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ATE's 2012 Annual Meeting in San Antonio

Hyatt Regency and San Antonio Riverwalk

Grand Hyatt San Antonio on the Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas
February 11-15, 2012

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in San Antonio, Texas, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio on the Riverwalk. The theme selected by President Jim Alouf is Creating a Global Community of Learners: Guiding the Future of Education.

Conference Strands and Guiding Questions:

    • Teaching and Cultural Competence
      1. How do we model effective instructional practices that are grounded in current research and policy in our teacher education programs?
      2. How do we support a diverse community of learners in the K-16 setting while promoting social justice and making connections with instruction to families, culture, and community?
      3. How do we provide mentoring and support to novice teachers and novice teacher educators?
    • Scholarship and Professional Development
      1. How are we developing common frameworks and understandings of the knowledge of teaching and learning to teach?
      2. How are we facilitating research that is based on reflective teaching practice and the examination of beliefs that connect to practices in teaching?
      3. How are we effectively disseminating research findings to the broader teaching community?
    • Program Development and Collaboration
      1. How do cross-institutional and cross-university-school partnerships (K-12) inform the design, development, and modification of teacher education programs and curriculum?
      2. How are we using the ATE Teacher Educator Standards to develop models for professional development and accreditation?
      3. How are we providing leadership to the educational community in the incorporation of innovative practices?
    • Public Advocacy and the Teacher Education Profession
      1. How do we inform and educate those involved in establishing government policies and regulations that support and improve teaching and learning?
      2. How do we advocate for appropriate recruitment, mentoring, and retention of teachers for the public schools?
      3. How do we use research to inform and influence the public and policy makers concerning issues that impact teaching and teacher education?
    •   Vision
      1. How do we embrace global issues within the new paradigms informing educational change?
      2. How do we envision the educational changes that will impact the future of teacher education?
      3. How do we use technology to create new and innovative practices for teaching and teacher education?

The 2012 Annual Meeting Planning Committee encourages formats that use multiple presenters, undergraduate and graduate students, classroom teachers, teacher educators at all levels, other school personnel, and policy makers.

San Antonio Riverwalk

Online Registration Now Available

Click here to go to the online registration site. Click here for a downloadable pdf of the registration form.

Purpose for Teaching. You will not want to miss this ATE conference! We hope you can help by joining us and sharing information about this very important event!

Here is just a brief overview of some of the events planned to date.

Special Events:

-Preservice Strand including the National Teacher of the Year and a special combination rate for preservice students only to attend the "Teaching in Noah's Ark" workshop by Carol Tomlinson and the preservice strand at a special price. Click here for information.
-Teacher Strand
Research sessions
-Classroom of the future (A look at the classroom of the future, on-site)
-(New!) Exhibitor Reception and Scavenger Hunt, Sunday 5-6:30 (for information click here)
-Interactive professional clinics & concurrent sessions. Clinics are held on Sunday, and Annual Meeting registrants are invited to attend any clinic (information on clinics will be available soon).

-Monday night at the Movies, Monday, February 13, showing Mitchell 20. More information on this to come. Click here for information on this critically acclaimed movie.

And much, much more!


Online hotel reservations link is now available soon. Click here to go to the online reservation link. Hotel is the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 E Market St., San Antonio, TX 78205, 210-224-1234.

Shuttle Discount Coupons

Coupons for discounts on shuttle service from the airport to the Grand Hyatt are now available. Click here to download a pdf of the coupon which can be printed in advance.

Sunday Clinics

A number of clinics will be available on Sunday, February 12, at no additional charge to Annual Meeting registrants. Click here for information.


Monday Night at the Movies!

On Monday, February 13 at 7:00, there will be a special screening of the acclaimed documentary "Mitchell 20: Teacher Quality Is the Answer." Click here for details.


Exhibit at ATE's Annual Meeting in San Antonio!

Staffed exhibit spaces and unstaffed marketing opportunities are available. Click here for more information or click here to download an exhibitor agreement application in pdf form.


Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered in San Antonio on Saturday, February 11, and Sunday, February 12. Click here for information.

