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AACTE 72nd Annual Meeting

2020 Annual Meeting Banner

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 72nd Annual Meeting, themed “Disrupting Inequities: Educating for Change,” will be held February 28 – March 1, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Sessions will take place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Mark your calendar, and prepare to join us next year!

We thank each of you who joined us for the 71st Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY! Attendees can view highlights and video recordings of the General Sessions and all Deeper Dives by accessing the AACTE Resource Library.

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Conference Information


Early Bird
(on or before
October 30, 2019)
Advance Registration
(on or before
January 24, 2020)
Onsite Registration
(after January 24, 2020)
Member Rate $499 $549 $599
Non Member Rate $699 $769 $839
Emerging Leader ** $249 $249 N/A
Student or Holmes Scholar $99 $129 $159

** 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)

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 AACTE Director of Meetings & Events Linda Minor at

Cancellation Policy
Notice of cancellation or any request for refund of conference registration fees–must be made in writing and received by January 24, 2020. 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 meeting has concluded.  “No-shows” will not receive a refund. Cancellation and refund requests should be e-mailed to AACTE Membership Administration & Benefits Manager Gloriatine Jones at 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 Linda Minor at to request a substitution. After January 24, 2020, substitutions can be requested only at on-site registration.

AACTE Event Emergency and Inclement Weather Policy
All nationwide AACTE events, including but not limited to the 2020 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
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.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images and Video Policy
AACTE reserves the right to use photographs and video taken at AACTE events for marketing purposes including, but not limited to, on social media, on our various websites, and in print and/or e-mail marketing campaigns. By registering for an AACTE event, you authorize AACTE to use your likeness without additional permission for these purposes.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. New Board Member Orientation
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m AACTE Executive Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Board of Directors Dinner (Off Site)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m AACTE Headquarters Open
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m AACTE Preconference Events
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Holmes Programming
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-Up
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Topical Action Group (TAG) Business Meetings
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. AACTE Committee Meetings

Friday, February 28, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m Affiliate Group Meetings (may require separate registration)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m Continental Breakfast Available
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Conference Community Center Open
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m AACTE Headquarters Open
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Learning Labs
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m AACTE Gallery Open
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break Available
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Conversations with Coffee (Gallery)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Learning Labs
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Learning Labs
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Opening Keynote
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Deeper Dive Sessions
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception

Saturday, February 29, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. AACTE Headquarters Open
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast Available
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conference Community Center Open
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Roundtable Sessions
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Learning Labs
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. AACTE Gallery Open
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break Available
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Conversations with Coffee (Gallery)
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Roundtable Sessions
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Learning Labs
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ACSR Business Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Roundtable Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Learning Labs
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Break Available
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m AACTE Business Meeting
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Learning Labs
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Deeper Dive Sessions
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Receptions by Various Groups/Institutions/Organizations

Sunday March 1, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AACTE Headquarters Open
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Learning Labs
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Deeper Dive Sessions
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Closing Keynote
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Meetings & Professional Development Committee Meeting

Conference Content

Opening Keynote

Robin DiAngelo

Robin DiAngelo, Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington

Robin DiAngelo serves as the affiliate associate professor of education at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses in multicultural teaching, inter-group dialogue facilitation, cultural diversity and social justice, and anti-racist education. She is widely recognized for her research in critical discourse analysis and whiteness studies. DiAngelo is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has authored numerous publications and books, including Is Everybody Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Critical Social Justice Education, co-written with Özlem Sensoy.  This book won the American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award (2012) and the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2018). In 2011, DiAngelo coined the term “white fragility” in an academic article, which influenced the national dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, was released in June 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. She received a Ph.D. in multicultural education from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2004. She earned tenure at Westfield State University in Massachusetts.

Learn more about Robin DiAngelo at

Closing Keynote

Rodney Robinson

Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year

Rodney Robinson, a 19-year teaching veteran, is the 2019 National Teacher of the Year. He became a teacher to honor his mother, who struggled to receive an education after being denied an education as a child due to segregation and poverty in rural Virginia. In 2015, Robinson started teaching at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, in an effort to better understand the school-to-prison pipeline.

