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Virtual 2020 Washington Week

Introducing the AACTE Virtual 2020 Washington Week

AACTE is excited to host the 2020 Washington Week as its inaugural virtual conference in September. This AACTE signature event will focus on activism and advocating for the profession, and our advocacy campaign will expand from a week to a month! This September will be filled with advocacy events that are sure to engage members of Congress and their staff. Event offerings include:

  • Holmes Advanced Policy Course: September 2-3
  • Holmes Policy Institute: September 8-10
  • Day on the Hill: September 9-10 and September 15-16
  • State Leaders Institute: September 22-23

Call for Member Stories: Share Your Strategies to Address DEI

AACTE is seeking submissions for its 2020 Washington Week resource handbook to elevate innovative diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies of its members. The handbook will be used to educate members of Congress during AACTE’s Day on the Hill event and other stakeholders about the needs of the profession, advocate for resources related to educator preparation, and inform future research, policy, and practices in the field. AACTE works to address social justice issues and would like to elevate your invaluable efforts in DEI in the midst of the many challenges we all currently face. Learn more about this AACTE initiative and submit your strategies that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion by August 21, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Event Details

Holmes Advanced Policy Course: September 2-3

Registration rates:
Holmes Scholar$25
Holmes Policy Institute: September 8-10
Registration rates:
Holmes Student$25
Day on the Hill – September 9-10 and 15-16
Registration rates:
Member$199
Non-Member$299
Holmes Student$25
State Leaders Institute – September 22-23:
Registration rates:
Member$279
Non-Member$369

*Holmes students who participate in the Policy Course or the Policy Institute can also participate in Day on the Hill for free.

Questions – Need Assistance?
Please contact us at events@aacte.org


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 and Events Linda Minor at events@aacte.org.

 

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation or any request for refund of conference registration fees – must be made in writing and received by September 4. All refund requests received after this date will be denied. Refund payments will not be processed until after the meeting has concluded.  Cancellation and refund requests should be e-mailed to 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.

 

AACTE Event Conduct Policy

AACTE is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AACTE staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, AACTE staff members, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this Virtual Programs Code of Conduct. This Policy applies to all AACTE meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AACTE but held in conjunction with AACTE events, on public or private platforms.

AACTE has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or staff at AACTE meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, AACTE asks that you inform the events team at events@aacte.org so that we can take the appropriate action.

Unacceptable Behavior is defined as:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AACTE staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AACTE staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by AACTE throughout the virtual meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any AACTE virtual event staff.
  • Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. AACTE reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.
  • Participants should not copy or take screen shots of Q&A or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space.

AACTE reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior. AACTE reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

Washington Week Events

Holmes Advanced Policy Course – AACTE Holmes Scholars who have participated in a previous Holmes Policy Institute or are in the final year of their doctoral program will explore policy and advocacy principles and address current events that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.


SCHEDULE: September 2-3

All times are Eastern Daylight Time. Schedule is subject to change.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Organization of the Course | The 4 P’s of Policy Advocacy
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Navigating Politics and Policy
Luis Maldonado, Vice President of Government Relations and Policy
at the Association of State Colleges and Universities
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap Up
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.mReflections: Small Group Discussions
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:00p.mCapitol Hill Briefing
Congressional Staffer
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap Up

Holmes Policy Institute – AACTE Holmes Program students will learn to advocate for their profession by participating in interactive policy discussions and briefings.


SCHEDULE: September 8-10

All times are Eastern Daylight Time. Schedule is subject to change.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Welcome
Lynn Gangone, President and CEO, AACTE
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Break
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Civil Rights in Education: History, Resistance and Opportunities
Leslie Fenwick, AACTE Dean-in-Residence
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.AACTE Policy Briefing
Jane West, Government Relations Consultant, AACTE
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap Up
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Policing in Schools & Efforts to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Panelists:
Keenan Austin Reed, Chief of Staff, Congressman Donald McEachin
Jessica Alcantara, Advancement Project
Natalie Chap, National Coordinator, Dignity in Schools (invited)

Moderator:
Liz King, Program Director of Education/Policing Campaign, The Leadership Conference
on Civil and Human Rights
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Community-Based Participatory Research to Achieve Social Justice

Panelists:
David Naff, Assistant Director, Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium
William Hunter, Associate Professor, University of Memphis
Patricia Edwards, Professor, Michigan State University

Moderator:
Dr. Eddie R. Cole, University of California Los Angeles
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap Up
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Scholars Mobilizing for Change

Panelists:
Jael Kerandi, Student Government Association, University of Minnesota
Amanda Wilkerson, Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Policy Studies

Moderator:
Anne Charity Hudley, University of California – Santa Barbara
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Closing Keynote
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chairman, Committee on Education and Labor
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.Washington Week Virtual Reception

Day on the HillAACTE members, nonmembers, students, Holmes Scholars, and PK-12 partners will engage in advocacy training and virtual visits to congressional offices.

