2015 Washington Week

AACTE's Washington Week is held each June in the nation's capital and features three key events: Day on the Hill, the State Leaders Institute, and the Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute. For 2015, we will also offer a special conference (free of charge!) on closing the STEM achievement gap. All four events are connected under the theme "Washington Week: Diverse Perspectives, Deep Partnerships, One Profession."


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STEM Conference: June 9, 2015

STEM Conference, June 9 - Join a multidisciplinary group of education researchers and practitioners from around the world at this special event sponsored by the National Science Foundation: “Progress and Factors That Contribute to Closing the STEM Achievement Gap.” The event will feature a cross-national analysis of STEM teacher qualifications and achievement gaps; discussions will explore collaboration with colleges of engineering and other disciplines and strategies to strengthen STEM literacy for the broader teaching workforce. Registration is complimentary, but space is limited!

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  Member Nonmember
Registration Complimentary Complimentary

State Leaders Institute: June 9-10, 2015

State Leaders Institute, June 9-10, 2015 – Offered to current leaders of AACTE's state chapters, this program is the forum to discuss important trends in state policies related to educator preparation. Attendees interact with other leaders from across the United States, learning strategies and collaborating to increase their state chapters' capacity and advocate for the profession.

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  Member Nonmember
Registration $200 * $300
Principal, PK-12 teacher, or other nonfaculty partner $50 $50

* Register for Day on the Hill together with the State Leaders Institute or the STEM conference and get 15% off your total registration fees.

Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute: June 9-11, 2015

Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute, June 9-11, 2015 – Created for current AACTE Holmes Scholars®, this experience allows attendees insider experiences in the world of education policy. Students in attendance will learn about the implications of current policy on research and programming that focus on minority populations. Registration for this institute includes participation in Day on the Hill.

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  Member Nonmember
Holmes Scholar $250 N/A
(Members Only)

Day on the Hill: June 10-11, 2015

Day on the Hill, June 10-11, 2015 – The signature component of Washington Week, Day on the Hill provides AACTE members an opportunity to meet with their representatives as well as the latest information on education policy from Capitol Hill. The event includes training and resources for members to conduct meetings with congressional offices, where they can showcase their successful programs and advocate for relevant legislation or funding.

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  Member Nonmember
First registrant $125 * N/A
(Members Only)
Second registrant (same university) $75 * N/A
(Members Only)
Third registrant (same university) $75 * N/A
(Members Only)
Fourth+ registrant (same university) $50 N/A
(Members Only)
Holmes Scholar FREE **
(if registering together with Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute)
(Members Only)
Teacher candidate $50 N/A
(Members Only)
Principal, PK-12 teacher, or other nonfaculty partner $50 N/A
(Members Only)

* Register for Day on the Hill together with the State Leaders Institute or the STEM conference and get 15% off your total registration fees.



Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2600 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC, 20008

Conference rate is $229.
Space is limited; hotel rooms must be reserved by 6:00 p.m. May 18, 2015, to be eligible for the conference rate.

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State Leaders Institute (SLI) Holmes Scholars Institute STEM Conference Day on the Hill (DOH)

Monday, June 8, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

AACTE Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

SLI Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 12:00 a.m.

Holmes Scholars Sessions

  • Welcome
  • Round robin discussions
  • Advocacy 201: Finding Your Voice
  • U.S. Department of Education Visit (Part 1)

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SLI Sessions

  • Welcome
  • State of the states
  • Federal regulations
  • State of the Association

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Holmes Scholars Lunch (provided)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

SLI Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Holmes Scholars Sessions

  • U.S. Department of Education Visit (Part 2)
  • Business meeting

1:15 – 5:00 p.m.

SLI Sessions

  • Developing relationships with officials
  • CAEP updates/accountability systems
  • State chapter action planning
  • Wrap up & review

1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

STEM Conference

  • Welcome
  • Global Perspectives and Best Practices
  • Investment for the Future
  • Closing Remarks

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Washington Week Reception (open to all event participants)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

8:20 – 9:00 a.m.

SLI Breakfast in Regional Groups

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

SLI Session

  • Chapter Capacity Building

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Holmes Scholars Breakfast and Sessions:

  • Education Panel
  • Career Exploration

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

SLI Breakout Sessions (choose one)

  • Performance assessment
  • Member benefits vs. chapter benefits
  • ACSR new chapter leader orientation
  • Lessons learned on accreditation reviews

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

SLI Sessions

  • Communication with the public with PK-12 partners
  • Closing (boxed lunches provided for SLI registrants)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Holmes Scholars Lunch (provided)

12:00 p.m.

Day on the Hill Registration Opens

1:00 – 5:30 p.m.

DOH Sessions

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Capitol Hill Update
  • Advocacy and Collaborations
  • Member Policy Panel
  • Practice Talking Points/Hill Meetings
  • Q&A and Closing Remarks

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Day on the Hill Reception

Thursday, June 11, 2015

7:30 a.m.

DOH Buses Depart for Capitol Hill

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

DOH Breakfast on Capitol Hill

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

DOH Hill Visits

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Happy Hour Debrief

Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park :: Washington DC

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