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 11   Monday, Cont.  
Governance 9:00-4:00 SRATE Breakfast 9:00-7:30-9:30
Workshop Registration 7:30-9:00 Exhibits 9:00-4:00
Conference Registration 10:00-4:30 Thematic Sessions 8:00-9:30  
Workshops 9:00-4:00 General Session 9:45-11:00
Delegate Assembly 3:00-6:00 Thematic Sessions 11:10-1:30
Open Evening  6:00-11:00 Dist. Educator Lecture 1:40-2:40
Sunday, Feb. 12   Thematic Sessions 2:50-4:20
Governance 8:00-4:00 Tuesday, Feb.14  
Registration 8:00-4:30 Thematic Sessions 8:00-9:30
Professional Clinics


Robt. J. Stevenson Lecture 9:45-11:00
Delegate Assembly 3:00-6:00 Thematic Sessions 11:10-4:00
Newcomers Get-Acquainted Recptn. 2:30-4:30 SIGS 4:15-6:15
Opening General Session 6:30-8:00 ATE Awards Dinner 6:30-9:00
Presidential Reception  8:00-9:00 (note: sit-down dinner)  
Live Music 9:00-12:00 Wednesday, Feb. 15  
Monday, Feb. 13 7:00-9:00  Thematic Sessions 8:00-9:30
 Conference Registration 8:00-4:30  President’s Brunch 10:00-11:30

Draft Program Online

PDFs of each day's draft program are now available online. Click here to go to the page where each day's draft program can be downloaded.

Special Exhibitor Reception and Scavenger Hunt, Sunday 5-6:30. Don’t miss the New Exhibitor Reception & Scavenger Hunt just before the Sunday Night General Session. Win Prizes!

Where: Lone Star Ballroom Pre-Function Area (Exhibits Area)

Who: All ATE conference attendees

When: Sunday 5:00pm – 6:30pm, February 12th, 2012

Reasons to Attend:

-Enjoy light snacks and beverage.

-Fill your Scavenger Hunt Exhibitor Sheet so you can enter the drawing for a chance to win educational prizes! Winners will be announced at the Sunday Night General Session.

-Learn about educational materials available from exhibitors.

-Show exhibitors you appreciate their support of the ATE conference.

-Network and meet key educational leaders.

-Help Create a Global Community of Learners that can Guide the Future of Education.

We hope that everyone can attend this new ATE event!! Click here for more information.

General Session Speakers

Carol Tomlinson

Carol Ann TomlinsonCarol Ann Tomlinson's career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher, 12 years as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. She was Virginia's Teacher of the Year in 1974. More recently, she has been a faculty member at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, where she is currently William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy. Also at UVa., she is Co-Director of the University's Institutes on Academic Diversity. She was named Outstanding Professor at Curry School of Education in 2004 and received an All University Teaching Award in 2008. Special interests throughout her career have included curriculum and instruction for struggling and advanced learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom.

Carol is a reviewer for eight journals and is author of over 200 articles, book chapters, books, and other professional development materials. For ASCD, she has authored several books including How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-ability Classrooms and The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of all Learners and professional inquiry kit on differentiation. Recently, she co-authored a book with Jay McTighe titled Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids and with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez co-authored The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Change for Teaching and Learning. For Corwin Press, she is co-author of The Parallel Curriculum Model: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High Ability Learners. Carol's books on differentiation have been translated into 12 languages. She works throughout the U. S. and abroad with teachers whose goal is to develop more responsive heterogeneous classrooms.

Chris Dede

Chris DedeChris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His funded research includes five current grants from NSF, Qualcomm, and the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences to explore immersive simulations and transformed social interactions as means of student engagement, learning, and assessment.  In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group.  His co-edited book, Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2005. A second volume he edited, Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods, was published by the Harvard Education Press in 2006. His latest book, Digital Teaching Platforms, will be published by Teachers College Press in 2012.


Richard Ingersoll

Richard IngersollAfter teaching in both public and private schools for a number of years, Dr. Ingersoll obtained a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He has been a faculty member in the Sociology Department at the University of Georgia and currently is Professor of Education and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ingersoll's research is concerned with the character of elementary and secondary schools as workplaces, teachers as employees and teaching as a job. He has published over 100 articles, reports, chapters, and essays on topics such as: the management and organization of schools; the problem of underqualified teachers; the impact of induction and mentoring for beginning teachers; the problems of teacher turnover and teacher shortages; the status of teaching as a profession; changes in the demographic character of the teaching force; and the degree of accountability and control in schools and its impact.

