Setting the Record Straight: AACTE’s Engagement on the National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Prep Review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For interviews, contact: Lisa Johnson Kiefer 202-478-4502 or lkiefer@aacte.org Official Statement of AACTE President and CEO Dr. Sharon P. Robinson (July 22, 2013, Washington, D.C.) – Little more than a month has passed since the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its 2013 Teacher Prep Review that included ratings of 1,100…

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AACTE Supports Importance of Diversity in Fisher v. Austin Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For interviews, contact: Lisa Johnson Kiefer 202-478-4502 or lkiefer@aacte.org (June 26, 2013, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT) reaffirms the importance of recruiting, educating and graduating a diverse student…

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NCTQ Review of Nation’s Education Schools Deceives, Misinforms Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For interviews, contact: Lisa Johnson Kiefer 202-478-4502 or lkiefer@aacte.org (June 18, 2013, Washington, D.C.) – The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released a review of the nation’s education schools today, making the anticipated splash and garnering heavy media attention with its shock factor. While the results are generating headlines, this review…

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Federal Support Should Highlight the Good in Teacher Prep

From Education Week By Learning First Alliance By Jane E. West, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Policy, Programs and Professional Issues at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) As education policy continues to center on teacher quality and effectiveness, it is encouraging to see teacher preparation being emphasized. Teacher preparation’s critical role…

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Sen. Reed and Rep. Honda Reintroduce “The Educator Preparation Reform Act”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For interviews, contact: Lisa Johnson Kiefer 202-478-4502 or lkiefer@aacte.org (May 29, 2013, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) celebrates an advocacy victory through Sen. Jack Reed’s (D-R.I.) and Rep. Mike Honda’s (D-Calif.) reintroduction of “The Educator Preparation Reform Act” (S. 1062/H.R. 2172). The bill, originally introduced…

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MOOCs Provider in Higher Ed. Targets K-12 Teacher PD

From Education Week By Sean Cavanagh In attempting to bring “MOOCs” to the world of teacher training, the Silicon Valley company Coursera and its partners at universities and other institutions are courting a new and potentially vast audience, one that is becoming increasingly accustomed to receiving professional training via the Web. The decision marks the…

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Nation’s Top Educators Prepared by Colleges and Schools of Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For interviews, contact: Lisa Johnson Kiefer 202-478-4502 or lkiefer@aacte.org (April 26, 2013, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) applauds the Council of Chief State School Officers’ 2013 National Teacher of the Year Jeffrey Charbonneau, the three additional finalists and the colleges and schools of education that…

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Sharon P. Robinson: Commit to International Study Cultures

From the National Journal “Education Experts” blogBy Sharon P. Robinson Many of AACTE’s more than 800 member programs do phenomenal work incorporating global competencies into their curriculum. However, this is nowhere near a common enough practice in educator preparation or higher education as a whole. As I thought about this topic further, I could think of no better…

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AACTE Critiques Proposed Accreditation Standards

From Education Week By Stephen Sawchuck Though it praises the overall thrust of a proposed set of accreditation standards, the main membership organization for teacher colleges this week also highlighted concerns about some specifics. In a feedback document on its website, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, questions, in particular, the accreditor’s ideas for candidate…

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FY 2014 Budget Lacks Vision for Future of Educator Preparation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For interviews, contact: Lisa Johnson Kiefer 202-478-4502 or lkiefer@aacte.org (April 12, 2013, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) appreciates President Obama’s and the Administration’s overall increased investment in education in his FY 2014 budget proposal. However, the Association believes the proposal lacks a vision for the…

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