2024 Featured Sessions

Competency-Based Education and Teacher Education: Next Steps

AACTE continues to partner with the Competency-Based Education Network (CBEN) and together have invited CAEP to work in alliance towards infusing CBE into teacher preparation. AACTE’s collaboration with CBEN began at Annual Meeting 2023 and there have been subsequent meetings at CAEP and CBEN. This featured session dives into the topic is to update the field on our progress to date and next steps to support members and the field.

Growing Our Work in Internationalization

AACTE has extended its work in internationalization in support of its members and the field. From the Global Education Professional Learning Community through strategic partnerships with the University of Glasgow to the Global Network of Deans of Education, AACTE is committed to creating capacity for the field to be strengthened through internationalization. This session will bring together institutions and individuals who can provide real-time strategies for the expansion of global work in educator preparation.

Diversifying the Teaching Profession: Strategies for Success

The Public Education Business Coalition (PEBC) is a Colorado-based organization with national reach. PEBC strives to create schools and systems worthy of our children. Forged in Denver in 1983, the PEBC represents a convergence of stakeholders keen to uplift learning opportunities for each and every student. Today, PEBC catalyzes high quality instruction with teachers, leaders and districts nationwide through excellent lines of work in teacher preparation, professional learning, education policy and diversity, equity and inclusion. This session will focus on local and national strategies to diversify the teaching profession.

Election 2024:  Implications of Federal and State Races for Educator Preparation

What is at stake for educator preparation in the upcoming election? What could changes at the federal and state level mean for important issues such as the affordability of educator preparation, academic censorship, and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB)? AACTE has assembled a panel of political and policy experts to address these issues and your questions.

AI Integration in Education: Bridging the Gap for Future Educators

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to shape the world at large, it is imperative that educator preparation programs (EPPs) adapt to equip future teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate this evolving socio-economic system. This AACTE-featured session, developed by the AACTE Committee on Innovation and Technology, will offer diverse perspectives from higher education and PK–12 partners on the critical role of EPPs in preparing future educators with adequate AI knowledge, ensuring they are ready to harness the benefits while acknowledging the ethical concerns stemming from the technology.

The following AACTE members serve on the AACTE Committee on Innovation & Technology: (Chair) Lorrie Webb (Texas A&M University-San Antonio), (Board Liaison) Marcie Wycoff-Horn (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse), Laurie M Bobley (Touro University), Michael Kennedy (University of Virginia), Punya Mishra (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University), David Slykhuis (Valdosta State University), and Guy Trainin (University of Nebraska-Lincoln).

Elevating Ground-breaking and Impactful Research in Educator Preparation

Join the editors of the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) for a transformative dialogue with the authors of the JTE Article of the Year Award. The JTE Article of the Year reflects exemplary research in educator preparation and cutting-edge scholarship that advances the field.

From Hiring to Tenure: Solutions to Diversify the Ranks of Higher Education Faculty and Leaders

Despite increased racial and ethnic diversity of U.S. college enrollees and calls for greater DEI, the lack of faculty of color in higher education, and particularly colleges and schools of education continue to persist. Faculty diversity plays an important role in college completion. This session will examine the challenges and oppportunities to diversifying the ranks of academia, and elevate successful initiatives to attract and retain faculty and leaders of color.