Curious about AACTE’s Day on the Hill? View this webinar that shares why Day on the Hill is worth attending and how to prepare to come to Washington, DC and advocate in support of the profession. This webinar is led by AACTE members and members of the AACTE Standing Committee on Government Relations and Advocacy.

SCHEDULE:  September 9-10 and September 15-16

All times are Eastern Daylight Time. Schedule is subject to change.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.2020 AACTE Day on the Hill Opening Session

Welcome from AACTE Leaders:
Dr. Lynn Gangone, President and CEO, AACTE
Dr. Ann Larson, Chair AACTE Board of Directors

Introductions of AACTE Standing Committee on Government
Dean Larry Daniels, Chair,
AACTE Advisory Committee on Government Relations and Advocacy
1:20 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

The Big Picture: Current Policy & Political Landscape
It’s important to understand the political context as we advocate for
additional funds and policy changes.  Attendees will learn what’s happening
in Washington and how to consider context when meeting with legislators.

Dr. Jane West, AACTE Government Relations Consultant

1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Break
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Legislative Priorities: COVID Relief Bill, Appropriations, the Higher Education Act

This session outline AACTE priorities for education in the next COVID relief bill,
as well As Appropriations requests, we are making for FY 2021. 

Dr. Jane West, AACTE Government Relations Consultant

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Break
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Using the Legislative Priorities for an Effective Hill Meeting
Learn how to use AACTE’s legislative priorities when meeting your congressional
Delegation.

Dr. Jane West, AACTE Government Relations Consultant
Dr. Jacqueline Rodriguez, AACTE Vice President, Research, Policy & Advocacy
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Break
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.Wrap Up and State Team Time
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Opening Welcome and Hill Panel
Hill staff from the House and Senate will provide perspectives on the current policy landscape
and reflect on possibilities for education moving forward. This will be OFF record. NO social media,
please!

Dr. Jane West, AACTE Government Relations Consultant
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Breakout Sessions: Developing Your Advocacy Toolkit

Track A
Starting or Re-Starting Your Advocacy: Fundamental Basics to Support YOU


Moderators:
Allen Clarkson, J.D., Western Governors University
Dean Robert Nava, University of Montana Billings

Putting Your Politics Aside: The Role of an Advocate

Moderators:
Dean Jon Pedersen, University of South Carolina
Dr. Jennifer Young Wallace, Jackson State University

Track B
Keeping Educator Preparation at the Forefront in a COVID World


Moderators:
Dean Larry Daniels, The University of Texas Permian Basin
Associate Dean Lisa Bisogno, Northeastern State University

Remaining a Priority within a Constrained Budget Climate

Moderators:
Dean Larry Daniels, The University of Texas Permian Basin
Dean Donny Lee, Harding University
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Putting it All Together: Telling Your Story
This interactive panel will get you ready to conduct virtual meetings with elected
officials and their staffs by considering “best practices” and what to avoid.

Panelists:
Dr. Jacqueline Rodriguez, AACTE Vice President, Research, Policy & Advocacy
Allen Clarkson, J.D., Western Governors University
Dean Larry Daniels, The University of Texas Permian Basin

Moderator:
Dr. Jane West, AACTE Government Relations Consultant
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Break
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.State Team Time
5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Break
5:30 p.mPrivate Concert & Reception
Join other AACTE Day on the Hill participants in two reception breakout rooms.

