AACTE's 67th Annual Meeting

AACTE's 67th Annual Meeting

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held February 27–March 1 in Atlanta. The conference theme is "Advancing the Imperative," supported by the four strands listed below:

  • The Moral Imperative: Diversity and Inclusion
  • The Profession Imperative: Marketing and Promoting the Profession
  • The Curricular Imperative: Innovative Practices That Embrace the New Landscape of Teaching and Teacher Education
  • The Research Imperative: Measuring the Impact of Teacher Education

Keynote Speakers

Marc Tucker
Linda Darling-Hammond
Etta Hollins

Marc S. Tucker

Tucker is president and chief executive officer of the National Center on Education and the Economy. He is an internationally recognized expert on academic and occupational standards and assessment, and he is among the leaders in researching the policies and practices of the countries with the best education systems in the world.

In the 1970s, Tucker was associate director of the National Institute of Education, in charge of the nation's government-funded research on education policy. He later created the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and authored its report, A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century. He led the Carnegie Forum team as it created the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and served as the National Board's first president.

Tucker also founded the National Center on Education and the Economy and, in that role, created the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, the New Standards Consortium, America's Choice (a comprehensive school reform program), and the National Institute for School Leadership and Excellence for All (a high school reform program). Cited by President Clinton as a major intellectual contributor to his administration's education and labor policies, Tucker was appointed by the president to the National Skills Standards Board.

He has also served as author, coauthor, or editor of many articles and several books and reports, including America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages!; Standards for Our Schools: How to Set Them, Measure Them, and Reach Them; Thinking for a Living: Education and the Wealth of Nations; The Principal Challenge; Tough Choices or Tough Times; Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education: Lessons from PISA for the United States; and Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World's Leading Systems. Tucker has testified frequently to the U.S. Congress and state legislatures and is the recipient of the 2014 ECS James Bryant Conant Award.

Linda Darling-Hammond

Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University (CA). There, she founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, which conducts research and policy analysis on issues affecting educational equity and opportunity, including curriculum, assessment, and teaching policy and practices. She also founded the School Redesign Network and the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and served as the faculty sponsor of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped to redesign.

Well-known as a leader in the profession, Darling-Hammond has conducted research on a wide range of policy issues affecting teaching and schooling and has advised policy makers and practitioners at all levels of government. From 1994 to 2001, she was executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, whose 1996 report, What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future, led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching and schooling and was named one of the most influential reports affecting U.S. education. In 2006, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s 10 most influential people affecting educational policy over the past decade, and in 2008, she served as the leader of President Barack Obama’s education policy transition team. She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014.

Among Darling-Hammond’s more than 400 publications are The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (which won her the 2012 Grawemeyer Award in Education); Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and Be Able to Do (with John Bransford, for the National Academy of Education, which helped land both authors the AACTE Pomeroy Award in 2006), Powerful Teacher Education: Lessons From Exemplary Programs, Teaching as the Learning Profession: Handbook of Policy and Practice (with Gary Sykes, awarded the National Staff Development Council’s Outstanding Book Award for 2000); Learning to Teach for Social Justice (with Jennifer French and Silvia Paloma Garcia-Lopez); and The Right to Learn (recipient of AERA’s Outstanding Book Award for 1998).

Etta Hollins

Author of Learning to Teach in Urban Schools, published in 2012, and editor of Rethinking Field Experiences in Preservice Teacher Preparation, to be released next spring, Hollins champions the preparation of teachers for diverse and underserved students by higher education, state departments, and school districts.

Hollins currently serves as the Ewing Marion Kaufmann Endowed Chair for Urban Teacher Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. As vice president for Division K of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Hollins has led the conversation on teaching and teacher education for AERA and is also a founding member of the NCATE/CAEP Transformation Initiatives Task Force and the CAEP Accreditation Council.

Hollins earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas, Austin; an M.Ed. in inner-city education from the University of Washington, Seattle; and a B.S. in social studies education from Pittsburg State University (KS).


Register now for AACTE's 67th Annual Meeting.

Registration Deadlines

Early Bird: November 6, 2014
Regular: February 2, 2015


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

Registration Fees

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


Faculty/administrators (assistant/associate professors, department chairs) with five or fewer years of experience in higher education and who have not previously attended AACTE’s Annual Meeting, identified by each institution’s chief representative. Limit 3 per institution. Chief Representatives and members of AACTE committees, including the Board of Directors are not eligible. No on-site registration allowed for Emerging Leaders. Learn how to identify Emerging Leaders. (members only)

Student ID must be presented on-site.

Registration is limited to the Welcoming and Speaker Spotlight sessions and unlimited access to the Conference Community Center and meal events there in. Spouse/Guest registrants are prohibited from attending major forums and concurrent sessions.

