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    Call for Proposals, Reviewers for 2017 AACTE Annual Meeting: ‘Acting as One’

    Now through May 31, AACTE is accepting session proposals for the 69th Annual Meeting, to be held in Tampa, Florida, March 2-4, 2017. We also invite applications by May 17 for AACTE member faculty to review proposals.

    The conference theme is “Acting as One: The Power of the Professional Community,” conceptualized as follows in the call for proposals:

    The imperative to improve outcomes for our nation’s increasingly diverse learners demands the support of a unified professional community. Whether we are classroom teachers, teacher educators, superintendents, researchers, or in any other role in education, we all work in service of the same ultimate goals—yet we often get caught up in our own roles to the exclusion of others in the field.

    When we fail to think and act as a unified community, we risk developing conflicting practices and values, which holds us all back. But when we identify as one, we realize remarkable dividends academically, politically, and professionally.

    To understand the power of collaboration across traditional boundaries, we might look to the Teacher Quality Partnerships, or to the professional development schools that have been uniting various players in education—for more than 20 years, in some cases—for mutual support and benefit. By engaging all colleagues across the halls of academe, PK-12 classrooms, and beyond, we are empowered to develop and build upon a shared knowledge base and achieve greater progress on the problems of practice.

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

    Strand 1 – The Knowledge Base for Teaching and Learning

    Strand 2 – Community Engagement on Problems of Practice

    Strand 3 – Social Responsibility: Access and Equity

    Strand 4 – Continuous Improvement and Accountability

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

    For questions about the 2017 Annual Meeting, contact me at mwales@aacte.org or (202) 478-4597.

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    Matthew Wales

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