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Join AACTE in Revolutionizing Education for All Learners

Lynn M. Gangone
Happy spring! As PK-12 and higher education institutions proceed with reopening post-pandemic, AACTE continues its work to build education back better. We recently published new research on both AACTE’s vision to “revolutionize education for all learners” and promising solutions to recruiting and retaining male teachers of color. Please take a few minutes to watch the video and learn more about these and other initiatives.
Stay connected with AACTE for the latest resources, tools, and information to address the issues facing our profession today. Visit to access these benefits and renew your AACTE membership by the extended deadline. 
Cheers to doing what matters,

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

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. 

Annual Meeting Attendees Engage on AACTE Connect360

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There are several great reasons for starting an online community, like the continuous learning it offers participants and the sense of pride in being part of a group. For members of AACTE, the new online community it is about connecting members, building meaningful relationships, and engaging in critical conversations with each other, Board members and staff. That is why the virtual AACTE 2021 Annual Meeting was a perfect initial launching point for AACTE Connect360.

Through the online community, attendees responded to different threads in the “73rd Annual Meeting” community group. The “Introduce Yourself” thread was a popular choice for new users, allowing others on the platform to learn a little bit more about them and sharing the best piece of advice they received from a mentor or colleague.

New AACTE Report Tracks EPP Response to COVID-19 and Racial Injustice Crises

Fall 2020 Member Survey CoverIn October 2020, AACTE invited the chief representatives of its member institutions to complete a survey on how the twin crises of COVID-19 and racial injustice had affected their educator preparation programs and how they have responded to these crises. AACTE conducted a similar survey in April 2020, asking members about the immediate impact of COVID-19 on their educator preparation programs. A new report, released during the 2021 Annual Meeting, summarizes results from both surveys, tracking the evolving response of EPPs to these twin crises. 

Key findings include the following:

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

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.

Join Conversations in the AACTE Connect360 Online Community

AACTE Connect360 logoAACTE is in the final stages of launching the AACTE Connect360 online community. This week, Annual Meeting attendees will be among the first to preview and engage with colleagues in the new, members-only platform. As a registered attendee, members can create their profile, introduce themselves, and start or respond to a conversation during the 2021 virtual conference.

Attendees are invited to stop by the virtual Conference Community Center on Wednesday, February 24 or Thursday, February 25  for a tutorial on AACTE Connect360, where they can learn more about how to make and maintain professional connections during and after the annual conference. The AACTE team will be available to answer questions and guide members through the digital, collaborative tool. Plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to participate in online discussions with Annual Meeting colleagues over the next few days.

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.

AACTE Names Texas A&M Faculty as Next JTE Editors

Statue at the ollege of Education and Human Development at the Texas A&M UniversityAACTE is pleased to announce the College of Education and Human Development at the Texas A&M University, as the next home to the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) editorial team. The editors were selected through a rigorous peer-review process and approved for a 3-year term, beginning in 2021, which can be extended for an additional 3 years.

The current editorial team at Michigan State University, which has served the JTE since 2015, will continue work on the journal through June 2021 to complete Volume 72.

“AACTE celebrates Texas A&M in their selection as the next editorial team for our flagship Journal of Teacher Education. Their team of scholars has the demonstrated experience, respect, and vision to lead the journal into its next chapter,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO of AACTE. “JTE is steadily increased its impact on the field under the tenure of the current editorial team at Michigan State University. AACTE owes a debt of gratitude to the tremendous editors at MSU, including incoming Board Chair, Dean Robert Floden, Dr. Gail Richmond, Dr. Dorinda Carter, and Dr. Tonya Bartell.”

The AACTE National Office Has Moved!

Lynn M. Gangone

Greetings! This new year brings new opportunities, as AACTE has moved its National Office to a new address. In this video, I share updates about our new location and how you can stay connected with our Association.
Please take a moment to watch the video message above and discover more about the relocation. Stay tuned for more updates about what is happening at AACTE next month. Meanwhile, please join me at the AACTE 2021 Annual Meeting, February 24-26.

