Arkansas Tech University is among educator preparation providers (EPPs) from around the country that have signed the EPPs Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge.
The program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the International Society for Technology in Education. Information provided by the organizing entities states the pledge represents a commitment to “prepare educators with the skills to successfully use technology for learning in face-to-face, hybrid and online classrooms.”
Additional organizations providing support for the initiative include the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation, the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
“The Arkansas Tech University College of Education and Health is committed to providing the best for our students throughout their program of study,” said Dr. Linda Bean, dean of the ATU College of Education and Health. “Technology is a major component of their educational training. We are very fortunate to be able to provide the best technology opportunities for our students.”
Dr. Theresa Cullen, head of the ATU Department of Teaching and Educational Leadership, said it is essential to prepare teachers for a technology-centric learning environment.
“Technology is no longer an add on tool for education, but a vital tool to make sure that all students have access to personalized learning to meet their needs,” said Cullen.
Learn more about teacher preparation programs offered by ATU at www.atu.edu/education.