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ATE's 2015 Annual Meeting in Phoenix

Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona
February 13-17, 2015

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch. The theme selected by President Emma Savage-Davis is Advocating for the Silenced: The Educators’ Vocation.


Click here to go to the online secure registration site. Click here to download a pdf of the registration form which you can fax or mail with payment information.

Give-Back Program

For the past six years, attendees at ATE's meetings have donated money to "give back" to the communities where the meetings are held. Now you can make a donation while you register. Click here to go to the page that will allow you to make a donation online as you register for the Annual Meeting in St. Louis. After you make your donation, you will be returned to this page.


Hyatt Regency Phoenix
The gleam and iconic stature of this downtown St. Louis hotel is perfectly matched by the famous Gateway Arch just steps away. Reflecting the unique architecture and culture of St. Louis, the Hyatt Regency sparkles on the St. Louis skyline inviting ATE's 2014 Annual Meeting attendees to enjoy engaging spaces and warm Midwestern hospitality.
With its fresh, modern design and cool urban style, the sparkle continues through its doors. Walk in and discover vibrant ambiance and plush, stylish rooms where you can relax, work, meet, connect and explore. Get a taste of St. Louis at the hotel's incredible restaurants, including Red Kitchen & Bar and Ruth's Chris Steak House. Grab your morning latte at the hotel Starbucks, and meet friends for a lager from the Brewhouse. After taking in the amazing sights of St. Louis, including the Arch, Anheuser Busch Brewery, Missouri Botanical Gardens and Busch Stadium, come relax in the comfort of your room and suite and indulge in Hyatt's signature hospitality.

Click here to go to the online reservation site from the hotel.  Rate is $169 single or double (a separate rate for double was previously reported, but we have negotiated one rate). The hotel is located at 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102. Hotel reservations: 1-888-421-1442. Hotel phone: (314) 655-1234. Fax: (314) 241-6618.

Airport Shuttle

ATE has negotiated discounts with GO BEST Express Airport Shuttle to get to the Hyatt Regency at the Arch. Reservations MUST be made online to receive the discounted rate. Walk-ups will not be eligible for convention rate, standard rates will apply. Please click here to go to our website and begin your reservation to reserve a seat. The discounted convention rate of $17 one way or $32 round trip per person (fuel surcharges may apply) is offered. Credit cards are required and charged at the time of reservation.

Saturday Clinics

A number of clinics will be available on Saturday, February 15, at no additional charge to Annual Meeting registrants. More information will be available soon.

Exhibit in St. Louis!

ATE's 2014 Annual Meeting offers a terrific opportunity to reach teacher educators and those involved in teacher preparation at all levels. The exhibits area will be in the fourth floor prefunction area. Exhibit schedule is:

Saturday, Feb. 15: Set-up 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Saturday, Feb. 15: Exhibits Open 2:00-6:30p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15: Exhibitor Reception 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 17: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 17: Dismantle 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Click here to download an exhibitor application with complete information.

Exhibitor Reception and Scavenger Hunt

The Exhibitor Reception and Scavenger Hunt will be held Saturday, February 15, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Exhibits Area (Fourth Floor Prefunction Area) at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis. More information will be available soon.


Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered in St. Louis on Friday, February 14, and Saturday, February 15. Click here for complete descriptions. Workshops are numbered according to the registration form .

PreService Strand

The 2014 Preservice Strand for education students (graduate and undergraduate welcome) will be held Monday, February 17, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch during ATE's 2014 Annual Meeting. Click here for downloadable pdf with schedule information and a registration form.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, Feb. 14   Sunday, Cont.  
Governance 9:00-5:00 Exhibits 9:00-4:00
Workshop Registration 7:30-9:00 Thematic Sessions 10:00-4:30
Conference Registration 10:00-4:30 Robert J. Stevenson Lecture 9:45-11:00
Workshops 9:00-4:00 Thematic Sessions 11:19-1:30
Saturday, Feb. 15   Roundtable Sessions 8:00-4:30
Governance  8:00-5:00 Distinguished Educator Lecture 1:40-2:40
Registration  8:00-4:30 Thematic Sessions 2:50-4:20
Workshops 9:00-4:00 SIGs  4:30-6:30
Professional Clinics 8:00-3:00 Monday, Feb.17  
Emerging Scholars Reception


SRATE Breakfast 7:00-9:00
Delegate Assembly 2:00-5:00 Thematic Sessions 8:00-9:30
Exhibitors Reception 5:00-6:30 General Session 9:45-11:00
Opening General Session 6:30-8:00 Thematic Sessions 11:10-4:00
Presidential Reception  8:00-9:00 SIGS 4:15-6:15
Live Music 9:00-11:00 ATE Awards Dinner (note: sit-down dinner) 6:30-9:00
Sunday, Feb. 16    Tuesday, Feb. 18  
Conference Registration 8:00-4:30  Thematic Sessions 8:00-9:30
Newcomers Breakfast 7:00-9:00 President’s Brunch 10:00-12:00

