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Meghan Grenda

Director of Membership, AACTE

Member Spotlight: Bethany Hamilton-Jones

AACTE’s new Member Spotlight features an individual from a member institution, highlighting how their work makes a difference in classrooms across the country.  Nominate yourself or another member by providing a response to the following questions and sending to mgrenda@aacte.org.

Bethany Hamilton-JonesGet to know Bethany Hamilton-Jones …

Current position: Clinical Associate Professor, University of Georgia (UGA)
Number of years in this position: I’ve been in teacher preparation since 2006!
Alma Mater(s): UGA and SUNY Oswego
Hometown: Fairport, NY

Member Spotlight: AACTE and You

Member SpotlightAACTE’s new Member Spotlight features an individual from a member institution, highlighting how their work makes a difference in classrooms across the country. The spotlight offers an opportunity for you to share your institution’s initiatives with your colleagues, inspire other institutions to consider membership, and strengthen awareness of educator preparation. View our first Member Spotlight highlighting Bethany Hamilton Jones.

Share your story with peers, inspire students, and strengthen awareness of the profession and association. Each month we’ll highlight an individual in our EdPrepMatters blog and e-newsletter. Nominate yourself or another member by providing a response to the following questions and sending them to mgrenda@aacte.org.

Grow Your Career with Help from the AACTE Career Center

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As an AACTE member you have most likely accessed educator preparation resources, attended webinars or downloaded presentations via the AACTE Resource Library, but have you visited the online Career Center?

The AACTE Career Center is your one-stop shop for teacher education students and professionals. Whether you are a seasoned educator searching for the best fit, a student embarking on your career journey, or an educator preparation provider seeking highly-qualified talent, the Career Center’s job board and resume resources are here to help. The Career Center features

  • 700+ employer profiles
  • 500+ job seeker profiles
  • 9,000+ positions

Your AACTE Membership: An Investment in Yourself and Your Institution

AACTE Membership FlyerDid you know the AACTE member community is over 15,000 strong?  AACTE membership is institutional—meaning when the university or college joins, all students, faculty, staff, and administrators also become members—with over 17,000 individuals served. These members represent nearly 700 postsecondary institutions and strategic partners who are dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners. 

Member institutions include public and private schools both large and small from across the country.  AACTE serves members with less than 25 graduates all the way up to institutions with over 1,000 graduates from all 50 states. 

AACTE has released its latest membership tool, a one-page profile that shares members statistics and much more, including strategic priorities, educational offerings, and professional development opportunities.

AACTE’s strategic priorities: Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; advocating for high-quality educator preparation; and advancing educator preparation policy, practice, and research are what guides the association’s mission, vision, and core values. AACTE members and partners revolutionize education for all learners and elevate educator preparation through research, professional practice, advocacy, and collaboration while maintaining a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, quality, and innovation.

Explore New Resources at AACTE

As the fall 2020 semester begins like none other, AACTE would like to remind you of a few new additions to the member resources roster that may be of service to you as the new academic years begins in a COVID-19 world.

  • COVID-19 Resource Hub – Here you can connect with peers and access various webinars, tools, and the latest research about online and distance learning.  
  • COVID-19 Educator Preparation Policy Tracker Map – View the latest policy changes affecting your program and receive guidance on how to make any programmatic changes necessary. 
  • Virtual Reality Classrooms – Need to provide your candidates with virtual simulations to complete clinical practice requirements? Through your AACTE membership, you receive special rates to Mursion Virtual Reality Classrooms.

Additional resources that you will find useful include the following:

Receive a Complimentary Registration to 2020 Washington Week: August 31 Deadline

2020 Washington Week

AACTE’s annual Washington Week is a premiere advocacy event for teacher preparation. Teacher educators, students, K-12 representatives, and national education organizations convene each year to discuss current federal and state policies affecting educator preparation. Attendees learn about the latest education trends and receive advocacy training to prepare for Capitol Hill visits to congressional offices, which will take place virtually this year. 

Are you interested in attending this event and receiving a complimentary registration? AACTE members who submit 50% of their dues by August 31 are eligible for a complimentary second registration to 2020 Washington Week. This means if you and a colleague are planning to attend, the second registration is free once your institution submits at least 50% of 2021 membership dues. 

This year’s virtual Washington Week will feature these four unique events:

Collaborate Virtually with Your AACTE Colleagues

Initatiate. Collaborate. DiscussWhile many educator preparation providers are transitioning to virtual instruction, it’s no surprise that some individuals may feel isolated and “out of the loop.”  Connecting with colleagues can be hard enough under normal circumstances, but the coronavirus pandemic has taken it to a new level.  If you are looking to network with your peers, stay up-to-date on the latest research and trends, and participate in the ongoing conversation, the AACTE Topical Action Groups (TAGs) are here to help!