Robinson uses the whole child approach to education to help students who are most vulnerable. His classroom is a collaborative partnership between himself and his students and is anchored in him providing a civic centered education that promotes social-emotional growth. Robinson uses the knowledge he has gained from his students to develop alternative programs to prevent students from entering the school-to-prison pipeline.

Robinson has been published three times by Yale University and has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in and out of the classroom, most notably the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a member of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Education Compact Team, which includes politicians, educators, business leaders, and community leaders, and is working with city leaders and local colleges to recruit underrepresented male teachers into the field of education. He has also worked with Pulitzer Award winning author James Foreman on developing curriculum units on race, class, and punishment as a part of the Yale Teacher’s Institute.

Robinson earned a bachelor of arts in history from Virginia State University and a master’s in educational administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Learn more about Rodney Robinson at

Disrupting Inequities: Educating for Change

The 2020 Annual Meeting is themed Disrupting Inequities: Educating for Change,” conceptualized as follows in the call for proposals:

Over the last year, we have witnessed a rapidly changing society. These changes are driven by policy and policymakers with limited knowledge of best practices for working with dynamic and diverse school communities. In turn, this politically-motivated process has produced a grand narrative, while claiming to be colorblind and neutral, that tends to represent a small, privileged portion of the U.S. population.

As educators, scholars, and practitioners, we are keenly aware of the systemic failure occurring in PK-16 environments that serve our most vulnerable populations. We know that high school dropout rates and elementary school reading test score data are being utilized to predict the need for state prisons. We know that teachers, administrators, counselors, and psychologists are mobilized to address issues related to trauma associated with forced separation of immigrant families, disparate policing policies, and intolerance to the LGBTQ community. We also know that people of color, students with disabilities, and individuals from low-income communities are disproportionally impacted by punitive classroom practice and have unequal access to high quality teachers, which is the best predictor of school success. Apathy and a sense of complacency have allowed de facto segregation along racial, geographic, and socio-economic lines at levels that exceed legally-enforced segregation policies of the past, thus entrenching inequalities in under-resourced schools.

As a profession, we are uniquely positioned to obstruct injustice and challenge the dominant ideology and majoritarian narratives. We must promote ways to enhance the learning and development of all students. It is time that we, as educators, become the driving force in crafting our narrative on behalf of our profession, education as a whole, and particularly, PK-16 students. This narrative includes effective educational practices and policies with goals and outcomes that reflect the success of all students. By redefining the meaning and markers for success, we can encourage students to become active learners, productive citizens, critical thinkers, and leaders in their communities and across the globe.

The 2020 AACTE Annual Meeting invites you to join in this unified effort to disrupt inequities while educating for inclusion and change. The concurrent sessions will explore strategies for infusing equity and inclusivity into preparation and practice, embracing activism and innovation as methods for transforming democracy, and conceptualizing practices for establishing a sustainable and diverse profession, and will highlight successful partnerships and collaborations that advance clinical partnerships and promote community engagement. In addition to the sociocultural frameworks that are commonly utilized, the presenters will highlight the usage of Critical Race Theory (CRT), DisCrit, LatCrit, indigenous methodologies, womanism, queer theory, and other frameworks not commonly represented in educator preparation work.

Under this thematic organizer, a variety of interactive sessions will be grouped in four strands:

  • Strand 1 – Equity and Inclusivity in Preparation and Practice
  • Strand 2 – Activism and Innovation for Transforming Democracy
  • Strand 3 – Establishing a Sustainable and Diverse Profession
  • Strand 4 – Clinical Practice and Community Engagement

Read the full theme and strand descriptions in the Call for Proposals.

AACTE Enhanced Session Types

  • Case Stories sessions feature quality storytelling designed to illuminate real world case studies that demonstrate innovation or breakthrough practices.
  • Data to Action sessions release recent data in ways that encourage attendees to discuss its relevance and practicality in everyday settings.
  • Future Casting sessions explore the creation of “next practices” as opposed to and/or in addition to exploring current best practices.
  • Paper Sessions feature two presentations focused on a similar topic centered around the event strands.
  • Perspectives sessions address a current topic or concern that is germane to educator preparation framed as a research, policy, or program question.
  • Roundtables sessions focus on a particular topic and are led by an individual or a small group.
  • Scenario Planning sessions help attendees consider and discuss a variety of actions that might take place as a result of changing conditions.