Keynote Speakers

Diana Hess
Diana HessDiana Hess is the Senior Vice President of the Spencer Foundation, a not-for-profit Foundation devoted to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities. In her position at Spencer, Hess serves as a partner to Foundation President Michael McPherson in shaping Spencer's strategic directions, in guiding the organization's and the staff's work, and in representing the Foundation in its interactions with its partners, clients, and friends. Hess works on strategic planning, leads the New Civics research initiative and a new project to develop “disciplined dialogues”. She is on leave from her position as a professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Formerly, Hess was a high school teacher, teachers’ union president, and the associate executive director of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago. Hess earned a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, advised by Professor Walter Parker.
Since 1997 she has been researching how teachers engage their students in discussions of highly controversial political and constitutional issues, and what impact this approach to civic education has on what young people learn. Her first book on this topic, Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion won the National Council for the Social Studies Exemplary Research Award in 2009. She is currently writing two other books about controversial issues and civic education, The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education is co-authored by Paula McAvoy, and will be published in 2014. Following that, she will begin working on Courting Democracy: Teaching About Constitutions, Courts, and Cases.
Jane Piirto
Jane PiirtoJane Piirto has helped thousands of teachers of the gifted and talented to gain their master’s degrees and endorsements. She is a published and award-winning poet and novelist as well as Distinguished Scholar for the National Association for Gifted Children and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Mensa Education and Research Association. Among her books are 3 editions of Talented Children and Adults: Their Development and Education; 2 editions of Understanding Those Who Create; “My Teeming Brain”: Understanding Creativity Writers; Understanding Creativity; Creativity for 21st Century Skills; and her latest book (2014) is Organic Creativity in the Classroom: Teaching to Intuition in Academics and in the Arts.
The Piirto Pyramid of Talent Development is a theoretical framework which includes the genetic aspect, personality aspect, cognitive aspect, talent in domains, and five environmental “suns”—the Sun of School, the Sun of Community and Culture, the Sun of Home, the Sun of Chance, and the Sun of Gender. The catalyst for talent development is “the thorn,” the underlying desire to do the work. This session will discuss how each domain has its own requirements and necessities that are monitored by the gatekeepers of the domain and discuss how teacher educators should be familiar with these. 
Marilyn Cochran-Smith
Marilyn Cochran-SmithMarilyn Cochran-Smith is the Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools and Director of the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. A teacher education scholar and practitioner for nearly 30 years, Professor Cochran-Smith is a frequent presenter nationally and internationally and is widely known for her work in teacher education research, practice and policy and for her sustained commitment to teaching and teacher education for social justice with inquiry as the centerpiece. In 2012, she received honorary doctorates from both the University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain, and the University of Glasgow, Scotland,  in recognition of her work related to teaching, teacher education, and social justice. 
Dr. Cochran-Smith was Vice President of AERA for Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) from 1998-2000 and President of AERA in 2004-2005. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, the Laureate chapter of the international education honorary society, Kappa Delta Pi, and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. She is currently the Chair of the National Academy’s Professional Development Committee.
Dr. Cochran-Smith has written nine books, five of which have won national awards and recognitions, and more than 175 articles, chapters, and editorials on teacher education research, practice and policy, social justice, and practitioner research. From 2000-2006, she was the chief editor of the Journal of Teacher Education. She and Susan Lytle are co-editors of the Teachers College Press book series on Practitioner Inquiry, which now includes more than 45 books by practitioners or about practitioner research.
She is currently completing a major review of research on teacher preparation with colleague, Ana Maria Villegas.  The review covers more than 1500 studies of teacher preparation policy and practice.  It will appear in the 5th Handbook of Research on Teaching in 2014.
Cochran-Smith began her educational career as a elementary school teacher where she worked for 6 years as a third, fifth and sixth grade teacher. In 1975, she won her first professional award-- the “Outstanding Young Educator Award” for her school district.
Jeffrey Charbonneau
Jeffrey CharbonneauJeff Charbonneau, a 9-12th grade Chemistry, Physics and Engineering teacher in Washington state, was named the 63rd National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers and was recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
Charbonneau teaches at Zillah High School (ZHS) in Zillah, Washington, where he has spent his entire 12-year teaching career. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was a member of the William O. Douglas Honors College at Central Washington University, and holds a Masters of Education from Central Washington University. He is a National Board Certified teacher. He has received numerous awards, among them being various business donations and grants totaling more than $25,000 to support the ZHS Robot Challenge, of which he is founder and director.
Jeff also participates as the Zillah Education Association Co-President. He recognizes that many students see his course subjects as the "hard" science classes and welcomes the challenge to overturn that stigma, saying they are designed to be accessible. He's created interactive learning experiences, like the robot challenge, to help students develop confidence in their abilities. 
"I greet my students in class every day by saying, 'Welcome back to another day in paradise,'" said Jeff Charbonneau. "The reality is that paradise must be built, maintained and improved each day. It removes the words 'can't,' 'too hard' and 'impossible' from our vocabulary. This concept has become my philosophy of teaching, as I foster self-confidence, academic success, collaboration and dedication within my classroom, school and greater community."


2014 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Nancy P. Gallavan, President

Freddie A. Bowles and Cathy J. Pearman, Planning Committee Co-Chairs


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