AACTE 68th Annual Meeting

The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held February 23–25 in Las Vegas. The conference theme is "Meeting the Demands of Professional Practice: Tough Questions, Tough Choices," supported by the four strands listed below:

  • Professionalism: Values in Action
  • Engagement: Hard Choices in Connecting With All Stakeholders
  • Programs and Practices: Making Hard Choices Through Critical Reflection, Review, and Innovation
  • Assessment: Hard Choices in Program Improvement

 

Registration

Registration Deadlines

Early Bird: October 14, 2015
Regular: January 27, 2016

 

Please note that once the regular rate has expired all registrations will be at the "on-site" rate

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Registration Fees

  Early Bird Regular On Site
Member $440 $480 $510
Nonmember $625 $665 $695
Emerging Leader † $150 $175 N/A
Student †† $85 $95 $115
Spouse/Guest* $65 $75 $95

 

† EMERGING LEADER
Faculty/administrators (assistant/associate professors, department chairs) with 5 or fewer years of experience in higher education, and have not attended Annual Meeting in the past, identified by each institution’s chief representative in the profile manager. Limit three per institution. No on-site registration allowed for Emerging Leaders. Learn how to identify Emerging Leaders. (members only)

†† STUDENT
Student ID must be presented on-site.

* SPOUSE/GUEST
Spouse/Guest registration includes access to both general sessions and unlimited entry to the Conference Community Center and meal events therein.

AACTE accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and check payments.

Outstanding Balance Policy

Individuals with outstanding balances for previous AACTE events will not be permitted to register for upcoming events until their balance is paid. A message indicating what events are unpaid and how to pay will appear when individuals attempt to register. Permission to register will be granted upon receipt of payment. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Tambini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation of Annual Meeting registration–and any request for refund of conference registration fees–must be made in writing and received by January 27, 2016. All refund requests received after this date will be denied. A $150.00 administrative fee will be deducted from all cancellation requests. Refund payments will not be processed until after the Annual Meeting is over. In the event of a "no show", the registrant is still responsible for payment of the registration fee and no refund will be given. Cancellation and refund requests should be e-mailed to Christine Tambini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cancellations over the phone will not be accepted.

Substitution Policy

Substitution of registrants is permitted as long as both individuals are from the same institution. Contact Christine Tambini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a substitution. After January 27, substitutions can be requested only at on-site registration.

AACTE Has Gone Green!

In our continuing effort to be environmentally responsible, we have eliminated printed program books. Through our online AACTE Event Planner, all attendees will have access to live, up-to-date information on all sessions being offered, as well as have the opportunity to create a customized, downloadable schedule. A PDF version of the program book will also be available prior to the meeting on our Annual Meeting web site. All meeting and hotel space, including guestrooms, will have free Wi-Fi available for use.

AACTE Event Emergency and Inclement Weather Policy

All nationwide AACTE events, including but not limited to AACTE's Annual Meeting, will be canceled due to inclement weather or other acts of God (including, but not limited to, flood, fire, or natural disaster) only if the venue and/or location of the event is closed or provides notice to AACTE of its inability to hold the event, or if the local government declares an emergency status is in effect for the location of the event.
If a nationwide AACTE event is canceled due to inclement weather or other acts of God as set forth herein, every attempt will be made to reschedule the event, and your registration fee will be applied to the rescheduled event date. If AACTE is unable to reschedule the event, your registration fee will be applied to a subsequent nationwide AACTE event of your choice. Any travel expenses that may have been incurred cannot be refunded under any circumstances. If the AACTE event is held, but weather conditions (whether forecasted or actualized) prohibit you from traveling, AACTE unfortunately cannot refund your registration fee.

Hotel

The Mirage Hotel
3400 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (702) 791-7111
More information

Room Rate
(single/double)
AACTE room rate is $179 PLUS an AACTE All-Access fee of $10, for a TOTAL of $189 per night, per reservation.
Reservation Deadline January 27, 2016

Included in the $10 AACTE All-Access fee: in-room and property-wide Wi-Fi (including the meeting rooms), access to the Fitness Center at the Mirage Spa, daily newspaper available for pick-up, unlimited local and toll-free calls, and complimentary Business Center access with up to 10 free copies permitted per day.

All reservations must be made by January 27, 2016, to receive the AACTE room rate (while space is available).

Hotel Reservation

The link for hotel reservations will be available exclusively on your registration confirmation. Click here to register.


