AACTE 69th Annual Meeting

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.

The 69th Annual Meeting will be held March 2-4, 2017, in Tampa, Florida. Sessions will be based in a convention center, supported by several nearby hotels. Details about registration, lodging, sponsor/exhibitor opportunities, and more will be available in August 2016.

Registration

Registration Deadlines

Early Bird: October 19, 2016
Regular: February 3, 2017

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 $450 $495 $525
Nonmember $640 $680 $710
Emerging Leader ★ $160 $185 N/A
PK-12 Partner ♦ $160 $185 N/A
Student ♥ $90 $100 $120
Spouse/Guest * $75 $85 $105

★ 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)

♦ PK-12 PARTNER
PK-12 Partners are those individuals who are primarily employed by a school district, who also have a role in the preparation of teachers. In order to receive the discounted rate, AACTE's PK-12 Partners must currently be employed by a school district participating in an active partnership program with a school, college, or department of education.

♥ 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 February 5, 2017. 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. “No-shows” will not receive a refund if cancellation request is not made prior to cancellation date. 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 February 5, 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.

AACTE Event Conduct Policy

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas. It is the policy of AACTE that all participants in AACTE-sanctioned events will enjoy a welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. All participants in AACTE events agree to comply with all rules and conditions of the events, which are subject to change without notice. This policy applies to all participants in AACTE events, including but not limited to attendees, students, guests, staff, sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, and partners in sessions, workshops, and other social or networking convenings at any AACTE meeting or other event.

All individuals must behave responsibly at AACTE events in which they participate. Threatening physical or verbal actions and disorderly or disruptive conduct will not be tolerated. Harassment, including verbal comments relating to gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other protected status, or sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unauthorized or inappropriate photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention, will not be tolerated. All individuals participating in AACTE events must comply with these standards of behavior.

Violations should be reported to a senior AACTE staff member present at the event. In AACTE's sole discretion, unacceptable behavior may result in removal from or denial of access to event facilities or activities, and other penalties, without refund of any applicable registration fees or other costs. In addition, violations may be reported to the offending individual's employer. Repeat offenders may be banned from future AACTE events.

Hotels

All Tampa hotels in AACTE’s room block are listed below with the distance noted from the Tampa Convention Center (TCC); all rates are single/double:

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
(Headquarters Hotel)
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Room Rate $199
Distance Less than one block Map It
Phone (813) 221-4900
The link for hotel reservations will be available exclusively on your registration confirmation.
Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center
513 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Room Rate $209/$219
Distance Less than one block Map It
Phone (813) 769-8300
The link for hotel reservations will be available exclusively on your registration confirmation.
Westin Tampa Harbour Island
725 South Harbour Island Blvd
Tampa, FL 33602
Room Rate $189
Distance 2.5 blocks Map It
Phone (813) 229-5000
The link for hotel reservations will be available exclusively on your registration confirmation.
Hilton Tampa Downtown
211 North Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Room Rate $199/$219
Distance Distance: 3 blocks Map It
Phone (813) 204-3000
The link for hotel reservations will be available exclusively on your registration confirmation.

Hotels will sell out quickly. We recommend booking your hotel reservation(s) as soon as you register. Cut-off date to reserve your hotel at the discounted meeting rates is February 5, 2017.

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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.

 

2017 Annual Meeting at a Glance (subject to change)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. New Board Member Orientation
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Board of Directors Dinner

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration and Conference Community Center Load-In
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. AACTE Headquarters Open
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Preconference Events (TBD)
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Holmes Program Annual Meeting (By Invite Only)
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. TAG Business Meetings
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-up in Conference Community Center
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. AACTE Committee Meetings

Thursday, March 2, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Affiliate Group Meetings (may require separate registration) AILACTE CADREI TECSCU NADEC
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Exhibitor Set-Up in Conference Community Center
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
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Brunch Available*
10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Conference Community Center Open
11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Welcoming Session
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Major Forums
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Around the Association in 60 Minutes
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Leadership Academy Reception
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Opening Reception*

