Student Loan Solutions: Helping You Prepare Students

Wednesday, November 15, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Educators face multiple challenges to their financial well-being. One is the challenge of repaying student loan debt. This webinar focuses on how you can help students prepare to remove debt through federal government loan forgiveness programs, how to make payments more manageable through available loan repayment options, and how to redirect these savings to achieve their financial goal, relieve stress and have a better focus on work. Plus, it discusses how delivery of a financial education program can help differentiate your placement office when working with hiring employers.

This free webinar will include time for Q&A. It will also be recorded and archived for future reference. View the recordings of previous webinars in this series here.


Jon Bernardy serves as Director, Student Loan Solutions, for The Horace Mann Companies.

In this role, Jon leads the company's efforts to provide education and solutions designed to help educational employees manage student loan debt. In addition to leading the provision of educational workshops by Horace Mann representatives, He has presented at multiple local, state and national association conferences, focusing on showing employees ways to find savings and redirect those savings to their own financial wellness. Plus, he manages the company's department of loan experts, who explain loan forgiveness programs and refinancing options, helping employees identify which programs they are eligible-for and how they can qualify for them.

Jim Yale serves as Vice President, Market Access, for The Horace Mann Companies.

In his role, Jim leads the company's overall efforts to work with employers on worksite programs designed to improve employee financial wellness, including workshops on State Retirement System benefits, Section 125 Services, Retirement Readiness, using to fund out-of-pocket classroom expenses, plus other topics. He manages the services provided through Horace Mann's partnerships with over 80 state and national educational associations.


Rodrick Lucero, Vice President, AACTE


Location: Webinar

Call for Entries: 2019 AACTE Awards

Award winners will be honored at the 2019 AACTE Annual Meeting, February 22–24 in Louisville, Kentucky, during the general sessions.

Future Annual Meetings

  • 2019 – February 22-24, Kentucky International Convention Center | Louisville, KY
  • 2020 – February 28 – March 1, Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atlanta, GA
  • 2021 – February 26-28, Washington State Convention Center | Seattle, WA

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.

See What You Missed in 2018

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.

Keynote Panel
Opening Session Keynote Panel
Diane Ravitch
Closing by Diane Ravitch
Major Forums
Five Deeper Dives Sessions
70th Annual Meeting Highlights