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Lynn M. Gangone

President and CEO, AACTE

AACTE Thanks Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Thanks you Volunteers!

In honor of National Volunteer Week, I would like to personally thank all volunteers who lend their time and expertise to advancing AACTE. Whether you are on the Board of Directors, a programmatic advisory committee, or volunteer for one of the state affiliates, AACTE is grateful for your service.

Given the challenges facing education and educator preparation, volunteering is no small task on top of your already challenging day jobs. Without your efforts, AACTE could not succeed and move forward as an organization.

In turn, volunteering brings personal and professional rewards and opportunities for you as a member. Why is volunteering for AACTE important? Read the thoughts expressed below by your colleagues Michael E. Dantley, Ed.D., current Board chair, and Liz Kolb, former chair of the Committee on Innovation and Technology.

Innovation Begins with Education: It’s Time We Make it a Priority

This article originally appeared in District Administration and is reprinted with permission.

happy multiracial university students graduationOur nation’s most significant innovations stem from education. From the founding of our nation to the moon landing in 1969, from the introduction of personal computers in 1971 to the advent of the internet in 1983, such accomplishments would not have occurred without education and an educated populace. Without educators we will not continue to innovate, create, and lead the world. We have ignored the dwindling number of people entering the field of education for decades. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of teachers exiting classrooms only continues to increase.

Let’s Work Together to Solve a Growing Demand for Skilled Teachers

A first-grade teacher at Capital City Public Charter School leads a lesson about bee colonies with her students.This article originally appeared in The Hechinger Report.

Long before the pandemic, school districts across the nation struggled to staff classrooms with skilled teachers. The crisis did not create the teacher shortage, but it accelerated teacher retirements and other departures while contributing to declining enrollments in educator preparation programs.

Our nation’s education system spans national, state, district, classroom and community levels. Many rightly wonder if this ecosystem’s demand for qualified teachers can be met in the post-pandemic era.

To do so, we need deeper—and more active—collaborations to address the multiple layers of challenges inside the teaching profession so that we can effectively recruit, train and retain more teachers.

AACTE Wants to Hear from You

Lynn M Gangone

With the 2021-2022 academic year quickly approaching, how are you preparing for in-person, virtual or hybrid teaching and learning settings? Additionally, how are recent, state legislative actions impacting your programs? Your National Office team wants to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to watch this video and share your feedback with us at communications@aacte.org.

Don’t forget about AACTE’s upcoming 2021 Leadership Academy Series,  2021 Washington Week and 2022 Annual Meeting. Registration for all three events is now open, so secure your spot today!

AACTE Provides Innovative Solutions to Revolutionize Ed Prep

Lynn M. Gangone

AACTE provides interactive tools and innovative solutions to advance educator preparation. Our new initiatives in 2021 support our vision to revolutionize education for all learners. To learn about our newest offerings, please take a few minutes to watch this video.

In just a few weeks, AACTE will kick off its 2021 Leadership Academy Series on August 11, as well as its 2021 Washington Week in September. Registration is open for these events, as well as the 2022 AACTE Annual Meeting, so secure your spot today. I hope to see you there!

AACTE Amplifies Your Voice in Policy Matters

Lynn M. Gangone
 
AACTE amplifies member voices in policy matters impacting education and educator preparation, and our collective voice is being heard. President Biden recently proposed the American Families Plan, which directly targets investments into educator preparation programs. AACTE supports the proposal and encourages Congress to act. Please take a few minutes to watch this video and learn more about how you can get involved.
 
Visit the AACTE Advocacy Center for the latest updates at aacte.org. Be sure to renew your AACTE membership by the extended May 31 deadline.

AACTE Urges Members to Advocate for Recovery Aid

Lynn M. Gangone
 
AACTE is mobilizing our professional community to advocate for funding authorized by the recent American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to aid schools and colleges of education in recovery from the pandemic. AACTE has distributed materials to begin the advocacy work in this area and will continue to provide members with resources and tools. Please take a few minutes to watch this video and learn more about how you can get involved.
 
Stay tuned to the AACTE Advocacy Center for updates at aacte.org. Be sure to renew your AACTE membership by the extended May 31 deadline.

Join AACTE in Revolutionizing Education for All Learners

 
Lynn M. Gangone
Happy spring! As PK-12 and higher education institutions proceed with reopening post-pandemic, AACTE continues its work to build education back better. We recently published new research on both AACTE’s vision to “revolutionize education for all learners” and promising solutions to recruiting and retaining male teachers of color. Please take a few minutes to watch the video and learn more about these and other initiatives.
 
Stay connected with AACTE for the latest resources, tools, and information to address the issues facing our profession today. Visit aacte.org to access these benefits and renew your AACTE membership by the extended deadline. 
 
