Welcome to MACTE 2020 Fall Conference!

Posted by Cheryl Stanley on November 18 2020 at 12:52 p.m.

Greetings!  It is my pleasure to welcome you to MACTE, MAECTE, COMTEC jointly hosted fall 2020 virtual conference: Address Disruption Now: Protest, Policies, Practices and Pandemic in Education.

MACTE is very grateful to AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education), for the support they are providing as conference host and for ensuring our technology needs are met for a successful virtual conference.  In addition, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the conference committee, chaired by Dr. Janet Arndt, without whom this conference would not be possible.

MACTE is fortunate to have the support of other board members who serve on its committees.  The board continues to represent our member institutions on matters related to current educator preparation issues and policies through our standing committees and statewide working groups.  MACTE cannot do the important work that it is charged to do without their dedication and expertise. Over the next two days, we will hear from a number of presenters who will discuss practices that prevent educators from being agents of change – as well as opportunities for innovations promoting social and racial justice – in their teaching, program delivery and the development of teachers.  

We do not want to let conversations about racism fall silent as we move through the academic year. To that end, we are excited to have two keynote speakers who have shifted the landscape through their own respective research. Dr. Brian Fleming, Vice President of Innovation and Strategy, Southern New Hampshire University, will speak on the topic “Leading in an Age of Disruption” on Friday. On Saturday, we will host a moderated conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, past President of Spelman College and author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race.

I hope this fall’s conference will inspire you to have discussions with your colleagues around ways to better support teacher candidates, improve teacher education and strengthen P-12 partnership through bold, “disruptive” action.

Lastly, we look forward to working with you during the 2020-2021 academic year. I invite you to send comments and suggestions to any board member (see website for email addresses) or to me at cstanley@westfield.ma.edu. 

Thank you for your continued membership. Despite these challenging times, MACTE continues to represent you and our member institutions   Cheryl A. Stanley, Ed.D President-MACTE    

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