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Megan Kaplinsky, department head of Reading and Teacher Preparation at Long Beach City College as well as current President of ACCCTEP, Association of California Community Colleges Teacher Education Programs, discusses the programs available both at her college and throughout the California Community Colleges. She shares how the California Colleges banded together during the pandemic to create alternative fieldwork options for students in their programs. Born out of that same collaboration are ongoing workshops, online conferences, and regional meetings that address critical issues in teacher preparation.

Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner is an associate professor at Louisiana State University with a special interest in teacher mental health in the early childhood education and care arena. Her work with future and current teachers features in her many journal articles. In this episode we learn tips on coping mechanisms and strategies including making time for deep thinking and setting boundaries. Dr. Baumgartner references the work of Fred Rogers as well as Parker Palmer's The Courage to Teach in addition to Brad Montague's Becoming Better Grownups.

In this episode we talk with Dr. Ingrid Anderson, Program Coordinator for the Infant/Toddler Mental Health graduate certificate and Co-Coordinator for the Masters of Early Childhood Inclusive Education. Dr. Anderson is the co-author with Jean Barbre of Supporting Children's Mental Health and Well-Being: A Strength-Based Perspective as well as Caring for Self: A Workbook for Early Childhood Educator Well-Being coming in early 2024. She discusses the importance of recognizing, respecting and caring for the mental health of young children, but also of recognizing, respecting, and caring for the mental health of the teachers. Care of self, different from self-care, is critical for teachers in order to be able to positively impact the mental health of the students.

Meet Danielle Savory-Seggerson of Lansing Community College as she discusses the challenges of transitioning from in-person instruction to online synchronous and asynchronous instruction. She shares the tips and tricks of how she ensures she is able to offer inclusive interactions with students in all of these settings and how she personalizes how she interacts with her students.


The books that she feels have most helped her in offering inclusive instruction include Tracie Addy's What Inclusive Teachers Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching and Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equality in the College Classroom by Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy. She has also adapted a student information Google form that Michelle Pacansky-Brock has on her website In addition to these valuable resources, Danielle also recommends James Lang's Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning sharing that small changes can lead to bigger results.

In this episode we meet Dr. Andrianna Smyrniotis who was able to adapt Illinois Central College's stackable early childhood certificates and degree program during the pandemic both through having a Children's Center on campus to use as a learning lab as well as through The Tank's Remote Field Experiences: Observations and Videos on the ACCESS website - You can contact ACCESS at Illinois Central College has three levels to their early childhood program, a Basic certificate which is their most popular program, an Advanced certificate which builds on the Basic certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science which builds on the Advanced certificate and is transferable to Bachelor degree programs in the state. Her wish is that all college and university programs align their educator preparation to NAEYC's Power to the Profession or something similar.


Dr. Smyrniotis recommends a couple of books for educators. The first is by Alfie Kohn, Punished by Rewards: The trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes which speaks to how teachers can improve their classroom skills and reactions. The second book is a guide to help educators take care of themselves which is such a critical thing to continuing to be a quality educator, Culturally Responsive Self-Care Practices for Early Childhood Educators by Julie Nicholson, Priya Driscoll, Julie Kurtz, Domenica Marquez, and LaWanda Wesley.

In this episode of Voices from the Field we meet Melissa Rees who led the charge to create coursework for educators on autism. The coursework she created and that is taught through a partnership with ACES for Autism provides current and future educators with the hours of instruction and experience to qualify for the National Behavioral Specialist exam to become an certified technician. The curriculum is also available as a 16-hour certificate for existing educators.


Ms. Rees also discusses the book American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins about an immigrant family from Mexico and the struggles that they and their children experience. She recommends this book as a good source for educators, both in the P-12 and the higher education realms, to better understand their students.

Join NACCTEP's Executive Director, Julie Ferin as she speaks with Emma McCallie, a Senior Director in the Grow Your Own Tennessee Department of Education. The Tennessee Department of Education is the first state in the country to be approved by the U.S. Department of Labor to establish a permanent Grow Your Own Model between local K-12 school districts and Educator Preparation Programs. Listen to Emma describe how the Teacher Occupation Apprenticeship program came to be, and the struggles, triumphs, and takeaways that have positively impacted their teacher shortages. 