Friday, March 3, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast*
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference Community Center Open
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration/AACTE Headquarters/Press Office Open
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Major Forums
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Affiliate Group Meetings (may require separate registration)
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Roundtable Sessions*
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Coffee Break Available*
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. AACTE Business Meeting
1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. AACTE Job and Information Fair
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Roundtable Sessions*
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. – 3:30 p.m. Roundtable Sessions*
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Receptions by Various Groups/Institutions/Organizations

Saturday, March 4, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration/AACTE Headquarters/Press Office Open
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Conference Community Center Open
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break Available*
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Major Forums
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. Meetings & Professional Development Committee Meeting

All sessions with a * will be in the Conference Community Center, located in Ballroom BC in the Tampa Convention Center.

All Sessions in BLUE will take place in the Tampa Convention Center.

All Sessions in GREEN will take place in the Tampa Marriott Waterside.

All sessions in Bold Italics will have no other sessions scheduled against them.

For information on Affiliate Group Meeting registration, contact your Affiliate Group.

Conference Content

Featured Speakers

Welcoming Session

Shaun Harper, Professor and Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania.

Learn more here.


Speaker Spotlight Session

Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute, and Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus, Stanford University

Learn more here.

Conference Theme and Strands

Theme

Acting as One: The Power of the Professional Community

The imperative to improve outcomes for our nation’s increasingly diverse learners demands the support of a unified professional community. Whether we are classroom teachers, teacher educators, superintendents, researchers, or in any other role in education, we all work in service of the same ultimate goals—€”yet we often get caught up in our own roles to the exclusion of others in the field. When we fail to think and act as a unified community, we risk developing conflicting practices and values, which holds us all back. But when we identify as one, we realize remarkable dividends academically, politically, and professionally.

To understand the power of collaboration across traditional boundaries, we might look to the Teacher Quality Partnerships, or to the professional development schools that have been uniting various players in education—€”for more than 20 years, in some cases—€”for mutual support and benefit. By engaging all colleagues across the halls of academe, PK-12 classrooms, and beyond, we are empowered to develop and build upon a shared knowledge base and achieve greater progress on the problems of practice.

As a community, we can develop a robust career pipeline for teachers: recruiting strong candidates, focusing the preservice curriculum on effective pedagogy, securing placements in engaged clinical and community sites, supporting new teachers in induction programs, and developing and strategically deploying teacher leaders. As a community, we can determine how to recognize and reward the work of clinically based faculty, as well as how to better incorporate their experiences and lessons into the profession’s knowledge base. As a community, we can invite input on our work-in-progress and nurture a culture of continuous improvement through collegial feedback and knowledge-sharing. This is the power of a unified professional community.

To accomplish this work, educator preparation must cultivate relationships that break down silos internally and externally. Clinical partnerships, engagement with colleagues across disciplines, and collaboration with service professions must become the norm. However, to elevate these relationships beyond the superficial, we must be willing to face difficult conversations and other obstacles. A shared commitment to transparency and accountability is a fundamental requirement for navigating the dynamic tensions of partnerships.

Building a broad-based professional community in local settings is not easily done, but by sharing our stumbles and successes, we can improve as a larger community. The 69th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education will bring the profession together to do just that. Together, we will cultivate our common understanding in four key areas: community engagement on problems of practice; the knowledge base on advancing teaching and learning; practices that increase access and equity for all learners; and ways to gauge our impact for accountability and program improvement purposes.

Proposals are invited to address the following strands:

Strand I – The Knowledge Base for Teaching and Learning

All members of a professional community need to be explicit about acting on and continuously building shared knowledge. In education, no matter where we teach, we all should be drawing on the same evidence base for effective pedagogy. What does this knowledge base look like? How do we foster its growth, and how do we engage all educators in its development and deployment?

The purpose of this strand is to focus on innovations and inquiry in teaching, models of effective instruction, and the roles of partners and improvement mechanisms in knowledge production.

