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Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE) facilitates deep consideration of issues related to teacher effectiveness and student learning in Wisconsin. We collaborate with organizations and agencies to promote research-based standard and policies for professional educator development.

WACTE Statement on School Safety

Wisconsin Teacher Educators Stand with Students on School Safety

April 11, 2018

As leaders and instructors at colleges and universities, we train teachers. We help both new and experienced teachers understand how best to help K12 students learn and grow. Thus, we have a distinct perspective on school safety.

As teacher educators, we greatly admire the efforts by K12 students and educators to promote debate on school safety. We call attention to the National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Schools on April 20, 2018.

As teacher educators, we affirm the following:

  1. We believe in educating students to be engaged citizens in a democracy, so we uphold students’ rights to peaceful expression and activism. Schools should encourage awareness and engagement with current events, especially issues that directly affect K12 students.
  1. We believe that social problems and public safety problems can be better understood and addressed through research, so we uphold scientists’ right to pursue the truth wherever it may lead. Researchers should have access to public funding without regard for the possible political impact of their results.
  1. We believe that gun violence in schools can be a symptom of deeper, persistent issues, which can include intolerance, bullying, and other toxicity. We believe that differences can be a source of strength, so we emphasize the need for all schools to be safe, welcoming learning communities where all students can succeed.

Prepared by Dr. Kym Buchanan (UW-Stevens Point) and Dr. Jesslyn Hollar (Edgewood College), on behalf of the Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (WACTE)

Recommended Reading

http://www.aera.net/Newsroom/Statement-by-AERA-Executive-Director-Felice-J-Levine-on-the-South-Florida-High-School-Shooting

https://aacte.org/news-room/press-releases-statements/550-aacte-statement-on-school-safety

https://act.indivisible.org/event/national-school-walkout/

WACTE Recognizes 59 Early Career and Mentor Teachers

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On  Sunday, April 8th the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education recognized fifty nine early career and mentor teachers for excellence in teaching at a tea at the Monona Terrace in Madison.  Matthew W. Miller, Sr., 2018 Teacher of the Year gave an inspiring keynote address.  The event is sponsored by generous funding from the Meemic Foundation.

PRE-SERVICE EDUCATOR AWARD INFORMATION

This award is presented to an outstanding educator who has demonstrated a sustained pattern of mentoring pre-service educators for at least five years.  The award recipient will be selected based on attributes such as:  the ability to model professional responsibility, evidentiary assessment, effective classroom management, the ability to mentor pre-service teacher candidates in developing their capacity to be a leader; and the ability to nurture candidates as they face a wide range of issues.  The nominee cannot have received this award in the past five years.

PRE-SERVICE EDUCATOR AWARD INFORMATION

This award is presented to an outstanding educator who has demonstrated a sustained pattern of mentoring pre-service educators for at least five years.  The award recipient will be selected based on attributes such as:  the ability to model professional responsibility, evidentiary assessment, effective classroom management, the ability to mentor pre-service teacher candidates in developing their capacity to be a leader; and the ability to nurture candidates as they face a wide range of issues.  The nominee cannot have received this award in the past five years.

Each educator preparation program is able to award on new teacher and one mentor teacher award each year.  The awards are an effort by WACTE to celebrate great teaching.

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