Preconference Activities

Preconference programs, which are open to all members and nonmembers, and tours are not included in the AACTE Annual Meeting pricing — preregistration and an additional fee are required to participate. If you’ve already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference offering, contact our registration team at


Cultivating Academic Success through the Effective Use of Character Preconference
Supported by: The Kern Family Foundation

With support from the Kern Family Foundation, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will host a one-day preconference on character formation for Deans, faculty and teacher educators of educator preparation programs. The preconference, to be held at AACTE’s 75th Annual Meeting, will provide professional learning to researchers and practitioners on building character attributes in teachers. The convening will also amplify evidence-based strategies, promote collaboration between institutions, and elevate successful educator preparation programs that are integrating character building in their curriculum and programs. The rate is $49 per person.

Thursday, February 23, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.  

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. View the full agenda.

Educator Diversity Preconference
Brought to you by the Diversified Teacher Workforce Targeted Action Group (DTW TAG) and Programmatic Advisory Committee on Educator Diversity (PACED)

In order to cover the broad scope of intersecting educator diversity topics and practices facing both the PK-12 Teacher Pipeline and Colleges of Education/Educator Preparation Programs, DTW TAG and PACED will hold parallel preconferences, covering each track respectively. In addition to shared opening and closing keynotes, DTW TAG and PACED will also hold a joint reception with several other AACTE groups focusing on educator diversity and inclusion. When registering for this preconference, you will select your track upon arrival. The rate is $99 per person. View the full agenda.

Thursday, February 23 | 9:00 a.m – 7:30 p.m

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Preconference

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Preconference invites you to join them on Thursday, February 22, 2023, in Indianapolis, for an interactive workshop in connection with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting. CAEP Board Members and Senior Leaders will be on hand for this in-person event to share an overview on the CAEP Standards and provide you with an update on CAEP activities.

CAEP has accredited more than 500 providers and has an extensive body of data of outcomes of the accreditation process. CAEP accreditation is focused on Continuous Improvement through data-driven, valid, consistent and transparent processes. CAEP Leaders will review the latest accreditation decisions and areas where EPPs are succeeding and where challenges may exist.

Additionally, this half-day session will allow for EPPs to interact directly with CAEP experts for an extended question and answer session, as well as one-on-one meetings.

There is no fee to attend this preconference event, but we ask that you register to help determine interest levels.

Thursday, February 23 | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.*Free to attend

Preconference Activities

Walking Tour of Downtown Indianapolis’s Black History

A hardcore history buff, Sampson Levingston decided to bring people together — during the height of protests over Black Lives Matter last summer — by leading outdoor walking tours of traditionally African American neighborhoods. His company, Through2Eyes, leads tours around Irvington, Martindale-Brightwood, and other areas rich in local Black history. Join him on a 90-minute walking tour that starts right outside the hotel’s front doors. Special tour rates are $25 per person.

Tours have limited availability, so sign up now to secure your spot.

Thursday, February 23 | 2:30 p.m. Tour

Friday, February 24 | 10:30 a.m. Tour

Guided Tour of Eiteljorg Museum 

The Eiteljorg tells the stories of the peoples of North America in all their diversity and complexity. It is a place for historical context, artistic expression, new ideas, and individual perspectives. The Eiteljorg Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Midwest, and one of only two museums east of the Mississippi that explore both Native America and the American West. The institution’s contemporary Native American art collection has been ranked among the best in the world. Special tour rates are $18 per person for a 60-minute guided tour, with additional time to continue to explore the museum at your own pace.

Tours have limited availability, so sign up now to secure your spot.

Thursday, February 23 | 2:00 p.m. Tour

Friday, February 24 | 10:00 a.m. Tour