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Travel Information

The Mirage Hotel is located on the Las Vegas Strip. From McCarran International Airport (LAS), the property is accessible via taxi, airport shuttle, or public transportation. For easy booking of flights, click here to utilize AACTE's travel agency.

Schedule

AACTE is going paper free!
We have eliminated program books.
You will be able to access the full agenda and plan your schedule in AACTE's Online Event Planner.
Create a personalized schedule by February 25 and win a prize! Read about our contest here.

 

2016 Annual Meeting at a Glance (subject to change)

Sunday, February 21, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. New Board Member Orientation
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Board of Directors Dinner
Monday, February 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. AACTE Headquarters Open
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Preconference Event: Investigating and Testing Approaches to Increasing Diversity in the Teacher Workforce (By Invite Only)
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-up in Conference Community Center
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Preconference Event: Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Through School-University Partnerships (Sponsored by the Wallace Foundation) (By Invite Only)
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. TAG Business Meetings
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Holmes Program Annual Meeting (By Invite Only)
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration Open
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Preconference Event: Rubrics, and Validity, and Reliability: Oh My! (Separate Registration Required) (Separate Registration Required)
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. AACTE Committee Meetings
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. AACTE Volunteers' Reception (By Invite Only)
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration/AACTE Headquarters/Press Office Open
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Affiliate Group Meetings (may require separate registration)
AILACTE
CADREI
TECSCU
NADEC
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration/AACTE Headquarters/Press Office Open
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ACSR Business Meeting
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Brunch Available*
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Community Center Open
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Welcoming Session
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Major Forums
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Around the Association in 60 Minutes
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Leadership Academy Reception

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Opening Reception*
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast*
8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Conference Community Center Open
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration/AACTE Headquarters/Press Office Open
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Affiliate Group Meetings (may require separate registration)
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Major Forums
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Coffee Break Available*
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. AACTE Town Hall Meeting
1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. AACTE Job and Information Fair*
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Deans Academy Meeting
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Receptions by Various Groups/Institutions/Organizations
Thursday, February 25, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast*
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration/AACTE Headquarters/Press Office Open
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Conference Community Center Open
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Major Forums
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Speaker Spotlight Session
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Committee on Meetings & Professional Development Business Meeting

 

All sessions marked with * will be in the Conference Community Center, located in Mirage Events Center B.
All Sessions in bold will have no other sessions scheduled against them.
For information on Affiliate Group Meeting registration, contact your Affiliate Group.

Sponsors

Download 2016 Exhibitors/Sponsors Prospectus

Premier Sponsors

LiveText empowers institutions and individuals with technology and leadership to elevate the quality of learning. Our web-based technology allows you to assess outcomes-based learning, report actionable data, and demonstrate accreditation compliance.
www.livetext.com


Situated as part of a culturally diverse community and within one of the largest school districts in the United States, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Education offers undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs, and boasts seven research centers and clinics dedicated to scholarship and best practice. The UNLV College of Education is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that values and promotes diversity. Integral to this vision is a dedication to being a premier college of education that serves our dynamic and expanding community, state, region, and the nation.
education.unlv.edu


Featured Sponsors

Edthena is a video coaching platform for bringing observation and feedback online using recorded videos and specialized collaboration tools. Teachers upload video of instruction, and people on the other end provide feedback at specific moments in time. Perfect for methods courses, field observations, edTPA skill-building, and group learning. (Edthena is an approved edTPA Platform Provider.)
www.edthena.com


The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson is the most experienced provider of standards-based educator licensure tests, delivering state-customized programs; NES®, a nationally-available multistate educator licensure testing series; edTPA®, a performance assessment process designed by educators; and NBPTS® assessments for the certification of accomplished educators. Learn more at www.pearsonassessments.com/teacherlicensure.html.


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the organization behind National Board Certification, the profession's mark of accomplished teaching. To date, more than 110,000 teachers have achieved National Board Certification through a performance-based, peer review process similar to Board certification in medicine. Research shows that the students of Board-certified teachers learn more. For more information, visit nbpts.org.
www.nbpts.org


Taskstream provides proven, reliable, and user-friendly technology and supporting services that helps institutions focus more clearly on improving student learning outcomes and institutional quality. Since 2000, hundreds of institutions have relied on Taskstream to efficiently manage the full cycle of outcomes assessment and prepare for accreditation.
www.taskstream.com


Teachscape provides observation training and assessment, teacher evaluation, and professional learning systems that result in measurable growth in teacher practice, school leadership, and student achievement.
www.teachscape.com


