Member Voices

Call for Member Stories

Call for Member Stories

AACTE is committed to providing opportunities for its members to connect virtually during the coronavirus pandemic. One of several initiatives the Association launched to support members during the outbreak is the opportunity to share their stories with the educator preparation community on its Ed Prep Matters blog. The following member articles address a number of topics, such as lessons learned; the response planning process; innovations to adapt to the needs of faculty, staff, and students; and how the situation has developed education leaders.

AACTE is currently accepting article submissions, which should be emailed to AACTE’s Content Strategist Katrina Norfleet at 


Q&A with AACTE Member Leaders

AACTE leaders share words of advice, lessons learned and best practices with other university leaders and college deans in navigating through the global pandemic

April 7, 2020 – AACTE Board Members Share Advice on Coronavirus Response – In recent interviews with AACTE, six of the Board of Directors discussed how they are managing their university’s response to COVID-19: Patricia Alvarez-McHatton, Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Robert Floden, Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Carine Feyten, and Monika Shealey.

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Extraordinary things are happening as Americans come together to support each other in this crisis. These articles feature community services or pro bono resources institutions are offering to assist others during this time. Articles also highlight how teacher educators are collaborating or partnering with other educators, programs, institutions, and/or organizations to address the education needs of local communities.

May 5, 2020 – Thank You Teachers—You Too, Are First Responders! – AACTE board member Gaetane Jean-Marie of Rowan University encourages her colleagues to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day in gratitude to educators for quickly adapting to teaching all learners via virtual classrooms.

March 24, 2020 – Simulation: Creative Solutions to Observing Student Teaching Competencies – Lisa Dieker of the University of Central Florida (UCF) shares how the institution used its TeachLivE simulations of classrooms to observe student candidate’s teaching competencies. UCF invites educators from other teacher preparation programs to use the platform.


Think Positive

Positive Thinking During Tough Times

Maintaining good mental and emotional health and overall well-being is essential during the coronavirus outbreak. These articles highlight ways to enhance coping skills, reduce stress, maintain a positive outlook, and offer key strategies to eliminate negative mental health effects.

March 30, 2020 – Strategies for Staying Sane While Staying Home – Wendy Murawski of California State University, Northridge offers actionable strategies to manage the stress of sustaining work, parenting, caregiving, and schooling at home.

March 23, 2020 – Change Your Mindset: Alternative Perspectives to Remote Learning – AACTE Board member Jennie Carr reflects on the instant and unexpected transition to remote learning, and offers three considerations to navigate the remote experience.

Education Leadership in Times of Crisis

These articles highlight how AACTE members are working decisively within urgent time frames, while maintaining a focus on managing and motivating teams. Members report on developing and executing appropriate responses, preparing their institution to endure rapid changes, and highlight crisis management skills that have become essential.

May 28, 2020 – Finding the Best Approximations of Practice in the Era of COVID-19: Video Analysis and FAVSTEA group of science teacher educators explore their use of the ATLAS library as their main video case resource and the Framework for Analyzing Video in Science Teacher Education (FAVSTE) as their tool for maximizing the learning from these cases.

May 28, 2020 – New Reality for Teacher Training: KSU Lab Simulates Classroom Experiences Amidst School ShutdownsAfter universities and PK-12 school systems throughout Georgia transitioned from classroom courses to remote learning, the Bagwell College of Education at Kennesaw State University configured the avatar lab for remote access.

May 8, 2020 – Protecting the National Pipeline of Teachers – Mursion’s Monika Jo spotlights its “Let’s test drive classroom simulations” webinar to train preservice teachers and invites AACTE members to register.

May 8, 2020 – Drs. Xu and Cormier Awarded COVID-19 Rapid Research Grants – Yaoying Xu and Dwayne Ray Cormier of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) have been awarded COVID-19 rapid research grants by the university to help better understand this new pandemic and to combat it.k.

April 30, 2020 – An Inside Look at How Educators Are Adapting to the Coronavirus Crisis – Edele Williams, alumna of Touro College Graduate School of Education, reflects on leading one of New York City district’s early childhood education programs to maximize the impact of education for children during the public health outbreak.

April 15, 2020 – University of Florida Literacy Institute Launches Online Resource Hubs for Teachers and Parents – AACTE member Holly Lane reports on the creation of a hub for parents to learn to support their children’s literacy development and a second one for teachers to enhance reading instruction and intervention in an online delivery model.

March 27, 2020 – SAGE Publishing Supports Educator Preparation Community During COVID-19 – SAGE, publisher of the AACTE Journal of Teacher Education, shares resources to support the higher education and research communities, including faculty and librarians.

Student Voices

Teacher candidates, an important segment of the educator preparation community, share how they are adapting to online learning and coping with social distancing from their educational community. These include strategies to stay connected with university peers, how the coronavirus has impacted future plans and overall outlook about a career in education, and ways leaders can best support their educational journey during this time.

April 24, 2020 – Teaching in a Time of Crisis Highlights the Need for New Standards – Nuala Benisek explores the challenges and opportunities in meeting the needs of students with IEPs and complying with IEP data collection and benchmark assessments during remote learning.

April 9, 2020 – Topper Teacher Candidates Tackle Non-traditional Instruction – Lauren Weitlauf reports on how three Western Kentucky University student teachers immediately went to work developing an alternative learning plan for their classrooms in light of COVID-19 mitigations

March 31, 2020 – Students Share Perspectives on COVID-19 – In an interview with AACTE graduate students share how they are adapting to distance learning, the impact on program completion, and financial implications.