Individuals in the field of educator preparation benefit from their institutions' AACTE membership in many ways. Tools and resources broaden their knowledge and help address current challenges, and opportunities to network with professionals with common interests and goals enrich their development. AACTE membership is institutional–when an institution joins, all employees and students in the college of education have access to AACTE benefits. Members receive exclusive access to and free or discounted fees for a range of programs, events, products, and services, just a few of which are highlighted here.
Government Relations and Advocacy
AACTE provides policy analysis and collaborates with key partners and stakeholders to represent the profession’s voice on Capitol Hill, leading advocacy on funding, legislation, and regulations that impact the educator preparation profession. In addition, AACTE supports members and state chapters across the country in advocating at the state level.
- Receive a reduced registration rate to AACTE’s Day on the Hill, where experts provide training on how to advocate for the profession before you head to Capitol Hill.
- Download AACTE Advocacy Guides to begin or advance your advocacy skills at the federal or state level.
- Access contact lists of each state’s key elected and government officials to support your advocacy.
- Attend monthly Federal Update webinars to stay informed on what’s unfolding in Washington, DC, and related advocacy opportunities.
AACTE provides constant monitoring of state and national education-related news, ongoing updates on key professional issues, and respected journalism specific to the profession.
- Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) – AACTE’s highly regarded, peer-reviewed journal on policy, practice, and research in teacher education is published 5 times a year. Members receive complimentary digital access to JTE.
- Ed Prep Matters – AACTE’s blog provides timely news and insights on educator preparation. In addition to original content, the blog compiles key articles from a variety of sources through AACTE’s Twitter feed and shares AACTE members’ updates and achievements with the national education community and the public. Members receive a 25% discount on mailing list rentals and advertising rates in Ed Prep Matters.
- Social Media – AACTE promotes immediate engagement on the latest events and news affecting educator preparation through social media, complementing our formal communications. AACTE currently has active profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
- Video Wall – The AACTE Video Wall offers an improved way for navigating video content, categorized into three main channels: Advocacy, Quality, and Partnerships. It showcases the Association’s video series, event and interview recordings, and members’ own work.
- State Directions – The monthly e-newsletter from the Advisory Council of State Representatives covers state news, policy trends, chapter events, and opportunities for engagement.
- Scholars Report – The monthly e-newsletter from the Holmes Council updates AACTE Holmes Program participants on news, events, technical issues, and professional activities.
Events & Training
AACTE provides invaluable networking opportunities, one-of-a-kind professional development programs, and timely content-specific seminars and forums. AACTE members pay reduced registration rates for all of our events, including a discount of over 25% on Annual Meeting registration. Visit the Professional Development and Events page to see what's coming up.
- Annual Meeting – The AACTE Annual Meeting is the nation’s largest and most content rich yearly convening of teacher educators. Each Annual Meeting is designed to have broad appeal and strategically address timely professional and policy issues. Event opportunities include a wide variety of sessions with leading speakers, networking opportunities, distinguished award presentations, and education-related exhibits.
- Leadership Academy – The annual Leadership Academy is an indispensable learning opportunity for new or aspiring deans, department chairs, and academic administrators to hone their leadership skills and network with colleagues experiencing similar professional challenges. Attendees gain insights on how to effectively manage resources and programs, engage in hands-on sessions, and learn from top leaders in the field in an intimate setting.
- Webinars – AACTE provides convenient opportunities through online events that allow for meaningful and productive interaction with peers and experts on important issues and topics without the cost and time of travel.
Tools & Resources
AACTE provides action to ensure quality teacher preparation, solutions to common professional challenges, and leadership and guidance on key issues and practices through tools and resources such as these:
- Colleges of Education: A National Portrait (2018) – This new members-only report provides a comprehensive picture of colleges of education: the work that they do, the people who do that work, and the students they serve.
- State Chapter Support Grants – AACTE is dedicated to supporting its member institutions, including through state chapters. State chapters may apply for competitive grants to help support their development, interaction with AACTE, or activities related to advocacy, program quality, or collaborative partnerships.
- Resource Library – AACTE’s online Resource Library houses PowerPoint presentations, webinars, PDF files, videos, and many other resources for download.
- Membership Directory – Stay connected with peers through this members-only database that gives access to members based on location, research area of expertise, and institution.
- Online Communities – The online communities provide members with a broad collection of tools, content, practical resources, and a community of peers to solicit advice, receive mentoring, and engage in ongoing conversations.
Resources students may find helpful are an easy-to-access job board, career development opportunities, and support for assessment and accreditation needs.
- Holmes Program – This expanded program now provides mentorship, peer support, and professional development opportunities at four levels: the AACTE Holmes Cadets Program supports high school students interested in a career in teaching, school administration, or the professoriate; the AACTE Holmes Honors Program supports undergraduates; the AACTE Holmes Master’s Program supports master’s students; and the AACTE Holmes Scholars® Program continues to support doctoral students. Serving students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, the program helps AACTE member institutions increase the diversity of their students and faculty by developing an outstanding pool of candidates.
- Career Center – The Career Center is designed to serve educators at all levels. Post a position, upload your resume, and learn how to ace the interview and make your resume stand out.
- Teacher Performance Assessments – AACTE partners with two major testing companies, Evaluation Systems of Pearson and the Educational Testing Service, to provide customized webinars, in-person trainings, and guidebooks to ensure your candidates succeed in their performance assessments.
How to Get Involved
AACTE has numerous volunteer opportunities for members. Below are just a few ways to become more engaged, grow your network, and perfect your leadership skills:
- Submit a Proposal for the Annual Meeting – AACTE member faculty are encouraged to submit session proposals each spring for the following year’s Annual Meeting.
- Serve as a Peer Reviewer – AACTE is always in need of experienced professionals to review session proposals for the Annual Meeting. Reviewers play a vital role by evaluating proposals for placement on the official conference program.
- Volunteer for Board or Committee Service – Any individual from an AACTE member institution is eligible to be selected for participation on our standing committees, and Chief and Institutional Representatives may apply for service on the Board. A call for volunteers is issued every March for service in the following year.
- Apply for an Award – AACTE’s annual awards program recognizes excellence in both member institutions and individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of educator preparation. Nominations open in the spring for Writing and Research, Best Practice, and Professional Achievement Awards.
- Join or Start a Topical Action Group (TAG) – TAGs are AACTE’s action-oriented study groups and provide a forum for individuals from AACTE member institutions drawn together by a common interest or purpose within the field of educator preparation. AACTE provides TAGs with operational funds, publicity, online meeting and administrative space, staff support, on-site meeting space for an annual business meeting in conjunction with the AACTE Annual Meeting, and the prestige of AACTE affiliation.
- Support AACTE’s Efforts to Advocate for Educator Preparation – AACTE provides frequent congressional updates on education legislation and offers members timely opportunities to contact their congressional representatives when critical legislative issues arise. AACTE also provides talking points and tips on ensuring the most meaningful contact with legislators to make the process as easy and effective as possible for members to get involved in advocating for educator preparation.