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The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

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The premier voice on educator preparation.”

Contact: Jane West

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners on Day 1. Its over 800 member institutions represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. AACTE seeks to lead the field in advocacy and capacity building by promoting innovation and effective practices as critical to reforming educator preparation. AACTE members are typically deans and department chairs.

Research and Publications


Additional Resources

  • Webinars
  • Quality Support Initiative (resources and support for assessment and/or accreditation)
  • Programs & Services
    • *edTPA is a performance assessment designed to examine the teaching practices of beginning teachers in each discipline, including special education and the arts. These assessments measure teachers’ abilities to teach content and address the individual needs of students. There are 27 assessments for the different disciplines.
    • State chapter support grant program provides an important vehicle for CEEDAR states to disseminate their program reforms and increase stakeholder buy in. AACTE has chapters in 45 states. Click here to contact a state chapter.
    •  Innovation and change initiative for higher education-based preparation. Emphasizes pedagogy, workforce development to increase the number of Black and Hispanic male teachers, capacity building, documenting and synthesizing research.
    • Innovations inventory highlighting members’ innovative practices; includes videos and interviews
    • Holmes Program provides mentorship, peer support, and professional development opportunities for high school students, undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students
  • Networking opportunities through conferences, blogs, newsletters, and webinars
  • AACTE could provide space for CEEDAR related meetings at state and national conferences
  • Production of data from AACTE PEDS, including demographics for states, colleges, programs and candidates (e.g., average GPA of persons entering a teacher education program).

AACTE resources can be helpful to CEEDAR states and IHEs engaged in educator reform. These resources can help states address issues around program alignment and collaboration as well as stakeholder buy in and communication.


The National Association of State directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)


NASDTEC exercises leadership in matters related to the preparation and certification of professional school personnel.”

Contact: Phillip S. Rogers

The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) is an organization representing professional standards boards and commissions and state departments of education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the U.S. Territories, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario that are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel. NASDTEC aims to exercise leadership regarding the preparation and certification of professional school personnel. The organization promotes high standards for educators, teacher mobility across state lines, comprehensive personnel screening, and clearinghouse on teacher discipline. Membership includes associate commissioners that oversee teacher preparation and certification in state offices; 100 IHEs have associate memberships.


  • *Educator Identification Clearinghouse: the only national database reporting all the discipline actions (i.e., certification/license denied or invalidated, annulled, revoked, suspended, and/or voluntarily surrendered) and the nature of the denial/invalidation. The reported action could range from violent felonies to sexual misconduct to illegal use of controlled substances; or from breach of contract to incompetence


Additional Resources

A model code of ethics is forthcoming (comment period begins in January, 2015)


The Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation

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the new accrediting body committed to excellence in educator preparation.

Contact: Jennifer Carinci

CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. Educator preparation providers include traditional institutions of higher education, as well as alternative pathways such as residency programs.

Research & Publications

Additional Resources

Standard on Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement

State Policy and Support


Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

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…brings together the top education leaders from every state in the nation.”

Contact: Mary-Dean Barringer

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nationwide, nonpartisan, and nonprofit membership organization. The members are committed to creating a public education system that prepares every child for lifelong learning, work, and citizenship. CCSSO’s promise is to lead chiefs and their organizations in this effort by focusing on those state-driven leverage points that are uniquely positioned to address and, through decisive leadership and collective state action, increase their capacity to produce students ready to succeed as productive members of society.

Research & Publications

Special Education Resources for General Educators (SERGE)

Additional Resources

  • Guides to Legislation & Advocacy for state members
  • Standards, Assessment & Accountability
  • Education Data & Information Systems
  • Education Workforce focuses on the most important factors in student achievement: Effective teachers and leaders

Education Workforce Programs

  • Focus on educator preparation to address college and career readiness
  • Can provide assistance aligning federal projects and work
    • Share tools and resources developed by NTEP
    • Forums for discussion: State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness can integrate lessons from CEEDAR and NTEP states
  • National networking opportunities
    • Information and insights about what other states are doing
    • Communication plans and templates
    • Rubric for progress on the chiefs’ taskforce recommendations
    • Connection to colleagues across the nation


The National Association of State directors of Special Education (NASDSE)

“…committed to a performance-based educational system responsive to the needs of all children and youth, including those with disabilities.”

Contact:  Nancy Reder

NASDSE operates for the purpose of providing services to state agencies to facilitate their efforts to maximize educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities. NASDSE’s members include the state directors of special education or other persons designated by their state education agency who have specific responsibility for directing, coordinating or supervising programs and services for the education of students with disabilities. NASDSE’s members include the state directors of special education in the states, the U.S. territories, the Department of Defense Education Agency and the Freely Associated States (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia).

Research & Publications

Additional Resources

  • The IDEA Partnership brought special and general education partners together to impact fundamental changes by working with stakeholders on shared issues and concerns. This work is now subsumed under the new National Center for Systemic Improvement.
  • Contact: Joanne Cashman,
  • Training for new special education directors
  • Assistance developing communication plans to work with stakeholders in productive discussions to build good will
  • NASDSE has produced a variety of documents, including the following:

Guidelines to Building State Capacity to Recruit, Prepare and retain Qualified Special Education, Early Intervention and Related Services Personnel


National Governor’s Association (NGA)

The collective voice of the nation’s governors”

Contact: Sarah Silverman

The NGA is a bipartisan public policy organization through which governors identify priority issues, share best practices, speak with a collective voice on public policy and governance issues at the state and national levels, and develop innovative solutions to improve state government and support the principles of federalism.

The NGA Center for Best Practices provides governors information they need to make policy decisions. The Federal Relations Office ensures the governors’ views are represented in shaping federal policy. Staff at the NGA provide services to governors’ offices and support other state entities at the behest of the governor.

Research & Publications

Additional Resources

Supporting the Teaching Profession


The Council for Exceptional Children

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CEC works to improve the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.”

Contact: Deborah A. Zeigler

The Council for Exceptional Children is an international community of professionals who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education. CEC provides expertise and leadership, and works collaboratively with strategic partners to ensure that children and youth with exceptionalities are valued and full participating members of society.

Research and Publications

Additional Resources




“TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy.”

Contact: Barb Trader

TASH is the go-to resource for the education of students with the most significant impact of disability and complex support needs. The mission of TASH is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with severe disabilities in every aspect of their community and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights. TASH was founded by education researchers and all inclusive practices advanced by TASH are evidence-based.

Research & Publications (members only)


Additional Resources

Leadership Support


The National Council of Professors of Educational Administration

Leading for Learning”

Contact:  Marc Shelton

NCPEA serves the interests and needs of professors of educational administration and practicing school leaders and is dedicated to the practice and study of educational administration.

Research & Publications

Additional Resources


University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA)



Quality leadership matters.”

Contact: Barbara Pazey

University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA) is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of education leaders for the benefit of schools and children. To accomplish its mission, UCEA promotes, sponsors, and disseminates research on the essential problems of practice; improves the preparation and professional development of school leaders and professors; and influences policy and practice through establishing and fostering collaborative networks.

Research & Publications


Additional Resources

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