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Atlanta 2013 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals

Hyatt Regency AtlantaDeadline for proposal submission has been extended to July 1, 2012. Please read all information below and then click here to go to the proposal submission site.
The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, February 15-19, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The theme selected by President Ann Shelly is Living and Learning across a Lifetime.
Infants are born learning. Children learn every day and about everything even if they are not taught. Adolescents learn in and out of school and often learn things we would rather they did not, but they learn. College students learn in and out of class. Adults, as they make their way into the world, learn about themselves and others, about the world of work, and about the world around them. As humans age, they continue to learn, most frequently in unintended ways. Seniors continue to learn and begin to focus on inner and outer relationships. Learning and teaching are not synonyms – both take place in formal and informal settings, in personal and social settings, and on the internet in Facebook, Wikipedia, and the whole range of information sources. Learning across the lifespan has a very real focus on the development of the individual with the goal of a “life well lived.” How can we focus on the whole individual -- living and learning as an organism with a goal of living life well in an interconnected and highly diverse world?
The following strands will help focus our thinking and give shape to the two conferences during this presidency, that will explore the concepts and forms of Living and Learning Across a Lifetime.
Conference Strands and Guiding Questions:
1. School, College, and Career Readiness
  • What is readiness?
  • What are students’ real needs and how do we meet them? What are 'real' needs?
  • How do we organize school and teacher education programs to prepare students for economic viability?
  • What roles do social and emotional learning play?
  • What role do teachers/teacher candidates play in the life-long learning of their students?
  • How do we inform and educate those involved in establishing government policies and regulations that support and improve teaching and learning?
  • How do we advocate for appropriate recruitment, mentoring, and retention of teachers for the public schools?
  • How do we use research to inform and influence the public and policy makers concerning issues that impact teaching and teacher education?
 2. Teacher Effectiveness and Retention in the Profession
  • What impact does the current standards movement have on teacher effectiveness and on retention in the profession?
  • How do we define value-added teaching?
  • How do cross-institutional and cross-university-school partnerships (K-12) inform the design, development, and modification of teacher education programs and curriculum?
  • How are we using the ATE Teacher Educator Standards to develop models for professional development and accreditation?
  • How are we providing leadership to the educational community in the incorporation of innovative practices?
3. Social Justice in a Culturally Diverse World
  • How can we be advocates for social justice in a culturally diverse world?
  • What are the elements of teaching and learning that focus on social justice?
  • How can we teach (formally and informally) to promote social justice?
  • How do current teaching and learning structures encourage or discourage socially just learning processes?
  • How can we assist students in learning how to function effectively and without bias in a culturally diverse world?
  • How can we understand and empathize with the broad-range of cultural diversity in our global society?
4. Technology and Lifelong Learning
  • What role can Professional/Personal Learning Networks play in teaching about problem solving?
  • How does technology impact on learning for all ages?
  • How does technology impact on social justice and authentic learning?
  • How can we use collaborative resources as Teachers, Learners and Teacher Educators?
  • What media skills are needed by 21st Century teachers?
5.  Factors in Learning for All Ages
  • What issues are related to motivation for all ages of learners?
  • What does learning for the “whole person” mean and how do we approach it?
  • What strategies are appropriate for any and all ages of learners?
  • How do learners at different ages approach learning?
6.  Educational Policy and Life-long Learning
  • What influences decisions about learners in the birth to age four range?  School age?  Young adult?  Senior?
  • What is the difference between schooling and education?  How does policy impact this?
  • What are the key areas for policy in post-secondary education of all kinds?
  • What is the impact of public vs private vs “for profit” education on public policy?
The 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee encourages formats that use multiple presenters, undergraduate and graduate students, classroom teachers, teacher educators at all levels, other school personnel, and policy makers.
Thematic Sessions:
Various types of thematic sessions addressing the conference theme or other ATE interests are scheduled for February 16-19, unless otherwise noted. These sessions may include the application of research, position papers, descriptions of existing programs/practices, or innovation in teacher education. The Planning Committee is encouraging the submission of Multiple Paper Formats as one means of bolstering attendance at thematic sessions. Proposals of the following types are encouraged:
  • Multiple Paper Format: This type of thematic session provides an opportunity for authors to present a synopsis of their work. The planning committee will group two papers of a related topic or theme. Each paper will be given approximately 20-25 minutes to present, followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session.
  • Single Paper Format: Single-paper presentations provide an opportunity for participants to share a synopsis of their work. The presenter typically allows 30-35 minutes to present followed by 5-10 minutes of discussion.
  • Roundtable Format: Roundtables are informal sessions during which a presenter is seated at a table to discuss works-in-progress that may not be ready for formal presentation. Tables are numbered to allow conference attendees to easily identify an individual presenter’s session. Each discussion lasts 40 minutes.
  • Research Reports: Research papers are presented in approximately 20-25 minute time segments. Two or more paper presentations are grouped by related topics or themes in one-hour sessions on Feb. 17-18. A response is provided at the end of the session by a discussant. If a proposal is accepted the written paper is due to respective discussants by January 21, 2013.
  • Emerging Scholars Series: Graduate students and those who have graduated within the last two years are encouraged to apply to participate in ATE’s Emerging Scholars Series. This is a prestigious, highly competitive strand highlighting the work of scholars who are new to academia.

