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In Memoriam: Robert H. Koff

Robert H. Koff, a former dean of the College of Education at the State of University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, died December 10 in St. Louis. He was 80. Dr. Koff began his career as a faculty member at Stanford University before moving to Chicago in 1972 to become the first dean of education at Roosevelt University. In 1980, he became dean of the College of Education at SUNY. He moved to St. Louis to join the Danforth Foundation in 1988, where he served as senior vice president. In 2003, Dr. Koff returned to higher education and joined Washington University in St. Louis, from which he retired.

Dr. Koff founded the National Superintendents Roundtable and its predecessor, the Danforth Forum for the American School Superintendent. He authored or co-authored many scholarly articles and books, including The Superintendent’s Fieldbook. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1961 and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Chicago in 1966.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Riekes, his brother, his brother-in-law, four children, eight grandchildren, and a host of colleagues, friends, and admirers. 

Join AACTE in Louisville This Month

Are you within driving distance to Louisville, KY? Then join AACTE for the 2019 Annual Meeting, February 22-24!

AACTE’s Annual Meeting is your chance to experience the most informative, innovative, and collaborative conference for the educator preparation profession. Connect with approximately 2,000 educators and colleagues from across the country to discuss common challenges and explore new practices and strategies.

You won’t want to miss the full lineup of conference activities – from the preconference programming to a variety of Annual Meeting offerings, including learning labs, general and deeper dive sessions, the Conference Community Center, and the AACTE Gallery.

Public Schools Week Honors Achievements of Schools, Students and Educators

The members of the Learning First Alliance (LFA) will host Public Schools Week, March 25-29, 2019, to show the great things happening every day in public schools–and show the potential for greater things.

This second annual event encourages school leaders to invite community members, lawmakers, parents and others to visit and see the wide array of programs and high-quality opportunities offered, honor students’ accomplishments and see the joys and challenges of teaching and learning in public schools.

“Public education is the foundation for students’ success, the growth of communities, and our nation’s future,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, executive director of the National PTA and 2018-19 chair of the Learning First Alliance, a coalition of 12 national education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, teachers, administrators, specialists, school board members and teacher educators. “Public schools educate 90 percent of our nation’s students and are providing talented professionals for jobs in the corporate and public sectors as well as the military. It’s vitally important that we have a strong system of public schools across the United States.”

Mary E. Dilworth to Win AACTE Award for Book on Millennial Teachers of Color

AACTE is delighted to announce the selection of Millennial Teachers of Color, by Mary E. Dilworth to receive the 2019 AACTE Outstanding Book Award. The award will be presented at the AACTE 71st Annual Meeting Closing Session, February 24, in Louisville, KY.

The volume, published in 2018 by Harvard Education Press, explores the opportunities and challenges for creating and sustaining a healthy teaching force in the United States. Millennials are the largest generational cohort in American history, with approximately 90 million members and, of these, roughly 43 percent are people of color. This publication offers a fresh look at these millennials and explores their views of the teaching profession, focuses attention on their relation to schools and teaching and considers how these young teachers feel about teaching for social justice.

Emily Evans Fanaeian to Receive 2019 AACTE Dissertation Award

AACTE will honor announced Emily Evans Fanaeian as the recipient of the 2019 AACTE Outstanding Dissertation Award for Preparing Pre-service Teaches for Working with Linguistically Diverse Students: Examining University Teacher Preparation Programs Across the United States. The author completed her dissertation for the Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education and is now the interim director of English as a Second Language/Bilingual Graduate Programs for the School of Education at Edgewood College (Madison, WI). She will be recognized formally with the award at the AACTE 71st Annual Meeting, February 22-24, in Louisville, KY.

In her dissertation, Evans Fanaeian designed an ambitious multiple case study to examine the ways in which university-based teacher education programs take up the task of preparing general education teacher candidates to provide instruction to English learners. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Director of Teacher Education Center, Kimber Wilkerson, explained: “Dr. Evans Fanaeian’s dissertation research provides many important implications for teacher education.  Acknowledging the importance of preparing general educators to meet the needs of the wide diversity of learners in our schools, Dr. Evans Fanaeian designed an ambitious multiple case study to examine the ways in which university-based teacher education programs take up the task of preparing general education teacher candidates to provide instruction to English learners. In this study, she surfaces the very real local and contextual constraints that teacher educators face when attempting to add complexity to teacher preparation programs. This is particularly important at a time when teacher preparation programs face pressure to reduce the time and cost toward degree. Dr. Evans Fanaeian’s research provides insightful guidance to teacher educators considering different approaches to incorporating new content. Her recommendations for practice are thoughtful as well as pragmatic, and could be applied conceptually to other types of expertise beyond educating English learners.”

