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2015 Minneapolis Summer Conference Online Call for Proposals

ATE 2015 Summer Conference

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

July 31-August 4, 2015

Note: Deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to May 1, 2015.

The 2015 Summer Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, the site of the 1998 ATE Summer Conference. The theme selected by President Linda Houser is Accountability: Making It Meaningful.

The following strands focus the concepts, research, and practices supported by their contributions to advancing teacher education that matters for the ATE 2015-2016 conferences.

Conference Strands and Guiding Questions:

Accountability: Making It Meaningful

Strand 1: The Policy, Politics, and Impact of Rankings and Accountability for  Teacher Education Programs: Past, Present and Future

Strand 2: Examining the Ethics, Sustainability, Validity, Reliability, and Equity of High-Stakes Testing in P-20 Education

Strand 3: Impact of P-20 Accountability on Teachers, Administrators, Students, Parents, Teacher Educators, Communities, and the Curriculum

Strand 4: Accountability and the Achievement Gap

Strand 5: Accountability and School Performance: Is There a Connection?

Strand 6: The Role of Technology in Educational Accountability

Strand 7: Accountability Surrounding Clinical Practice and Assessment

The 2015 Summer Conference 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.

Proposals are due May 1, 2015,

Thematic Sessions

Fifty-minute sessions addressing the conference theme or other ATE interests are scheduled for August 2-4. 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.

A. 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 for 60 minutes. Each paper will be given approximately 20-25 minutes to present, followed by a 10-15 minute question-and-answer session.

B. Single Paper Format:  Single-paper presentations provide an opportunity for participants to share a synopsis of their work. The presenter typically allows 20-25 minutes to present followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion.  These sessions are allocated 50 minutes.

C. 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 50 minutes.

D. Research Reports:  Research papers are presented in approximately 15-20 minute time segments. The paper presentations are grouped by related topics or themes in sixty-minute sessions scheduled on August 2nd or 3rd. . 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 July 15, 2015.

E. Emerging Scholars Series:  Graduate students and those who have graduated within the last two years are encouraged to apply to participate in the Association of Teacher Educators’ 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 program descriptions. Participants’ presentations will be grouped by topic and assigned an ATE Facilitator to coordinate and mentor during the session. Participants will also attend a reception that will allow them to engage with more experienced scholars in conversation around issues such as navigating the job market, thriving in the first two years, preparing articles for publication, or balancing teaching, research, and service.

Proposal Format:

Proposals must be submitted by May 1, 2015. To submit a proposal, send two Word documents by email as described below, A (Cover Page) and B (Abstract of Presentation) to dritchey@ate1.org.

A. Cover Page

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. See ATE Website for more complete descriptions.

7. 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.

8. 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 blind-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

Thematic Presentation

1.  Title
2.  Type of Presentation (Single Paper, Roundtable, Research Session, Poster Session)
3.  Objective(s) of the Presentation
4.  Relationship to Conference Theme/Strands
5.  Content of Presentation
6.  Relevance or Implications of Topic

7.  Participant Outcomes

The committee may not review a proposal that does not follow this format. Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of how well each component of the abstract is addressed in the submission.

Due Dates and Submission:

Proposals must be submitted by May 1, 2015, Proposals should be submitted to ATE via email. Please email two Word documents, one for A (Cover Page) and one for B (Abstract of Presentation) as described above to dritchey@ate1.org.

General Information

A. Formats that utilize multiple presenters are encouraged. Graduate students, classroom teachers, and new ATE members are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

B. All presenters are required to pre-register for the conference. Presenters should have 20 copies of handouts or materials for the attendees.

C. ATE does not provide audiovisual equipment. However, ATE will provide the name of an agency that can be contacted for individual presentation arrangements.

D. Information used in the program is copied from the proposal cover page. ATE reserves editorial rights.

E. All communication is with the session organizer who is responsible for communicating with other presenters of that session.

2015 ATE Summer Conference Planning CommitteeMinneapolis

Linda Houser, President

Annette Digby and Ryan Flessner, Planning Committee Co-Chairs

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