Tk20’s comprehensive assessment and reporting solutions give colleges of education a better way to manage teacher preparation activities on campus and in the field. With integrated tools for candidate applications, portfolios, experiential learning and transition point management, showing continuous improvement at course, program, and unit levels has never been easier.
www.tk20.com


General Sponsors

Why EI is the perfect University partner?
500+ hours of content, 200+ hours of real classroom video. Teacher Preparation, Field Experience, Teacher Evaluation, Leadership, Graduate Studies. 5000+ individual URL’s easily inserted into your course. Hear from the best: 45 STOY’S on video. Send us a syllabus, get a complimentary video alignment. Stop by booth 215, view NEW edTPA solutions.
www.educationalimpact.com


Educational Testing Service (ETS) is the world’s largest nonprofit educational testing and measurement organization. ETS is committed to partnering with institutions of higher education who prepare teacher candidates to enter the profession through a portfolio of products and services that help transform students into teachers. Learn more about ETS products and services by visiting www.ets.org.
www.ets.org


Routledge Journals, a division of Taylor & Francis, is an international publisher of scholarly research. Visit the Routledge Journals booth to learn about our products and services, and to request free copies of our publications in the field of education.
www.tandfonline.com


The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the world, educating nearly half a million students across 64 campuses and online through Open SUNY. Through its TeachNY initiative and driving role in forming collective-impact partnerships through StriveTogether, SUNY is on the leading edge of redesigning educator preparation and implementing evidence-based practices to best serve all students throughout the education pipeline. SUNY Press has published hundreds of notable works in education since 1966.
www.suny.edu


Exhibitors

Download 2016 Exhibitors/Sponsors Prospectus
Download 2016 Conference Community Center Floorplan
Exhibitor Services Information

 

Accessories Too! Presenting Out of the Oyster

Booth Number: 424

Accessories Too! proudly presents Out of the Oyster featuring fine Pearl, Shell, and Gemstone jewelry. Out of the Oyster features fine Artisan designed and crafted classic to contemporary styles with exquisite real pearls, shells, and gemstones set in Sterling Silver and 14K Gold for every occasion. We bring you the best in shopping from $19 to $900. Visit www.jewelsnbags.com or call 714-345-6418 for more information.


Chalk & Wire

Booth Number: 412

Chalk & Wire Learning Assessment solutions focus on helping people gain insight from sound assessment principles & methods. We combine advanced integration technologies, broad scope tools & assessment know-how to generate proactive assessment cultures, effective accredition management & continious improvement.


Digital Learning Tree

Booth Number: 319

Digital Learning Tree has revolutionized online professional development by providing the VERY Best Teachers, Prices, Content and Platform, for cutting edge 21st Century demands. Whether your educators need CEUs or mentoring (including grad school level) all of our courses & training modules have been University Approved and are highly rated by teachers across the United States. 


Edthena

Booth Number: 106

Edthena helps educators analyze teaching using classroom video and online collaboration. Teachers upload video, and others provide timestamped feedback. Perfect for methods courses, field observations, edTPA skill-building, and group learning. Capture data for candidate growth and program improvement. (Edthena is an approved edTPA Platform Provider.) Learn more at www.edthena.com.


Education Week

Booth Number: 320

Your college of education is training the next generation of K-12 teachers and school leaders and Education Week is the resource. Students and professors will find extensive coverage and archives of the vital topics in K-12 education. Daily news, analysis, research, 33+ years of archives and much more are all found on edweek.org. Visit us at booth 320 to learn more.


Educational Impact

Booth Number: 215

Why EI is the perfect University partner?
500+ hours of content, 200+ hours of real classroom video. Teacher Preparation, Field Experience, Teacher Evaluation, Leadership, Graduate Studies. 5000+ individual URL’s easily inserted into your course. Hear from the best: 45 STOY’S on video. Send us a syllabus, get a complimentary video alignment. Stop by booth 215, view NEW edTPA solutions.


EthicsGame

Booth Number: 315

EthicsGame is a transformational online learning company committed to providing educators with an ethics component that enhances engagement and supports accreditation requirements. For over 10 years, EthicsGame has been providing measurable, experiential, and practical online ethics learning tools.


ETS

Booth Number: 213

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is the world’s largest nonprofit educational testing and measurement organization. ETS is committed to partnering with institutions of higher education who prepare teacher candidates to enter the profession through a portfolio of products and services that help transform students into teachers. Learn more about ETS products and services by visiting www.ets.org.


Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson

Booth Number: 401

The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson is the most experienced provider of standards-based educator licensure tests, delivering state-customized programs; NES®, a nationally-available multistate educator licensure testing series; edTPA®, a performance assessment process designed by educators; and NBPTS® assessments for the certification of accomplished educators. Learn more at www.pearsonassessments.com/teacherlicensure.html.


Expo Enterprise

Booth Number: 325


GoReact

Booth Number: 324

GoReact www.goreact.com is like game film for student teaching. It's a cloud-based video software for providing time-coded feedback, grading and critique of presentations, lesson plans and performances. GoReact is perfect for on-campus or online courses and is used for communication, language training, observing student teachers, and more.


Innovative Learning Assessment Technologies, LLC

Booth Number: 418

PASS-PORT’s web-based electronic portfolio and assessment management system supports administration, faculty and colleges of education teacher candidates in flexible communication and sharing of portfolios. It includes program requirements, surveys, professional development activities, and field experiences. The natural and systematic flow of information forms a foundation for growth in student learning. Visit www.pass-port.org.


Interact Solutions

Booth Number: 314

Interact Solution is a observation lab built for personalized learning. We offer a unique user-friendly education web portal and mobile application for recording and viewing video sessions alongside time-stamped critiques and evaluations. Interact Solution will lead to enhanced clinical simulations and content distribution for all observations in your education environment. Learn more at www.interactsolution.com.


LiveText

Booth Number: 101

LiveText empowers institutions and individuals with technology and leadership to elevate the quality of learning. Our web-based technology allows you to assess outcomes-based learning, report actionable data, and demonstrate accreditation compliance.


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Booth Number: 413

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the organization behind National Board Certification, the profession's mark of accomplished teaching. To date, more than 110,000 teachers have achieved National Board Certification through a performance-based, peer review process similar to Board certification in medicine. Research shows that the students of Board-certified teachers learn more. For more information, visit www.nbpts.org.


OIC Advance

Booth Number: 225


Pieces of Bali

Booth Number: 219

A beautiful collection of sterling silver jewelry, all hand-made in Bali.


Reading Horizons

Booth Number: 227

For over 30 years, Reading Horizons has made learning to read simple and enjoyable through explicit, systematic, and sequential instruction in decoding, spelling, and pronunciation strategies. This methodology is used by over 60 colleges and universities to prepare pre-service teachers to teach beginning readers, struggling readers, and ESL students. Learn more at www.ReadingHorizons.com.


Routledge Journals

Booth Number: 312

Routledge Journals, a division of Taylor & Francis, is an international publisher of scholarly research. Visit the Routledge Journals booth to learn about our products and services, and to request free copies of our publications in the field of education.


Rowman & Littlefield

Booth Number: 318

Rowman & Littlefield is a preeminent publisher of critically acclaimed general interest and scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities as well as college textbooks, professional titles, journals and award winning reference titles.


Solution Tree

Booth Number: 426

Since 1998, educators have trusted Solution Tree with their professional development needs. We deliver comprehensive professional development to schools and districts around the world. Solution Tree has empowered K–12 educators to raise student achievement through a wide range of services and products including educator conferences, customized district solutions for long-term professional development, books, videos, and online courses. Learn more at www.solution-tree.com.


Sonia – Student Placement Software

Booth Number: 313

Manage work experience placements with Sonia: Find out why Sonia is the No. 1 student placement software in the world. With a history dating back to 1999, and strong online standards compliance and accessibility, Sonia has experienced an excellent growth rate in the USA.


State University of New York

Booth Number: 414

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the world, educating nearly half a million students across 64 campuses and online through Open SUNY. Through its TeachNY initiative and driving role in forming collective-impact partnerships through StriveTogether, SUNY is on the leading edge of redesigning educator preparation and implementing evidence-based practices to best serve all students throughout the education pipeline. SUNY Press has published hundreds of notable works in education since 1966.


Taskstream

Booth Number: 112

Taskstream provides proven, reliable, and user-friendly technology and supporting services that helps institutions focus more clearly on improving student learning outcomes and institutional quality. Since 2000, hundreds of institutions have relied on Taskstream to efficiently manage the full cycle of outcomes assessment and prepare for accreditation.


Teachers College Press

Booth Number: 420

Teachers College Press has published works at the cutting edge of theory, research, and practice in education—including general interest about the future of our children and schools—in such areas as educational policy, urban education, multicultural education, school reform, early childhood, literacy, counseling, professional development, special education, and curriculum.


