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Sarah Brown Wessling to Keynote Spring CAEP Conference

Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year
Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has announced that 2010 National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling will be a keynote speaker for the 2015 Spring CAEP Conference in Denver, Colorado. The theme of the conference, which takes place April 9-10, is Preparing Effective, Classroom-Ready Teachers: An Evidence-Based Approach.

In 2010, Wessling took a short break from her post teaching English at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa, to come to the White House to be named National Teacher of the Year. Wessling, a National Board Certified Teacher, has since leveraged this title to give her students and peers a voice.

In 2011, she wrote Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). These days, she shares her favorite classroom engagement strategies, words of inspiration and support, and experience-based credos with other educators. Her popular Teaching Channel blog features topics such as “Skinnying” the Standards, which features practical strategies for educators implementing Common Core State Standards; it is also a platform for a conversation about the importance (and results) of dropping the classroom hierarchy and joining her students in the learning process.

The CAEP conference will explore what it means for educator preparation programs to produce teachers who are classroom ready for the 21st century, with specific focus on these four tracks:

  • Actively preparing for an accreditation visit
  • Data and evidence – the CAEP standards
  • Making the case – quality of assessments and data
  • Engaging in the CAEP accreditation process – volunteers, states, and faculty

Online registration for the conference closes March 13. For more information, visit http://caepnet.org/events/caepcon/.


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Tim Finklea

Director of Member Engagement, AACTE

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