Cheers to doing what matters,
 

The Education Ecosystem Crisis

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AACTE President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone and Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, authored this article that originally appeared in the District Administration and is reprinted with permission.

CEO Lynn M. Gangone and Daniel A. DomenecOur nation’s education ecosystem is complex and multifaceted. When one component of the ecosystem is impacted, it creates a ripple effect that is felt throughout the entire system. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic created a tidal wave of uncertainties, resulting in budget cuts, teacher shortages, and remote learning challenges.

An ongoing concern for school districts, teacher shortages have now become more severe. Teachers are leaving the profession at an accelerated rate, due primarily to health concerns and budget furloughs, and forcing superintendents to close schools not because of infection, but due to a lack of personnel to keep them open. The shortage also expands beyond teachers. It includes bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, and essential support staff. Such reductions, caused by budget cuts resulting from the pandemic, are having a crippling effect upon school districts, and increased operational costs are eroding critical funds necessary to hire the staff desperately needed for in-school instruction.

AACTE Statement on Racist Attacks Against Asian Americans

On behalf of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone issued the following statement today responding to recent hate crimes toward the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community:

“AACTE believes that to educate is to enlighten. As such, our Association remains committed to educating all learners in PK-12 and higher education institutions to enlighten and empower the next generation of citizens. As an educational association of colleges and universities that values the diversity of students, their families, and educators, AACTE condemns the escalation of violence and harassment toward our AAPI colleagues, students, and friends.

Join AACTE in Building Education Back Better

Lynn M Gangone
Greetings! AACTE has outlined clear, legislative and research priorities in this new year. We have also launched a new Consortium for Research-Based and Equitable Assessments (CREA). Please take a few minutes to watch the video and learn more about these initiatives and how you can support AACTE’s efforts for building education back better.
 
In just two weeks, AACTE will kick off its 2021 Annual Meeting, February 24-26. I can’t wait to welcome you to the premier national conference for educator preparation. There’s still time to register so secure your spot today. I hope to see you there!
  
Warm Regards,

The AACTE National Office Has Moved!

Lynn M. Gangone

Greetings! This new year brings new opportunities, as AACTE has moved its National Office to a new address. In this video, I share updates about our new location and how you can stay connected with our Association.
 
Please take a moment to watch the video message above and discover more about the relocation. Stay tuned for more updates about what is happening at AACTE next month. Meanwhile, please join me at the AACTE 2021 Annual Meeting, February 24-26.

Warm Regards,

New Year, Renewed Hope

Happy New Year“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”

 – G.K. Chesterton

Happy New Year!

The year 2020 was a tumultuous one for educators. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought educator preparation to a dangerous crossroad, with teachers, principals, school counselors, and other essential education professionals experiencing a debilitating spate of closures and faculty layoffs. The public education workforce lost more than 600,000 jobs last year, with university-based educator preparation programs also encountering reduced enrollment and program closures. Our members have experienced declines in undergraduate enrollment, budget cuts, and reduced staffing. Rising demand for new teachers and shrinking capacity in colleges and universities threatens the high-quality education our populace needs to ensure a rich quality of life and global competitiveness for generations. But as we begin the new year, we look toward 2021 with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future.

Happy Holidays from AACTE

Lynn M. Gangone
The AACTE National Office Staff and I wish you peace, joy and health this holiday season, and are grateful for you being a part of the AACTE community. In this video, I reflect upon the great work we accomplished together in 2020 and look ahead to the new year.
 
Please take a moment to view the video message above and discover how you can stay involved with AACTE this holiday season.
 
Happy Holidays from all of us at AACTE, and best wishes for peace and prosperity in 2021. 
 
Warm Regards,
Lynn M. Gangone
 
 
 
 
 
Lynn M. Gangone, Ed.D.
President and CEO
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

What Is the Next Education Workforce and Why Is AACTE Engaged in This Work?

Next Education Workforce bannerAACTE’s Strategic Plan holds forth a vision to Revolutionize education for all learners. A bold statement for sure, and our strategic priorities of diversity, equity, and inclusion; high quality preparation; and inquiry and innovation exist to move us toward our vision.

As AACTE surveys the work of its member institutions looking for revolutionary ideas and practices, I have been intrigued by the work of member institution Arizona State University’s  Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (MLFTC) and its Next Education Workforce initiative. I invite our college of education deans to join me in adding to the conversation and the work of this initiative at a virtual convening next month.

We have talked for years about declining enrollments, the perception of lack of innovation, and the myriad challenges facing teacher education and colleges of education—as well as the challenges of our K-12 partners in staffing and retaining a classroom-ready teacher workforce. What better time to consider different approaches to our collective work? MLFTC, in partnership with its local school districts, is implementing what it calls the Next Education Workforce models in its service area.

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