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April 23, 2020

Webinar: How Educator Preparation Programs Are Adapting During COVID-19

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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As school districts and universities across the nation adapt to distance learning, how are educator preparation programs responding? How are they meeting their candidates’ needs right now? What are they doing to  prepare for the future? In this climate of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to ensure teachers and leaders are being prepared to provide deeper learning opportunities to all students, especially those from our most vulnerable populations.  

This webinar featured leaders from educator preparation programs around the country who are members of the Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab) network. They explored pressing questions around teacher and leader preparation during the COVID-19 crisis, including: 

  • How are institutions of higher education responding to state guidance on licensing and credentialing?
  • How are programs infusing social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practices in their work with candidates?
  • What best practices in virtual learning are evolving to meet the specific needs of teacher and school leader candidates?


  • Rebecca Cheung, Director, Principal Leadership Institute, University of California, Berkeley
  • Annamarie M. Francois, Executive Director, Center X, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Maria E. Hyler, Deputy Director, Washington DC office and Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute; Director, EdPrepLab
  • Ira Lit, Associate Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
  • Jennifer Robinson, Executive Director of the Center of Pedagogy, Montclair State University
  • Kathy Schultz, Dean, School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder

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The EdPrepLab initiative was developed by the Learning Policy Institute in partnership with Bank Street Graduate School of Education to strengthen educator preparation in the United States by building the collaborative capacity of preparation programs, school districts, and state policymakers. Linking research, policy, and practice, EdPrepLab supports preparation programs that are equity-focused, student-centered, and grounded in the science of learning and development, and seeks to expand these approaches systemwide. Learn more >