AACTE's Innovation Exchange supports university-based educator preparation programs in responding to the changing demands of the workforce and in preparing educators to meet the needs of PK-12 learners. This initiative is a vehicle for members of AACTE to use and share their innovative approaches, new technologies, and transformative practices in educator preparation. Guided by the results of these efforts, the Innovation Exchange promotes interaction and collaboration within the professional community that will advance educator preparation.
The Innovation Exchange supports innovation in the professional community and speeds the pace of change by creating a forum in which AACTE's members, partners, and other professional colleagues can share experiences and findings as they address the most urgent issues of student achievement, curriculum reform, and preparation program advancement. Through the Innovation Exchange, AACTE strengthens educator preparation, demonstrates the necessity and effectiveness of educator preparation, increases member engagement, and strengthens the benefits of AACTE membership.
The activity and programming of the Innovation Exchange are guided by the following four interdependent components:
- The Pedagogy component supports research and innovation in the development of pedagogical content preparation and practice in educator preparation. As educator preparation rises to the challenge of producing the next generation of educators, being responsive to student needs means preparing educators to select content and pedagogical methods that support the actualization of curriculum objectives.
- The Workforce Development component supports preparation programs' response to the demands of the marketplace. Of primary concern are developing efficacious conditions of clinical practice, reorienting initial licensure and program approval to performance-based criteria, and addressing workforce deployment issues and the equitable distribution of teacher talent.
- The Capacity Building component supports programs in developing data infrastructures that can assist with program improvements and provide the public with confidence in program quality. As a part of this component, AACTE is building a network of learning communities to connect members to each other as they engage to improve what they do in all areas of the Innovation Exchange.
- The Documentation & Synthesizing Research component supports the collection, documentation, and dissemination of data that fuel program improvement.
The Pedagogy component features the following offerings:
Innovations Inventory – The Innovations Inventory is an online database highlighting members' innovative practices that provide educator candidates a competitive edge in the field. Two distinct processes have been established to collect inventive works of excellence in the field of educator preparation that address issues of student learning, preparation program advancement, or educator workforce needs and that show evidence of positive impact on those areas.
- Peer Review is the process by which submissions will be reviewed by professionals in the field with a view to improve quality and uphold rigorous standards.
- Non Peer Review is the process by which submissions will be reviewed by leaders at the national AACTE headquarters with the goal to highlight exceptional, cutting-edge methods.
The reviewed submissions are included in a directory, and exemplary programs are highlighted periodically on the Innovation Exchange website, in publications, and through several other outlets.
Each of the submissions is categorized by relevant topic(s) in the Innovations Inventory directory, allowing viewers to quickly access topic areas they are interested in learning about. The topics in the directory will expand as more submissions are received and catalogued.