MACTE - Michigan
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
 
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.
 

Funds for Flint
 
During the MACTE Board meeting on January 25, members voted to dedicate $500 of MACTE funds to the Flint water crisis by way of connections at the University of Michigan Flint. Many board members are also working with home institutions to raise other funds to aid the people of Flint. If you have questions about raising or sending funds to Flint, please contact MACTE leadership.

A Message from State Superintendent Brian J Whiston


I am in receipt of the MACTE report on the assessment of Michigan pre-service teacher candidates, dated October 15, 2015.


Firstly, I would like to thank you and your colleagues at MACTE for the hours of dedicated work that have been put in reviewing three important issues and opportunities, as outlined in your report:


1. The use of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) as a measure that can be used to unify the P-20 education experience in Michigan;

2. The problems MACTE perceives in the existing Professional Readiness Examination (PRE); and

3. The recommendation MACTE forwards in replacing the PRE with a PRAXIS test to satisfy Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 380.1531, paragraph 14, stating that a basic skills examination must be passed before a teacher candidate is enrolled for student teaching.


Read the rest HERE.

 


 

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.
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