Leveraging Community Resources to Strengthen Clinical Practice for New Principals: Investigation Techniques for School Safety

Wednesday, February 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

Prompt, thorough investigations are an important tool for gathering critical information that affects the safety and well-being of a school, yet many new principals lack training on how to conduct fair and competent investigations. Expert panelists will discuss best practices, legal guidelines, and common mistakes.

traci-gile Traci Gile is principal of Lopez Elementary in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has been a proud public school educator for 20 years. When she was a high school teacher, she became an inaugural staff member of the Colorado Online School Consortium, and she oversaw and provided training in technology integration and 21st-century skills to all instructional staff. Additionally, she designed and taught induction courses for new teachers entering the district. Another part of the position was creating professional development for teachers in standards-based teaching and learning as well as best practices in assessment. This experience led to consulting work in Mapleton School District in Denver and the parochial schools in New Orleans, LA. In 2004, she entered the principal licensure program at Colorado State University's School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation. After completing the program, she became principal of Mary Blair Elementary School in 2005. During this time, she went back to Colorado State to pursue a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and wrote her dissertation on principal leadership during systemic reform, specifically focusing on Response to Intervention.

roy-tripi Roy Tripi is dean of students at Wellington Middle School in Wellington, Colorado. He spent 19 years teaching physical education and health at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins before enrolling in the principal licensure program at Colorado State University. He is now in his first year as a school leader and has enjoyed this new opportunity to work with students and teachers to maintain a positive learning environment for all students.

stason-ikenouye Stason Ikenouye is a private investigator and professional instructor with over 10 years of law enforcement, special operations, security, investigative, and instructional experience. A POST-certified firearms instructor and NRA Patrol Rifle instructor, he has served as a SWAT operator, police detective, county critical incident response team detective, field evidence technician, school resource officer, and field training officer. Ikenouye has also served as a security supervisor for a U.S. Military installation and was responsible for the physical security of the premises and personnel. His professional recognitions include a lifesaving award during a methamphetamine lab investigation, a unit citation for investigative efforts during a shooting investigation, and an award of valor for disregarding personal safety and entering a burning building and carrying an unconscious victim to safety.

Moderators: Donna Cooner and Wendy Fothergill, Colorado State University


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.

2019 Annual Meeting Program

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