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AACTE Video Observation Technology Implementation Grant Program

Apply for a grant to implement Edthena video observation platform within your program

AACTE understands that the rapidly changing context for teaching during Covid-19 is creating new challenges for ensuring a high-quality teacher education experiences. This is why we are partnering with Edthena to enable grants for AACTE members to implement this research-proven video technology.

While we can’t know exactly what the Spring 2021 semester will bring for any of us, we can help you make a plan to ensure that your program is ready to quickly adapt by implementing the Edthena video observation and collaboration platform. In this time of challenge and need for everyone, we want to ensure that AACTE members have access to the best possible tools for training candidates.

Here are some of the ways the Edthena platform can help:

  • Practice pedagogical skills within a methods class
  • Virtually observe master teachers for field experience
  • Regularly supervise candidates during student teaching

The AACTE and Edthena partnership will provide up to 20 programs with a grant up to $25,000 to implement Edthena for the upcoming Spring 2021 academic term.

Grant Application Information

We know you’ve got a lot on your plate. We’ve worked to streamline this process for you as much as possible.

To apply, you will fill out a brief application via a secure webform on the AACTE website. The questions are available in advance from the grant application page accessed via the button below.

We anticipate that the grant writing process can be completed in one hour or less. You will also need to plan to secure a letter of support from your program top-level decision maker, usually a Dean or Associate Dean.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 7, 2020

Grantee Announcement: Monday, December 14, 2020


AACTE Video Observation Technology Implementation Grant Application

If selected, your program will receive a grant for up to $25,000 of Edthena services during the Spring 2021 semester. There are no upfront fees to your institution if you receive the grant award. This grant is offered as a benefit to AACTE member institutions in response to Covid-19.

Deadline for submission is Monday, December 7, 2020.

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If you are interested in grant programs to assist with technology implementation but are unable to apply at this time, please let us know using the form below.

Video Observation Technology Implementation Grant Interest Form

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Any Institution with active membership in good standing with AACTE, and not already an Edthena partner, may apply for the grant.

How much does it cost to participate in the grant?

  • You are not required to provide any matching funds during the grant period. You are not required to continue your Edthena implementation after the grant period, but we hope you will.

Where do I learn more about Edthena?


Can you help us with ideas for describing an implementation for purposes of the application?


What support services will be provided during the implementation period?

  • As part of the grant award process, grantees will receive implementation and planning support from the Edthena team to build a deployment strategy that is ready for the spring semester. Representatives from the AACTE member services team will also participate in onboarding training with grantees to help connect them with additional resources when possible.

Why is this grant process happening now?

  • We know that the Covid-19 pandemic is putting a stress on program design as well as program budgets. We also know that video observation technology has the potential to positively impact candidates during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. This grant is our way of meeting the needs of the field in this particular moment.

What technology is required to make this work?

  • The Edthena platform runs fully in a web browser with nothing to install. Faculty and candidates can use their existing computing devices. For recording, candidates can use any video camera. Any device can work for recording — iOS, Android, Mac, PC, and Chromebook are all fully compatible with the Edthena platform.

Who is Edthena?

  • Edthena is the video observation and collaboration platform used by schools, districts, and teacher education programs across the country. Teacher candidates upload videos of their practice, and faculty can provide feedback at specific moments in time. Perfect for methods courses, field observations, edTPA skill-building, and group learning. Edthena makes it possible to capture data for candidate growth and program improvement.

Does this include access to tools for building and transferring edTPA portfolios?

  • Yes, Edthena is an approved edTPA Platform Provider. This grant will include your program’s access to the relevant edTPA toolsets.

Who should I contact if I have questions about how Edthena will help during the grant period?


Who should I contact if I have technical issues accessing the application?

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TESTIMONIALS

Using Edthena ensures that the feedback given to interns during a field experience aligns with our program goals and standards. This was happening before the pandemic, but virtual visitation has become even more important as we adjust to supervision during Covid-19.


Meri Tenney-Muirhead, Elementary Education Managing Director, University of Michigan

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
2020-11-09T13:12:31-05:00

Meri Tenney-Muirhead, Elementary Education Managing Director, University of Michigan

Using Edthena ensures that the feedback given to interns during a field experience aligns with our program goals and standards. This was happening before the pandemic, but virtual visitation has become even more important as we adjust to supervision during Covid-19.

We are able to support candidates during their field experiences in rural and remote districts by utilizing Edthena to maintain regular contact and feedback to them throughout the year. It’s added a wonderful reflective tool for our candidates to use in their growth as educators.


Bryan Carter, Undergraduate Program Director, CityU Seattle

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
2020-11-09T13:13:01-05:00

Bryan Carter, Undergraduate Program Director, CityU Seattle

We are able to support candidates during their field experiences in rural and remote districts by utilizing Edthena to maintain regular contact and feedback to them throughout the year. It’s added a wonderful reflective tool for our candidates to use in their growth as educators.

With Edthena, we ask candidates to really deeply analyze their own teaching practice. We assign them very particular prompts. Sometimes we’ll ask them to comment on the videos, sometimes we’ll ask them to write a commentary or reflection, and we oftentimes will use prompts right from the edTPA.


Megan Kelley-Petersen, Director, U-ACT Program, University of Washington

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
2020-11-09T13:13:42-05:00

Megan Kelley-Petersen, Director, U-ACT Program, University of Washington

With Edthena, we ask candidates to really deeply analyze their own teaching practice. We assign them very particular prompts. Sometimes we’ll ask them to comment on the videos, sometimes we’ll ask them to write a commentary or reflection, and we oftentimes will use prompts right from the edTPA.
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