Register for Free Preconference: Overcoming Challenges to Developing a Quality Assurance System

As you are making plans for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY next month, please consider joining us for a free preconference workshop focused on Overcoming Challenges to Developing a Quality Assurance System that will take place Thursday, February 21 from 1:00-5:00pm. Given the iterative nature of continuous improvement work, it is critical to develop a quality assurance system (QAS) that is sustained beyond an external review and provides meaningful data upon which evidence-based actions can be made.

Attend Preconference Workshop: Enhance Principal Preparation through P-12 Partnerships

The challenges educational leaders face in today’s school environment are ever evolving. With concerns related to school safety, the social emotional well-being of students and staff, and the pressures related to the role of instructional leader, school leaders are expected to have a wider variety of expertise in order to be successful. Several universities, and their district partners, are tackling these challenges and taking steps to ensure their candidates are prepared to meet the real-world demands of the job.

Attend the free Enhancing Principal Preparation through P-12 Partnerships preconference session at the AACTE Annual Meeting to hear about how university based principal preparation programs have redesigned their programs to better align with the challenges facing school leaders. Presenters will highlight the important role that P-12 partnerships play in building a pipeline of school leaders that have the tools and experiences they need to be successful in their new roles.

The Top 10 Fun Facts about Louisville

When you think of Louisville, KY, what is the first thing that comes to mind? The Kentucky Derby? Bourbon? Baseball bats? Sure, but there are so many other fun and unique things about Louisville, host city to #AACTE2019, that you may not know.

For example, did you know … ?

  1. Louisville is the disco ball capitol of the world. In fact, 90% of the disco balls in the USA are produced in Louisville.
  2. There is a replica of Babe Ruth’s baseball bat in downtown Louisville.
  3. The Old Fashioned is Louisville’s official cocktail, which is not to be confused with the Mint Julep that is the official Kentucky Derby cocktail—where over 100,000 Mint Juleps are served.
  4. The oldest operating Mississippi-style steamboat is in Louisville – the Belle of Louisville is over 100 years old!
  5. In October of 1803 Meriwether Lewis met William Clark just across the river from Louisville, at the Falls of the Ohio.
  6. Louisville’s signature dish is a comfort food free-for-all called the Hot Brown. It’s an open-faced sandwich with turkey and bacon smothered in Mornay sauce (main ingredients: butter and heavy cream), topped with Parmesan cheese and roma tomatoes, and oven-broiled.
  7. Louisville has one of the largest collections of Victorian homes in the country, and the largest collection of cast-iron building facades outside of New York’s SoHo district.
  8. Louisville is the hometown of boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and they will change the name of the airport to cement that fact. Visit the Muhammad Ali Center while in town.
  9. Louisville is also the hometown of Diane Sawyer, Jennifer Lawrence and Hunter S. Thompson. It’s also where a young Tom Cruise landed his first gig—as a newspaper delivery boy.
  10. The cheeseburger and high five really were invented in Louisville

As you plan for your stay in Louisville next month, I hope you will consider dining on a Hot Brown, visiting the Muhammad Ali Center, cruising aboard the Belle, and enjoying all that Louisville has to offer. Make sure to register by January 28, before the rates increase.

2019 National Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

Today, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced four educators with diverse teaching styles and who teach different subjects as finalists for the 2019 National Teacher of the Year:

Donna Gradel, the 2019 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, is a high school science teacher who empowers her students to discover ways they can improve their local environment, including helping their city to develop and implement sustainable solutions to improve the water quality and natural habitats of the city’s waterways. Learn more.
Kelly Harper, the 2019 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year, is a 3rd grade teacher who leads her students to work on advocacy projects throughout the year, even going so far as meeting with members of Congress in the U.S. Capitol Building. Learn more.
Danielle Riha, the 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year, is a middle school teacher who has learned from Yup’ik Elders how to incorporate indigenous knowledge that she applies in a culturally infused curriculum with her students at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, which she helped open to increase opportunities for students to connect to their identity and community. Learn more.
Rodney Robinson, the 2019 Virginia Teacher of the Year, who teaches social studies in a juvenile detention facility, creates a positive school culture by empowering his students— many of whom have experienced trauma—to become civically-minded social advocates who use their skills and voices to affect physical and policy changes at their school. Learn more.

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!

Connect and Engage at the #AACT19 Conference Community Center

In just over a month from now, approximately 2,000 educator preparation scholars, practitioners, and strategic partners will meet in Louisville, KY for AACTE’s 71st Annual Meeting. Over the course of three days, more than 250 sessions will take place, with content designed to engage students, early career professionals, and seasoned experts alike. With so much content being presented, you will want to prepare your schedule in advance to maximize your time at the meeting. Be sure to visit the AACTE Event Planner, where you can search the Annual Meeting offerings by keywords, topics, conference strands, and other fields to locate sessions of interest and create a personalized itinerary.

One place you won’t want to miss is the Conference Community Center. Located on the second floor of the Omni Louisville, the center is not only the place for you to connect with colleagues in a dynamic, engaging environment, but is also where you can find the official Registration area for the Annual Meeting. Conveniently situated in the Second Floor Foyer, adjacent to many of AACTE’s Learning Labs, the center offers you a place to take a break and network, while also engaging with our Annual Meeting sponsors:

#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:

Advocacy PreCon in Louisville will focus on “A Return to Discourse”

As you prepare for AACTE’s Annual Meeting, I would like to highlight a new opportunity for attendees— an advocacy preconference! Preconferences happen on Thursday, February 21, and this one is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Join members of the AACTE Committee on Government Relations and Advocacy as well as other colleagues in the field for “A Return to Discourse: A Foundation for Effective Advocacy.”

Diversified Teaching Workforce Institute and Teacher Diversity Research Award

The Third Annual Diversified Teaching Workforce (DTW) Institute will convene on February 21, 2019 at the AACTE Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY. The Institute will convene a group of national leaders at colleges and universities across the United States to spotlight and explore innovative efforts for addressing racial/ethnic teacher diversity across five key areas: recruitment and retention, teacher preparation, mentorship, induction and professional development, and advocacy. Recognizing the need to create spaces within professional networks to discuss and unpack the challenges and possibilities for increasing teacher diversity, the institute offers presentations on current research, opportunities to converse in working groups, and panel sessions focused on best practices from teacher preparation and teacher diversity pipeline leaders. A brief overview of potential panels at the Institute include:

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