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Support Your Cause and Get Ready to Influence Policy June 4 – 7

AACTE exists to advocate for high-quality and equitable education for all — and works to amplify the voices of its member advocates. Teacher educators, scholars, and other members from colleges and institutions nationwide are invited to attend AACTE’s 2023 Washington Week on June 4 – 7. Under this year’s theme of “Investing in Education,” AACTE’s national advocacy event will inspire attendees to explore some of the most pressing policy issues in educator preparation, such as censorship, educator shortage, and educator diversity.

Register today, and remember to book your hotel by May 24 to receive your special rate.

AACTE Celebrates Volunteers During #NationalVolunteerWeek

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, AACTE thanks all members who give their time to advance AACTE and its vision to revolutionize education for all learners. AACTE is grateful to those who support the organization in a number of ways:

It does not go unnoticed that volunteering your time, while fulfilling your role at your institution, is a great sacrifice. AACTE not only thanks you but also acknowledges that without your efforts, the organization’s mission and programs could not succeed or move forward.

AACTE President & CEO Discusses Academic Freedom at #SpeechMatters Conference

AACTE President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone recently joined other leaders from higher education, politics, media, and civil society in exploring ways for institutions of higher education to protect democratic freedoms during the fifth annual #SpeechMatters conference. Themed “Fighting for our Democratic Freedoms,” the conference was held virtually in March to respond to the increasing number of state legislation aimed at censoring curriculum and democratic values significantly weakened by political polarization and misinformation.

Volunteer for a Leadership Position with AACTE

If Not You, Then Who? Apply to Join an AACTE Committee

Have you considered volunteering for a leadership position in AACTE? Now is a great time to volunteer and lend your talent and expertise to one of AACTE’s programmatic advisory committees. Nominations are due by April 28.

Educator preparation is an essential element in revolutionizing education for all learners and advancing the profession. AACTE is at the center of efforts to ensure that all students receive the expert instruction and support they need and deserve. 

I wanted to seek out leadership opportunities within a national organization and AACTE seemed like a good fit for me. I have had experience with conferences and programming with other organizations and this committee seemed to fit my area of expertise and interest. — Tori Colson, Meetings and Professional Development Committee

It’s National Volunteer Month: Join AACTE’s Community of Leaders

As AACTE continues its work to revolutionize education and advance the educator profession, the Association celebrates the committed, talented, and thoughtful volunteer leaders who serve on its programmatic advisory committees. Are you ready to lend your expertise and assume a leadership role in the national educator preparation community, or do you know someone who is? Nominate yourself or a colleague by April 28 to serve on one of the following programmatic advisory committees:

  • Educator Diversity
  • Global Diversity
  • Government Relations and Advocacy
  • Holmes Program
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Meetings and Professional Development
  • Membership Development and Capacity Building
  • Research and Dissemination

New Volunteer Leaders Prepare to Steer AACTE

At the conclusion of the recent 2023 Annual Meeting, Monika Williams Shealey became the new chair of the AACTE Board of Directors. Shealey is the senior vice president, diversity, equity, and inclusion at Rowan University. She is joined on the AACTE Executive Committee by the following:

Michael Dantley, Immediate Past Chair (pictured)
Dean Emeritus, College of Education, Health and Society
Miami University of Ohio

AACTE Celebrates Public Schools Week, February 27 – March 3

AACTE joins the Learning First Alliance (LFA) in celebrating Public Schools Week 2023 — a time for administrators, teachers, specialists, teacher educators, parents, and school board members to participate in events and discuss the importance of public education. AACTE supports Public Schools Week and thanks our public school teachers and educators who work tirelessly every day to educate our nation’s students. Learn about its importance and how to participate.

As a partnering organization, AACTE recognizes that teachers, principals, and staff who serve in U.S. public schools are key to helping students succeed, especially in these extraordinary times and circumstances. With a focus on what educators have learned and what they are currently experiencing to rethink teaching and learning, this year’s Public Schools Week honors a commitment to family, school, and community engagement. AACTE members are invited to take part in the week’s activities from February 27 to March 3.

AACTE Congratulates Inaugural Recipients of Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Grants

AACTE is pleased to announce that the following 10 member institutions are part of the inaugural class of grantees under the Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Program (Hawkins Program):   

  • Bowie State University (MD)
  • California State University, Dominquez Hills
  • Florida International University
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Northeastern State University (OK)
  • Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • University of Hawai’i
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake (TX)
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • William Paterson University of New Jersey

AACTE Recognizes Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity President with 2023 Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

AACTE today announced that Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity President and CEO Cassandra P. Herring is the recipient of the 2023 AACTE Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education. Herring will be recognized formally with the award during AACTE’s 75th Annual Meeting on Feb. 24-26 in Indianapolis.  

The Pomeroy Award recognizes contributions through either distinguished service to the teacher education community or the development and promotion of outstanding practices in teacher education at the collegiate, state, or national level. The award is given in honor of former AACTE Executive Director Edward C. Pomeroy.

H. Richard Milner IV, to Receive The 2023 AACTE Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research In Teacher Education

AACTE today announced that H. Richard Milner IV, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development, is the recipient of the 2023 AACTE Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education. The Margaret B. Lindsey Award recognizes an individual whose research over the last decade has made a significant impact on the field of teacher education. Milner will be recognized formally with the award during the AACTE 75th Annual Meeting on Feb. 24-26, in Indianapolis, IN.

AACTE Recognizes Leslie Fenwick with the Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award  

AACTE  today announced that Leslie T. Fenwick, Ph.D., author of the book Jim Crow’s Pink Slip: The Untold Story of Black Principal and Teacher Leadership (Harvard Education Press, 2022), has been selected to receive the 2023 Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award. Fenwick will be recognized formally with the award during the AACTE 75th Annual Meeting, February 24 – 26 in Indianapolis, IN.

AACTE Recognizes Florida Atlantic University with Outstanding Holmes Institution Award 

AACTE  today announced that Florida Atlantic University (FAU), College of Education, is the recipient of the 2023 AACTE Outstanding Holmes Institution Award. The AACTE Holmes Program supports students who self-identify as racially and ethnically diverse and are pursuing graduate degrees in education at AACTE member institutions. This award recognizes Holmes Program institutions that demonstrate exemplary and innovative practices in supporting graduate students of color, resulting in increased productivity of its scholars. FAU’s Rangasamy Ramasamy, Holmes Program coordinator, and Stephen Silverman, dean, College of Education, will be recognized formally with the award during AACTE’s 75th Annual Meeting, February 24 – 26 in Indianapolis, IN.

AACTE Recognizes Kansas State University College Of Education with 2023 Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology

AACTE today announced that Kansas State University’s (KSU) College of Education (COE) is the recipient of the 2023 AACTE Best Practice Award for Innovative Use of Technology. The award will be formally presented to Debbie K. Mercer, dean of Kansas State University’s College of Education, during the AACTE 75th Annual Meeting, February 24 – 26, in Indianapolis, IN.