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AACTE members are committed to preparing high-quality teacher candidates through clinical practice to make their students profession ready for the 21st century learner. The AACTE and Mursion Collaboration provides educator preparation programs with innovative solutions for teacher candidates to complete clinical practice requirements via virtual simulations during COVID-19 and beyond.
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Simulations for Secondary Science Teachers Conference

Simulations for Secondary Science Teachers Conference

In partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), AACTE will hold the Simulations for Secondary Science Teachers Conference, June 8-10, 2021, to address the critical need for well-qualified science educators who can teach effectively in a variety of face-to-face and virtual school settings and meet the needs of diverse learners. AACTE received funding from the NSF Discovery Research PreK-12 grant to virtually convene members and strategic partners to advance the use of simulation in science education teacher preparation.

The purpose of this conference is to convene experts across the country to

  1. identify significant gaps in the clinical preparation of science educators;
  2. ideate on virtual environments that help address those gaps; and
  3. develop scenarios through design thinking for EPPs to implement within their programs.

The conference attendees will be comprised of current high school science teachers, current science teacher candidates, experts in science education, experts in the use of simulation in educator preparation, experts in culturally responsive teaching practices in the sciences, experts in the Next Generation Science Standards, simulation specialists and representatives from partner organizations. Participants must commit to attending three days of the virtual conference (June 8, 9, and 10) along with three monthly (July, August and September) virtual meetings following the conference.


Call for Applications: Due April 30, 2021

AACTE is excited to announce the call for applications for participants. Applications are being accepted through April 30, 2021. If you are interested in participating in this event, please complete the application at

Eligibility: Individuals that are members of AACTE and secondary science teachers are eligible to apply. Multiple individuals per school/institution may apply to participate in the conference.

Stipend: Applicants will receive a stipend in the amount of $750 for their participation in the conference, three monthly meetings, and completion of their team’s scenario design.

Deadline and Notification: Applications must be electronically submitted on or before April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ES.   Applicants will be notified of the review panel’s decision on or before May 7, 2021.

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For further inquiries, please contact Jacqueline Rodriguez at