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AACTE Offers Members Travel Perks from Avis and Budget

AVIS / BUDGET logoWhether you are traveling for business or booking your next getaway, you can make the experience safe and comfortable with a rental from Avis or Budget with your AACTE discount.

Enjoy these advantages with your AACTE membership:

Reserve Flexibly: Choose “Pay Later” when making a reservation and you may cancel or modify your reservation any time without cost or worry.

Get Perks: Members can enjoy up to 35% off base rates, plus other great offers like complimentary upgrades. Enroll in the complimentary Avis Preferred® or Budget Fastbreak® programs to accelerate your savings, earn rewards and bypass the counter for an expedited rental experience.

Teaching Women’s History Through an Intersectional Lens

You may have heard the term “intersectionality” a lot lately, a term coined by Kimberlee Crenshaw in 1989 to describe how systems of oppression overlap to create distinct experiences for people with multiple identity categories. Those familiar with Crenshaw’s work know that the term was once used academically purely to shape legal conversations about racial and social injustice in systems, most notably policing. Now, “intersectionality” is part of the national lexicon, being used in the forefront of the country’s debates around racial and social injustice in the last few years; however, that should not dissuade educators from looking at their work through this lens.

For educators, intersectionality is used to frame the experiences of historical and current figures who have multiple identities when they teach. For example, during Women’s History Month, it’s important for educators to consider how the experiences of women of color, queer and trans women, women with disabilities, women with different body types, and multi-lingual women differ, and then represent them as such in their curriculum. Educators can build this intersectional teaching muscle by having conversations about their diverse experiences with one another and, as teachers, share research and resources that elevate the truth of women with intersectional identities in our schools. This is why, on International Women’s Day, we asked several of our members and staff to answer the question:

Why is integrating women’s history through an intersectional lens important to you and your work in education?

Last Chance to Renew Your AACTE Membership

It's time to renew your membership

Have you renewed your AACTE membership for 2022?  If not, the deadline to renew is quickly approaching.

Unrenewed memberships expired on December 31, 2021, and are set to be deactivated at the end of this month, on March 31, 2022. 

Below are just a few of the resources your membership gives you access to:

AACTE to Host Webinar on Colleges of Education: A National Portrait

AACTE will soon release the second edition of its signature report, Colleges of Education:  A National Portrait. In addition to updating information on colleges of education and their leaders, faculty, and students, this edition features a special analysis on the contributions that community colleges make to educator preparation. Topics to be covered will include:

  • Scope of educator preparation in the U.S.
  • Trends in undergraduate and graduate degrees conferred in education
  • Demographics of leaders and faculty
  • Student demographics
  • Contributions of community colleges to educator preparation

Make the Most of Your AACTE Membership at the 74th Annual Meeting

visit us button. rounded glass sign. sticker. bannerAre you a current AACTE member and want to make the most of your membership?  You are invited to stop by the AACTE membership area during the 74th Annual Meeting to learn more about the resources offered to you as a member and how to become an even more engaged member.

New to AACTE?
The AACTE team will be on hand in the Gallery to share information on how to take full advantage of your membership.

Get Your Complimentary Gift
To show appreciation to its valuable network, AACTE will give a complimentary gift to any member attendee who visits the membership area.   

I Am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams

This post is part of AACTE’s  Black History Month 2022 Blog series.

Every February, during Black History Month, we celebrate the countless contributions and achievements of notable Black inventors, educators, lawyers, and politicians from over the years. However, as I reflect, I remember to pay homage to the heroes and sheroes in my life who sacrificed to create a better tomorrow, from the Black teachers who inspired me during my PK-12 journey to the Black professors at my HBCU (Jackson State) who saw my potential and pushed me beyond my comfort zone. Because of them, I knew that getting to this point was possible.

AACTE Member Spotlight: Melody Russell

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 it to

Melody RussellMeet Melody Russell …

Current Position: Professor, Auburn University

Number of years in your position: Since 2002

Alma Maters: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (B.S.); University of Nebraska-Lincoln, (M.S.); University of Georgia, (Ph.D.)


