AACTE Holds Press Briefing to Discuss STEM Teacher Preparation

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) this morning hosted a briefing on “Preparing STEM Teachers: The Key to Global Competitiveness” in the Dirksen Senate Building on Capitol Hill. Presented in conjunction with the Senate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Caucus, the congressional briefing featured a panel of two teachers of science and mathematics, IBM Vice President Robin Willner, and Stanford University Education Professor Linda Darling-Hammond. The speakers discussed the critical shortage of STEM teachers and the importance of STEM teacher preparation to educating the future workforce and sustaining a competitive American economy. The event also marked the release of the AACTE publication Preparing STEM Teachers: The Key to Global Competitiveness, which highlights 50 teacher preparation programs across the country dedicated to increasing the number of effective K–12 STEM educators. According to AACTE President and CEO Sharon Robinson, the document provides impressive examples of programs for the benefit of policymakers and further research.

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