Teachscape

Booth Number: 407

Teachscape provides observation training and assessment, teacher evaluation, and professional learning systems that result in measurable growth in teacher practice, school leadership, and student achievement.


TK20

Booth Number: 100

Tk20’s comprehensive assessment and reporting solutions give colleges of education a better way to manage teacher preparation activities on campus and in the field. With integrated tools for candidate applications, portfolios, experiential learning and transition point management, showing continuous improvement at course, program, and unit levels has never been easier.


Uteach Institute

Booth Number: 221

Housed at UT Austin, the UTeach Institute provides support to universities implementing UTeach, a renowned secondary STEM teacher preparation program, and facilitates a network of 44 UTeach programs across 22 states and DC. These programs have now produced 2,600+ graduates who are expected to teach 5 million students by 2020.


WEST LOVE Color and Culture

Booth Number: 321

WEST LOVE Color and Culture is the premiere community artisan visual arts exhibitor of linen and silk cultural artwear and textiles for the purpose of enhancing cultural awareness, valuing cultural diversity, encouraging educational equity and promoting cultural competency. For more information, visit westloveltd.com.


Conference Content

Welcoming Session Featured Speaker

Pedro Noguera
Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA. Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.

Read full bio


Speaker Spotlight Session: Addressing the Tough Questions in Educator Preparation

To address the most pressing questions we face today in educator preparation, this dynamic panel will discuss our roles and responsibilities vis-à-vis evolving workforce needs, clinical preparation and partnerships, and translating the latest research for practice. What new responsibilities should higher education be taking on to enhance the educator pipeline? What are the roles of preservice programs in supporting educator induction and ongoing development? What types of models will foster growth in our school-university-community partnerships, and what do our partners need from us that we are not yet providing? Learn more.

Carole G. Basile
Anthony S. Bryk
Daniel A. Domenech
Cheryl A. Redfield
Nancy L. Zimpher

Town Hall Meeting

Join the AACTE Executive Committee for a town-hall-style conversation about the direction of your Association. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage in Q&A with the organization’s leaders and learn about AACTE’s latest activities.

Mark Ginsberg
Julie Underwood
Jane Bray
Renée Middleton
B. Grant Hayes
Tim Wall
Sharon Robinson

Major Forums

A Regional Lens to Addressing Teacher Shortage and Distribution by Subject and Location 

Presenters: Trulie Cottman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; William Soules, New Mexico State Senator; Sean Spear, Western Governors University; Staci Vesneske, Clark County School District (NV)

Go behind the scenes on school staffing challenges in this panel discussion sponsored by AACTE’s Advisory Council of State Representatives. Discuss the contributing factors to teacher shortages and inequitable distribution of educators in various communities around the nation. Panelists from the western region will share their observations and insights on these issues from their professional experiences.

The Problem Spaces We Inhabit: How We Make Tough Choices

Presenters: Shanna Peeples, National Teacher of the Year; Jeanne Gerlach and Marc Schwartz, University of Texas at Arlington

Get a global view of the many influences on work in the educational system in this forum with the National Teacher of the Year and mind/brain education scholars. Consider how to effectively manage the problem spaces we inhabit by recognizing the forces that shape our behavior and thinking. Explore perspectives on what education should look like, what counts as learning and knowing, and what role teachers play in these spaces.

Clinical Practice in Educator Preparation

Presenters: Derek Decker, Colorado State University; Mark Eversole, Fort Collins High School (CO); Chris Kennedy, Ohio University; Marcy Kennedy, Ohio University; Jennifer Robinson, Montclair State University; Jennifer Roth, Poudre School District (CO); Lisa Stooksberry, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

The AACTE Clinical Practice Commission will report its findings and recommendations regarding effective models and a common lexicon for practice. In addition, panelists from selected universities and their collaborating schools will discuss their robust partnerships centered on student learning. Presenters will address questions related to capacity, governance, creation and maintenance, and outcomes of clinical practice partnerships.

Equity, Access, and the Digital Divide: Challenges for Teacher Education

Presenters: Hardin Coleman, Boston University; Nichole Pinkard, DePaul University; P. G. Schrader, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Pegeen Wright, WGBH-Boston; Gail Richmond, Michigan State University (moderator)

For some years, the mantra of a diverse group of stakeholders—including educational leaders, technology- and media-focused businesses, policy makers, think tanks, and community-based organizations—has been that access to high-quality technological tools is key to addressing the achievement gap observed in the United States and worldwide. But increasingly, questions have arisen regarding what technologically based tools really do make a difference, what context is critical for successful introduction and integration of such tools, what scale of implementation might be possible, and, perhaps most importantly for AACTE, how to best prepare and support teachers to develop the skills necessary to make use of such tools in powerfully educative ways.

