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Meghan Grenda

Director of Membership, AACTE

Summer Homework: Check Out these New AACTE Member Resources

We may be in the dog days of summer, but why not beat the heat by accessing these new AACTE resources?

ARP Funding Toolkit – Learn how members can collaborate with their local district partners to allocate ESSER funds toward strengthening the educator workforce.

Consortium for Research-Based and Equitable Assessments (CREA) – Discover how AACTE, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is evaluating cut scores and how they can be refined to attract, rather than exclude, potential candidates.

AACTE Webinars – Explore the latest in the AACTE Webinar library.  In July, AACTE is featuring three webinars: “Discover How to Make the Most of AACTE Connect360,” “Growing and Sustaining White Racial Justice Allyship in Education,” and “Combating Racism in Educator Prep: Justice and Joy for BIPOC Individuals.”  Did you miss a webinar?  No problem! You may also explore our on-demand webinar library for any discussion you may have missed.

AACTE Summer Savings on Office and Classroom Supplies for Members

Office Depot - Exclusive Savings for AACTE membersAs a member of AACTE, you have access to discounted on Office Depot pricing wherever business takes you. Your discount never expires and can be used for personal, school, or business purchases such as ink, toner, paper, and cleaning and classroom supplies!

Find all the essential items you need to keep running as efficiently as possible. With free next-business-day shipping, AACTE make sure you have what you need, when you need it.

Join the Webinar: Discover How to Make the Most of AACTE Connect360

Cropped image of young woman using laptop for video conference at homeAACTE invites you to attend a webinar to introduce you to the new members-only AACTE Connect360 resource, walk you through how to access its many features, and provide resources to help get you better acquainted.  Topics will cover how to setup your community profile, how to join and post a discussion to a community, how to connect with colleagues, and how to explore the unique community libraries where member can upload resources, share documents, and participate in the ongoing conversation. 

Connect360 is an engaging and interactive virtual platform that brings together AACTE’s community in an exciting way. Featuring over 20 unique communities, a community of over 15,000 individuals, and dozens of discussion posts, members can begin discussions, ask questions of fellow AACTE members, provide insight on each other’s posts, and share best practices.  

Member Spotlight: Clay Smith

AACTE’s 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.

Get to know Clay Smith …

Position/Institution: I am in my 6th year as the Special Populations Coordinator in the College of Education at East Carolina University (ECU). Prior to that, I served for nearly 3 years as the South Central Consortium Coordinator for ECU’s Partnership Teach degree-completion model.

Number of years in your position: Two years

Alma Mater(s): B.S. in history education, East Carolina University; MAEd in history education, East Carolina University; Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Hometown: Mebane, NC

Collaborate with Colleagues via Topical Action Groups in AACTE Connect360

Initatiate. 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 its  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.

AACTE Membership Grants You Expanded Access to GoReact Video Assessment Tool

AACTE and GoReact recently announced a partnership that grants members additional access to video assessment tools.  GoReact provides colleges and universities with interactive tools to facilitate video observation, coaching, and assessment for teacher educators everywhere. The software provides live and remote observation and assessment via simple, interactive tools, where candidates receive individualized feedback.

Through the partnership, all AACTE members receive complimentary usage of GoReact’s video assessment platform.

  • If you are not yet a GoReact user, your AACTE membership grants you free access until July 31, 2021.
  • If you are an existing GoReact user, your AACTE membership grants you expanded access until July 31, 2021.

Enjoy Summers Savings with Your AACTE Membership

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According to many 2021 travel trend reports, some pandemic-era habits from last year show no signs of slowing down. Most will continue to travel domestically, take road trips, explore small towns, and take scenic drives to nearby lakes, beaches, and explore the great outdoors. With 59% of families reporting that they are more likely to drive instead of fly, 2021 will be another year filled with road trips.

Plan your next getaway and enjoy the open road with deals from AACTE’s Avis and Budget Car Rental Savings Program. As an AACTE member, you can save up to 30% off the base rates on every rental, plus receive additional offers, such as dollars off, a complimentary upgrade, or a free weekend day.

Connect with Colleagues and Share Best Practices on AACTE Connect360

AACTE Connect360
AACTE recently launched its new online community—Connect360. Connect360 is an engaging and interactive virtual platform that brings together AACTE’s community in an exciting way. Members can begin discussions, ask questions of fellow AACTE members, provide insight on other’s posts, and share best practices.
 
In recent discussions, members shared on the Connect360 Open Forum how they are dealing with shrinking budgets and what steps they are taking to assure their programs continue to receive the resources needed.

