MACTE - Michigan
Saturday, November 28, 2015
The Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) exists to promote, within   Michigan, the learning of all PK-12 students through the promotion of high quality preparation and continuing education for all school personnel. MACTE is the state affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

MACTE Letter to Brian Whiston,

Superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education

Representatives of the Michigan Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE) and representatives from the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) met on the campus of Northern Michigan University in June of this year. Our goal was to develop ideas that would support quality pre-service teacher education programs better connected to the goals and outcomes of our K-12 partners. We believe this goal coincides with and supports your stated mission to be more deliberate in the testing of our students and to develop a more cohesive and purposeful P-20 system.

Your colleagues in higher education are excited to meet with you to discuss MACTE’s examination of critical issues related to Michigan’s assessment of pre-service teacher candidates. We would welcome the opportunity to share our analyses and specific recommendations for the following:

  • Use of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) as a P-20 measure and connector of the Michigan Curriculum and Michigan InTASC Standards

  • The Professional Readiness Exam’s structural weaknesses and harms

  • The Praxis I and II exams as an alternative to replace the Michigan PRE
Read more HERE.
In the spirit of their inspiration, the theme of the first annual MACTE EDTalks was communication. At the 2014 Fall Conference, teacher education professionals took the spotlight for six minute speeches about topics of concern in regards to teacher education, from the creation of new programs to upgrading old ones, and a few items in between.
Read more here.


A Letter From MACTE President Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson


As we move quickly into autumn, plan for homecoming at our various colleges and plan for upcoming college events and midterm exams… I thought it was time to introduce myself and say hello to the MACTE membership and all interested supporters of professional educator preparation.


I am Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson and I serve as Dean for the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University. I came to Michigan in April of 2012 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas where I served as the Associate Dean for the College of Education. Lest you think I am a newcomer to snow (coming from the desert and all) I am a native of New York State. I must admit, I am smitten with the Mitten! . . .


Read the rest HERE.

The White House, Washington

I credit my education to Ms. Mabel Hefty just as much as I would any institution of higher learning.


When I entered Ms. Hefty's fifth-grade class at Punahou School in the fall of 1971, I was just a kid with a funny name in a new school, feeling a little out of place, hoping to fit in like anyone else.


The first time she called on me, I wished she hadn't. In fact, I wished I were just about anywhere else but at that desk, in that room of children staring at me.


But over the course of that year, Ms. Hefty taught me that I had something to say.....


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