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

August 3, 2020AACTE Member Leaders Discuss the Importance of Collaborating During COVID Hear from Board members Kimberly White-Smith, Stephanie Knight and John Blackwell the importance of collaboration during times of crises.

July 10, 2020AACTE Member Leaders Discuss Why Leadership and Partnerships Matter in Crises Board Members John Henning and Mary Murray discuss why leadership and building partnerships matter during times of crises.

June 5, 2020 – AACTE Member Leaders Discuss Leading in Difficult TimesBoard members Marvin Lynn and Laurie Mullen discuss the important role education leaders play in crises during video interviews with AACTE.

May 21, 2020 – AACTE Board Members Share Advice on How to Navigate Through COVID-19Jacob Easley, II, Jennie Carr, and Jesse Perez Mendez offer insight in recent video interviews with AACTE.

May 15, 2020 – AACTE Board Chair Ann Larson Discusses Leading in Difficult TimesIn a video message to members, AACTE’s Board Chair Ann Larson offers important tips for leading during a crisis and discusses the leadership role of all educators during the coronavirus 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.

August 3, 2020 Cancel Field Experiences and Student Teaching in the Fall (and Possibly Spring)This article is Part 2 of an article by AACTE member Alex Cuenca in which he highlights the tensions involved in continuing student teaching in the fall and shares a guidepost for educator preparation programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 23, 2020 Teacher Candidates in Online Programs Are Well Positioned To Teach Virtually During COVID-19 Associate Dean of Walden University College of Education and Leadership Steve Canipe, reports on how their teacher candidates have developed technology skills and experienced asynchronous learning, which puts them in a great position to pivot to remote teaching.

July 17, 2020 Cancel Field Experiences and Student Teaching in the Fall (and possibly Spring)In part 1 of this article, AACTE member Alexander Cuenca highlights the tensions involved in continuing student teaching in the fall and shares a guidepost for EPPs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 18, 2020 COVID-19 Education Coalition Members Provide Guidance for District Leaders The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and three other members of the COVID-19 Education Coalition, provide key considerations that districts must keep in mind as they build immediate and long-term plans for equitable learning for all students.

June 12, 2020 Student Teachers Learned Intense Lessons Under COVID-19The dean of the College of Education at Minnesota State University shares how the recent events have prepared new graduates for complexities as they enter the workforce.

June 12, 2020 UCF Consortium hosts Virtual Professional Learning Community sessions in response to COVID 19UCF’s Consortium for Future Educators with high school teaching academies across Florida provides a perfect opportunity for support during the pandemic.

June 2, 2020 AACTE Co-Leads Higher Education Subcommittee of ISTE COVID-19 CoalitionAACTE’s Jacqueline Rodriguez and AACTE member David Sykhuis co-lead this subcommittee to develop resources for students and faculty and administrators as part of a coalition formed by the International Society of Technology in Education.

June 2, 2020 Moving Educator Preparation Forward During the Pandemic In this thought leadership article, AACTE Chair Ann Larson examines how to find learning paths to ensure teacher candidates are well prepared to enter into their own classrooms—whether in-class or remote.

May 28, 2020 – Finding the Best Approximations of Practice in the Era of COVID-19: Video Analysis and FAVSTE A 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.


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.

June 18, 2020 – Sustaining Productivity During COVID-19: How to Stay Connected During Times of Isolation – Graduate students across the nation have contemplated how to be productive and how to recharge and refocus their energy as they continue to pursue their academic goals. Holmes Council Historian Nakisha Whittington offers tips to help students cope during this crisis.

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.