In our first breakout room, attendee will enjoy a private concert by singer-songwriter
Scott Kurt (scottkurt.com)
In a second room, attendees will learn how to make an AACTE Advocacy Mocktail/Cocktail.
You can enter either room and bounce from one to another at any time

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Opening Welcome
Videos from Members of Congress as well as beneficiaries of the federal
investment in educator preparation
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Day on the Hill – Virtual House and Senate Congressional Visits
Meetings with your Representative and Senators will take place with your State Teams
throughout the day.
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Day on the Hill Debrief
Join us for a facilitated debrief of your Congressional Hill visits. We will highlight
what you learned and how to follow up with Congressional staff after your meeting.
Breakout sessions will be led by leaders of the Government Relations and
Advocacy Committee.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Day on the Hill – Virtual House and Senate Congressional Visits
Meetings with your Representative and Senators will take place with your
State Teams throughout the day.
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Day on the Hill Debrief
Join us for a facilitated debrief of your Congressional Hill visits. We will highlight
what you learned and how to follow up with Congressional staff after your meeting.
Breakout sessions will be led by leaders of the Government Relations and
Advocacy Committee.

State Leaders Institute AACTE and the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) state leaders will focus on capacity building and augmenting their chapter’s impact through leadership development.


SCHEDULE: September 22-23

All times are Eastern Daylight Time. Schedule is subject to change.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Welcome (Intro for ‘White Fragility’ Workshop)

Dr. Lynn Gangone, President & CEO, AACTE
Dr. Kate DaBoll-Lavoie, Chair, ACSR
1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.‘White Fragility’ Combating Racism Together

Panelists:
Dr. Kathy Shultz, University of Colorado, Boulder
Dr. Tamara Lucas, Montclair State
Dr. Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, SUNY, New Paltz
Facilitator:
Dr. Michael Dantley, Miami University of Ohio
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Structures and Strategies for Addressing Racial Matters on College
Campuses


Panelists:
Roxie Patton, Rowan University
Dr. Dawn Singleton, Rowan University
Dr. Kha’ Sadler, Rowan University
Monise Princilus, Rowan University
Tricia Mayers, Rowan University

Facilitator:
Dr. Penny McPherson-Myers, Rowan University
5:15 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.Break
5:20 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.Regional Breakout Discussions
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Welcome

Dr. Kate Da-Boll-Lavoie, Chair, ACSR
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Breakout Session: Media Engagement (Video and Audio):
Communication Strategies
for Educators


Jerrica Thurman, Director, Marketing & Communications, AACTE

Breakout Session: State Government Advocacy with Share-out
Four State Chapters Report on their Work this Year


Panelists:
Dr. Christine Carrino Gorowaro, University of Delaware
Dr. Scott Hewitt, Rollins College
Dr. Vanessa Anton, Northeastern State University
Moderator:
Dr. Robin Fuxa, Oklahoma State University
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Break
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Breakout Session: Social Media Engagement (Twitter, Instagram)
Communication Strategies for Educators


Panelists:
Betina Hsieh, University of La Verne
Nicol Howard, University of Redlands
Jeff Carpenter, Elon University

Facilitator:
Dr. Scott Morrison, Elon University


Breakout Session: Trends in State COVID-Guidance to EPPs
AACTE Staff Discusses State COVID-EPP Report


Dr. Weade James, Director, Development Research, AACTE
Dr. Jacqueline Rodriguez, Vice President, Research, Policy and Advocacy, AACTE
Ward Cummings, Director, Government Relations, AACTE
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.Communicating Member Benefits; Retention and Recruitment of Members
What are the benefits of membership in your state chapter?
Learn how to optimize these benefits (or add any missing “must-haves”)
to better recruit, engage, and or retain members.

Meghan Grenda, Director, Membership, AACTE
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Break
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.The New State Chapters Taskforce

Dr. Lynn Gangone, President & CEO, AACTE
Dr. Ann Larson, Chair, AACTE Board of Directors
Dr. Kate DaBoll-Lavoie, Chair, ACSR
5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.Wrap Up

2019 Washington Week 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 Members at Washington Week

AACTE State Chapter Leader John Blackwell @john_jblackwe Discuss the Value of Attending #AACTEWW19 State Leaders Institute

Posted by American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on Sunday, June 2, 2019

AACTE State Chapter Leader Mary Murray Shares Details About AACTE State Chapter Support Grants

Posted by American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on Sunday, June 2, 2019

First-Timer @AACTE #HolmesScholar Tiffany Hamm Shares Key Takeways from #AACTEWW19 Holmes Summer Policy Institute

Posted by American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on Monday, June 3, 2019

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