Warm Regards,

Member Spotlight: Will Coghill-Behrends

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 

Will Coghill BehrendsGet to know Will Coghill-Behrends …

Current position: Clinical Associate Professor, Multilingual Education; Co-Director, Baker Teacher Leader Center (Global Education Initiatives)
Number of years in position: 6
Alma Mater(s): University of Northern Iowa; University of Iowa
Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa

  1. How long have you been a member of AACTE?
    I’ve been a member of AACTE since 2015, though our institution has been a member for much longer, so by association, I’ve been a member for longer than that, I suppose.
  1. Why did you join AACTE?
    I started taking a more active role in AACTE when we decided to adopt edTPA as our Program Completion Assessment.
  1. Why did you decide to enter the field of educator preparation?
    I was teaching German at the local high school and was asked to teach a course in the teacher preparation program that I had also taught in graduate school. The course was focused on technology in the classroom and that opportunity led to additional teaching opportunities and eventually some grant work on teacher portfolio assessment that pulled me full time into the College of Education and that was all she wrote.

New Year, Renewed Hope

Happy New Year“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”

 – G.K. Chesterton

Happy New Year!

The year 2020 was a tumultuous one for educators. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought educator preparation to a dangerous crossroad, with teachers, principals, school counselors, and other essential education professionals experiencing a debilitating spate of closures and faculty layoffs. The public education workforce lost more than 600,000 jobs last year, with university-based educator preparation programs also encountering reduced enrollment and program closures. Our members have experienced declines in undergraduate enrollment, budget cuts, and reduced staffing. Rising demand for new teachers and shrinking capacity in colleges and universities threatens the high-quality education our populace needs to ensure a rich quality of life and global competitiveness for generations. But as we begin the new year, we look toward 2021 with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future.

AACTE Membership – 2021 Renewal Due Dec. 31

On behalf of the AACTE Board of Directors, I would like to thank you and your colleagues at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education for your support of AACTE. This year has been a challenge for all of us, and I take comfort in the community of peers I have at AACTE.  

I have found the resources AACTE membership provides invaluable, especially now.  Specifically, the resources below have helped me navigate the impacts of the pandemic at the state and local level:

AACTE understands the unusual circumstances of 2020 have greatly impacted you and your institution.  As such, AACTE is piloting a state chapter incentive program, whereby AACTE is extending a 25% discount on 2021 national dues to state chapter member institutions.  This discount is offered to both financially aid and encourage state institutions to join and retain membership at the national level. Additionally, if 75% of state chapter members renew their AACTE membership in full for 2021 (at the discounted rate), AACTE will extend the 25% discount into 2022 membership dues as well.  Please contact your state chapter president or for additional information on the program.

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.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Advisory Council of State Representatives (ACSR), and the National Office team, thank you for your dedication to the profession during these challenging times.

If any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact the membership team: Meghan Grenda at or Gloriatine Jones at


Kathleen M. DaBoll-Lavoie, Ph.D. 

Dean, School of Education, Nazareth College
Member, AACTE Board of Directors
Chair, Advisory Council of State Representatives 

AACTE Announces 2020 Technology Implementation Grant Recipients

Applications Now Accepted for AACTE’s Video Observation Technology Implementation Grant banner

AACTE is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the new AACTE Video Observation Technology Implementation Grant. AACTE offered the grant in partnership with Edthena to help educator preparation programs enhance training for future teachers in methods courses, field observations, skill building, and group learning via advanced technology.

“Both AACTE and Edthena understand that video observation technology has the potential to positively impact candidates during and after the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “AACTE is proud to collaborate with partners like Edthena to promote technology growth in schools and colleges of education.”

Member Spotlight: Paul Massy

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 Massy 

Get to know Paul Massy …

Current position: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Florida Atlantic University
Expected Graduate Year: 2024
Alma Mater(s): Corinth Teachers College; University of the West Indies (U.W.I.), St. Augustine
Hometown: Arima (Trinidad and Tobago); Boca Raton, Florida

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