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New Annual Meeting Session Formats to Elevate Engagement Opportunities

The AACTE 2018 Annual Meeting will feature new and improved sessions that will provide deeper levels of audience engagement. AACTE is committed to modeling best practices for effective learning and offering attendees contemporary approaches to pedagogy. Join AACTE in Baltimore, Maryland, for a collaborative and interactive educational experience designed to contextualize data and information, foster peer-to-peer interaction and dialogue, and apply sound principles of adult education.

All of the conference formats for Major Forums and concurrent sessions have been revamped. In fact, we will say “good-bye” to Major Forums and “hello” to Deeper Dives! In the enriched Deeper Dive sessions, still scheduled in pairs during dedicated time slots, you will get inspiring content to apply in your daily work by exploring the practices and dispositions crucial to educator preparation today. Topics at these sessions reflect work that is central to AACTE’s mission and its ongoing initiatives, including presentations from collaborating institutions, affiliate organizations, government agencies, think tanks, and thought leaders from the field.

Categorized as Learning Labs, the revised concurrent sessions will highlight a wide range of professional topics related to the event theme and strands. Learning Labs incorporate a variety of formats:

  • Case Stories: Quality storytelling is paramount in these sessions designed to illuminate real-world case studies that demonstrate innovation or breakthrough practices. Participants will share in group discussions what they have learned as a result of hearing the stories and how they might apply those lessons to their practices.
  • Data to Action: In these sessions, presenters will reveal recent data in ways that encourage participants to consider and discuss their relevance and practical application in everyday settings.
  • Future Casting: These interactive, peer-to-peer dialogue sessions are all about the creation of “next practices” as opposed to and/or in addition to exploring current best practices. Participants will focus on visioning the future of their professional practice with creative problem solving as central to the process.
  • Individual Paper Sessions: In each of these sessions, two presentations focused on a similar topic centered around the event strands will feature peer research and provide an opportunity for Q&A and interactive discussions.
  • Perspectives: In these sessions, participants will address a critical and current topic or concern that is germane to educator preparation framed as a research, policy, or program question. Technology-mediated discussions will allow participants to provide polling responses for leading rich discussions about insights and possible actions.
  • Roundtables: In these sessions, participants become the experts by offering advice to colleagues’ work in progress and engaging in discussion and exploration about the work development and its larger context.
  • Scenario Planning: These sessions will help participants consider and discuss a variety of actions that might take place resulting from changing conditions. Participants will explore the possibilities given a potential or actual state of affairs in educator preparation and will work together to plan strategies and tactics.

AACTE continues to elevate the quality of its educational offerings at its Annual Meeting. You won’t want to miss the most engaging AACTE Annual Meeting ever at the Baltimore Convention Center and Hilton Baltimore!

Register now for the 2018 Annual Meeting, March 1-3. Discounted rates are in effect through October 18. Visit aacte.org for conference details, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and join the conversation using #AACTE18.


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Jerrica Thurman

Director of Marketing & Communications, AACTE

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