Save with AACTE Membership

Office Depot - Exclusive Savings for AACTE membersDid you know there are many ways to save with AACTE?  Your AACTE membership gives you special discounts to on office supplies at Office Depot, the AACTE Career Center, and much more.

Your Remote Office Needs

Because you are a member of AACTE you have access to the exclusive, members-only Office Depot Savings Program. This program offers thousands of products discounted below retail pricing both online and in any store location. With your AACTE membership, you can save up to 75% off regular prices (as listed on officedepot.com) on our Best Value List of preferred products. Order online and receive free next business-day delivery on qualifying orders of $50 or more. Create an account and browse through our discounts, or shop in-store by printing your FREE Store Purchasing Card. Visit officediscounts.org/aacte/ for details and more!

Member Spotlight: Shauna Alishea Torrington

AACTE’s 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.

Shauna Alishea TorringtonGet to know Shauna Alishea Torrington …

Position/Institution: Graduate Assistant-International Student and Faculty Services- Ohio University
Number of years in your position: Two years
Alma Mater(s): University of Guyana (2005); Twice alum of Ohio University (2015, 2017)
Hometown: Georgetown, Guyana, South America

  1. How long have you been a member of AACTE? I have been a member of AACTE?
    I have been a member for three years.
  1. Why did you join AACTE?
    I joined AACTE when I became a member of the Holmes Scholar Community at Ohio University.
  1. Why did you decide to enter the field of educator preparation?
    I love to teach, and I know that good teachers make a difference I believe that the teachers have a very important role in the classroom and their preparation for that role is instrumental. My experience in teacher preparation was garnered as a graduate assistant working in the Teacher Education Department of Ohio University.

  2. What’s been your favorite or most memorable moment of your career so far?
    My favorite and most memorable moment in my career is working with mentors in the field that valued my international experiences and area of expertise. Many of whom invited me to their class to talk with their teacher candidates about my experience in and out of the U.S. as a student and as a parent.

Build a Better Work Environment with AACTE Member Benefit

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Whether you are back on campus or still in your home office, you can create a workspace that suits your unique needs. You may spend 40-plus hours on the job every week –why not feel good while you’re there?

Your new AACTE Office Depot Savings Program can help make it easy to shop and upgrade your office furniture, facilities, technology, and printing needs or any of your other work from anywhere necessities, while saving time and money. Your AACTE membership allows you to save up to 75% on regular prices, free delivery on qualifying orders of $50, and much more! Start shopping online and save with Office Depot: business.officedepot.com/AACTE.

Tracie McLemore Salinas

Member Spotlight: Tracie McLemore Salinas

Tracie McLemore SalinasAACTE’s 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.

Get to know Tracie McLemore Salinas …

Position/Institution: Director, Mathematics and Science Education Center, Appalachian State University; Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Number of years in your position: I am in my 17th year at Appalachian State as a faculty member and my first year as Director of the Mathematics and Science Education Center.

Alma Mater: B.S. William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS; M.S. and Ph.D. University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Membership Renewal Deadline is Extended

It's time to renew your membership

AACTE understands that 2020 was a difficult year for higher education institutions and many are still facing operational challenges. As such, AACTE is extending the membership renewal deadline to May 31, 2021. 

To renew your AACTE membership

  • Submit Your Renewal via Credit Card: Visit your AACTE Profile to submit payment online.
  • Submit Your Renewal via Check: Make payable to “AACTE” and mail to AACTE, PO Box 825490, Philadelphia, PA 19182-5490. Please note the AACTE mailing address has changed. 

Member Spotlight: Teresa Clark

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.

Teresa ClarkGet to know Teresa Clark …

Position/Institution: Associate Professor of P-20 and Community Leadership, Murray State University 

Number of years in your position: I am in my seventh year at Murray State. I started as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate last summer. 

Alma Mater(s): Geneva College (B.A. and M.A.) and Vanderbilt University (Ed.D)

Hometown: I grew up in Beaver, PA, lived in Nashville, TN and now Murray, KY.

Have No Fear, the AACTE Conference Community Center is Still Here

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AACTE invites all members of the 73rd Annual Meeting to visit the virtual Conference Community Center.  Learn about member resources, connect with other attendees and AACTE staff, and test your AACTE trivia knowledge for a chance to win one of many prizes!  The Conference Community Center will feature a number of activities:

AACTE Connect360

This new members-only resource is an engaging and interactive virtual platform that brings together AACTE’s community of 15,000+ individuals in an exciting way.  You will be able to start discussions and ask questions of fellow AACTE members, comment on each other’s posts, share best practices, and create your own unique member profile.  Visit the Conference Community Center for a demonstration of how the community works.

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