AACTE is pleased to announce two of the Major Forums scheduled for its upcoming Annual Meeting, February 28-March 2, 2013. These immensely popular panel presentations are always a highlight of the conference, and the early lineup for 2013 indicates that this year will be no exception. Major Forum topics are selected to highlight cutting-edge topics in educator preparation, providing in-depth analyses and vital insights. The Major Forums being announced first will address two core areas for AACTE members:
The Changing Nature of Principal Preparation
To meet the increased demand for effective school leaders, universities and districts are reforming their leader preparation programs and creating new ones. This work can be complex, challenging, and expensive. Panelists will highlight current effective preparation practices and provide recommendations for scaling up these efforts.
Presenters: Jennie Rakestraw, Winthrop University; Greg Anderson, University of Denver; Beth Thompson, Whitewater Academy; Michelle Young, University Council for Educational Administration; Anthony Smith, Denver Public Schools.
Examining Professional Practice: Evolving Notions of Beginning Teacher Competencies
Defining what teacher candidates should know and be able to do can be challenging, particularly given the continually evolving understanding of what teaching and learning should look like in the current education landscape. Panelists will describe efforts under way to identify and develop high-impact core practices and knowledge for beginning teachers.
Presenters: Deborah Ball, University of Michigan; Mary Diez, Alverno College; Tina Marshall-Bradley, Paine College; Deborah Schussler, Villanova University; Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Brandeis University.
Specific dates and times for these sessions have yet to be finalized, so plan to stay for the entire conference rather than risk missing an opportunity to find strategies and solutions that address your unique professional challenges. The Early Bird rate ends today.
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