission is August 19.

This award, overseen by the AACTE Committee on Research and Dissemination, recognizes exemplary books that make a significant contribution to the knowledge base of educator preparation or of teaching and learning with implications for educator preparation.

Call for Entries: 2023 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 2023 James D. Anderson Outstanding Dissertation Award. The deadline for submission is August 26.

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.

AACTE Presents Back to School Webinar on Alternative Certification

AACTE is hosting a three-session Back to School Webinar Series, which will begin in August with its first event, “The Growth and Impact of Alternative Certification: Findings from Two Studies.”

For-profit alternative educator preparation programs have seen their enrollment almost triple in the last 10 years. Join AACTE and researchers from the University of Texas, Austin, who have examined national and state trends among alternative certification programs, paint a rich — and concerning — portrait of the impact of these programs as they continue to expand across the United States.

AACTE Names Outstanding Dissertation Award After Distinguished Educator James D. Anderson

AACTE has named its annual Outstanding Dissertation Award in honor of James D. Anderson, a leading scholar of American education. Anderson currently serves as dean of the College of Education, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Education, and affiliate professor of History, African American Studies, and Law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His landmark 1988 book, The Education of Blacks in the South, transformed the field of African American educational history and also won the American Educational Research Association outstanding book award in 1990.

AACTE Names Outstanding Book Award After Renowned Educator Gloria J. Ladson-Billings: Entries Open

AACTE announced today that it named its annual Outstanding Book Award in honor of the prominent American pedagogical theorist and teacher educator Gloria J. Ladson-Billings. Distinguished for her work in the field of education, her expertise is in cultural pedagogy and equity in educator and student instruction, including critical race theory.

The Outstanding Book Award, given annually, recognizes an author or book that makes a significant contribution to the knowledge base of educator preparation. The award, overseen by the AACTE Committee on Research and Dissemination, acknowledges those that offer a fresh lens on current assumptions or practices, reorient thinking in the field, and show potential for significant impact on policy or practice in educator preparation.

 AACTE Commends Congress for Passing Gun Control Legislation

On behalf of AACTE , President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone issued the following statement after Congress passed, and President Biden signed into law, the first gun control measures in approximately 30 years in response to the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 students and two teachers were killed, and due to other gun violence in our communities:

“The actions of Congress since the Uvalde school shooting on May 24 are long overdue. According to the Washington Post, at least 185 children, educators and others have been killed by gun violence at U.S. schools since the Columbine massacre in 1999, in which two teenagers killed a dozen students and one teacher.

AACTE and CAP Find Growing Enrollment but Falling Completions in Alternative Teacher Prep Programs Outside Higher Ed

The Center for American Progress (CAP) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) today released The Alternative Teacher Certification Sector Outside Higher Education. The report, which builds upon CAP’s 2020 study of this sector, updates and extends the analysis to include more recent student data and a historical look at patterns in the teacher preparation program landscape.

In response to the teacher shortage, some states allow non-traditional models for preparing teachers, including alternative certification programs run by organizations other than colleges and universities. According to the report authors Jacqueline King, senior consultant to AACTE, and Jessica Yin, former policy analyst for the K-12 Education Team at CAP, The Alternative Teacher Certification Sector Outside Higher Education provides information for policymakers, education researchers, and leaders in educator preparation seeking to better understand this sector and identify necessary legislation, regulations, or opportunities for additional research. It tracks enrollment and completion trends in this sector over the last decade, with particular attention to fast-growing programs run by for-profit companies that account for nearly 70 percent of all students enrolled in the sector as of academic year 2018-19.

AACTE Urges Congress and Local Leaders to Protect Students and Educators in our Schools

On behalf of AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education), President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone issued the following statement after the most recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which at least 19 students and two teachers were murdered.

“Our nation has experienced yet another senseless act of violence in our schools. By one estimate, since 1999, at least 554 children, educators, and school staff have been victims of school shootings and 311,000 children have been exposed to gun violence at school. This is simply unacceptable. It is long past time for policymakers to take action to protect our students, educators, and school staff from such violence. We can and must do more. 

What is clear is that no progress has been made toward keeping guns, especially semi-automatic  weapons, out of the hands of those that seek to cause devastation. As a result, more children and their teachers are murdered. This must stop. We implore Congress to pass sensible, life-saving, gun-reform legislation, which the vast majority of the American public overwhelmingly supports.

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