Marriott Marquis Atlanta
265 Peachtree Center Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA  30303
(404) 521-0000

Room Rate: $199 single/double ($20 per additional person)
Cut-Off Date:  Friday, January 31, 2020
Location:    Enjoy the best of downtown Atlanta at the Marriott Marquis hotel, a stunning, iconic 52-story hotel with beautiful views of the surrounding metropolitan area.

Relax in the luxury spa, take a dip in the indoor/outdoor pool, or stay fit in the modern 24-hour gym. Enjoy all-day dining in the hotel at the recently updated Sear steakhouse restaurant. Savor libations and pub fare in the sports bar, High Velocity, or relax in the lobby lounge. For a quick snack, visit the hotel’s M Store marketplace.

The hotel is in walking distance to shopping, dining and entertainment.  Use the indoor connection to the Hub at Peachtree Center which houses numerous additional dining options as well as the MARTA Station – Atlanta’s public transportation system.

Make a hotel reservation


The 72nd AACTE Annual Meeting will take in Atlanta, GA. All AACTE events (Opening and Closing Sessions, Learning Labs, Deeper Dives) will take place in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. When the meeting is not in session, we encourage you to explore the southern charm Atlanta has to offer—from fine diningshopping and rich history to inspiration-inducing attractions.

The Marriott Marquis hotel is only steps away from many attractions:
GA AquariumVisit the Georgia Aquarium, which contains more than 10 million gallons of water and more than one hundred thousand animals representing 700 species of fish and other sea creatures
CocaColaSample more than 100 different beverages from around the world at the World of Coca Cola and learn more about the iconic beverage.
NCCHRThe National Center for Civil and Human Rights is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s struggle for global human rights.
Football Hall of FameLove football? Check out the College Football Hall of Fame that includes a shrine to the greatest to ever play or coach the game, a 45-yard indoor football field, and more than 50 engaging and interactive exhibits.
CNNGo behind the scenes at CNN Studio. A guided walking tour lets you peek into the newsroom of the world’s first 24-hour news network. Be sure to keep your eyes wide open; there’s no telling who you might see while walking the halls.
Olympic parkNo trip to downtown Atlanta is complete without visiting Centennial Olympic Park, a 22-acre greenspace that serves as Georgia’s lasting legacy of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
Check out other popular sites in the Atlanta area:
ZooOne of the oldest zoos in the United States, Zoo Atlanta has an abundance of animals and plants, including 50 species of birds and 40 species of mammals—over 1,300 animals in total.
Stone Mountain ParkGeorgia’s most popular attraction, Stone Mountain Park, features a wide variety of family activities located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty.
Atlanta Botanical GardenThe Atlanta Botanical Garden is 30 acres of beautiful displays and spectacular exhibitions that makes it one of the loveliest places in the city to visit. Enjoy the award-winning Children’s Garden, the serene Storza Woods highlighted by a unique Canopy Walk, and the picturesque Skyline Garden.

From world-class restaurants and a myriad of cultural attractions ranging from a hip nightlife to sporting events galore, the city is cosmopolitan in every sense of the word. But the city also has managed to maintain its historic character. So whether you choose modern urban endeavors or old southern pleasures, Atlanta will not disappoint. Watch a quick video of these attractions and learn more about the city at


To become a sponsor or exhibitor, please see the following below:

Premier SponsorsEducational Testing Service (ETS) logo

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Booth Number: 127

ETS is the world’s largest nonprofit educational testing and measurement organization.  ETS is committed to partnering with institutions of higher education who prepare teacher candidates to enter the profession with products and services that help transform students into teachers. Learn more by visiting


Featured Sponsors



Booth Number: 118

EDthena LogoEdthena helps educators analyze teaching using classroom video and online collaboration. Teachers upload video, and others provide timestamped feedback. Perfect for methods courses, field observations, and group learning. Capture data for candidate growth and program improvement. Edthena is an approved edTPA Platform Provider, and we offer free edTPA tools for all edTPA programs.


Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson

Booth Number: 110

Evaluation Systems group of Pearson is the most experienced provider of standards-based educator licensure assessments, delivering state-customized programs; NES® (National Evaluation Series™), a nationally available multistate educator licensure assessment series; edTPA®, a performance assessment process designed by educators; and NBPTS® assessments for the certification of accomplished educators. Visit

Sanford Inspire

Booth Number: 214

Sanford Inspire partners with colleges and universities to bring free professional development to pre- and in-service teachers. These on-demand courses support social emotional learning (SEL) and inspirational instruction in the PK-12 classroom. Its partner program, Sanford Harmony, is the nation’s fastest growing PK-6 SEL program, impacting over 9 million students.

UNLV College of Education logo

University of Las Vegas

Situated as part of a culturally diverse community within one of the largest school districts in the United States, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Education offers undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs, and boasts eleven research centers, labs, clinics dedicated to scholarship and development of next practices. The UNLV College of Education is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that values and promotes diversity, innovation and scholarly research. Integral to this vision is the dedication to serve a dynamic and expanding community, region, state and nation as a premier institution for education.


Booth Number: 210

Watermark empowers better learning with intelligent solutions that provide educators and students everywhere with data-driven insights to inform decision making. Serving more than 1,700 partner institutions worldwide, Watermark supports institutions in developing an intentional approach to learning and making meaningful improvements based on data they can trust.

General Sponsors

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Booth Number: 227

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. Come by and visit the CAEP booth to meet with the VP or one of the accreditation directors about the latest on CAEP accreditation.



240 Tutoring, Inc

Booth Number: 203

240 Tutoring helps teachers pass their certification exams by offering comprehensive, standards-aligned online study guides that come with a money-back guarantee of success.

Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)

Booth Number: 224

AAQEP – Always improving together – Learn about AAQEP’s collaborative model for national accreditation in educator preparation. Over 100 EPPs are now part of this innovative system of quality assurance and continuous improvement. It’s open to all providers—come join the conversation!

Campus Labs

Booth Number: 302

Campus Labs was founded to empower educational institutions to evolve in a data-centric world. Uncover a platform of integrated tools that drive an institutional mindset for insightful data connections. The holistic framework includes solutions for assessment, retention and success, teaching and learning, student engagement, skills and achievement, and institutional effectiveness. Proudly serving more than 1,400 member campuses, discover more at

Education Week

Booth Number: 303


Booth Number: 103

GoReact is the #1 video tool for teacher education. Teacher educators at more than 500 colleges and universities worldwide use GoReact to record student teaching observations and give live or delayed coaching securely in the cloud. To learn more, visit us at

Grand Canyon University

Booth Number: 124

The College of Doctoral Studies at Grand Canyon University is committed to helping learners reach their personal and professional goals by earning their doctorate. The GCU doctoral journey involves innovative resources, a virtual Doctoral Community Network™, highly engaged faculty and in-person Residencies supporting academic success. Explore doctoral programs at

InPlace Software

Booth Number: 130

IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University

Booth Number: 120

Supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and located at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, the IRIS Center develops and disseminates online open educational resources (OERs) about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices for use in college teacher preparation programs, professional development, and independent learning activities.

KDP, International Honor Society in Education

Booth Number: 102

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is the International Honor Society in Education and professional membership association, with more than 700 active chapter and nearly 40,000 members worldwide. Established in 1911, KDP is committed to infusing the world’s classrooms with inspirational teachers by helping them navigate from preparation to practice with the necessary knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to transform students’ lives.

Mentor Collective

Booth Number: 324

Mentor Collective partners with universities by delivering mentorship programs that empower students through life-changing relationships. MC’s approach drives impact through every step of the student experience. Each meaningful connection opens doors and helps close the opportunity gap in higher education.

