Teacher Education

Educating the Future, Today: How to Use Emergency Relief Funds for Educator Preparation

A webinar featuring a panel of teacher prep professionals

In 2020–2021, Congress set aside billions for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.

To help educator preparation programs effectively allocate those funds, GoReact and AACTE put together a panel of teacher prep professionals. They’ll discuss how one state—Tennessee—has used ESSER funds to support a statewide “Grow Your Own Program” to address teacher shortages and diversify the profession.

In this free recorded webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How the state of Tennessee effectively used ESSER funds
  • How ALL teacher prep programs can effectively use emergency relief funds
  • How AACTE supports EPPs and Local Education Agencies in creating a pathway into teaching

Michael Rose

Michael Rose currently serves as the Senior Director of Federal Relations and Policy for AACTE. He comes to the role with over 20 years of experience as a government relations professional working with members of Congress and nonprofit organizations.

David Donaldson

David Donaldson is the Chief of Human Capital for the Tennessee Department of Education. David is a previous teacher and principal and his work focuses on ensuring profession-ready educators are in every classroom.

Dr. Prentice Chandler

Dr. Prentice Chandler is Dean and Professor of the Eriksson College of Education at Austin Peay State University (APSU). Along with authoring about 50 works, Dr. Chandler received a state and national award for his work as a high school history teacher.

Dr. Lisa Barron

Dr. Lisa Barron is a Professor, Associate Dean, and the Director of Teacher Education and Partnerships in the Eriksson College of Education at Austin Peay State University. She earned national board certification and spent 16 years in an elementary school as a teacher, assistant principal, and curriculum coach.