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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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(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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(March 3, 2018, Baltimore, Md.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is proud to welcome the new chair of its Board of Directors: Dr. Wanda J. Blanchett, interim provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at Rutgers University­–New Brunswick. During her one-year term, Blanchett will lead the Board through strategic planning in partnership with AACTE President and CEO Lynn M. Gangone.

“What I'd like to see AACTE do is to continue on the path that it's been on for 70 years,” Blanchett said. “Continue to be that education, and specifically, teacher education policy advocate. Continue to be that professional standards advocate.” In addition, she said, she hopes the Association will take bold steps in supporting its members to increase the diversity of the profession at all levels from PK-12 teachers to the professoriate, ensuring that the curriculum in our teacher education programs better prepares all candidates to meet the needs of today's diverse students and their families and  reflects a commitment to diversity, equity and social justice and taking a stand with like-minded organizations to improve school safety for all students and educators,  including advocating for and securing common-sense gun laws.

Blanchett, who until recently served as dean of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, is a veteran educator committed to employing the research expertise and resources of universities to enhance the overall well-being and life chances of historically underserved communities. She has been a public school special education teacher as well as a tenured faculty member and academic administrator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Colorado Denver, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,  prior to joining Rutgers.

In her role as an academic leader, Blanchett has led successful strategic planning and fund-raising initiatives, increased national and international visibility for her programs and implemented innovative academic programming focused on advancing educational equity and access, diversity and inclusion. Her research focuses on issues of educational inequity related to urban contexts; race, class and gender; disproportionate representation of students of color in special education; and issues of sexuality for students with disabilities.

Blanchett earned her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, where she was also a Holmes Scholar. In 2015, she was inducted as a Penn State Alumni Fellow, the highest honor bestowed upon alumni by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Blanchett was elected to the AACTE Board of Directors in 2016 as a representative of the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI), and her Board colleagues elected her to the chair position. The Board includes 26 representatives of AACTE member institutions around the country.

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About AACTE
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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(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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(March 1, 2018, Baltimore, Md.) – Today kicks off the convening of nearly 2,000 teacher educators at the Baltimore Convention Center and Hilton Baltimore for the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). The conference, themed “Celebrating Our Professional Identity: Shared Knowledge and Advocacy,” runs March 1-3. Participants include faculty, students and administrators from undergraduate and graduate education programs, community colleges and K-12 schools as well as representatives from state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and foundations.

“Representatives of the whole education community have gathered at AACTE’s event as one profession focused on tackling the pressing challenges impacting teaching,” said Lynn M. Gangone, president and CEO of AACTE. “We are here to discuss ways to maintain teacher and students’ safety in the classroom, sustain public education and develop new and better pathways toward solutions.”

Attendees are engaging in interactive symposia and presentations on topics such as teacher shortages, technology and innovation, social justice and equity concerns, clinically based preparation, performance assessment and strategies to increase teacher diversity. Two keynote addresses bookend the conference. The Opening Keynote is a panel discussion on strengthening teacher recruitment and retention, featuring Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, assistant vice chancellor for teacher education and public school programs for the California State University System; Kimberly Tobey, executive director of the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs; and Gangone, who will facilitate the interactive dialogue. The Closing Keynote features Diane Ravitch, professor at New York University and outspoken advocate for public schools.

The conference is made possible by premier sponsor Watermark; featured sponsors Edthena, Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, Horace Mann and the University of Nevada Las Vegas College of Education; and general sponsors Educational Testing Service, Motivis Learning and the State University of New York/SUNY Press, as well as other generous supporters.

On-site registration is available at the Baltimore Convention Center. Three-day general admission: $525 for members, $710 for nonmembers and $120 for students. For more information, visit aacte.org and access the full list of sessions and events at the AACTE Online Event Planner. Follow the event’s happenings at #AACTE18.

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About AACTE

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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