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 February 2, 2015. All refund requests received after this date will be denied. A $150.00 administrative fee will be deducted from each request. Refund payments will not be processed until after the Annual Meeting is over. 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 AND the request is received prior to the February 2, 2015 registration deadline. Contact Christine Tambini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-478-4591 to request a substitution. After February 2, substitutions can only be requested at On-site Registration.

Nationwide Event Inclement Weather Policy

All nationwide AACTE events, including but not limited to, AACTE's Annual Meeting, will be cancelled 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 cancelled 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, we unfortunately cannot refund your registration fee.


Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 521-0000
More information

Room Rate $189 (single/double)
Reservation Deadline February 2, 2015


Don't wait until the last second to make your reservation, as available rooms will fill up fast!

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Atlanta Marriott Marquis is located in the center of downtown Atlanta. The property is served by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). It is accessible from the airport via taxi or public transportation. For easy booking of flights, utilize AACTE's travel agency.


AACTE is going paper free!
We have eliminated program books.
You can access the full agenda and plan your schedule in AACTE's Online Event Planner.


Download the Meeting-at-a-Glance schedule for the 2015 Annual Meeting (subject to change).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. New Board Member Orientation
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Board of Directors Dinner
Thursday, February 26, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. AACTE Headquarters Open
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Exhibitor Set-up in Conference Community Center
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Board of Director's Meeting
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Holmes Scholars Preconference Sessions
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CAEP logoCAEP Preconference
Additional cost. Separate registration required.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. AACTE Committee Meetings
Friday, February 27, 2015
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)
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Holmes Scholars Deans and Coordinators' Meeting
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ACSR Business Meeting
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Holmes Scholars Business Meeting
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Brunch Available*
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Conference Community Center Open
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Welcoming Session
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Major Forums
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Around the Association in 60 Minutes
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Opening Reception*
Saturday, February 28, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast*
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration/AACTE Headquarters/Press Office Open
8:00 a.m. - 11:00a.m. Conference Community Center Open
9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Affiliate Group Meetings (may require separate registration)
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Major Forums
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break Available*
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. AACTE Town Hall Meeting
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Conference Community Center Open
3:00 p.m. 5:15 p.m. AACTE Job Fair*
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Holmes Scholars Closing Session
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Receptions by Various Groups/Institutions/Organizations
Sunday, March 1, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast*
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration/AACTE Headquarters/Press Office Open
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Conference Community Center Open
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Speaker Spotlight Session
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Major Forums
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Meetings & Professional Development Committee Meeting


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


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Download 2015 Exhibitors/Sponsors Prospectus

Silver 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.

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.

Taskstream makes it easier for you to assess how well you are meeting your goals, showcase your accomplishments, and identify where to improve. With Taskstream’s assessment planning, e-portfolio, rubric scoring and reporting, clinical experience management, and survey capabilities, educators and students are focusing on what matters most to their success.

Tk20 provides comprehensive assessment solutions to accredited colleges for teacher education nationwide. Features such as field experience, applications, portfolios, advising, and transition point management offer seamless reporting at course, program, and unit levels. With our unrivaled implementation support and new Accreditation Report templates, preparing for reviews has never been easier.

General Sponsors

Peregrine Academic Services is a leader in global higher education support services. Peregrine's Early Childhood Education (ECE) exam services provide a direct assessment instrument designed to meet specific goals of an ECE program. The ECE services satisfy regulatory and accreditation requirements for outcomes assessment and assurance of learning.

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AACTE holds its Annual Meeting, the premier educator preparation conference in the nation, in late February/early March each year. The Annual Meeting provides a forum for educators to engage in meaningful discussions, share research and practices, and become better equipped to drive change in the educator preparation field. Join the nationwide conversation on educator preparation's future, while connecting with over 2,000 education leaders and suppliers, and let us help you achieve your most ambitious goals by attending our Annual Meeting.

Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis :: Atlanta, GA

AACTE is going Paper Free!

In an effort to be environmentally responsible, we have eliminated program books and we are going green! You can access the full agenda and plan your schedule in AACTE's Event Planner tool. Schedules can be printed ahead of time or accessed through mobile device, tablet, or laptop on-site in common areas and guest rooms where internet is available. The Event Planner is updated in real time, so you will know when changes and cancellations have occurred right on-site! Please note: Since not all meeting rooms are equipped with Internet service, please download any items you may wish.

Future Annual Meetings

  • 2015 - February 27-March 1, Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atlanta, GA
  • 2016 - February 23-25, The Mirage, Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NV
  • 2017 - March 2-4, Tampa Convention Center | Tampa, FL
  • 2018 - March 1-3, Baltimore Convention Center | Baltimore, MD

Annual Meeting Highlights

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AACTE News15


Annual Meeting on Twitter

See What You Missed in 2014

Visit the Learning Center to watch video recordings from previous Annual Meetings. Welcome Sessions and Speaker Spotlight Sessions are public, while other recordings are available only to conference registrants.

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See What you Missed
Diane Ravitch
Diane Ravitch
Deborah Ball
Deborah Ball