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2014 July 31 - 02:41 am

Supporting Our Nation’s Community College Teacher Education Programs

March 6-8, 2015 | Boston

Does your college work with pre-service teachers? Are you concerned about the diversity of our teaching workforce? Do you believe in rigor and accountability but not at such a high-cost that it eliminates quality applicants from the education pipeline? And do you recognize the importance of diversifying recruitment efforts to meet the needs of all student populations? Then it is essential that you consider involvement in the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP).

This year, President Sophia Marshall has charged the organization and its members to combat the above-listed-issues and more specifically has chosen to focus on the non-traditional student; reframing instruction to ensure students are active as opposed to passive participants in their learning; employing more-precise diagnostic testing combined with modularized learning; offering courses online; and accelerating learning opportunities. While NACCTEP has chosen to focus on the needs of the non-traditional student its members will also be challenged to embed or enhance civic engagement opportunities and promote wellness for themselves and their students.

NACCTEP will soon enter into its 14th year of advocating and supporting issues surrounding the recruitment and retention of educators into our preK-12 classrooms. While NACCTEP has a rich history of advocating for its member institutions, our voice is scarcely being heard. Often times, colleges and universities, community based organizations, and national representatives discuss the need to develop a diversified pipeline of teacher educators and cost effective flexible models for certification while simultaneously establishing barriers that limit articulation, entry, and accessibility for our community college students.

NACCTEP needs your support and voice in order to ensure that community college programs are not “filtered” out of the teacher training equation. Community college educator programs welcome the opportunity to verify the strength of our programs which are designed around quality, rigor, and accountability, but foremost around finding the best fit for our preK-12 classrooms. If you haven’t done so already, please visit our website and consider joining and/or attending our national conference in Boston. For more information, visit www.nacctep.org.

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