University of Alabama, University of Louisville, and University of Florida Researchers to Win 2019 Award for Outstanding Article in Journal of Teacher Education


AACTE has chosen an article by Melanie M. Acosta of the University of Alabama, Michele Foster of the University of Louisville, and Diedre F. Houchen of the University of Florida, as recipients of the 2019 AACTE Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award. Their article, “Why Seek the Living Among the Dead? African American Pedagogical Excellence: Exemplar Practice for Teacher Education,” was published in the September/October 2018 issue of the journal and will be recognized formally with the award at the AACTE 71st Annual Meeting, February 22-24, in Louisville, KY.

In this article, the authors address current dilemmas in recruiting and preparing a diverse teaching force by reorienting teacher education toward an underutilized resource—African American pedagogical excellence. This article outlines the core attributes of African American pedagogical excellence, including its historical genesis, and reveals ways public school desegregation has jeopardized the transcendence of African American pedagogical excellence within teacher education. The article concludes with possibilities and recommendations for moving African American pedagogical excellence from margin to center in teacher education.

Expand Your Network in AACTE’s Conference Community Center

AACTE’s Annual Meeting is just 3 weeks away, and one place you certainly must visit on site is the Conference Community Center. Located on the second floor of the Omni Louisville Hotel, the Center is the place for you to expand your network by connecting with thousands of educators, vendors, and strategic partners to discuss solutions to your program needs.

Adjacent to many of AACTE’s Learning Labs, and also the location for official Annual Meeting registration, the Center offers you a place to take a break, socialize, network, greet old friends, and meet new ones, all while engaging with our Annual Meeting sponsors in the following booths:

Premier Sponsor

  • ETS – Booth #132

Countdown to January 28 Registration Deadline for #AACTE19

AACTE kicks off its countdown today to the advance registration deadline for AACTE’s 71st Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY. Only 7 days are left to take advantage of discounted rates. As the premier educator preparation conference in the nation, AACTE’s Annual Meeting provides you access to tools to drive change at your institution, in your community, and for the profession.

Here are 10 reasons why you should plan now to attend:

  1. Shake up your routine by tackling important issues in education today and sharpen your skills with a different set of peers.
  2. Hear from inspiring speakers and get motivated with fresh perspectives.
  3. Customize your learning experience by choosing among hundreds of sessions that cover a broad variety of topics.
  4. Share your experiences and get new ideas that can make you more effective with your students, colleagues, and partners.
  5. Mix and mingle to form new relationships and strengthen existing ones. Bring a partner to share in the learning!
  6. Create new alliances, business ventures, and partnerships to advance your work.
  7. Get hands-on demonstrations of new products, and discuss solutions to your local needs with exhibitors and sponsors.
  8. Step out of your comfort zone and open your mind to innovation.
  9. Gain greater focus on the problems of practice to help you take your programs to the next level.
  10. Feel the energy of diverse perspectives uniting around common goals. Add your voice to the mix!

Don’t be left out of the largest annual gathering of educator preparation professionals! The January 28 advance registration deadline for the AACTE’s 71st Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY, February 22-24, is quickly approaching! Act now to get the best rates.

Read the full lineup of the keynote speakers, schedule and preconference events on our website. To view the full list of sessions and create your personal schedule, log in to the Online Event Planner. Secure your spot today!

#AACTE19 Closing Keynote Speakers Announced

AACTE is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the 71st Annual Meeting Closing Session are Mary Dilworth, editor of Millennial Teachers of Color, and Leslie Fenwick, dean emerita of Howard University. The session will take place at the Kentucky International Convention Center on February 24, 2019.

Join this dynamic duo in a provocative discussion that probes beneath the surface to address how the millennial generation of teachers and those of color, in particular, have become agents of change in education. Discover why the missing link in the recurrent conversation about teacher diversity and inequities is the millennial generation—the most diverse, educated, socially connected, and now largest generation in the workforce.

Attend Free #AACTE19 Preconference Events

Arrive early and attend a free AACTE preconference workshop prior to the 2019 Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY. AACTE is excited to offer these special workshops at no cost this year! Now is your chance to delve into pressing topics critical to advancing educator preparation with colleagues who share your specific academic and research interests.

The full list of AACTE preconference events held February 21 is as follows:

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