In this episode we hear from Dr. Erin Crisp, Executive Director of the Tennessee Grow Your Own Center for the University of Tennessee system.  The recently formed center works with the first apprenticeship program approved by the US Department of Education in response to the teacher shortage in Tennessee.  Dr. Crisp discusses the three key stakeholders the center interacts with across 141 school districts and 9 educator preparation programs in the state's 95 counties.  Building on a history of 65 localized grow your own programs in the state, the center seeks to mitigate and strengthen the partnerships between the EPPs and districts to streamline the pathway for potential teachers to enter the classroom as confident, successful educators.

For anyone interested in learning more about the Tennessee Grow Your Own Center for the University of Tennessee System please visit or contact the center via email at  Dr. Erin Crisp can be reached via email at

In this episode from our Voices in the Field series we hear from Julie Powers, Department Chair of Social Sciences and Program Coordinator for Early Childhood Education at the University of Hawai'i - Maui College.  She discusses some of the challenges unique to teacher preparation in the Hawaiian islands as well as innovations that were born out of the pandemic.  She also extends an invitation for listeners to consider working in the University of Hawai'i system.

In our second Voices from the Field episode we hear from Dr. Allison Landy, an Associate Dean for Educator Preparation at Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook, Arizona as she discusses not only the challenges and innovations born of the pandemic, but also the ever-present challenges of working with a student population in the remote areas of the Four Corners tribal lands.







NACCTEP, is proud to kick off its NACCTEP Now Voices from the Field podcast series with Heather Merrill, Assistant Department Chair for Education in the Social Sciences Department at Glendale Community College as she discusses the newly created Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education that will begin enrolling students in Fall 2023 at Glendale Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, and Rio Salado College.

NACCTEP held a Spring panel discussion with four Educational Professionals about what new practices (post-Covid) have proven to be beneficial and positively impacted their current work in preparing quality teachers. Come hear from a professor from Community College of Baltimore County, Theresa Robinson to see what updates she shares from her college. 

NACCTEP held a Spring panel discussion with four Educational Professionals about what new practices (post-Covid) have proven to be beneficial and positively impacted their current work in preparing quality teachers. Come hear from Dr. Lewis "Andrea" Brownlee, South Mountain Community College, Maricopa County Community College District in Arizona to see what updates he has since the spring panel discussion.

Meet NACCTEP's new Education Partner, Hand2Mind who is committed to supporting teachers, inspiring students, and engaging parents through learning by doing.  Listeners will learn about the tools and resources that Hand2Mind offers, and hear about current initiatives, videos, webinars, and lessons. Check out their high-quality resources at

You will find the 3 modules below that were shared in The IRIS Center Podcast. 

Addressing Challenging Behaviors (Part 1, Elementary)
Addressing Challenging Behaviors (Part 2, Elementary)
Inclusion of Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities:

Visit more IRIS Center resources at:

The Prep Talk sessions that we referred to in the podcast are posted on the IRIS YouTube Channel: 

Listen to NACCTEP's 1st Podcast to hear about the upcoming events for the year. 


The Education Cliff
It's 2021 and Arizona can't recruit enough qualified teachers or replace the ones that retire. Some teachers leave for salaries up to 75% higher. Can community colleges and other organizations help keep Arizona students from falling off the education cliff? This podcast series is supported by F2 Family Foundation, Rio Salado College, and Intel.

Teaching with Passion
On Thursday, November 12, 2015, NACCTEP Member-at-Large Kathryn Suk discussed Teach2Matter at RVCC, a passion-based, problem-based, and project-based service learning model infused in Education courses at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, NJ.  Students build commitment to civic and moral responsibility for diverse, equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities.  They work towards the same overall goal of learning and serving others simultaneously.  Click here to listen.


Teacher Preparation at the Community College
On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, NACCTEP President Eric Barna discussed how community college teacher preparation programs prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions.  He highlighted the benefits of starting an educational journey at the community college and tips for students transferring to a four-year institution.  Listen to the archived session.


