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The Value of Participating in the 2020 AACTE Holmes Preconference


Attendees of Preconference
Annually, the AACTE Holmes Masters, Scholars, and Post-Doctoral Scholars participate in a preconference event dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning. The preconference allows students to network, expand research perspectives, engage in tangible writing labs, and learn from a diverse group of passionate people. The theme of this year’s AACTE Annual Meeting and Holmes Preconference is Disrupting Inequities: Educating for Change.

The Holmes preconference begins Thursday, February 27, in Atlanta, GA. We are incredibly honored to have Margarita Bianco as our keynote speaker. Bianco is an associate professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver and Founder/ Executive Director of Pathways2Teaching. Her research interests include strategies to recruit and retain teachers of color and Grow Your Own (GYO) teacher programs for high school students of color in urban and rural communities.

We are excited about this year’s preconference as it is full of opportunities to engage in writing, research, and professional goal discussions with experts from a variety of educational fields.  There are sessions applicable for every level of Holmes students; you have the flexibility to make the conference fit your personal goals. A few writing breakout session topics include research methodologies; writing grants, book chapters, and projects; and crafting resumes.

The career choice pathways sessions will include panels sharing insight on how to navigate tenured faculty positions and how to interview for faculty positions. In addition to the mentoring and writing sessions, Holmes students will have the opportunity to learn about the research being conducted by their peers. This year, we have an impressive amount of roundtable and poster presentations and are introducing a new format: the 3 Minute Thesis. Along with these research presentations, the annual dissertation funding competition will take place on Friday, February 28. The finalists will present their work and the winners will be announced during the conference.

The preconference will end on a high note with our closing keynote speaker and National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson. Additionally, we will welcome our new Holmes students and respective institutions to the family, along with passing the torch to the 2020-2021 elected Holmes Scholar National Council.  We encourage all Master’s, Doctoral, and Post-Doctoral Holmes students to engage in this year’s preconference events.

To learn more and register, visit aacte.org.

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