Topical Action Groups

Topical Action Groups (TAGs) provide a forum for individuals drawn together by a common interest or purpose within the field of educator preparation. AACTE provides TAGs with operational funds, publicity, online meeting and administrative space, staff support, meeting space at the AACTE Annual Meeting, and the prestige of AACTE affiliation.

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Professional Development & Events

Coronavirus Impact on AACTE Events

At AACTE, we continue to monitor the continuously changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19. We understand that concerns for health, safety, and the impact on meeting attendance, among other issues, are affecting our members.

We are committed to maintaining all appropriate sanitary, health, and safety measures and encourage attendees to follow guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. If there are any changes to event schedules, we will provide information to registrants about the new meeting dates and/or other specific details.

Please note that due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the coronavirus, AACTE will not charge a cancellation fee if you decide to not attend an in-person event based on concerns around your health or travel.

AACTE’s 75th Annual Meeting

AACTE holds its Annual Meeting each year in late February/early March. This is the premier educator preparation conference in the nation. The Annual Meeting provides a forum for educators to engage in meaningful discussions, share research and practices, and become better equipped to drive change in the educator preparation field. Join the nationwide conversation on educator preparation’s future, while connecting with over 1,500 education leaders and suppliers, and let us help you achieve your goals by attending our Annual Meeting.

Mark your calendar and join us for this in-person meeting in Indianapolis, IN. We look forward to seeing you there!

For questions about the AACTE Annual Meeting, contact Marta Perez Drake at

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Global Education Faculty Professional Learning Community (PLC)

The Global Education Faculty Professional Learning Community (PLC ) will provide a peer support network and professional development to faculty at comprehensive teacher preparation programs to effectively integrate global teaching competencies within their curriculum and practices.

This PLC will address the gaps in faculty professional development that limit the integration of global perspectives and internalization within teacher education programs. Faculty will gain the skills necessary to prepare globally competent teachers through virtual workshops, seminars, access to digital resources, and collaboration across institutions.

PLC participants will be selected through an application process taking place from February 6 – March 24, 2023.

For more information about the Global Education Faculty PLC, please contact Brooke Evans at

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AACTE Awards

The AACTE Awards Program recognizes excellence in both member institutions and individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of educator preparation. In identifying notable programs, practices, activities, writing, and research, these awards encourage all member institutions to strengthen the profession of teacher preparation through innovation, high standards, and leadership.

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Stay up to date with upcoming webinars tailored to support educator preparation programs. Register to join our upcoming webinars, or watch on-demand webinars at any time.

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