Murray State University

Booth Number: 320

The Ed.D. in P-20 and Community Leadership at Murray State is based on a holistic approach to the education continuum. The program provides an innovative and integrated experience in educational leadership. Graduates are bold and innovative change agents who lead P-20 initiatives that benefit the communities and organizations they serve.

Myers Education Press

Booth Number: 222

Myers Education Press is a new academic press specializing in books, e-books and digital content in the field of education. We offer an award-winning list of titles and textbooks in Higher Education, Ed Administration, and classroom books for Teacher Education faculty.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Booth Number: 101

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are nonprofit institutions that provide independent expert advice on some of the most pressing science and education challenges facing the nation and the world. We publish more than 200 books a year which are free to read or download online at

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)

Booth Number: 128

NASDTEC is the organization that represents professional standards boards and commissions and state departments of education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the U.S. Territories, and Ontario that are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel. Associate members include constituent organization with an interest in the preparation, continuing development, employment, and certification of educational personnel.

National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET)

Booth Number: 201

NIET partners with schools, districts, states, and universities to build educator excellence and give all students the opportunity for success.  NIET works with over 75 universities to prepare a pipeline of effective educators.  NIET helps educator preparation programs embed research-based principles into coursework and clinical practices and strengthen K-12 connections.


Booth Number: 123

NavaED prepares prospective teachers for their certification exams. We provide the most up-to-date online courses, books, and webinars that are aligned to the test blueprints and standards. At NavaED, we prepare learners for success.

Proximity Learning/ESS

Booth Number: 225

Proximity Learning-ESS acts as a school districts HR backup plan by providing teachers in person and virtually into their classrooms.   Our teachers can choose to move and work in any of the 800 school districts we have partnered with or work from home in an online capacity.

Railsback Consultants, LLC

Booth Number: 132

We provide experienced consulting in higher education accreditation, both regional and professional. The experience is based upon 24 years in Teacher Education programs in Kansas, Oregon, California, and nationally with CAEP. At CAEP I participated in site visits in 17 states, trained site visitors, and served as VP for Accreditation.

Rowman & Littlefield

Booth Number: 104

Rowman & Littlefield is a preeminent publisher of critically acclaimed general interest and scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities as well as college textbooks, professional titles, journals and award winning reference titles.


Booth Number: 100

Sonia by QSR

Booth Number: 200

QSR International offers a robust portfolio of software solutions that supports the innovators and problem-solvers of today and the leaders of tomorrow. Sonia, a student placement solution, is a central hub for program data management that supports improvements and efficiencies for work integrated learning programs. Learn more at


Booth Number: 305

Swivl’s revolutionary video capture solution enhances or completely replaces costly in-person observations and allows you to provide more consistent, authentic feedback to student teachers at a distance. Prepare student teachers for a lifetime of self-reflection through video in their future classrooms using the best tools available!

TAMS- Teaching Assignment Management System- Duke University

Booth Number: 202

Duke University administrators experienced the same challenges as most schools when it came to managing the complexities of course scheduling and making faculty teaching assignments. They created TAMS, as a valuable management tool for administrators, an easy-to-use planning resource for staff and a dynamic vehicle for increased faculty engagement and communication.

TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education

Booth Number: 306

The TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education program philosophy is to “learn in the way you plan to teach.” In keeping with this philosophy, TEACH-NOW utilizes a state-of-the-art curriculum for the education of post-baccalaureate candidates who are grounded in subject matter and have a passion for teaching tomorrow’s students in tomorrow’s learning world.


Booth Number: 125

Vosaic enables colleges of education to easily record videos using any camera or mobile device then annotate them using any rubric for more effective PD of pre-service teachers. With features such as automated transcriptions, it enables researchers to securely analyze video data collaboratively with colleagues at other universities.

