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Come Early to Baltimore for AACTE Preconference Events

Arrive early to sharpen your skills with colleagues who share your academic and research interests at the 2018 AACTE Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Before the conference officially begins, the following special preconference events will be held Wednesday, February 28. Sign up now to secure your spot – space is limited!

Quality Assurance: Moving Beyond Data Collection Toward Assuring Quality
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / $50

This interactive workshop is designed to help educator preparation providers reflect, share, and learn about how to design and implement an assessment system that will meet their local, state, and national standards, while demonstrating the continued quality of their programs. Facilitated by members of AACTE’s Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability.

A Global Lens to Educator Preparation: Shared Knowledge and Advocacy for Diverse and Multicultural Perspectives
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / No charge

Participants in this preconference will explore opportunities for a global focus in educator preparation that includes diverse perspectives and multicultural experiences, beginning in the university classroom and moving to infused clinical practice. Selected past AACTE award recipients will share best practices as well as innovative experiences and partnerships that prepare mindful teacher candidates who advocate for and insist on multicultural education and diverse global perspectives within the classroom. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Educational Leadership: Strengthening the Pipeline to Transform the Principalship
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / No charge

(Sponsored by The Wallace Foundation)
This session, made possible with support from The Wallace Foundation, will bring together higher education leaders and their PK-12 partners in a daylong conversation on key issues influencing the success of the principal pipeline. Participants will draw upon emergent Wallace Knowledge to explore new approaches to addressing persistent problems of practice. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

AACTE Diversified Teaching Workforce Institute
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / No charge
The Diversified Teaching Workforce (DTW) Topical Action Group has convened 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 plan in working groups, and panel sessions focused on best practices from teacher preparation and teacher diversity pipeline leaders. Researchers and practitioners will share their latest findings on effective strategies and initiatives to diversify the teacher workforce.

Preparing Community College Educators to Have Open Conversations on Equity and Social Justice in the Classroom
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. / No charge
Teacher preparation programs at community colleges have become increasingly important contributors to the teacher pipeline. Embedded in and drawing enrollment from local communities, these programs are frontline to societal challenges affecting students in the classroom. Kimberly Tobey, executive director of the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP), will facilitate conversations on ways community college and traditional educator preparation programs alike can support students’ engagement in citizenship and advocacy on equity and social justice issues.

Addressing the Challenge of Integrating Technology in Teacher Preparation
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. / No charge

This preconference symposium will focus on how schools, colleges, and departments of education can address the four key principles outlined in the 2016 Office of Educational Technology policy brief Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation. Members of AACTE’s Committee on Innovation and Technology and leaders of the Office of Educational Technology/U.S. Department of Education working groups will share strategies, exemplars, and tools for—

  • Instructors’, candidates’, and PK-12 students’ active use of technology
  • Program-deep and systemwide experiences for teacher preparation candidates
  • Research-based competencies and credentials for candidates and faculty
  • Sustainable systems of professional development for higher education faculty

To sign up for these preconference events, visit the Annual Meeting registration site. Still need to register for the 70th AACTE Annual Meeting, March 1-3? It’s not too late to secure discounted rates! Visit aacte.org for event details, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and join the conversation using #AACTE18.

Come experience the enhanced AACTE Annual Meeting – One community. One purpose. One place.


Jerrica Thurman

Director of Marketing & Communications, AACTE