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Washington Week: Diverse Perspectives, Deep Partnerships, One Profession

Join your voice with those of other educator preparation providers at AACTE’s annual Washington Week, to be held in the nation’s capital June 9-11. Under the unifying theme “Diverse Perspectives, Deep Partnerships, One Profession,” this year’s Washington Week will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. This is your chance to deliberate with colleagues on provocative issues in the profession, experience interactive sessions with national leaders, and convene with policy officials.

STEM Conference: June 9
During this year’s special feature, AACTE will host a series of conversations on “Progress and Factors That Contribute to Closing the STEM Achievement Gap,” with a focus on closing the achievement gap through the preparation of effective science and mathematics educators and through collaborative, interdisciplinary partnerships. Registration is complimentary, thanks to generous support from the National Science Foundation. Join leaders from around the world for an afternoon of three panel-led discussions:

  • Global Perspectives and Best Practices
  • Interdisciplinary Partnerships
  • Investment for the Future—Strengthening STEM Literacy for the Workforce

State Leaders Institute: June 9-10
AACTE chapter leaders will discuss policy trends, share advocacy strategies, and plan for the coming year. Sessions include the following highlights:

  • State of the States: The Political Landscape and Shaping the Next Year
  • Federal Regulations: Understanding the Impact
  • CAEP Updates, Data Collection, and Accountability Systems

Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute: June 9-11
AACTE Holmes Scholars® will gain an inside look into education policy and the work of key national organizations. Participants will engage in a variety of tailored activities before joining colleagues at Day on the Hill:

  • Roundtable Discussion With Industry Leaders
  • Site Visit to Partner Organization
  • Holmes Scholars Business Meeting

Day on the Hill: June 10-11
AACTE members will learn what’s happening in Washington around teacher preparation, including the latest developments from the U.S. Department of Education and Congress. Attendees will also gain key insight and develop strategies for conducting effective Hill visits with their congressional offices. Don’t miss unique opportunities such as these:

  • Capitol Hill Update and Review of AACTE Legislative Agenda
  • Q&A With Congressional or Administrative Speaker
  • Capitol Hill Visits

We’ve arranged the week’s schedule to enable you to participate in multiple events. You’ll even get a 15% discount on your total registration fees by registering for Day on the Hill together with the State Leaders Institute or the free STEM conference, and a reception June 9 is open to all event participants.

See what suits you in this overview of the week’s schedule, or download more detailed draft agendas for each event from the Washington Week web page. You can also follow us on Twitter using #AACTEWW15.

Secure your spot now at AACTE’s Washington Week!

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Rodrick Lucero

Vice President for Member Engagement and Support