About the Innovation Exchange

  • About

    The Innovation ExchangeThe Innovation Exchange supports university-based educator preparation programs in responding to the changing demands of the workforce and in preparing educators to meet the needs of PK-12 learners. This initiative is a vehicle for members of AACTE to use and share their innovative approaches, new technologies, and transformative practices in educator preparation. Guided by the results of these efforts, the Innovation Exchange promotes interaction and collaboration within the professional community that will advance educator preparation.

    The Innovation Exchange supports innovation in the professional community and speeds the pace of change by creating a forum in which AACTE’s members, partners, and other professional colleagues can share experiences and findings as they address the most urgent issues of student achievement, curriculum reform, and preparation program advancement. Through the Innovation Exchange, AACTE will strengthen educator preparation, demonstrate the necessity and effectiveness of educator preparation, increase member engagement, and strengthen the benefits of AACTE membership. AACTE staff implement the Innovation Exchange projects with support from members both in project development and in evaluation of impact. Mechanisms will be developed to measure the overall impact of the Innovation Exchange such as in the area of member engagement and outcomes of specific projects.

    The activity and programming of the Innovation Exchange are guided by the following four interdependent components: Pedagogy, Workforce Development, Capacity Building, and Documentation and Synthesizing Research.

  • Vision

    The Innovation Exchange supports university-based educator preparation programs in responding to the changing demands of the workforce and in preparing educators to meet the needs of PK-12 learners. This initiative is a vehicle for members of AACTE to use and share their innovative approaches, new technologies, and transformative practices in educator preparation. Guided by the results of these efforts, the Innovation Exchange promotes interaction and collaboration within the professional community that will advance educator preparation.

    The Innovation Exchange will

    • Encourage networking and problem-solving
    • Engage members, education sector experts, and the general public
    • Elicit the widest possible input and interaction
    • Enable the field to realize a future for educator preparation that is an inspiration for further innovation

Pedagogy

The Pedagogy component of the Innovation Exchange supports research and innovation in the development of pedagogical content preparation and practice in educator preparation.

Workforce Development

The Workforce Development component of the Innovation Exchange supports preparation programs’ response to the demands of the market place.

Capacity Building

The Capacity Building component of the Innovation Exchange supports programs in developing data infrastructures that can assist with program improvements and provide the public with confidence in program quality.

Documenting & Synthesizing Research

The Documentation & Synthesizing Research component of the Innovation Exchange supports the collection, documentation, and dissemination of data that fuels program improvement.