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Education Faculty Present at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education


Three faculty members from the St. John Fisher College Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education recently traveled to Chicago to present a roundtable session at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).  Drs. Marie Cianca, Susan Hildenbrand, and Michael Wischnowski presented, “Parents as Partners in Teacher Preparation.”

This year’s conference theme was “Imagine the Impact: Providing a Learning Journey for All,” and the conference focused on fulfilling strategic outcomes within four strands: teacher preparation and pedagogy, student achievement and accountability, partnerships, and future of learning.

In their session, the trio shared research related to teacher preparation and focused on the development of the School of Education’s partnership with The Advocacy Center. They presented data from assessments of teacher candidates documenting changes in philosophy regarding teacher collaboration with parents of students with disabilities. The peer-reviewed sessions took place over three days, and included a general session by Harvard University’s Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovative University and The Innovator’s Dilemma.

AACTE is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. 

AACTE Conference

Drs. Marie Cianca, Susan Hildenbrand, and Michael Wischnowski.

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