The goal of this JTE-sponsored forum is to bring together representatives of stakeholder institutions and organizations to raise issues about how AACTE members should work together to effectively respond to the challenges teachers face in using technology to meet the needs of all students despite the inequities posed by the digital divide.

(How) Can the Profession Specify Standards of Practice for Entry to Teaching?

Presenters: Deborah Ball, University of Michigan; Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Brandeis University; Leslie Fenwick, Howard University; Diana Hess, University of Wisconsin; Aida Molina, Bakersfield City School District (CA)

TeachingWorks invites you to join a conversation around the threshold for entry of novices to the profession. What must beginning teachers know and be able to do? What can initial preparation programs reasonably strive to accomplish that can contribute to the quality of entry-level teaching? What features should be common to all programs, and what should vary (and why)? Will variation improve equity, or could it exacerbate inequality?

Innovative Strategies to Recruit and Retain a Diverse Teaching Workforce

Presenters: Dorothea Anagnostopoulos, University of Connecticut; Ernest Black, California State University, Los Angeles; Travis Bristol, Stanford University; Maureen Gillette, Northeastern Illinois University; Denise Hardesty, Western Kentucky University; Carolyn Hopp, National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni; Whitney Watkins, Holmes Scholars Council

Over the past year, AACTE and its members have been working to build new pathways and communities dedicated to increasing the recruitment and retention of educators from historically underrepresented groups into the teaching profession. In this forum, participants in AACTE’s Changing the Demographic Makeup of the Teacher Workforce Networked Improvement Community and the AACTE Holmes Program will present an update of their progress and developments since the last AACTE Annual Meeting.


Preconference Events

Rubrics, and Validity, and Reliability: Oh My!

1:00–4:00 p.m. / $50

Presenters: Carol Vukelich, University of Delaware; Carol Ryan, Northern Kentucky University; Linda McKee, AACTE; Debbie Rickey, Grand Canyon University; Mark Meyers, Xavier University; and Trish Parrish, Saint Leo University

Educator preparation providers are working diligently to meet increased expectations surrounding accountability of their programs and their completers’ impact on PK-12 student learning. This half-day preconference session will provide opportunities for teacher educators to discuss how they are meeting these expectations, develop valid and reliable rubrics to assess candidates’ performance in clinical experiences, and acquire strategies to respond to the call for accountability. Sponsored by AACTE’s Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability.

Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Through School-University Partnerships (Sponsored by the Wallace Foundation)

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. / Free, by invitation

In response to AACTE members’ requests for a space to engage in a meaningful way with their PK-12 colleagues, this preconference event will bring school and university partners together in a daylong conversation on teacher and principal preparation, sponsored by the Wallace Foundation. The facilitated discussion will revolve around mutually identified problems of practice and contextualized solutions to those problems. Participants will both inform the national conversation and walk away with partnership ideas to move their own practice forward.

Investigating and Testing Approaches to Increasing Diversity in the Teacher Workforce

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. / Free, by invitation

This is a working session for members of the Changing the Demographic Makeup of the Teacher Workforce Networked Improvement Community (NIC). The recruitment and retention driver teams will discuss the outcomes of their work during Cycle 2, share progress toward their aim statements for testing innovative solutions during Cycle 3, and plan the next phases of innovation and testing to advance their shared goal of increasing the number of Black and Hispanic/Latino males in the teacher workforce

Holmes Program Annual Meeting

9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. / Free, by invitation

This annual convening of AACTE Holmes Program includes a variety of presentations, research symposia, and networking opportunities with fellow scholars, program alumni, and AACTE representatives.


Conference Theme and Strands

Theme

Meeting the Demands of Professional Practice: Tough Questions, Tough Choices

Preparing educational professionals to serve all learners, their schools, families, and communities is both a high calling and a demanding one. Expectations for academic achievement placed on learners and schools are increasing while families and communities continue to face unprecedented economic and social challenges. More than ever, the profession of teaching places great demands on its practitioners, and preparation must match the demands of practice. A shared, profession-wide commitment to meeting the demands of practice is essential to the success of our enterprise. Indeed, a shared vision of professional practice must be the foundation for our shared efforts at continuous improvement and will also be essential to countering with conviction and credibility a chorus of misinformed critiques and a flurry of misguided mandates. Further, as the number and diversity of educator preparation providers (EPPs) has grown, there is an urgent need to forge a common narrative around the standards for professional practice. As a central player in a united profession, educator preparation must face tough questions, make tough choices, and do so in collaboration with all parties whose participation is essential to quality educator preparation and quality educational practice.

