The Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (OACTE) is an organization comprised of Ohio public and private higher education institutions engaged in educating teachers who are highly effective in promoting student learning. Our mission is to advocate for and provide leadership in the state of Ohio by working collaboratively towards our common purpose. OACTE and AACTE collaborate to strengthen their advocacy efforts, share experience and expertise, and expand their members' professional development opportunities. To this end, our Chapter's relationship with AACTE is a voluntary affiliation that allows us to advance our members' interests.
OACTE strives to fulfill its mission through advocacy, professional advancement opportunities, and inquiry projects that are initiated to help solve contemporary challenges in our profession. Currently, OACTE is engaged in a variety of initiatives like the following:
- OACTE organizes an annual Day on the Square during which teacher educators have the opportunity to meet with elected state legislators to discuss important issues related to educator preparation in Ohio. OACTE provides legislative updates periodically on educator preparation and PK-12 issues.
- OACTE offers gap grants to assist member institutions in their efforts to improve their programs and meet CAEP accreditation standards. It is the goal of the Advancement Committee of OACTE to encourage member institutions to research, collaborate and share their work in developing effective partnerships in teacher education.
- OACTE representatives meet regularly with other education leaders across the state in the P-16 Leadership Collaborative. This group was formed as a partnership between PK -12 Schools, higher education, the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators, the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Federation of Teachers, Ohio School Board Association and the Ohio Department of Higher Education to collaboratively identify strategies for improving teacher performance and ultimately student achievement.
We welcome ideas for new initiatives as we remain committed to working towards strengthening educator preparation and student achievement in Ohio.
Brian Yusko, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Cleveland State University College of Education and Human Services