NATCHITOCHES – Dr. Kimberly McAlister, dean of Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development, is representing Louisiana at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) 2018 Washington Week. McAlister is state president of the AACTE affiliate, LAACTE, a group of teacher preparation leaders that meets monthly to discuss issues pertaining to teacher education.
“I am honored to represent Northwestern State and Louisiana teacher preparation as the new LAACTE president. It is inspiring to work with so many that passionately seek to improve schools for all children,” McAlister said.
The national advocacy event for educator preparation, themed “Your Voice Matters,” is taking place in Arlington, Virginia and on Capitol Hill this week.
“Washington Week is one of our premier programs and AACTE is proud to gather our colleagues and students from throughout the United States to focus on policy and advocacy,” said Dr. Lynn Mc Gangone, president and CEO of AACTE. “Washington Week 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 for state chapter leaders to identify advocacy strategies together; Holmes Summer Policy Institute, a program that supports education students from high school through the doctoral level, and Day on the Hill, when AACTE members head to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staff.
Participants include deans, faculty, students, 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 others.
For more information, visit aacte.org. For information on NSU’s teacher preparation programs, visit tlc.nsula.edu.