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2016 Louisville Summer Conference Registration Information
Louisville Skyline
ATE 2016 Summer Conference
Hyatt Regency Louisville
Louisville, KY
Saturday, July 30-Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The 2016 Summer Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Hyatt Regency Louisville July 30-August 2, 2016. The theme selected by President Shirley Lefever is Teacher Educators: Inspiring the Future, Honoring the Past.


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.


The Perfect Blend of Urban Flair and Southern Hospitality

Click here to go to the online hotel reservation site for ATE's Summer Conference.
Welcome to Hyatt Regency Louisville, a place to convene, connect and consider. Provocative, thoughtful, intense, ground-breaking – it’s a place where there’s space to think and space to get away. We believe luxury hotels should offer more than just a good night's sleep and take pride in providing our guests with the best of everything, from great restaurants to luxury accommodations and unparalleled service. Whether you’re in Kentucky for business or pleasure, it should be a worry-free experience from start to finish. From swift check-in to food that feeds mind and body and spaces to connect, this is a hotel that stimulates ideas and offers the generous welcome that makes a Hyatt Regency, a Hyatt.

Enjoy the perfect blend of urban flair and southern hospitality at Hyatt Regency Louisville. Our renowned service, welcoming staff and prime setting make us the preferred choice of hotels in the heart of downtown. Art lovers, history buffs and sports fans alike will find a variety of entertaining things to do just minutes from Hyatt Regency Louisville. Discover the center of downtown entertainment, Fourth Street Live! Explore famous Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, or the iconic Louisville Slugger Museum. Take a day to follow Kentucky's Bourbon Trail, or spend some time at the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The whole family can enjoy interactive exhibits and attractions at the Louisville Science Center, Muhammad Ali Center or the Louisville Zoo, all just moments away.
Downloadable Draft Program Book
The draft Program Book for the Summer Conference is now available here. Note the downloads are drafts only, and there will be significant changes in the final Program Books distributed at the Summer Conference.

Exhibit in Louisville!

ATE's 2016 Summer Conference offers a terrific opportunity to reach teacher educators and those involved in teacher preparation at all levels. Exhibit schedule is:

Saturday, Jul. 30: Set-Up, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jul. 30: Exhibits Open 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jul. 31: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 1: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 1: Dismantle 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Click here to download an exhibitor application with complete information.
Summer Induction Symposium for New Education Professors

The first Summer Induction Symposium for New Education Professors will be held on Friday, July 30, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in conjunction with ATE's 2016 Summer Conference at the Louisville Hyatt Regency. Full-time college/university faculty members entering years 1-3 are eligible to enroll.

Participants attending the Symposium will be better prepared to:
  • Transition to college/university teaching responsibilities.
  • Explore essential expectations for a beginning professor
  • Analyze cultural norms of a new department and university.
  • Apply research-based organizational lenses to real-life experiences
  • Expand scholarship, presentation, and publication opportunities, assisted by a national network of content experts and an assigned, experienced ATE mentor in a similar area of specialization.
To register, click here to go to the online registration site for ATE's 2016 Summer Conference or click here to download a pdf of the registration form. IMPORTANT: If you wish to register online for the Symposium by itself and you don't want to take advantage of the reduced rate for the entire Summer Conference, scroll down on the registration form to the tab marked "Clear Payment Selections" (above payment) and this will allow you to register for the Symposium by itself. For additional information on the Symposium, click here.
Pre-Conference Workshops
Three half-day pre-conference workshops will be offered at ATE's 2016 Summer Conference in Louisville on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30. Click here for additional information on the workshops.