His research is nationally recognized, President Clinton cited his research in a number of speeches announcing his teacher recruitment and training initiatives, influenced the NCLB Act, and has been featured in numerous major education reports, including those published by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, the Education Trust, the Alliance for Excellence in Education, the National Governors' Association, the international Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Dr. Ingersoll has received a number of awards, including: the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Georgia; the Harry Braverman Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems for his work on organizational control and accountability in schools; an American Educational Research Association Fellowship; the National Award of Distinction from the Penn Education Alumni Association; and the Outstanding Writing Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education for his book, Who Controls Teachers’ Work? Power and Accountability in America’s Schools, and the 2011 Outstanding Researcher Award from the Association of Teacher Educators. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association in 2009.

Dr. Ingersoll has conducted numerous briefings of local, state and federal legislators and been invited to present his research before many policy groups, including: the Aspen Institute's Education Policy Program for Members of Congress, the Congressional Hearings on Teacher Preparation Initiatives held by the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Education and the Workforce; the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, chaired by Senator John Glenn; the Science and the Congress Briefing; the Congressional Research Service's seminar for new members of Congress, sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives; the Council of the City of New York; and education reform commissions in many states.

The title of his talk will be "What Are the Effects of Teacher Education and Preparation on Beginning Math and Science Teacher Attrition?" Click here for a summary pdf.

Jane McCarthy

Jane McCarthyDr. Jane McCarthy has been a teacher educator and researcher during her long career in education. Her background as a social worker in Newark, New Jersey grew into an interest in the education of children in at-risk situations. She has worked with schools in urban and rural areas world-wide. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While at UNLV, she has served as interim dean, department chair, and chair of the Faculty Senate.

Dr. McCarthy is also the Director of the Accelerated Schools Project at UNLV. In this position, she works with schools with serious academic challenges to improve the achievement of all students. She is currently working intensively with a school district in a remote area on the Navajo Reservation. She is also working with schools in the Dominican Republic.

She has an extensive record of research and publication in the fields of school reform, classroom management, and effective teaching strategies for students in at-risk situations.  She has been a faculty member at the University of Houston, Rice University, and a project director at Stanford University before coming to UNLV.

Dr. McCarthy is a member of numerous boards and committees. She currently serves on the Founding Board of Directors of the World Federation of the Association of Teacher Education. She is a Past-President of the Association of Teacher Educators. She is also a past member of the NCATE Board for Specialty Area Subjects. She has served as the chair of the Classroom Management Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association and the Accelerated Schools Special Interest Group. She has been the chair of the Executive Committee of the Accelerated Schools national center. She has served as state president for ATE as well as for AACTE.  She also serves on numerous university level committees.

Dr. McCarthy has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Inquiry Award given for research by the Accelerated Schools National Center, the Outstanding Faculty Award, given by the Board of Regents, and the Outstanding Faculty Award given by the UNLV Alumni Association.

Dr. McCarthy received her B.A. in History and Sociology from Douglass College of Rutgers University, her M.S. in Education from Florida State University, and her Ed.D. in Teacher Education from the University of Houston.


Karen Cator

Karen CatorKaren Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, will lead a featured session on the importance of preparing teachers to use 21st Century tools for learning. She has devoted her career to creating the best possible learning environments for this generation of students. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators.

Cator joined Apple in 1997 from the public education sector, most recently leading technology planning and implementation in Juneau, Alaska. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a Masters in school administration from the University of Oregon and Bachelors in early childhood education from Springfield College. She is the past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on the several boards including the Software & Information Industry Association—Education.



2012 ATE Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Jim Alouf, President
Frances van Tassell, Planning Committee Chair
David Ritchey, Executive Director
Billy G. Dixon, Meetings Coordinator ADS
D. John McIntyre, Conference Program ADS
Ed Pultorak, Revenue Sponsorship ADS
David McCarthy, Photographer ADS
Linda Fisher, Conference Special Events ADS
Marilyn Nicholas,
Registration ADS

Subcommittee Chairs

Christie McIntyre, Program Chair 
Karen McClusky, Special Events Chair 
Ginny Fender, Local Arrangements Chair 
Shirley DeLucia, Publicity Chair


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