The AACTE 2020 preconference workshops will take place February 27 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta. The workshops are interactive and all ample time to share ideas and engage with peers. Secure your spot today for these preconference workshops:

DTW Preconference: The Diversified Teacher Workforce (DTW) Institute: Advancing Research and Policy in Praxis

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $99 – Member / $149 – Non-member

The 2020 AACTE Diversified Teaching Workforce (DTW) Institute convenes a group of national leaders from colleges and universities across the United States to spotlight and explore innovative efforts for addressing ethnoracial teacher diversity across the teacher development continuum. Recognizing the need to create spaces within professional networks to discuss and unpack the challenges and possibilities for increasing ethnoracial teacher diversity, the Institute offers presentations on current research, opportunities to plan in working groups, and panel sessions focused on best practices from expert teacher education and teacher diversity pipeline leaders.


Holmes Preconference

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fee: Free to Holmes Program Participants Only

Annually, our AACTE Holmes Masters, Scholars, and Post-Doctoral Scholars participate in a preconference event dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning. This year, the Holmes preconference begins Thursday, February 27th, with additional Holmes program events throughout the Annual Meeting. Holmes students will engage in writing and research discussions with experts from a variety of educational fields. Holmes students will also enjoy mentoring sessions dedicated to their personal journey through a master’s, doctoral, or post-doctoral program. In addition to the learning sessions, Holmes students will support peers as theses are pitched and research questions are discussed in roundtable conversations. The third annual dissertation funding competition will take place on Friday, February 28th. Holmes students will observe their colleagues discuss dissertation studies and “job talks” in front of a panel of educator preparation faculty. We encourage all Master’s, Doctoral, and Post-Doctoral Holmes students to engage in this year’s preconference events.


Download the Holmes Preconference Agenda

Global Diversity Preconference: Internationalization of Teacher Education: Building a Strategic Framework for Developing Candidates’ Global Competencies

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $99 – Member / $149 – Non-member

This preconference explores opportunities for the development of candidates’ global competencies through educator preparation programs that incorporate local and international opportunities to interact with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Selected AACTE award recipients will share best practices, as well as innovative experiences and partnerships, that prepare mindful teacher candidates who advocate for and insist upon multicultural education and diverse global perspectives within the classroom.


Wallace Luncheon: Food for Thought: How to Successfully Develop and Support School Leaders

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fee: Free to All Preconference Attendees Only

Feed your mind and your stomach at this luncheon, free for all registered preconference participants. We know the important role school leaders play in the lives of teachers and students, but what role do we share in shaping them? Join us for an engaging conversation and networking opportunity, as we discuss the teacher and school leadership pipeline and the role of mentorship along the way. This luncheon is sponsored by the Wallace Foundation, and copies of their most recent reports on school leadership will be distributed.


Government Relations Preconference: Your Levers of Civic Power: Moving the Gears of Democracy

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $49 – Member / $99 – Non-member

This interactive preconference equips you in developing compelling messages to engage elected officials and elevate the voice of the profession. Discover ways to ensure your message is heard. Learn and practice how to:

  • Engage an elected official at a town hall to elevate educator preparation, whether you agree with the individual or not.
  • Get your message across in 2 minutes before a committee or a commission.
  • Engage directly with candidates in debates to discern their stance.


Innovation and Technology Preconference: Exemplars and Partners in Integrating Technology in Teacher Preparation

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $49 – Member / $99 – Non-member

This preconference workshop, sponsored by the AACTE Committee on Innovation and Technology, provides attendees with an opportunity to engage with key partners from universities and professional organizations who are committed to preparing future educators that are able to effectively integrate technology for student learning. Panels and breakout sessions on academic program and faculty development, partnerships, and diversity and social justice will showcase the work and outcomes of exemplary researchers, teachers and practitioners, and engage participants in thinking about how to build capacity at their own institutions.


Location: Atlanta, GA

2020 AACTE Awards

Award winners will be honored at the 2020 AACTE Annual Meeting, February 28 – March 1 in Atlanta, Georgia, during the general sessions.

Future Annual Meetings

2021 – February 26-28, Washington State Convention Center | Seattle, WA

2022 – March 4-6, New Orleans Marriott | New Orleans, LA

2023 – February 25-27, JW Marriott Indianapolis | Indianapolis, IN

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. 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.


  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.


  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.