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2017 Pittsburgh Summer Conference Online Call for Proposals


ATE 2017 Summer Conference

Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

August 4-8, 2017

Re-Imagining Educator Preparation In A Democracy: The Teacher Educator as Public Intellectual explores the need to reframe, reclaim, and restore the ideals of educator preparation in a democracy.
Communities and states established a public education as a public responsibility in the nineteenth century to educate future citizens and to sustain our democracy. The essential purpose of the public schools, the reason they receive public funding is to teach young people the rights and responsibilities of citizens.  (Ravitch, 2013, p. 237)
Every child who is educated in the US must be prepared so as to participate actively both in the workplace and in our democracy. These responsibilities include developing critical thinking skills and political will, debating and deliberating issues, choosing leaders, a willingness to compromise for the common good and the ability to participate actively in one’s workplace, community and civic life.
Reimagining Educator Preparation in A Democracy: The Teacher Educator as Public Intellectual requires us to step back and reclaim our responsibilities as teacher educators in sustaining a democratic society.  How can we reframe the ideals of democracy within educator preparation while meeting the increasing requirements and challenges that we face with program accreditation, accountability, and candidate performance?
The conference theme serves as a call to teacher educators to act as public intellectuals through social re-imagining, inquiry, and participatory action in P-20 educational policy-making at the local, state, and national levels.  The following four strands related to the conference theme are presented to stimulate dialogue and scholarly discourse through research and scholarly inquiry.

Strand I:  Restoring the Democratic Ideal In Educator Preparation
In Democracy and Education, Dewey (1916) stated  “. . . the conception of education as a social process and function has no definite meaning until we define the kind of society we have in mind” (p. 97).  What is the relationship of educator preparation to the function of education within a democracy? Are we preparing our teachers to be able to equip future generations to design and participate fully in the society we want and need?  How can we restore the democratic ideals of education in a democratic society through social re-imagining?

Strand II: Reclaiming Educator Preparation, Policy and Practice for the Common Good
Acting as public intellectuals requires that we, as teacher educators, take up the mantle of social, political, and moral responsibility to reclaim educator preparation for the common good. We must work to effect legislation and change in educational policies that will lead to changes in the current system. We need to develop a counter narrative to the prevailing agenda in educator preparation and licensure.  We must share practices that lead to increased access and representation within the education profession. We need to inquire as to how educator preparation can evolve in relation to a changing society.
How has teacher quality been constrained by external measures of accreditation and accountability? Have we exchanged our accountability to the profession to fulfill the requirements of high stakes testing?  How have tighter program regulations to meet accreditation requirements impacted access and representation in the profession?
What practices support the socialization of new teachers who are able to question undemocratic practices that silence or marginalize some students while privileging others? How do we prepare teachers to meet the social and academic needs of diverse student populations, including students whose interests have been historically under-represented in the workplace, the global economy, and society at-large (e.g. students who are undocumented, immigrant, refugee, homeless, in foster care, etc.)? What emergent, responsive pedagogies in our educator preparation programs foster teacher voice, resistance, and resilience?

Strand III: Creating Spaces for Community-based Participatory Research Communities
    Acting as public intellectuals, what is our social, civic, and moral responsibility to engage in inquiry and public discourse that interrogates the current political system, and questions political agendas, which inhibit inclusive, responsive, and democratic communities of practice? What is our role as teacher educators in sustaining democracy through intentional and sustained collaboration in diverse schools and communities? How do we question undemocratic practices and policies in educator preparation?  How can we promote a learning ecology that is both academically rigorous and democratic? How do we create intersecting and open spaces of collaboration for community-based inquiry among communities of practice?

Strand IV: Preparing Educators as Agents of Democracy In A Global Society
Dewey understood the politics of education for democracy and the inherent role of teachers in preparing their students as agents of democracy to sustain the next generation of democracy.  As teacher educators, how do we define the political role of educator preparation in sustaining democratic educational systems? What pedagogies engage our candidates in performative practice in the politics of education? How are we utilizing high impact practices, including study abroad experiences, service learning, and civic engagement, for developing teachers and educational leaders who can serve as agents of democracy within a global society? How do we equip new teachers to prepare their students to participate in global decision-making that ensures economic and social justice, educational equity, and ecological sustainability in a global society?

    The 2017 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. These sessions may include the application of research, position papers, descriptions of existing programs/practices, or innovation in teacher education. Various types of sessions addressing the conference theme or other ATE interests are scheduled throughout the conference. The 2017 summer conference is an all multiple-paper type conference.  There will be no single session papers.

Proposals are due April 15, 2017

Thematic Sessions
60-80 minute sessions addressing the conference theme or other ATE interests are scheduled for August 6-8. These sessions may include the application of research, position papers, descriptions of existing programs/practices, or innovation in teacher education. 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-three papers of a related topic or theme for 60-80 minutes. Each paper will be given approximately 20-25 minutes to present, followed by a 10-15 minute question-and-answer session.

B. Roundtable Format:  Roundtables are informal sessions during which one or more presenters is seated at a table to discuss works-in-progress that may not be ready for formal presentation. The planning committee will group papers of a related topic or theme. Tables are numbered to allow conference attendees to easily identify an individual presenter’s session. Each discussion lasts 50 minutes.

C. Research Sessions:  Two – three research papers will be grouped by related topics or themes in 60-80 minute sessions scheduled on July 31 or August 1.  Research papers are presented in approximately 15-20 minute time segments. A Discussant will provide a response at the conclusion of the presentations.  If a proposal is accepted a written paper or research report MUST be submitted to the Discussant by July 15, 2017.

D.  Laptop/Poster Sessions: Poster/Laptop sessions allow for the discussion of scholarly research and/or practice addressing teacher education with conference participants in an informal scholarly environment. (All posters must be self-standing) Tables are numbered to allow conference attendees to easily identify an individual presenter’s poster. Each discussion lasts 50 minutes.

Proposal Format:
Proposals must be submitted by April 15, 2017. Please read the information on this page in its entirety to better understand the requirements and guidelines for the proposal submission. Each proposal, regardless of session type, must be submitted as either a pdf file or Microsoft Word document and e-mail as two attached documents: (A) Cover Page and (B) Abstract for Thematic Presentation, including all required information as stated below, to dritchey@ate1.org.

A. Cover Page:

1. Title of the Session

2. Type of Session: Identify as one of the following: Multiple Paper, Research Session, Roundtable, or Laptop/Poster Session.

3. Session Organizer: Name, title, institution, e-mail and mailing addresses, fax number, and telephone number.

4. Additional Presenters: Same information as Session Organizer

5. Subject Descriptors: Identify the conference 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 Profession; 9) Vision. See ATE Website (http://www.ate1.org/pubs/Standards.cfm) 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. If the summary exceeds the 30- word limit, the program committee may edit it 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: (Multiple Paper, Roundtable, Research Session or Laptop/Poster Session)
3. Teacher Educator Standard(s)
4.  Objective(s) of the Presentation
5.  Relationship to Conference Theme/Strands
6.  Content of Presentation (no more than 1,000 words, including methodology and literature review when appropriate)
7.  Relevance or Implications of Topic
8.  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 April 15, 2017. Proposals are submitted thru the ATE Summer Conference page on the ATE Website.

General Information

A. All presenters are required to pre-register for the conference. Presenters should have 15 copies of handouts or materials for the attendees.

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

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

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

E. Graduate students, classroom teachers, and new ATE members are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

2017 ATE Summer Conference Planning Committee
Karen Embry Jenlink, President
John K. Hicks and Emma Savage-Davis, Planning Committee Co-Chairs


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