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March 1 , 2007
DH 07 JH26
Contact: Joanie Harmon-Whetmore
Provost Appointed to National Teachers' Education Board
Carson, CA - Provost Allen Mori has been appointed to the American Association of Colleges
for Teacher Education’s (AACTE) board of directors for a three-year term beginning in
March. The vice president for Academic Affairs was chosen for the only seat designated
for a president or provost on the AACTE board and joins a team of deans, professors,
authors, and educators.
After nearly 30 years as a faculty member or dean of education, Mori’s experience is
steeped in the challenges faced by educational institutions that may have the same goals,
but differ greatly in their approach to those goals.
“One of the great challenges AACTE always has had is trying to balance the needs and concerns
of a very disparate group of institutions,” he says. “Their needs are all different in many
respects, since they serve different students. But at the end of the day, they are all in the
business of preparing teachers.”
As an AACTE board member, Mori will further the organization’s mission of ensuring the highest
quality preparation and continuing professional development for teachers and school leaders in
PK-12 student learning. Mori says that improving high schools is one of the greatest opportunities in teacher education
“High schools are the biggest challenge today in the profession,” he notes. “Some high schools are
enormous, with 5,000 students, so they’re not a good learning environment. The Los Angeles Unified
School District is beginning to build smaller high schools, which is really good. Specialty schools,
magnet schools, and charter schools are in a better position to meet students’ learning needs than
larger, comprehensive high schools.”
Approximately 800 institutions hold AACTE membership, including private, state and municipal colleges and
universities of all sizes in the United States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam.
In addition, AACTE has a growing number of affiliate members, including state departments of education,
community colleges, educational laboratories and centers, and foreign institutions and organizations.
Collectively, the AACTE membership prepares more than two-thirds of the new teachers entering schools each
year in the United States.
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