AACTE in the News

Innovating Educator Prep

From The Teachers Edition, newsletter of the U.S. Department of Education The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) recently launched an initiative to strengthen educator preparation and support innovation in the professional community. The Innovation Exchange will serve as a forum to share findings for addressing the most urgent issues of student achievement, […]

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Teacher Colleges Seek to Shift to Digital Age

From Education WeekBy Robin Flanigan At Clemson University, aspiring teachers are working together to develop and review digital lessons. They’re learning how to use social media to find classroom resources. And they’re being encouraged to partner on projects that emphasize technology with students from other majors. Those strategies reflect a shift underway at some teacher […]

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Teacher Prep Says Profession Holding Themselves Accountable – But Are They?

From EdCentralBy Melissa Tooley Research has shown that many new teachers enter the profession underprepared to be successful in the classroom, despite having invested in formal preparation. As a result, many become frustrated and cut their careers short, while the students they taught fall behind. Teacher performance assessments—standardized models for assessing pre-service teachers’ readiness to teach—have been […]

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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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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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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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Student Diversity Is Up But Teachers Are Mostly White

From abc News By Emily Deruy Classrooms are becoming more diverse, but the people leading them remain predominantly white. More than 80 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in education awarded during the 2009-10 school year were to non-Latino white students, according to a new study by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). […]

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Not What You Thought on Teacher Ed

From Inside Higher EdBy Zack Budryk WASHINGTON — The national group that represents teacher education colleges on Wednesday released data that it says show such programs have become more competitive to get into and more clinically oriented. “The good news is that we are taking selectivity very seriously,” said Sharon P. Robinson, president of the […]

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