With Election Day just around the corner, below are some gubernatorial races, state education chief contests, and education ballot initiatives to watch. Remember, like politics, education is local. Check out the tables below to see what’s at play in your state.
Be sure to vote November 4!
Gubernatorial Races to Watch
||John Hickenlooper (D)
||Bob Beauprez (R)
||Higher education funding, college affordability, school choice, Common Core
||Dan Malloy (D)
||Tom Foley (R)
||Education funding, school accountability, charter schools, Common Core
||Rick Scott (R)
||Charlie Crist (D)
||College affordability, higher education funding
||Nathan Deal (R)
||Jason Carter (D)
||Common Core, school vouchers, higher education funding
||Pat Quinn (D)
||Bruce Rauner (R)
||Teacher retirement benefits, school vouchers, merit pay, charter schools, college affordability
||Sam Brownback (R)
||Paul Davis (D)
||School funding, Common Core
||Paul LePage (R)
||Mike Michaud (D)
||Early childhood education funding, school vouchers, college affordability
||Scott Walker (R)
||Mary Burke (D)
||School vouchers, Common Core, higher education funding
* Rating according to Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
As a board member and officer of AACTE, I have grown to appreciate the complexity of the organization. A remarkable variety of institutions opt to unite around common interests under this “big tent” association.
Of course, you may think about AACTE membership from your own institutional perspective. Members of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE) may view AACTE as their organization, just as members of the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI) may view us from their perspective. Certainly, members of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU), where the largest number of new educators are taught, think of AACTE from their perspective. In fact, the Board of Directors is designed to reflect the various institutional types within AACTE, with designated seats for AILACTE, CADREI, and TECSCU representatives as well as for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and historically Black institutions. In reality, AACTE represents the entire array of U.S. teacher preparation institutions.
The October/November 2014 issue of Educational Horizons is out!
Thanks to a partnership with Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta, all AACTE members receive free online access to this magazine for future teachers as a benefit of their AACTE membership. Chief Representatives also receive each issue by mail.
Here are some highlights from the current issue to share with your students:
Did you need extra time to submit your 2015 AACTE award application? You’re in luck!
The submission deadline for the 2015 Best Practice and Professional Achievement Awards has been extended until Friday, October 24.
Act now and nominate the innovative and exemplary program at your institution for a Best Practice Award! These awards highlight the work members are doing each day to improve the field of educator preparation:
- Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology
- Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Teacher Education
- Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity
Joelle Tutela, President, NJACTE
Teacher quality and professional practice in New Jersey just got an enthusiastic shot in the arm, thanks to a new coalition of the state’s teacher educators, teachers’ unions, and other education groups.
Leaders of this coalition, the Garden State Alliance for Strengthening Education, held a high-profile symposium “Taking Back the Profession” September 27 to release a report chock-full of ideas to improve the continuum of teacher development in the state. The event was attended by several key state education officials and featured nationally known speakers including Stephanie Hirsch of Learning Forward, Marilyn Cochran-Smith of Boston College (MA), and Susan Headden of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In addition, the report was featured at a press conference October 2 and will be the subject of a state hearing later this month.
Want to stay current with your TAG? Looking for the latest edTPA information? Want to know about new programs that match your interests? Be sure to keep your personal AACTE profile current to reflect your areas of interest and up-to-date contact information.
Why not update your profile now? Just log in to our online Profile Manager – it’s easy and fast.
Questions? Contact the AACTE membership department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recognizing the fact that students in many high-need schools continue to have disproportionately low access to great educators, on Tuesday the Coalition for Teaching Quality (CTQ) released Excellent Educators for Each and Every Child: A Policy Roadmap for Transforming the Teaching and Principal Professions. The Coalition also held House and Senate briefings on Capitol Hill with practitioners to help explain the importance of these strategies to address the inequity of opportunity.
In the policy roadmap, CTQ—which comprises more than 100 civil rights, disability, rural, youth, higher education, principal, and education advocacy organizations, including AACTE, dedicated to ensuring that every child has fully prepared and effective educators—presents a vision for a continuum of the teaching and principal professions to ensure every child has well-prepared and effective educators.
AACTE’s 67th Annual Meeting will take up residence in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, conveniently located downtown in Peachtree Center, with indoor MARTA access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport just 15 miles away. The hotel boasts a breathtaking atrium marked by the 50-foot, color-changing sail of Pulse – a classically cool cocktail lounge and iconic symbol in the city. Hotel amenities include a spa, fitness center, unique dining options, and stunning guestrooms and suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows with amazing skyline views – all for just $189/night.
While based at the heart of the ninth-largest U.S. population metropolis, you will be just steps away from the city’s attractions, historic landmarks, shopping, sporting event centers, and trendiest bars, restaurants, and nightlife. Nearby tourist sites abound:
The 50% off 2014 AACTE membership offer for new and reinstating members has been extended to the end of the year. Institutions that join AACTE can enroll several faculty and staff to experience all of AACTE’s many benefits and services at a significantly reduced cost.
AACTE’s 67th Annual Meeting offers you high value for your registration dollar. Hundreds of enriching sessions, networking opportunities, meal functions, and access to the latest research and best practices are all included—giving you a great bang for your buck!
What’s more, the registration fees for AACTE’s Annual Meeting have stayed the same for several years, even with enriched offerings. Here are some of the extras you’ll get at our Atlanta conference: