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(August 29, 2018, Washington, D.C.) On behalf of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone issued the following statement today regarding the Trump administration's proposal to use federal funds for placing guns in schools:

"AACTE strongly opposes U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's consideration to arm teachers in the classroom as this will endanger the safety of both students and educators. Teacher preparation programs across the nation ensure profession-ready educators are prepared to create safe learning communities where children can learn without fear.

No federal funds, including those provided by Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act, should be used to train or arm current and future teachers. The Title IV funds should remain dedicated to providing a well-rounded education for all students, increasing access to mental health counseling, establishing dropout prevention programs, and improving school conditions for learning.

AACTE calls on our nation to examine national and state policies on access to weapons in order to ensure school safety for all children in America."

See also the AACTE Statement on School Safety released earlier this year.

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About AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator PreparationThe American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. Nearly 800 member institutions include public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at www.aacte.org.

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(August 9, 2018, Washington, D.C.)Colleges of Education: A National Portrait, a report released today by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), provides a comprehensive picture of the nation’s schools, colleges and departments of education: the work that they do, the people who do that work and the students they serve.

Because teacher preparation is so important to society and central to the work of most colleges of education, the report describes in detail the key trends and challenges in meeting the nation’s need for profession-ready teachers. It also portrays the full spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs, research and service that are in the broader portfolio of colleges of education.

“As AACTE celebrates its 70th anniversary, 2018 is an opportune time to take stock of the many contributions that schools, colleges and departments of education make to the American education system,” said Lynn M. Gangone, president and CEO of AACTE. “An anniversary is also an occasion to look ahead to the future, and this report documents some significant challenges colleges of education will face as they prepare professionals for increasingly diverse and complex educational environments.”

Using data from an array of governmental and organizational sources, the report highlights several key themes:

  • The nearly 1,700 schools, colleges and departments of education around the country reflect the scope and scale of education in the United States and make significant contributions to the American system of education through teaching, research and service.
  • Enrollment declines challenge colleges of education to meet the needs of America’s schools, especially in key shortage fields such as math, science and special education. The report charts enrollments over time by major, level, gender and other factors to convey a clearer sense of trends in the education landscape.
  • Despite considerable efforts to recruit and retain diverse students, those preparing to become PK-12 educators are not as diverse as the schools and students they will serve. At the undergraduate level, education is the second-least diverse field; only agriculture has a larger percentage of white students. The report finds much stronger minority representation at the doctoral level, where education is more diverse than the rest of the graduate student body.
  • An expected wave of faculty retirements–the average age of full professors of education is 61–will present both challenges and opportunities as colleges of education evolve to meet the needs of new generations of aspiring educators and of the changing schools and other educational organizations where they will work.

Colleges of Education: A National Portrait is the first in what AACTE plans as a series of reports on key issues for its membership. The full report is available only to AACTE members; the executive summary is available to the public at aacte.org.

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About AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator Preparation

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. Nearly 800 member institutions include public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at www.aacte.org.

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(June 4, 2018, Washington, D.C.) – Teacher educators and other members from colleges and schools of education across the nation are convening June 3-6 for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) 2018 Washington Week. This national advocacy event for educator preparation, themed “Your Voice Matters,” is taking place at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, and on Capitol Hill.

“Washington Week is one of our premier programs, and AACTE is very proud to gather our colleagues and students from throughout the states to focus on policy and advocacy. I strongly encourage all of our members–administrators, faculty and staff—to attend and to make their voices heard,” said Dr. Lynn M. Gangone, president and CEO of AACTE. “Washington Week also showcases many of AACTE’s partnerships and highlights the importance of coalition and collaboration, particularly among education organizations here in Washington, to advocate for educator preparation at the federal and state levels.”

Held each June, AACTE’s Washington Week features three major components

  • State Leaders Institute (June 3-4): AACTE state chapter leaders and members gather to discuss important state trends in policy and advocacy related to educator preparation. Chapter members learn from each other and identify key advocacy strategies together.
  • Holmes Summer Policy Institute (June 4): Participants in the Holmes Program–an AACTE signature program that supports education students from high school through the doctoral level who are underrepresented in the academy–interact with deans and faculty members, national education policy advocates and program alumni, learning about connections across research, advocacy and policy.
  • Day on the Hill (June 5-6): AACTE members head to Capitol Hill to make their voices heard directly with members of Congress and their staff. A full-day orientation and advocacy training precedes the Hill visits.

Participants include deans of schools and colleges of education, their faculty and students, local principals and educators, as well as representatives from the Education Trust, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United Negro College Fund, teacher unions, National Governors Association and National Association of Elementary School Principals, among other organizations.

At the State Leaders Institute today, the keynote address was given by Mark Keam, Virginia House of Representatives Delegate of the 35th District. Meanwhile the Holmes Summer Policy Institute featured dynamic panel discussions on the topics “Connecting Grassroots with Research: Engaging Communities in Policy Advocacy” and “Educational Policy Matters: Advocating for Students of Color.” Tomorrow’s Day on the Hill pre-sessions will feature two new tracks for attendees to choose from: Track A for those new to advocacy, or for those who wish to polish up their advocacy skills, and Track B for those with extensive experience in advocacy.

For more information, visit aacte.org and follow what’s happening on Twitter at #AACTEWW18.

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The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. The 800 member institutions include public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Lean more at www.aacte.org

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(June 22, 2018, Washington, D.C.) – Today Lynn M. Gangone, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and the AACTE Board of Directors issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order ending the immigration policy of separating children from families:

“Detaining children without their parents in prison-like environments is harmful to their mental, emotional and physical health and well-being, and will be a detriment to their ability to thrive and perform at high levels in the classroom. While we understand that immigration policy is complex and often fraught with challenges, it is our duty to care for and protect children, regardless of their national origin. The executive order issued is prospective and accordingly does nothing to reunite already-separated children with their parents; it is only a temporary fix for a flawed policy.

AACTE’s nearly 800 member schools and colleges of education prepare profession-ready teachers to educate all children. Future teachers learn trauma-informed instruction to support students in local classrooms, yet the long-lasting damages these children face as a result of their separation from their parents will require expanded services from health and mental health professionals to effectively meet their learning needs.

AACTE strongly urges Congress and the President to promptly reunite the separated children with their parents and to pass humane immigration legislation that takes into account the short- and long-term educational, emotional and physical needs of these children.”

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About AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator Preparation

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. The 800 member institutions include public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at www.aacte.org.

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(March 8, 2018, Washington, D.C.) On behalf of members and the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone issued the following statement today regarding the Association’s position on school safety:

“It is imperative to protect the safety of teachers and students in the classroom, as it is a fundamental right for children to go to school and learn and for teachers to teach without fear; the sanctity of the classroom must be preserved. Since Sandy Hook in 2012, there have been 239 school shootings; 438 people have been shot and 138 killed. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida and its students’ advocacy have reinvigorated an urgency in the national discourse to ensure safe learning environments across America.

AACTE’s mission is to lead the field in advocating and building capacity for high-quality educator preparation programs to ensure that teachers are profession-ready and prepared to meet the needs of every learner. As teacher candidates enter the classroom as teachers, they are expected to address an ever-growing list of responsibilities that define their daily work, which includes creating a safe learning community for all students. It is imperative that any solution keep the role of educators front and center and focus on maintaining the environments necessary for successful teaching and learning.

AACTE believes to effectively address school safety, our nation must examine national and state policies on access to weapons; maintain safeguards for Americans to engage in peaceful protest, as well as support students and educators who engage in appropriate civil action; and increase teacher, school, and community resources to appropriately address students’ mental and emotional health.

Education is the bedrock of our nation’s democracy and AACTE will fight for the rights of all students and educators to learn and work in safe school environments.”

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Founded in 1948, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. The 800 member institutions include public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at www.aacte.org.

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