Contemporary debates over educator preparation policy and practice revolve around the academic qualifications of teacher candidates, the diversity and supply of candidates recruited to teaching, the rigor of clinical experiences, the validity of measures for confirming readiness for practice, the effectiveness of pedagogy, and more. Too often, discussion of these important dimensions are dominated by proposals to base judgments of success or failure solely on the results of tests administered to program completers' PK-12 students – the same narrow evidentiary base that has been privileged in conversations about teacher and school effectiveness. In pursuing the field's own aspirations, as well as in countering the reductionist complaints of critics, a unified effort rooted in strong relationships with our professional colleagues in practice is essential. We must establish new conventions that are centered on PK-12 practice so that the whole profession – PK-12 and EPP partners – contributes together to candidate development and candidate success. Our research-to-practice connection must become more organic and disciplined by an explicit commitment to addressing problems of practice. Our advocacy efforts must be devoted to advancing best practice, as established by rigorous routines of professional consensus.

The AACTE 68th Annual Meeting will feature exemplars of programs and partnerships that have brought professional consensus on practice to all aspects of educator preparation. Together, we will address the hard questions and tensions that challenge our ability to pursue a common vision of quality educational service. Education leaders and learners alike are invited to share their work around crafting answers to problems of practice that benefit student development – even when the approach challenges familiar conventions.

The following conference strands focus on the critical elements of educator preparation and our relationship with colleagues in practice. Each strand will frame sessions that reflect the hard questions pertaining to professionalism, engagement, programs and practice, and assessment.

Strand I – Professionalism: Values in Action

In recent years, the teacher preparation field and teaching profession have come under scrutiny from the public, from policy makers, and from within. As a field, we face hard choices in how we respond to this scrutiny. Many would argue that the time has come for standards of the profession to be as strictly defined as they are in medicine and law. Are there specific standards to which all teacher educators and/or teachers should be held? How do we define what it means to be a professional educator? How do we prepare candidates to maintain a level of professionalism that can garner public respect and empower communities?

This strand honors programs that have addressed conflicting theories of action with leadership and conviction by engaging in courageous conversations and critical reflection, and by implementing rigorous and culturally responsive selection and admission practices as well as pedagogy.

Sessions in this strand will focus on practices and evidence that the profession is living up to moral, ethical, and professional standards that can help shift perspectives regarding the status and credibility of teachers and teacher educators. Presenters are encouraged to address one or more of the following questions:

  • How do you define professional educator, and how do you prepare your candidates to be professionals?
  • How are you, as teacher educators, modeling a commitment to professional standards?
  • How does your program incorporate emerging consensus regarding high-leverage practices in pedagogy?
  • How do you develop and/or monitor professionalism through ethical behavior and dispositions in your candidates?
  • How do you promote teacher leadership in your candidates and graduates?
  • How are you developing the capacity for leadership and professional collaboration in your teacher candidates?
  • In what innovative ways are you promoting the profession through efforts in recruitment selectivity and/or candidate retention?
  • How do you honor professionalism by advancing access and opportunity for underrepresented groups?
  • In what difficult conversations do you engage as you help candidates move from preservice teachers to professional educators?
  • How can research and practice promote a new perspective on the role of teacher educators?
  • How are you and your colleagues holding one another to standards of professional practice?

Strand II – Engagement: Hard Choices in Connecting With All Stakeholders

Engagement connotes communicating, listening, and responding among parties. The act of engaging builds a mutual understanding that action is necessary and ongoing. Student engagement, a concept taught in educator preparation everywhere, requires preservice candidates to actively connect students with what is being taught to focus and sustain their attention throughout a lesson. Our profession is charged with knowing not only how to engage and sustain this narrative of learning, but also with whom.

As educators, we also engage with our stakeholders. We not only develop and mentor preservice teachers and prepare them for working in the schools; true engagement requires that we communicate with teachers in schools, students in schools, parents in the community, and leaders in the community – making relevant connections from “grass roots to tree tops.”