Half-Day Workshops:

2.  Accreditation, Assessment and Accountability in Educator Preparation (CAEP Workshop) (Fri. 7/29, 1:00-4:00 p.m., $50)

3. Tell Your Story Effectively with an Online Portfolio (Sat. 7/30, 9:00 a.m.-Noon, $50)

4. Discover the New Technology Tools (Sat. 7/30, 1:00-4:00 p.m., $50)

Monday Evening Event: Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum

The Monday evening ticketed event will include a visit to Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, and the Kentucky Derby Museum. Activities will include access to the Kentucky Derby Museum, a walking tour of Churchill Downs, a race activity, a 360 degree video experience, a light dinner buffet (pasta salad, barbeque meatballs, vegetable and cheese display, fruit platter, assorted crackers, and Chef’s Choice dessert). A cash bar will be available. Transportation from the Hyatt to Churchill Downs is included

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby" and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renown event that is the Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby Museum, in addition to preserving the history of the Kentucky Derby, offers so much more to the community. The education department offers free educational programs to all public and parochial schools within the states of Kentucky and Indiana that focus on Core Academic standards. Through these programs, students learn about the economics, history and significance of the Kentucky Derby. Another major contribution to the community is the Backside Learning Center. With advocacy from the Museum, the BLC was founded in June of 2004 to provide educational opportunities and other resources to backside workers.

Keynote Speakers

Stephen R. Sroka

Stephen SrokaSteve Sroka grew up in poverty in a housing project in a single parent family. His third grade report card read, “Parent notified boy is retarded.” In the ninth grade, after being involved in a school fight, he had two hip operations and was told that he may never walk again. The doctor told him he better start to listen to his teachers. And, as he tells students today, the more he listened, the smarter the teachers became.

Education was the only way out of the ghetto for Steve. When he graduated from high school, he worked full-time to get his family off welfare before entering college. His childhood offered unique challenges that helped him become a better educator.

Today, Dr. Stephen Sroka is an internationally recognized motivational speaker, trainer, author, teacher, professor and consultant. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Division of Adolescent Health, Case Western Reserve University, a former Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Education at Cleveland State University and President of his company, Health Education Consultants. He has worked in schools (K-12) worldwide for over 30 years, including several school systems with high profile shootings. He retired as a teacher and member of a crisis response team from the Cleveland Public Schools. He is married and has four daughters and two grandsons.

He has worked extensively with Native Americans. He has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control, and was chosen as an Expert in Residence for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation three times

He has authored a dozen books and over 30 articles. His Educator’s Guide to HIV/AIDS and other STD’s (1st edition in 1984 and now in its 57th printing) is recommended by the U.S. Department of Education, and by former Surgeon General Koop who has personally commended Dr. Sroka for his “pioneering efforts to educate the nation’s school-age populations.” His prophetic article, “It Takes a Child to Raze a Village: Proficiency or Reality Testing?” was written before Columbine. After recently keynoting an international education conference in Dubai, he wrote the article, “Getting to the Heart of Education: Listening to the Whole Child.”

Dr. Sroka received the Outstanding School Health Educator Award from the American School Health Association, was selected the Walt Disney Outstanding Health Teacher of the Year, and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. But his most meaningful “award” was his six-year-old daughter telling him that he was smarter than the cartoon character, Inspector Gadget. Obviously, his wife does not agree.

Blake West

Blake WestBlake West, Ed.D., is Senior Policy Analyst for the National Education Association Center for Great Public Schools - Teacher Quality. Dr. West has been an educator for over 35 years, teaching high school mathematics, computer science, and facilitating the preparation and induction of new teachers in the profession.  Blake has publications in the areas of computer science, teaching with technology and also the development of teacher leaders in our schools.  He was awarded the Tandy Prize in 1998 for outstanding teaching with technology and has served in numerous roles at the state and national level.  n the summer of 2012, he completed 6 years as President of the Kansas National Education Association and returned to teaching and serving as a “technology integration specialist” at Blue Valley High School, Overland Park, KS.  Evenings and weekends included serving as an instructor in the teacher preparation program at University of St. Mary (KS) as well as providing workshops in integrating technology and 21st century skills in the classroom.  Blake volunteered in numerous roles with NCATE then served on the design team, inaugural Board of Directors, and chaired the Accreditation Council for CAEP.  At the end of the 2015 school year, Blake packed up his classroom to join the NEA Center for Great Public Schools where he has focused on preparation and induction of new teachers and professional growth for teacher leaders.

2016 ATE Summer Conference Planning Committee
President: Shirley Lefever
Conference Co-Chairs: Annette Digby and Karen McClusky

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