Proposals in this strand are encouraged to address one or more of the following questions:

  • What is the evidence for the effectiveness of instructional innovations across different subjects, student characteristics, and levels?
  • How do you incorporate key findings from neuroscience, psychology, and other disciplines to influence the curriculum in educator preparation?
  • What skills do your candidates develop, and how are they documented, regarding accessing and contributing to our shared knowledge base?
  • How does your program model effective pedagogy and content-specific pedagogy for your candidates, including collaboration with colleagues in other disciplines?
  • What new models support the collaborative development of professional knowledge (e.g., special interest groups, Networked Improvement Communities, online collaboration) and how do they fit or conflict with traditional models (e.g., peer-reviewed journals)?
  • How has a focus on teaching and learning promoted research and scholarship on your campus?

Strand II – Community Engagement on Problems of Practice

Engaging the community beyond the college of education walls is essential to unifying the profession. New partnerships thrive with a shared sense of urgency and recognition of mutual interest. These partnerships span university colleagues outside of educator preparation, PK-12 schools and districts, virtual instructional settings, professional educational and community organizations, and peer institutions around the state or beyond. Traditional boundaries and silos that have inhibited trust and limited cooperative action must be dismantled, and common goals must be established for supporting the next generation of learners.

The purpose of this strand is to examine the partnerships and mechanisms within and outside higher education that promote and support the development of shared knowledge and practice.

Proposals in this strand are encouraged to address one or more of the following questions:

  • How do you engage with community and other professional organizations in the preparation of your candidates, and what are some ways in which you have engaged parties that have not typically collaborated with educator preparation programs?
  • Which processes do you use to ensure that voices of multiple stakeholders are considered in program development and improvement?
  • What are the types and purposes of the partnerships (i.e., PK-12, business, community organizations, foundations, government) you have established, and how do they benefit your program and the profession? What challenges have you overcome to enhance existing partnerships or engage new partners?
  • What objectives and outcomes frame MOUs among partners, such as those that support aspiring teachers and the induction of new teachers?
  • What are the difficult conversations you have engaged in that resulted in program improvement?
  • What is the evidence that partnerships have made a difference in the preparation of your teacher candidates and teacher leaders?

Strand III – Social Responsibility: Access and Equity

In light of the increasingly diverse student population and persistent inequities in their access to educational opportunities, we need to collaborate across the education profession to reconsider the implications of serving all learners for what educators need to learn and be able to do. How do we develop and recognize these abilities, and how do we deploy them strategically in the field? Cultural competence among all educators is a pedagogical imperative, for example, and today’s inclusive classrooms demand that general educators be prepared in special education as well.

The purpose of this strand is to document specific evidence from programs, practices, and interdisciplinary innovations that increase educators’ preparedness for meeting the needs of all learners.

Proposals in this strand are encouraged to address one or more of the following questions:

  • How do you strengthen candidates’ competence to address access and equity issues (e.g., teaching students from diverse linguistic, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds)?
  • How do special and general educators collaborate to meet the needs of all students, and what competencies must all teachers have to work with students with disabilities in inclusive settings?
  • How do content-area courses and field work prepare candidates to address the academic difficulties and cultural disconnects encountered by PK-12 students?
  • How are you preparing your candidates to serve as advocates for greater justice, equity, and inclusion of all students?
  • What are examples of effective programs and practices to increase the diversity of educator candidates?
  • Excluding clinical practice/internships, how does your program prepare candidates to engage with, empower, and strengthen community sustainability? What is the evidence of these efforts’ effectiveness and impact?

Strand IV – Continuous Improvement and Accountability

As members of the professional community evaluate their own work and share findings in the field, we each have the responsibility to contribute to each other’s improvement as well as uphold our own work’s professional integrity. For educator preparation programs to gauge teacher candidates’ impact in practice, for example, we need common understanding with mentors and faculty in clinical settings around performance standards and measurements, grounded in shared ethical values and a shared responsibility for the outcomes. We also benefit from action research and other feedback from the field on our programs and graduates, and we are responsible for acting on that evidence for continuous improvement. For external accountability to governmental or accreditation agencies, our united professional perspective has obvious benefits.

The purpose of this strand is to explore measures of programs’ impact on PK-12 students, teachers’ perceptions of their professional preparation, and shared values and practices related to continuous improvement and accountability.