Sessions in this strand will focus on practices of engagement at multiple levels, provide evidence that the profession understands the essential nature of engagement, and demonstrate how commitment to the engagement process is sustained. Presenters are encouraged to address one or more of the following questions:

  • How does your faculty engage with the community in relevant and professional ways?
  • How do you engage with the business community to help change the perception of teacher preparation?
  • How has your program addressed the challenges of public criticism – what hard choices have you had to make – and how have you collaborated in the problem-solving process?
  • How do you develop the capacity in preservice teachers to maintain communication with essential stakeholders in ways that advance the profession?
  • How do you define scholarship of engagement?
  • What reframing or revisioning has been necessary to improve your engagement practices?
  • How are you engaging the community in conversations about how you prepare your candidates for teaching in diverse communities?
  • How are you engaging with high-need school districts as you prepare your candidates for effective teaching?
  • What is the evidence that your engagement has had an impact on the community or PK-12 schools?

Strand III – Programs and Practices:
Making Hard Choices Through Critical Reflection, Review, and Innovation

Programs and practices that are viewed with integrity are those that are vetted through rigorous critique and reflection. National and state standards, while based on what is viewed to be best practice, should also frame a vision and agenda for innovation – an abiding determination to improve results – based on a solid foundation of professional standards. Programs and practice evolve as the challenges of the profession are met. Programs and practices that are driven by overarching principles drawn from a vision of innovation provide venues for growth and improvement.

The purpose of this strand is to document evidence of programs and practices that represent successful innovation at different levels, such as the school and community, the university or college, and state education agencies. Sessions will share and celebrate work that affects the field, engages community, and advances the development of preprofessional candidates and professional educators.

Sessions in this strand will focus on innovative practices that honor program standards, hard choices in maintaining program integrity, commitment to best practices, and preparation of candidates for effective teaching in PK-12 schools. Presenters are encouraged to address one or more of the following questions:

  • What are the successful hallmarks of your programs and practices? How might these hallmarks be adopted by other programs?
  • How have your programs and practices managed core conventions such as academic freedom in relation to curriculum, instruction, and assessment when working toward cohesive curriculum and experiences in teacher preparation?
  • How do you define and document your vision of an effective teacher, and how do you prepare your candidates to meet this definition?
  • What is the evidence that links research to practice in your program?
  • How does your program assess depth of understanding of programs and practices among faculty, student teachers, partners, and other collaborators?
  • How does your program prepare teachers to serve the highest-need students in the most challenging conditions?
  • What sustained benefits has your professional preparation program attained as you embrace the use of technology to provide access for all learners?
  • How does your program make the hard choices to integrate and manage diverse visions and perspectives?
  • How does your program address the teacher supply and workforce needs of your community?
  • What models of research are illuminating effective and empowering teacher preparation in support of student teachers and/or their mentors to meet the needs of all students?
  • What hard choices have you made in balancing program quality and impact measures?

Strand IV – Assessment: Hard Choices in Program Improvement

Today's EPPs operate in an era of accountability. Multiple stakeholders (PK-12 schools, parents, program graduates, prospective students, legislators, policy leaders, and communities) demand to know that program graduates are prepared to help all students learn.

Programs are being challenged to locate their vision and innovations in the context of PK-12 student learning. Our field has to demonstrate not only the ability to implement ambitious assessment initiatives, but also the capacity to improve programs based on assessment outcomes.

The purpose of this strand is to provide a forum for descriptions of program impact on PK-12 student achievement, candidate perceptions of their professional preparation, and employer satisfaction in relation to subsequent program revision and improvement.Sessions in this strand will focus on assessment, highlighting its impact in PK-12 schools, teachers' critical reflection, and teacher educators' hard choices in implementing program improvement. Presenters are encouraged to address one or more of the following questions:

  • How have you used performance assessments (e.g., edTPA) to achieve program improvement?
  • How does your program assess candidates' or graduates' impact on PK-12 student learning?
  • What are models for using assessment data to effect continuous improvement?
  • How have you used multiple measures to demonstrate student learning growth?
  • How have you worked – at a single institution or in collaboration with other universities – to develop measures of employer satisfaction?
  • How has increased candidate selectivity affected your teacher preparation program?
  • What research has been conducted to assess teacher preparation program criteria as predictors for PK-12 student learning?
  • How have your program improvement efforts encountered institutional resistance?
  • How have you worked with school partners to implement assessment-based program improvements?
  • In what ways do you engage in critical reflection of your work, and how has this reflection influenced your practice?
  • How do you define graduate success, and what is the evidence of this success?


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AACTE will host its second annual Job & Information Fair on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. The event will be held in the Conference Community Center and open to all Annual Meeting attendees.

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