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August 26, 2020

Webinar: Preparing Educators During COVID-19: Lessons Learned and New Challenges for Fall 2020

Hosted by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Educator Preparation Laboratory, an initiative of the Learning Policy Institute and Bank Street Graduate School of Education

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In this webinar, AACTE and the EdPrepLab, an initiative of LPI and Bank Street Graduate School of Education, shared lessons learned from the spring on effective teacher and leader preparation strategies during COVID-19. The panel members also addressed how programs are continually reimagining their structures and practices even as they maintain a focus on key commitments to deeper learning and equity.

Questions addressed included:

  • How are programs applying what they learned during the school shutdowns in the spring to adapt to emerging conditions in the fall?
  • How are programs continuing to adapt to new challenges, including remote and hybrid school start-ups, social distancing requirements, and students’ social-emotional needs?
  • How are programs positioning themselves, and their teacher and leader candidates, as assets for pk-12 schools in providing equitable deeper learning opportunities for all students?


  • Steve Wojcikiewicz (moderator), Senior Researcher and Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute
  • Tamara Lucas, Dean, Montclair State University
  • Kimya Jackson, Assistant Principal of Redwood Elementary School, West Orange Public Schools
  • Jacob Easley II, Dean, Touro College Graduate School of Education
  • Stephanie Knight, Dean, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Southern Methodist University