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AACTE Emphasizes Pedagogy and High-Impact Practice at 64th Annual Meeting, February 17-19, in Chicago

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(Feb. 10, 2012, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will host its 64th Annual Meeting in Chicago, February 17-19, 2012. Under the theme, “Imagine the Impact: Providing a Learning Journey for All,” this year's meeting will engage attendees in the nationwide discussion of educator preparation's future, encouraging professionals to implement the most effective strategies, drive change and ultimately make a positive impact on student learning in their communities.

Among the many highlights of the meeting will be a Welcoming Session featuring renowned author, lecturer and Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen, D.B.A. Christensen will discuss principles from his latest book, The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out(Jossey-Bass, 2011), coauthored with Henry J. Eyring, which analyzes the roots of traditional institutions of higher education and the changes needed to thrive in the future. A Speaker Spotlight Session will host Yong Zhao, Ph.D., a leading authority on education policy, reforms and global competitiveness, who will share his perspective on national standards, standardization and what must be done to cultivate global competencies.

A set of 12 Major Forums will explore such timely topics as improving preparation of elementary mathematics teachers; comparing various teacher recruitment programs; implementing the Common Core State Standards; and partnering with local communities to turn around schools. Just a few of the many high-profile speakers for the Major Forums include: Barnett Barry (Center for Teaching Quality); Arthur Levine (Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation); Michael Yudin (U.S. Department of Education); Veronica Boix Mansilla (Harvard University); Christine Sorensen (University of Hawaii at Manoa); Steve Tozer (University of Illinois – Chicago); Deborah Ball (University of Michigan) and Bruce Field (University of South Carolina).

AACTE's Annual Meeting also boasts more than 200 other sessions focused on utilizing the latest top-notch research, expanding pedagogical thinking, identifying best practices and innovations for enhancing student achievement, enhancing practices for assessing teacher candidates' effectiveness, engaging in strategic partnerships and many other imperative, pressing topics.

“AACTE and our members have been dedicated to moving toward a future for educator preparation that features improved achievement for today's diverse student learners,” said Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., president and CEO of AACTE. “Our theme and every session we host at this year's Annual Meeting will encompass a commitment to focus the profession more explicitly on the pedagogy and practices associated with high-impact educator development. We will host hundreds of highly regarded speakers from all facets of education – from our friends to our critics, researchers to policy makers, teachers to K-12 students and more. This will certainly be a can't-miss event.”

AACTE's Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on the Riverwalk, opening with preconference workshops on Friday, Feb. 17, from 8-11 a.m., and concluding with concurrent sessions on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2:45 p.m. Registration is available on-site. To inquire about press credentials, contact AACTE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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AACTE: Serving Learners
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The 800 institutions holding AACTE membership represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. AACTE's reach and influence fuel its mission of serving learners by providing all school personnel with superior training and continuing education.