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Call for Proposals, Reviewers for 2016 Annual Meeting: ‘Tough Questions, Tough Choices’

Now through May 29, AACTE is accepting session proposals for the 68th Annual Meeting, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 23-25, 2016. We also invite applications by May 15 from AACTE member faculty to review proposals.

The conference theme is “Meeting the Demands of Professional Practice: Tough Questions, Tough Choices,” conceptualized as follows in the call for proposals.

Preparing educational professionals to serve all learners, their schools, families, and communities is both a high calling and a demanding one. Expectations for academic achievement placed on learners and schools are increasing while families and communities continue to face unprecedented economic and social challenges. More than ever, the profession of teaching places great demands on its practitioners, and preparation must match the demands of practice.

A shared, profession-wide commitment to meeting the demands of practice is essential to the success of our enterprise. Indeed, a shared vision of professional practice must be the foundation for our shared efforts at continuous improvement and will also be essential to countering with conviction and credibility a chorus of misinformed critiques and a flurry of misguided mandates. Further, as the number and diversity of educator preparation providers has grown, there is an urgent need to forge a common narrative around the standards for professional practice.

As a central player in a united profession, educator preparation must face tough questions, make tough choices, and do so in collaboration with all parties whose participation is essential to quality educator preparation.

Proposals should address this theme with a focus on one of the four strands listed below:

Strand 1 – Professionalism: Values in Action

Strand 2 – Engagement: Hard Choices in Connecting With All Stakeholders

Strand 3 – Programs and Practices: Making Hard Choices Through Critical Reflection, Review, and Innovation

Strand 4 – Assessment: Hard Choices in Program Improvement

Read the full call for proposals, including the questions that each strand’s sessions should address. Submit a proposal and apply to review proposals here.

For questions about the 2016 Annual Meeting, contact me at mwales@aacte.org or (202) 478-4597.

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