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Register Now for ATE's 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago!

Hilton Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
February 13-16, 2016

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in Chicago, Illinois, at the Hilton Chicago February 13-16. The theme will be Accountability: Making It Meaningful.

Online Program

The Online Program is now available. Click here to go directly to the online program.

Governance and Special Events

Click here for the Governance and Special Events Schedule.


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.

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Hilton ChicagoClose to everything. Far from ordinary.

A magnificent location, overlooking Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and Museum Campus, is just the beginning at Hilton Chicago. Add 234,000 sq. ft. of event space, exceptional dining venues, and over 12 specialty suite options and you’ll start to see the allure. This downtown Chicago hotel offers easy access to the South Loop, combined with warm service and a full menu of amenities – all you need for an extraordinary stay.

--Proud member of the Historic Hotels of America
--Authentic Irish cuisine at Kitty O' Sheas and classic American fare at 720 South Bar & Grill

--Indoor running track, pool, whirlpool, cardio zone, weight zone, and Crossfit at our expansive Athletic Club
--More than 234,000 sq. ft. of event space including 50 breakouts, 3 ballrooms, and over 100,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.

Click here for the link to the online reservation site from the hotel. Rate is $149 single, $169 double. The hotel is located at 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, (312) 922-4400.

Exhibit in Chicago!

ATE's 2016 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 Foyer of the Grand Ballroom and the Normandie Lounge of the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, (312) 922-4400.. Exhibit schedule is:

Saturday, Feb. 13: Set-up 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Saturday, Feb. 13: Exhibits Open 2:00-6:30p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13: Exhibitor Reception 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 15: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 15: Dismantle 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Click here to download an exhibitor application with complete information.
Pre-Conference Workshops
Three half-day pre-conference workshops will be offered at ATE's 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13. Click here for additional information on the workshops.

All Day Workshop:

1. NASA Workshop on Culturally Relevant STEM Education (Sat. 2/13, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., $90) Special Offer: Attend this workshop at no charge if you register for the Annual Meeting. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, click here to send an email directly to ATE and don't include the selection if you register online. Attendance may be limited for this workshop.

Half-Day Workshops:

2.  Hit the Ground Running: Join Us for a Mobile Mashup! (This workshop has been cancelled)

3. Accreditation, Assessment and Accountability in Educator Preparation (CAEP Workshop) (Fri. 2/12, 1:00-4:00 p.m., $50)
4.  Discover the New Technology Tools to Enhance Teaching (Sat. 2/13, 9:00 a.m-12:00 noon, $50)
Featured Sessions in Chicago
The 2016 Annual Meeting Planning Committee has put together an outstanding program of Featured Sessions. These sessions are open to all registrants. Click here for details.
Preservice Strand in Chicago
TOnce again ATE will offer a Preservice Strand for students (graduate and undergraduate) during the 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago on Monday, February 15. Click here for details.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, Feb. 12   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. 13   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
    Monday, Feb.15  
Emerging Scholars Reception


Thematic Sessions 8:00-9:30
Delegate Assembly 2:00-5:00 General Session 9:45-11:00
Exhibitors Reception 5:00-6:30 Thematic Sessions 11:10-4:00
Opening General Session 6:30-8:00 SIGS 4:15-6:15
Presidential Reception  8:00-9:00 ATE Awards Dinner (note: sit-down dinner) 6:30-9:00
Live Music 9:00-11:00 Tuesday, Feb. 16  
Sunday, Feb. 14   Thematic Sessions 8:00-9:30
Conference Registration 8:00-4:30 President’s Brunch 10:00-12:00
Newcomers Breakfast 7:00-9:00    

Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session: Pam Grossman

Pam Grossman joined the University of Pennsylvania as the Dean of the Graduate School of Education in January 2015. A distinguished scholar, she came to Penn from Stanford University’s School of Education, where she was the Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education. At Stanford she founded and led the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching and established the Hollyhock Fellowship for early career teachers in underserved schools. Before joining Stanford, she was the Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington.

Dr. Grossman serves on the boards of some of the nation’s foremost organizations for promoting rigorous educational research and teacher excellence. She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2009 and currently sits on the Academy’s Board of Directors. She is Vice Chair of the Spencer Foundation Board of Directors and is an incoming member of the Board of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She also served as Member at Large and Vice President of the Division on Teaching and Teacher Education for the American Educational Research Association.