Proposals in this strand are encouraged to address one or more of the following questions:

  • What measures and methods do you use to document impact and inform improvement, in your own programs and in your partnerships? What ethical values undergird this work?
  • How do you engage the professional community (partner schools, graduates, peer institutions) to assess your programs’ effectiveness, and how do you support one another as partners for continuous improvement?
  • How do you communicate transparently across programs, with policy makers, and with other stakeholders?
  • How do you develop common understanding with your partners and agree on roles and responsibilities when it comes to accountability for academic success, program improvement, and effective practice?
  • How and where should the professional community share data on capacity, productivity, and performance of the various actors in education at the local, state, and national levels?
  • How do you use program outcomes, data, and other evidence of effectiveness to promote the profession and your program through public relations, advocacy, and community engagement?
  • What are tensions between state approval or accreditation mechanisms and your program goals and/or outcomes, and how have you navigated these tensions in productive ways?

Venue

The 2017 Annual Meeting will take place at the Tampa Convention Center (TCC), nestled on the banks of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. Less than 20 years old, the TCC is an inviting and attractive venue, boasting ample and flexible space well-suited to host AACTE's Annual Meeting. Attendees will stay connected with free WiFi throughout the TCC.

Most AACTE sessions will be held at the TCC, with additional meetings and events taking place at the adjacent Tampa Marriott Waterside. For additional information, please see the Schedule tab. Attendees will walk a short distance from AACTE's host hotels to enter the new digs at the TCC.

Tampa Convention Center (TCC)
Tampa Convention Center (TCC)

Whereas recent Annual Meetings have been staged almost entirely in a single host hotel, 2017 will kick off the first of three years where the event will be held in a downtown convention center space. The TCC is the perfect place to come experience the new AACTE Annual Meeting.

Please view a short video below for more information about the TCC.

 

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Call for Entries: 2017 AACTE Awards

  • Submission Deadline for Outstanding Book Award: June 14, 2016
  • Submission Deadline for Outstanding Dissertation Award: August 16, 2016
  • Submission Deadline for All Other Awards: October 12, 2016

View Call for Entries Submit Online

Award winners will be honored at the 2017 AACTE Annual Meeting, March 2–4 in Tampa, Florida, during the general sessions.

See What You Missed in 2016

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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Town Hall
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Speaker Spotlight
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Future Annual Meetings

  • 2017 - March 2-4, Tampa Convention Center | Tampa, FL
  • 2018 - March 1-3, Baltimore Convention Center | Baltimore, MD
  • 2019 – February 22-24, Kentucky International Convention Center | Louisville, KY
  • 2020 – February 28 – March 1, Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atlanta, GA

Site Selection Procedures

Annual Meeting Site Selection Procedures

AACTE considers many factors in determining its future locations for the Annual Meeting, which brings together over 2,000 individuals in the educator preparation field each year. These factors include but are not limited to geographic and cultural diversity, attendee cost, available meeting space, and social justice considerations.

The following priorities guide Annual Meeting site selection:

  1. Location
    1. Selection of a site 4-5 years in advance.
    2. Rotation among U.S. regions, with at least one western region destination every five years.
    3. Urban destination with accessible airlift, affordable airfare, and local travel infrastructure.
    4. Available dates that coincide with AACTE's preferred time frame of late February or early March.
    5. Favorable antidiscrimination and accessibility policies, including those related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, physical ability, health conditions, socioeconomic status, and marital, domestic, or parental status.
    6. Presence of AACTE members in the vicinity of the destination.
  2. Facilities/Space
    1. Adequate amount of meeting rooms, exhibit areas, and other space to meet the Annual Meeting's needs.
    2. Accessibility of facilities/space.
    3. Compact Annual Meeting footprint.
    4. Proximity of hotel partners.
    5. Transportation logistics and cost.
    6. Sizeable block of rooms available at primary hotels.
  3. Cost/Affordability
    1. Guest room rates.
    2. Complimentary facilities or services provided.
    3. Rental rates for facilities.
    4. Food and beverage expenditure requirements.
    5. Labor expenses.
    6. Audio/visual rental costs.
    7. Incentives offered by either the destination or its subsidiary partners.

Annual Meeting Highlights