AACTE Announces Leslie T. Fenwick as 2022 Annual Meeting Closing Keynote Speaker

(January 12, 2022, Washington, D.C.) The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is excited to announce nationally renowned educator, education policy scholar, and best-selling author Leslie T. Fenwick, Ph.D., as the closing keynote speaker for its 74th Annual Meeting, March 4 – 6, 2022, in New Orleans, La. Described as a “fearless voice” for educational equity, Fenwick will take center stage on Sunday, March 6, to discuss her upcoming new book, Jim Crow’s Pink Slip: The Untold Story of Black Principal and Teacher Leadership (Harvard Education Press, 2022). The book has been referenced by The New York Times and listed as the #1 New Release in Education History by Amazon.

Fenwick has worked in every aspect of education, including as a PK-12 teacher and administrator in both public and private schools, a university faculty member and administrator, a foundation program officer, and a legislative aid in the Ohio Senate when the state drafted its first omnibus school reform legislation. She has also worked with federal programs that promote educational equity, such as Head Start and Upward Bound.

Currently, she serves as dean in residence at AACTE, senior fellow for the McDonald Character Leadership Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and dean emeritus of the Howard University School of Education. More details on Fenwick’s extensive contributions to the field of education can be found on AACTE’s website.

AACTE’s 74th Annual Meeting, “Rethink, Reshape, Reimagine, Revolutionize: Growing the Profession Post Pandemic,” will bring together education leaders across the nation to engage in meaningful discussions, share research and practices, and become better equipped to drive change in the educator preparation field.


AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator Preparation

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs and partners dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. The over 650 member institutions and strategic partners include public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at aacte.org.

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