Leadership Academy Testimonial

“This was the best day! Take aways included how to organize a meeting, how to respond to new colleagues (resisters, early adopters, etc.), and how to get your voice heard. Also, the conflict styles helped as did concrete strategies to deal with difficult people. I appreciate the underlying theme of principled decision-making. Today’s sessions were also well facilitated – with a mix of information, small group, and whole group discussion.”

Leadership Academy

2020 Leadership Academy

Coronavirus Impact on AACTE Events

At AACTE, we continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19. We understand that concerns for health, safety, and the impact on meeting attendance, among other issues, are affecting our members.

We are evaluating our upcoming meetings and have not canceled any of our meetings at this time. We are committed to maintaining all appropriate sanitary, health, and safety measures and encourage attendees to follow guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. If there are any changes to event schedules, we will provide information to registrants about the new meeting dates and/or other specific details.

Please note that due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the coronavirus, AACTE will not charge a cancellation fee if you decide to not attend an in-person event based on concerns around your health or travel.


AACTE’s Leadership Academy is held each summer for new deans, department chairs, and other academic administrators looking to advance their careers. The Leadership Academy covers essential topics, from managing finite resources to effective development and public relations, while helping attendees cultivate a supportive network of peers.

In this AACTE Leadership Academy, you will:

  • Identify and internalize critical components of your character, preferred leadership style, moral and ethical code, motivation, and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity, as they pertain to your personal identity as a leader.
  • Strengthen your ability to more effectively serve as both a team leader and member, develop inclusive environments, foster and promote collegiality, resolve conflicts, and facilitate change.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding and relevant skill sets related to the multiple responsibilities and functions of your leadership position, such as strategic planning, resource management, and capacity building.
  • Practice the skills and strategies needed to represent, promote, and advocate for your students, faculty, staff, programs, and community.

Location: Tampa, Florida

Contact: events@aacte.org

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Conference Information

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 Linda Minor at lminor@aacte.org.

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation or any request for refund of conference registration fees must be received by May 22, 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 Leadership Academy has concluded.  “No-shows” will not receive a refund. Cancellation and refund requests should be e-mailed to Sabrina Merritt-Swinton at registration@aacte.org. 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 events@aacte.org to request a substitution. After May 22, 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 Leadership Academy, 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

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (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.

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
4200 Jim Walter Blvd.
Tampa, FL  33607

  • Room Rate:  $169 single/double
  • Cut-Off Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
  • Phone:  (813) 877-9200
  • Location: The hotel is adjacent to International Plaza mall and minutes from Tampa Bay, Raymond James Stadium, historic Ybor City, and the Westshore business district.  The hotel is approximately 10 minutes from the Tampa International Airport (TPA).

Make your hotel reservation

Leadership Academy Schedule (subject to change):


SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2020
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Registration
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Opening Session (General Session)
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Opening Night Reception

MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020
7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.General Session
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.mGeneral Session
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Minute Surveys and Think Sheets
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. General Session
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.Role-Specific Leadership Breakouts
1) Deans
2) Assistant and Associate Deans
3) Chairs
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Minute Surveys and Think Sheets
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Networking Reception

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.General Session
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Role-Specific Diversity Breakouts
1) Deans
2) Assistant and Associate Deans
3) Chairs
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.mMinute Surveys and Think Sheets
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Role-Specific Managing Conflict Breakouts
1) Deans
2) Assistant and Associate Deans
3) Chairs
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Minute Surveys and Think Sheets
3:15 p.m.Group Outing

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2020
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.General Session
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. General Session
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Minute Surveys and Think Sheets
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.General Session
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.General Session
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Minute Surveys and Think Sheets
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Networking Reception

THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Role-Specific Open Forum and Reflection Breakouts
1) Deans
2) Assistant and Associate Deans
3) Chairs
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.General Session
11:30 a.m.Adjourn

Tampa Skyline

Discover blue skies and sunshine, a sparkling waterfront, world-class chefs, family fun, and a century of Cuban culture – all in Florida’s most diverse travel destination.

The Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel is adjacent to the International Plaza – the most distinctive shopping and dining destination of Florida’s West Coast, featuring 200 specialty stores and 16 restaurants.

Bike, run, and discover the Tampa Riverwalk, linking downtown’s favorite attractions like gems on a string along the stunning Hillsborough River. The 2.4-mile path leaves you at the footsteps of great attractions like the Heights Public Market or the Tampa Bay History Center and The Florida Aquarium.


2019 Leadership Academy Recap

We thank each of you who joined us for AACTE’s 2019 Washington Week! Check out the recap videos, blogs and photos below to view AACTE members at work for teacher education during our annual advocacy event.

AACTE's Leadership Academy is held each summer for new deans, department chairs, and other academic administrators looking to advance their careers. Watch this year’s recap video, and plan to join us next summer in Tampa!

Posted by American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on Friday, July 12, 2019

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