How long have you been a member of AACTE?
I’ve been a member since 2019.

Why did you join AACTE?
I was serving as assistant department head and my department head at the time invited me to join the TAG he started for department heads, chairs, and directors.

Webinar and Report Draw National Attention to Pandemic’s Effect on Educator Preparation

As PK-12 schools, colleges, and universities around the country cope with the surge of coronavirus cases, AACTE’s fall 2021 member survey is drawing public attention to the pandemic’s continuing impact on educator preparation. The teacher shortage is now front-page news, and AACTE’s survey is providing vital information on how COVID-19 is affecting the supply of new teachers, counselors, and other educators.

AACTE members can access a free copy of the survey report and view a short video summary of key results. A new infographic provides a quick visual representation to share on social media.

Time to Refresh and Renew with Savings from Office Depot

Office Depot - Exclusive Savings for AACTE members

Now is the perfect time to use your AACTE Office Depot Savings Program and start the new year well stocked and organized. From Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks and air purifies, calendars and planners to paper, ink and toner, you’ll find just want you need.Use these exclusive member-only coupons to help you get started. Get up to $35 off your next qualifying purchase. The offer is valid through February 7, 2022.

Member Spotlight: Amanda Wilkerson

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 it to

Meet Amanda Wilkerson …

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida 
Number of years in your position: 3 years 
Alma Mater: Florida A&M University #STRIKE
Hometown: Miami, Florida 

  1. Amanda WilkersonHow long have you been a member of AACTE?
    The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a very progressive organization. A part of its focus is futuristic in nature. That is, AACTE is interested in ensuring that the field of education is diversified, developing talented scholars of color so that they may engage in preparing the next instructional and administrative leaders. To that end, I began my tenure as a member of AACTE in 2016, first as a Holmes Scholars. Today, I continue to enjoy active membership in the association and commit much of my work to the iconic ideas that attracted me to join as a student scholar. Honestly, I cannot believe that I have nearly 6 years of continuous membership and involvement with AACTE! 

Join Colleagues to Discuss the Pandemic’s Continuing Impact and Plans for 2022

As PK-12 schools, colleges, and universities around the country cope with a surge of coronavirus cases, and concerns rise regarding the Omicron variant, AACTE is offering a webinar to look back on the pandemic’s impact on educator preparation and discuss plans for 2022.

Since spring 2020, when schools and colleges around the country switched to online instruction due to COVID-19, AACTE has periodically surveyed members on the impact of the pandemic on educator preparation. A new report updates that series with information collected in fall 2021. It describes how conditions have changed since 2020, highlighting the lasting effects of the pandemic.

Check Your Mailboxes: Renewal Season 2022 is Upon Us

Have you picked up the latest edition of the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE)?  Did you access one of AACTE’s free downloadable resources, such as the Toolkit for Local Advocates: Teaching Diverse and Inclusive Curricula Materials and Defending Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or the ARP Funding Toolkit? If so, don’t forget to renew your AACTE membership for 2022 to continue receiving these types of resources.

Your 2022 membership invoice is in the mail.  AACTE membership runs from January 1 to December 31. To ensure you do not miss out on the many members-only resources, please renew your membership before December 31, 2021.

In Memoriam: Janet Arndt

Janet ArndtJanet Arndt, dean of Gordon College’s School of Education, passed on Monday, December 13, 2021, following a brief hospitalization for COVID-19. An active AACTE member, Dr. Arndt was the president of the Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education at the time of her death.

Dr. Arndt was a 1968 alumna of Gordon College, where she returned and served for more than 25 years in teaching and administrative roles that included Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) licensure officer and director of graduate programs in education. She developed and implemented the Master of Arts in Leadership degree program in 2016 and was instrumental in  establishing the School of Education in 2019, being named dean upon its inception.


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