President JANET Arndt
On behalf of the Executive Board, it is my pleasure to send you greetings, and thank you for your continued membership with MACTE. Despite these challenging times, MACTE continues to represent you and our member institutions on matters related to current educator preparation issues and policy through working groups and the following MACTE Committees:
Political Advocacy Committee
Brings before the board important issues impacting teacher education, inform board and members of statewide and national matters impacting teacher education and represent the board on such matters at national and statewide meetings.
Communication/Conference Event Planning Committee
Oversees all aspects of the fall and spring conferences (e.g. communications, registration, proposal reviewer, conference event planner).
Seeks to increase the number of financial members
Mission and Vision Committee
Reviews MACTE’s current mission/vision
Produces a list of eligible members and a slate of officers for the Board of Directors, to be voted on bi-annually at the MACTE Spring Conference.
Oversees MACTE website in order to keep it current, relevant and informative.
MACTE board members also represent Massachusetts educator preparation programs at meetings of the Educational Personnel Advisory Council (EPAC), various ESE steering committees and task forces, as well as participate in national committees affiliated with AACTE.
The MACTE Board is also proactive in writing letters of support and concern regarding proposed legislation, regulations and assessments. MACTE documents can be accessed on our website http://macte.info/. Please feel free to provide us with feedback.
During the academic year 2019-2020, the MACTE/MAECTE/COMTEC fall 2019 conference was held at the Publick House in Sturbridge on November 1, 2019. The conference theme, Educator Preparation for the Whole Child: Addressing the Social and Emotional Needs of Teacher and Child, featured Michael Anderson, an award winning teacher and speaker on SEL, as our keynote speaker. The keynote and workshop presenters engaged the conference participants in thoughtful conversation on social-emotional learning (SEL).
MACTE hosted a Zoom session with DESE leadership in April, 2020 on DESE Updates for the Pandemic. The Q&A session replaced the spring conference because of restrictions on large gatherings put in place by Governor Baker due to COVID-19.
MACTE issued a Statement on Black Lives Matter. The letter was sent to our member institution representatives, DHE, DESE, DEEC Commissioners, Superintendents and selected legislators. Please see letter on the homepage of our website http://macte.info/.
Lastly, please find attached the membership renewal form for the current academic year. 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 email@example.com.
Dr. Janet Arndt