The Academy for the Advancement of Teaching, Leadership and Schools (AATLAS) offers several pathways that are designed to promote the professionalization of teaching and educational leadership to advance the pedagogical skills of both teachers and leaders while focusing on improving student performance. All pathways are competency-based, industry-aligned, and are flexibly delivered to meet the diverse needs of our educational community. The three professional pathways to advancement are MicroEd (stackable graduate credit-bearing interdisciplinary specializations for personal and professional advancement), MicroPD (micro courses predominantly delivered online for non-credit/CTLE hours or credit), and PLSeries, the Professional Learning Fellowship Series, which provides ongoing and year-round support for educators in the areas such as the Early Teaching Academy.

Founded In 2019

The Academy for the Advancement of Teaching, Leadership, and Schools (AATLAS) was founded in December 2019. In March 2020, the Remote Education Resource Center (RemoteED) and edTrends (formerly Community Conversations) were established to support teachers, parents/guardians, and schools due to the pandemic.

Our Vision

Our vision is to foster thinking and learning through accessible and innovative professional growth opportunities for educators, leaders, parents/guardians, and schools to improve p-12 education.

Our Mission

The School of Education at the University at Albany has a deep purpose and commitment to assist the needs of teachers, leaders, and schools to support student learning.

Our Team

This site is made possible by the dedicated team members of the School of Education Faulty, Undergraduate and Graduate Students, and Alumni.

Jerry Rivera-Wilson, Ph.D.

Director of AATLAS & Operations

Jason Vickers, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Operations

Stacy Robinson


Marc Freed

Data Manager

Reza Feyzi, Ph.D.

Multimedia Manager

Karina Baranski

Social Media Manager & Team Assistant


School of Education 
AATLAS, Catskill Building
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222


(518) 442-5028