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NJACTE Announces Terri Givens as Keynote Speaker for Day of Assessment Conference

The New Jersey Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (NJACTE) state affiliate is excited to announce its fifth annual Day of Assessment Conference, offered this year — free of charge — over the course of two dates: March 24 and March 31, 2022. Both days will start with a featured speaker, followed by concurrent presentations by the affiliate members and other colleagues in the field. The conference began as an in-person event, and in recent years it has shifted to a virtual format that has enabled participation from a wider geographic area across the mid-Atlantic region. The annual event is part of our overall efforts to increase chapter engagement providing a valuable opportunity for faculty, administrators, and students to come together and learn from each other on various aspects of assessment in educator preparation.

Terri GivensThe conference will kick off on March 24 with keynote speaker, Terri Givens who will talk about “Empathy in Assessment? The Challenge of Inclusion”— a timely and thought-provoking topic in higher education. Givens will share how this work has challenged the way to approach her own assessment in the classroom, and her thinking on how to develop desired outcomes more broadly on our campuses. Givens is a professor of political science at McGill University, founder of Brighter Professional Development, and an accomplished author. Her most recent books are the memoir, Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides and The Roots of Racism: The Politics of White Supremacy in the US and Europe. After Givens speaks, attendees will have a choice of member presentations to attend, in the concurrent presentation track.

On March 31, the final day of the conference will begin with a rousing moderated panel discussion on assessing educator dispositions, with two national experts: Gina Almerico and Sally Ingles. Assessing educator dispositions is a complicated and ubiquitous topic in the field of educator preparation. The speakers will be encouraged to reflect on the various facets of the topic, including their thoughts on the essential skills needed for our future teachers and school leaders to be successful, and the ethics and practicality of acting on data from a dispositions assessment. Almerico is full professor at The University of Tampa where she is acting director of Educator Preparation Programs. Ingles is an educational consultant on national accreditation standards and policies for educator preparation programs domestically and internationally. Following the panel discussion, audience members will again have a choice of member presentations to attend.

For more information and to register to attend the free conference, please visit njacte.org. NJACTE welcomes attendees from all states to join in the networking, collaboration, and shared learning at our annual Day of Assessment Conference.

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