Educational Trends, the Blueprint for Excellence and Community College Teacher Education
On Monday, March 2, 2015, NACCTEP Executive Director Kim Tobey discussed educational trends and how they impact community college teacher education programs.  She also discussed NACCTEP's response to the new Rulemaking regarding ranking of teacher education programs, why the Blueprint for Excellence is important for the membership, and what is on the horizon for teacher education programs.  Click here to access the recording.

When Teacher Ed and STEM Collide I & II
On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Cindy Kelley, NACCTEP past president and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Motlow College, and Billy Hix, associate professor of education and Director of the STEM Outreach Program at Motlow College discussed the role community colleges play in promoting STEM education for pre-service and in-service teachers as well as the community.  Billy's varied work experiences with the National Aeronautics Space Administration, Space Foundation, Tennessee State Department of Education, and Public Broadcasting give him a unique viewpoint on the important task of making all students and classroom teachers STEM literate.

On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Billy Hix, associate professor of education and director of the STEM Outreach Program at Motlow College, discussed successful strategies to recruit and retain students into STEM teaching fields.     Click here to access the recording.


The Community College Role in STEM Education
On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Kim Tobey, NACCTEP Executive Director, and Richard Vaughn, Rio Salado College Faculty chair, discussed the need to recruit and train highly qualified STEM teachers to ensure that P-12 students are provided high-touch STEM experiences to peak their interest in choosing STEM as a career in college.  Click here to access the recording.


How Civic Engagement is Impacting the Voice of Education
On Friday, August 15, 2014, Kim Tobey, NACCTEP Executive Director, and Lisa Strahley, associate professor, Chair of Early Childhood and Teacher Education & Civic Engagement coordinator at SUNY Broome Community College, discussed why Civic Engagement is important for Prek-12 educators and what role community colleges are playing in preparing pre-service teachers to address this issue.  Click here to access the recording.


A Visit with NACCTEP, the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs - Selecting the Best Teachers
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Kim Tobey, NACCTEP Executive Director, and Delia Stafford, President and CEO of the Haberman Educational Foundation, discussed the importance of selecting the best teachers for our K-12 classrooms with research-based models for identifying teachers and principals, particularly educators who serve students at-risk and in poverty.  Click here to access the recording.


Collaborating for Change
On Monday, January 27, 2013, Dr. Sophia Marshall, NACCTEP President Elect and assistant professor at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS, along with Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa International, discussed why it is important for institutions and organizations to work together, collaborating for changes in education.  Click here to access the recording.


A 3+1 Bachelor's Partnership
On October 15, 2013, Sylvia Riley, Director of Teacher Education Operations and Undergraduate Programs at Rio Salado College and Cindy Guillaume, Dean, School of Education at Northcentral University discussed their 3+1 bachelor's program.  They shared how the program came about, cost savings associated with the program, which courses Rio Salado College offers versus Northcentral University, and the quality of the community college teacher education students.  *This program has been discontinued. Click here to access the recording.


Retention of Community College Teacher Education Students
On October 8, 2013, NACCTEP President Dr. Cindy Kelley discussed what community colleges and teacher education programs are doing to retain students and how successful community college students are after transferring to four-year programs.  Click here to access the recording.


Teacher Education at Community Colleges
On September 26, 2013 NACCTEP Past President Dr. Mary Belknap, representing NACCTEP and Jackson College, discussed various community college teacher education issues, programs. and student success.  Click here to access the recording.


Recruiting Minority Teacher Education Candidates
On August 8, 2013, the NACCTEP Executive Director Kim Tobey and the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) Executive Director Greg Roberts discussed the recruitment of minority teacher education candidates.  They discussed barriers that keep minority students from entering the teaching profession, how community college teacher education programs may assist in the recruitment of minority students, and the benefits in recruiting more minority teacher candidates.  Click here to access the recording.


Community College Teacher Education Pathways
​On February 25, 2013, NACCTEP President Cindy Kelley and NACCTEP Executive Director Kim Tobey represented NACCTEP discussing the various community college teacher education pathways.  Click here to access the recording.


Issues Facing Community College Teacher Education Programs
On April 23, 2012, NACCTEP President Mary Belknap and NACCTEP Executive Director Ray Ostos shared information about NACCTEP and issues facing our community college teacher education programs.  Click here to access the recording.

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