Invitation to IACTE Day at the Statehouse

IACTE Colleagues –

While tomorrow does belong to our children, their success undoubtedly will be forged in part by the impact of future teachers in their lives.  

IACTE is hosting the second annual Day at the Indiana Statehouse on February 23, 2017. The theme for the day will be “Meet Indiana’s Future: Our Future Teachers.” We are excited to welcome all IACTE members to join us for a day where our teacher candidates, Indiana’s future teachers, have a chance to interact with their legislators. Selected junior and senior candidates, from our traditional teacher preparations programs will be prepared to discuss and to highlight the clinical and real world experiences that they have throughout our programs.

Organized in the south atrium of the Statehouse, our teacher candidates will have the chance to discuss their programs and their great positive experiences impacting Indiana’s P-12 students.  A light lunch will be served during part of the program, which will run from 10:00AM until 1:30PM Eastern Time.  Therefore, the total commitment for teacher candidates would be approximately from 9:30AM until 2:00PM Eastern Time.

As an IACTE member institution, we are asking if your institution would identify and support the travel for two-three teacher candidates and a faculty or staff representative to participate in this important event. We will want to be strategic in who participates, as we need experienced teacher candidates to speak with legislators about their field experiences and the quality of their educator preparation program.  Also, we will want to have teacher candidate representatives from a variety of content areas and from various legislative districts.  The candidates you select should have a positive disposition, a good understanding of their program, and the vital skill of focused conversation when speaking with their legislators.  As a reminder, the goal of this event is not to participate in an educational political debate, but to introduce, inform, discuss, and celebrate.  If you are interested in participating, please send the following information to Jonathan Dee at jjdee@bsu.edu by February 6, 2017. 

-          Candidates’ names and e-mail addresses

-          Candidates’ content/program areas

-          Candidates’ Indiana Legislative district

-          Faculty/Staff names and e-mail addresses

We will be discussing this event at the January 27th IACTE meeting, and we will talk about training and talking points at that time.  We hope you will consider participating in this exciting event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jonathan at the above e-mail or call him at 765-285-1862.

Thank you!

Jill

IACTE Executive Secretary