Robert J. Stevenson Memorial Lecture: Michael Apple

Michael W. Apple is a John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research explores the relationship between education and inequality. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association and the UCLA Medal for Distinguished Academic Achievement. Publications include: Can Education Change Society? (New York: Routledge, 2013); Knowledge, Power, and Education (New York: Routledge, 2013); and Educating the "Right" Way: Markets, Standards, God, and Inequality, 2nd edition. (New York: Routledge, 2006).

Distinguished Educator Lecture: Carl Grant

Carl GrantDr. Carl A. Grant is a Hoefs-Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Grant was the President of NAME from 1993-1999, served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Assessment and Teacher Quality from 1999-2000, and spent time in England as a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Grant has written many books including, Teach! Change! Empower!: Solutions for Closing the Achievement Gaps, Doing Multicultural Education for Achievement and Equity, and Turning on Learning: Five Approaches for Multicultural Teaching Plans for Race, Class, Gender and Disability.  

Research General Session: Steve Athanases

Steven Athanases, professor of education at the University of California Davis, researches issues of cultural and linguistic diversity and educational equity in teaching, adolescent learning, and teacher education, with a focus on literacy and English language arts. As a high school English teacher in the Chicago area, he received several awards for outstanding teaching of English, with a focus on writing, and drew on his disciplinary roots in Performance Studies and Communications to stage annual performance showcases of original student compositions. While completing his doctorate at Stanford, he worked in the Oakland Unified School District as a Coordinator of Public Programs in English with ACCESS, a partnership between Oakland Unified and UC-Berkeley designed to better prepare underrepresented youth of color for admission to the University of California. He continued to partner with teachers in Oakland, funded by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. With support from a Mellon Foundation grant, he served for several years as Project Director of the Evaluating Communities of Learners Project at Stanford (Ed Haertel, PI), in collaboration with Vanderbilt University faculty and researchers and middle school teachers in Nashville Metro Schools.

He joined the UC Davis faculty in 1999. Athanases’ research has been honored with fellowships and awards of excellence from the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Association of Teacher Educators, the McDonnell Foundation Program in Cognitive Studies for Educational Practice, and the Davis Humanities Institute. He serves on the editorial board of the Educational Researcher and was recognized by the American Educational Research Association in 2012 and 2013 as an Outstanding Reviewer of journal manuscripts.  

Featured Session, Tuesday, February 16, 8:00-10:00 a.m.: The Model Code of Ethics for Educators:  Professional Accountability in the Profession of Education

Featured session presenters Anne Marie Fenton, Philip Rogers, Katherine Bassett, and Troy Hutchings

Meeting the demands of professional practice is complex. Education is a highly nuanced profession, involving complex relationships with students, colleagues, and other members of the school community, requiring practitioners to make hundreds of nontrivial decisions in the course of a workday (Danielson, 1996). There are indeed tough questions and tough choices not only as a profession as a whole, but also in individual daily practice, especially regarding ethical decision making.  Making ethical choices that are informed by a shared, profession-wide commitment is not possible without a shared ethical framework with guiding principles to offer direction to educators. The lack of such a framework not only leaves the profession open to scrutiny but also leaves individual educators without the guidance developed in collaboration with practitioners and educational partners. A national association has responded to this need in the profession by working closely with its partners to convene a diverse and representative task force of practitioners to develop, adopt, and disseminate a Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE) that clearly defines the ethical and professional obligations of educators. In this session, participants will interactively learn about the Model Code of Ethics for Educators’ principles and performance indicators, discuss strategies to embed ethics instruction in the preservice curriculum, and examine their practice.


Anne Marie Fenton, director, Assessment Program for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC), which includes managing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) educator certification testing program and Title II/Higher Education Act Reauthorization (HEOA).

Phillip S. Rogers, Ed.D., Executive Director of NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification). He formerly served on the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB).

Katherine Bassett, Executive Director and CEO of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY).

Troy Hutchings, Senior Strategic Advisor at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ, where he provides thought-leadership to research initiatives and practical applications in educator ethics.

Give-Back Program

For the past eight 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 Chicago. After you make your donation, you will be returned to this page.
2016 ATE Annual Meeting Planning Committee
President: Shirley Lefever
Conference Co-Chairs: Annette Digby and Ryan Flessner

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