The purpose of the series is to foster a community of emerging scholars within ATE and to create a support network for recent graduates and soon to be graduates. While we strongly encourage research presentations, we will also consider other types of presentations such as conceptual analyses and literature reviews. All proposals must address the topic of teacher education. Participants’ presentations will be grouped by topic and assigned an ATE Facilitator to coordinate and mentor during the session. 

  • Professional Clinics:  Professional Clinics are 1 ½ hour sessions that are scheduled on Saturday, February 16, 2013 only.  Professional Clinics allow the presenters to explore an issue or concept in more depth and in workshop-like sessions.  Submitters should select the Professional Clinic option if interested in this option. Clinics are open to all registered conference attendees.

Proposals must be submitted by June 15, 2012. Please read the information on this page and create a Word document for item B below. Click here to go to the proposal site where you will create your account, provide information from item A and upload the document for item B.

Proposal Format:
Each proposal, regardless of format, must include all items under A (Cover Page) and B (Abstract of Presentation) as outlined below. Information under A does not need to be uploaded as a separate document, although you will be asked to enter this information.
A. Cover Page (note: You do not upload this information as a document, it is captured when you fill in the blanks. Additional presenters will need to have records created for them and linked to your proposal.)
1. Title of the Session
2. Type of Session: Identify as one of the following: Multiple Paper Presentation, Single Paper Presentation, Research Session, Roundtable Discussion, or Emerging Scholars Series.
3. Session Organizer: Name, title, institution, e-mail and mailing addresses, fax number, and office telephone number.
4. Additional Presenters: Same information as Session Organizer
5. Subject Descriptors: Identify the strand this presentation most closely relates to and include three one-or-two word descriptors for the subject index.
6. Teacher Educator Standards: Select the appropriate Teacher Educator Standard(s) that aligns with your submission: 1) Teaching; 2) Cultural Competence; 3) Scholarship; 4) Professional Development; 5) Program Development; 6) Collaboration; 7) Public Advocacy; 8) Teacher Education Program; 9) Vision. Click here to visit ATE's Standards web page for more complete descriptions.
    Field Experience Standards:  Select the appropriate Field Experience Standard(s) that align with your submission:  1) school/campus collaboration; 2) Assessment; 3) selection of school-based teacher educators; 3) preparation of school-based teacher educators; 4) selection of school-based teacher educators is systematic; 5) interaction focused on candidates’ performance; 6) continuous formative/summative assessment; 7) interaction based on research/best practice; 8) reflection; 9) sequenced field experiences; 10) supportive environment; 11) diverse populations and settings; 12) adequate resources.  Click here to visit ATE's Field Experience Standards web page for more complete descriptions.
7. Reviewers’ Aid: In order to match your proposal to a reviewer with similar interests, please click on one of the options in the drop down box.
8. Summary for Conference Program: Describe the session in thirty words or less for use in the conference program. Be precise in describing the content of the session to aid attendees in selecting topics relevant to their interests. Proposals that do not include this summary or go beyond the thirty-word limit summary may not be considered. The summary may be edited by the program committee prior to the conference.
9. ATE Participation and Professional Role: Please identify your professional role (e.g., college or university faculty member, college or university administrator, graduate student, classroom teacher, preK-12 administrator) and level of ATE involvement (member, non-member, conference newcomer). 
Please note that all proposals are peer-reviewed and that this information will in no way affect the status of your proposal but will be used for scheduling accepted proposals and for communicating with presenters about other role-specific opportunities offered via ATE.
B. Abstract of Presentation (Document B should not identify submitter or presenters. This is the only document that should be uploaded on the proposal submission site.)
Thematic Presentation
1. Title 
2. Type of Presentation (Multiple Paper, Single Paper, Roundtable, Research Session, Emerging Scholar, Professional Clinic)
3. Objective(s) of the Presentation
4. Relationship to Conference Theme/Strands
5. Content of Presentation (no more than 250-1000 words, including methodology and literature review when appropriate)
6. Relevance or Implications of Topic
7. Participant Outcomes
The committee may not review a proposal if it fails to follow the stated requirements. Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of how well each component of the abstract is addressed in the submission.
General Information:
  • Please limit your thematic proposals to no more than two, whether you are session organizer or additional presenter, in order to give everyone an opportunity. There may be situations where someone has more than two presentations because he/she serves on a commission or task force that is also presenting at the conference.
  • Formats that utilize multiple presenters are encouraged. Graduate students, classroom teachers, and new ATE members are especially encouraged to submit proposals.
  • All presenters are required to pre-register for the conference. Presenters should have 10-15 copies of handouts or materials for the attendees.
  • ATE is not able to provide audiovisual equipment in all presentation rooms. However, ATE will provide the name of an agency that can be contacted for individual presentation arrangements.
  • Information used in the program is copied from the proposal cover page. ATE reserves editorial rights.
  • All communication is with the session organizer who is responsible for communicating with other presenters of that session.
2013 ATE Annual Conference Planning Committee
Ann Shelly, President
David Ritchey, Executive Director
Linda Houser, Conference Co-Chair
Ryan Flessner, Conference Co-Chair
Billy G. Dixon, Meetings Coordinator ADS
John McIntyre, Conference Program ADS
Ed Pultorak, Revenue Sponsorship ADS
Linda Fisher, Conference Special Events ADS

Program Subcommittee Chairs
Tom Lucey, Program Committee Co-Chair
Christie McIntyre, Program Committee Co-Chair

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