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Prof Travels to D.C. To Support Teacher Education Talked about teachers' and students' needs

National Louis University’s Todd Price, second from left, participated with the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education in speaking to lawmakers about issues in preparing teachers.

NLU faculty member Todd Price, Ph.D., traveled to Washington, D.C. in June to support teacher education and inform policymakers about issues concerning teacher education. Price is Director of Policy Studies for National Louis University’s National College of Education.

Price serves as member of the Government Relations and Advocacy of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). He participated in its Day on the Hill conference.

The event included speakers, workshops and training. Then, participants, including faculty, graduate students and deans, went to the offices of their respective U.S. Senators and Representatives.

Price worked with Wisconsin and Illinois AACTE chapter leaders to visit, respectively, the offices of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senator Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson, all from Wisconsin, and Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, as well as U.S. Representative John Shimkus of the 15th District.

He described it as a successful exercise.

“This year we acknowledged and thanked Congress for rescinding the Teacher Preparation Regulations and urged the senators and representatives to support continuation of the TEACH grants program, move forward with reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, co-sponsor the REST and NEST Acts, which respectively grow opportunities to place highly effective teachers in rural areas and in service to Native American population(s),” he said.

“Last and certainly not least, we anticipate review of the Educator Preparation Reform Act (EPRA) sponsored at this time by Senator Jack Reed, in the hopes of truly improving teacher education.”