What are some of the simplest ways to effect a positive change for equitable education? As the teacher shortage takes the spotlight and new policies and regulations are formed, we urge you to join AACTE’s 75 Days | 75 Ways to Advocate for Education campaign — and uplift the education and educator preparation field.
A U.S. District in Texas ruled on November 10 that President Biden overstepped his authority in creating a student debt relief program without congressional approval, preventing the Administration from providing relief to federal borrowers. A federal appeals court expanded the ruling on November 14 saying, the pause “will remain in effect until further order of this court or the Supreme Court of the United States.”
AACTE recently sent a letter to all members of Congress urging them to cosponsor the EDUCATORS for America Act (S 3360/HR 6205), which would invest in and revitalize federal educator preparation programs. These programs are critical to addressing the shortage of profession-ready, fully licensed teachers in our nation’s classrooms. The letter was cosigned by 41 other education groups.
Opinion: Problems with the ‘Teacher Pipeline’ — An Unfit Analogy for Finding (and Fostering) Future Educators
“Teacher Pipeline” is a common term used to encompass issues of teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention. The phrase is not new, popular in seasons of dire teacher shortages —from the 1980s (AACTE, 1988; Ekstrom & Goertz, 1985) to our present age (Choate, Goldhaber, & Theobald, 2020; Goldhaber & Mizrav, 2021; Kyser et al., 2021).
A “Teacher Pipeline” evokes vivid imagery: supply and demand, staff shortages akin to an energy crisis, and an impetus to extract and extrude future educators. To wit, the pipeline analogy lends itself to further symbolism such as “refueling” (Goldhaber et al., 2015/6); “widening” (Gagnon et al., 2019), “excavating” (Goldhaber & Cowan, 2014); and dealing with numerous “breaks,” “holes,” or “leaks” (Barth et al., 2016; Shah et al., 2018; Stohr, Fontana, & Lapp, 2018; TNTP, 2020).
Register by December 31 for Early-Bird Rates
AACTE’s 2023 Annual Meeting presents an opportunity for participants to learn from the nation’s thought leaders in the educator preparation field. Attendees will share the innovations they have created, learn from the work of colleagues and peers, and find inspiration by remembering the past to revolutionize the future.
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Membership with AACTE demonstrates the commitment in advocating and building capacity for high-quality educator preparation programs in a dynamic landscape. With member support, AACTE aims to continuously provide valuable resources and actively develop our educator community. Put simply, members make what we do possible.
It’s not too late to lock in your benefits for 2023. Renew by December 31 — and continue to access all the connections, knowledge, and opportunities to support the future of education.
A Webinar Hosted by AACTE and Digital Promise
Understanding learner variability helps disrupt the idea of a one-size-fits all approach and paves the way for more equitable teaching and learning, writes Jessica Jackson, director of professional learning for the Learner Variability Project at Digital Promise.
“The intersection of culturally responsive practice with the science of learner variability … also helps us understand why culturally responsive practices are necessary for reaching and embracing the whole learner,” Jackson explains.
A Snapshot of a Teacher Preparation Program in America’s Most Diverse Small City
New Jersey City University, a minority serving institution, is home to the innovative “Teacher Intern Program” (TIP) — a preservice collaboration that supports the preparation, placement, and retention of diverse educators. TIP includes vital elements that address financial and pre-professional learning needs, graduating educators that often return to teach in their home communities.
This weekly Washington Update is intended to keep members informed on Capitol Hill activities impacting the educator preparation community. The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of AACTE.
We have finally made it to mid-term election week. Congress remains on recess until after the elections, but important work continues. It is my hope that by the end of the week we will have the complete results of the mid-term elections and I will provide an analysis on the makeup of the 118th Congress in our next Washington Update.
From the Holmes Bulletin
Questions of uncertainty, depreciation, and self-doubt were hurling at me as I searched for a doctoral program in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration.
Yet, as I navigate the University of South Carolina’s program for these past two months of the semester, I have found that I belong, with all my humanity being present in the spaces I navigate.
This article was originally published by Clemson News and is reprinted with permission.
Catherine Griffith serves as a clinical associate professor of special education in the Department of Education and Human Development at Clemson University. She coordinates the Master of Education program in Special Education with emphases in academic and behavioral interventions and teaches coursework on individuals with learning disabilities and emotional and behavioral disorders, intensive academic interventions, and applied behavior analysis.
The annual election for the AACTE Board of Directors is now open and runs through November 30. This year, there are six individuals running for two at-large seats and one seat representing AILACTE.
AACTE is launching “75 Days/75 Ways,” a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of ways to support changes that ensure every student has a highly trained and qualified teacher in their classroom and equitable education is available for all learners.
AACTE invites you to elevate educator preparation. Does your institution have a best practice that deserves national attention? Do you want to recognize the achievements of a colleague in the field?
There is still time to submit an entry for the 2023 AACTE Awards. The deadline has been extended to Monday, November 7.
AACTE thought leaders have spoken about issues ranging from solutions to the teacher shortage to the impact of censorship on education over the past month.
As a result, AACTE has been cited in stories about colleges innovating ways to fill teacher jobs, reinvigorating interest among students in the teaching profession, and celebrating the next generation of teachers.