TAGs are member-driven working groups that provide a forum in which individuals from member institutions can exchange information on issues related to education and collaborate with each other on a variety of topics.

Learn How to Save on Your 2021 Membership Dues

It's time to renew your membership

To ensure you have continual access to the many resources available to members, AACTE encourages you to renew your AACTE membership for 2021 today. Members who submit 50% of their dues by August 31, 2020 are eligible for a complimentary second registration to the 2020 Washington Week and 2020 Leadership Academy events. This means if you and a colleague are planning to attend one of these meetings, the second registration for the same event is free.  

AACTE Offers New Renewal Incentives

It's time to renew your membership

In light of the pandemic, it is now more important than ever to lean into your networks and communities.  As a member of AACTE, you can connect with peers, learn from their experiences, and participate in ongoing conversations about educator preparation. In addition to the many benefits of an AACTE membership, below are a few new member resources to assist you and your organization during these uncertain times:

  • COVID-19 Resource Hub – Learn how peers are transitioning to distance learning, participate in webinars, and access the latest research about online and virtual instruction.
  • COVID-19 Educator Preparation Policy Tracker Map – This interactive map details state policy changes related to licensure and certification, clinical experience, hiring, and state standards and program requirements.  It also provides state guidance to EPPs on how to adjust to programmatic changes resulting from COVID-19.
  • Mursion Virtual Reality Classrooms – AACTE members receive special rates to Mursion Virtual Reality Classrooms.  These classrooms provide virtual simulations so your teacher candidates can still complete clinical practice requirements during the pandemic.

Renewal Incentives

Your AACTE membership is active through December 31, 2020.  However, we encourage you to renew for 2021 today. AACTE understands that many of our members are currently facing operational challenges, and as such, we are offering several renewal incentives.

New COVID-19 Resources for Members

AACTE Responds to COVID-19

Educator Preparation Community COVID-19 ResponseAACTE cares deeply about our members and is thinking of everyone in our community during this uncertain time.  As such, AACTE is engaging in multiple efforts to support our members as we adapt to new normal in the time of COVID-19.

One resource we know will be of use is a listing of institutions of higher education and how their operating status has changed due to the pandemic. You may view the document that has aggregated data about colleges and universities that have closed or migrated to online instruction within the past few weeks.

Please note this resource is not complied by AACTE and AACTE does not endorse this information. The information contained in this document is open-source and not populated by AACTE staff or members.

Win Prizes, Network with Colleagues at AACTE Gallery in Atlanta

AACTE Annual Meeting attendeed in the AACTE galleryWe invite all attendees of the 72nd Annual Meeting to visit the AACTE Gallery. This year, the Gallery will feature poster presentations, small group discussions to network with colleagues, multiple opportunities to win prizes, and even a chance to win a free registration for the 2021 Annual Meeting!

Poster Presentations
AACTE Holmes Scholars and National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) members will present their research in the Gallery during the timeslots below:

  • NACCTEP Poster Session: Friday, February 28 from 10:00 – 11: 00 a.m.
  • Holmes Poster Session: Saturday, February 29 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Coffee and Conversations
The Gallery will feature small roundtable discussions where members can meet, learn from each other, and join the conversation on a variety of topics facilitated by the AACTE Topical Action Groups (TAGs). Below are just a few of the conversations taking place:

Renewal Season 2020 is Upon Us – Renew Your AACTE Membership Today

REnew your membership

Do you enjoy reading the latest edition of the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE)? Do you access AACTE’s free downloadable resources, such as Colleges of Education: A National Portrait or Education Students and Diversity? Then you won’t want to forget to renew your AACTE membership for 2020! 

Your AACTE membership runs from January 1 to the end of the year. To ensure you do not miss the many members-only resources, renew your membership before December 31, 2019.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, below are a few additional offerings that may be of interest:

Learn How to Collaborate with Your AACTE Colleagues

Arrows | Initiate. Collaborate. DiscussAre you interested in connecting with colleagues that share your interests and have similar areas of expertise? If so, AACTE encourages you to join one of our Topical Action Groups (TAGs). TAGs are AACTE action-oriented working groups that focus on areas such as accreditation, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), elementary education, research in teacher preparation, international education, and women in leadership–just to name a few. In addition to collaborating with your peers, AACTE provides TAGs with operational funds, marketing and staff support, and complimentary meeting space at the AACTE Annual Meeting.

Update your AACTE Member Profile to Access Member-Only Resources


Help AACTE keep you informed on developments that impact educator preparation. Update your member profile! Our online process makes it easy and fast—just visit aacte.org to access the AACTE Profile Manager. 

The AACTE Profile Manager allows us retrieve the most accurate member information to deliver the content and communications you’ll find most valuable. The Profile Manager allows you to edit your contact information, select your research areas of expertise, view any outstanding orders, and manage your subscriptions.  An updated profile also provides us the opportunity to customize information specific to your member needs. 

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