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Orlando Caribe Royale

Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center
Orlando, Florida
February 10-14, 2017

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Caribe Royale February 10-14. 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.

Online Program

Click here to go to the Online Program for the 2017 Annual Meeting.


Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center

Caribe Royale OrlandoAt the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center, business and pleasure go hand in hand. From the very beginning, we’ve redefined and elevated the standards of the meeting, conference and family vacation experience in Florida.

Here among our more than 53 lush, tropical acres, guests will discover 1,218 spacious, well-appointed one-bedroom suites, 120 luxurious two-bedroom lakeside villas, expansive state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, unmatched hospitality and service, and a wealth of desirable dining options and hotel amenities that will appeal to both families and business professionals alike. And it all can be found just minutes from the area’s world famous theme parks and attractions.  The Caribe Royale is located just 1.5 miles from the Walt Disney World® area.

Click here for the link to the online reservation site from the hotel. Rate is $189 single/double. The hotel is located at 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando FL 32821, 407-238-8000.

Discount on Transfer from Airport to Hotel

MearsATE has negotiated a discounted shuttle transfer between Orlando International Airport and the Caribe Royale during ATE's Annual Meeting through Mears Motor Shuttle. Click here for additional information and a downloadable coupon.

Specially Priced Tickets for Disney World!

Tinker BellFor advance purchase of specially priced Disney Meeting/Convention Theme Park tickets, please call 407-566-5600 or CLICK HERE. Click here to download a pdf with additional information. Please note the cut-off date for advance purchase savings is February 7, 2017.

Exhibit in Orlando!

ATE's 2017 Annual Meeting offers a terrific opportunity to reach teacher educators and those involved in teacher preparation at all levels. The Meeting/Exhibit Show will be held in the Grand Sierra Foyer of the Orlando Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Dr., Orlando, FL 32821, 407-238-8000.

Exhibit Dates and Hours
Saturday, Feb. 11: Set-up 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Saturday, Feb. 11: Exhibits Open 2:00-6:30p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11: Exhibitor Reception 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 13: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 13: Dismantle 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Click here to download an exhibitor application with complete information.
Pre-Conference Workshops

Six pre-conference workshops will be offered in Orlando on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 in advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting at the Caribe Royale. Following are descriptions of the workshops.

All Day Workshops

1.  Kagan Structures for Cooperative Learning & Active Engagement (Sat. 2/11, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., $90)

2.  Knowledge Building in Teacher Education (WFATE Workshop) (Sat. 2/11, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., $90)

3.  Developing Teachers To Recognize & Foster The Ingenuity of All Students In the STEM Classroom (NASA Workshop) (Sat. 2/11, 9:00a.m.-4:00 p.m. If you register for the Annual Meeting, you can attend this workshop at no additional charge, or you can register and attend the workshop for $90 if you don't register for the Annual Meeting)

Half Day Workshops

4.  Accreditation, Assessment and Accountability in Educator Preparation (CAEP Workshop) (Fri. 2/10, 1:00-4:00 p.m., $50)

5.  Using Music to Inspire & Motivate Special Needs Students (Fri. 2/10, 1:00-4:00 p.m., $50)

6.  Explore Great Technology Tools for Incorporation into Face-to-Face or On-Line Classrooms (Sat. 2/11, 9:00 a.m-12:00 noon, $50)

Click here for complete information on workshops in Orlando.

Preservice Strand in Orlando
Once again ATE will offer a Preservice Strand for students (graduate and undergraduate) during the 2017 Annual Meeting in Orlando on Monday, February 13. Additional details will be available soon.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, Feb. 10   Sunday, Cont.  
Governance 9:00-5:00 Thematic Sessions 8:00-9:00
Workshop Registration 7:30-9:00 Robert J. Stevenson Lecture 9:15-10:30
Conference Registration 10:00-4:30 Thematic Sessions 10:40-2:00
Workshops 9:00-4:00 Distinguished Educator Lecture 2:15-3:15
Saturday, Feb. 11   Thematic Sessions 3:25-4:25
Governance  8:00-5:00 SIGs 4:30-6:30
Registration  8:00-4:30 Monday, Feb. 13  
Workshops 9:00-4:00 Exhibits 9:00-4:00
Emerging Scholars Reception 3:30-5:00 Thematic Sessions 8:00-9:00
Delegate Assembly 2:30-5:30 Preservice Strand 9:00-4:00
Exhibitors Reception 5:00-6:30 Research General Session 9:15-10:30
Opening General Session  6:30-8:00 Thematic Sessions 10:40-4:20
President's Reception 8:00-9:00 SIGs 4:30-6:00
Live Music 9:00-11:00 ATE Recognition and Awards Dinner 6:30-9:00
Sunday, Feb. 12   Tuesday, Feb. 14  
Newcomers Breakfast 7:00-9:00 Thematic Sessions 8:00-10:015
Registration 8:00-4:30 President's Brunch 10:30-Noon
Exhibits 9:00-4:00    

Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session: Nancy Fichtman Dana and Kristien Zenkov

Nancy DanaNancy Fichtman Dana, Ph.D., is a passionate advocate for practitioner inquiry as a mechanism to wrap the continual learning of teacher candidates, practicing teachers, and teacher educators around the learning of PK-12 students. She is currently Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at the University of Florida. Nancy began her career teaching elementary school in New York and works extensively in supporting schools, districts and universities in implementing powerful programs of job-embedded professional learning through inquiry in several states and countries. At both the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Florida, she led the development of teacher education programs selected by ATE as the recipients of the prestigious Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award in 2002 (The Pennsylvania State University-State College Area School District Elementary Professional Development School Program) and 2011 (The University of Florida Teacher Leadership for School Improvement Program).  She has published ten books and over 80 articles and book chapters related to teachers’, teacher candidates’, administrators’, and teacher educators’ professional learning through inquiry.

Kristien ZenkovKristien Zenkov, Ph.D., is a Professor of Education at George Mason University (GMU). In this role he serves as a hybrid educator, working across school, university, and community contexts as a teacher, teacher educator, and activist. He uses a participatory action research approach and photovoice methods, co-directing the “Through Students’ Eyes” project and engaging with youth and pre- and in-service teachers to explore big ideas and big questions, including notions of literacy, exceptional teaching, citizenship, and justice. He is the author and editor of more than 140 articles and book chapters and six books, focusing on teacher education, literacy, social justice education, and school-university partnerships. He serves as a university facilitator for a partnership between the College of Education and Human Development at GMU and T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and he is the senior editor of School-University Partnerships, the research journal of the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS). A veteran English teacher, he continues to co-teach and co-research at T.C. Williams with multiple teachers and youth.

Nancy and Kristien serve on ATE’s Commission on Clinical Practice as well as AACTE’s Clinical Practice Commission.  In this capacity, they have instituted ATE’s Clinical Fellows Program, now in its third year.  They unite their combined experiences in teacher education for ATE’s 2017 opening keynote to distill and illustrate ten critical attributes of teacher education programs in the age of clinically-based teacher education. Their talk will offer portraits of these exemplary clinical practices for the present and future of our profession.  

"A Top Ten of Teacher Education: Portraits of the Present and Future of a Clinically-Based Profession"

Scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers have called for teacher education to embrace its clinical practice roots. In their 2017 ATE keynote, national teacher education leaders Nancy Fichtman Dana and Kristien Zenkov answer this call with portraits of ten critical attributes of the present and future of the teacher education profession. Illustrations of these characteristics will be drawn from Dana’s and Zenkov’s teacher education endeavors and from their engagement with the Clinical Practice Commissions of ATE and AACTE.

Robert J. Stevenson Memorial Lecture: Dr. Patricia James Jordan

Dr. Patricia JordanFor 30 years, Dr. Jordan taught mathematics, computer science, special education, and community service in the cities of New Haven and New York, and in the suburbs of Malverne and Roslyn, Long Island. She also directed support programs, designed curricula, supervised student teachers, taught staff development courses, and coordinated cultural activities.

Dr. Jordan attended public schools in the Bronx, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Vassar College and Hofstra University. In her childhood community, Dr. Jordan founded the Juanita James Memorial Scholarship Foundation in memory of her mother, who was the neighborhood babysitter. This foundation offers financial assistance and mentoring to college students from Bronx housing projects, and also sponsors a variety of school and community activities.

Now a retired teacher, Dr. Jordan is a clinical psychologist.  She also continues to consult with educators, and parents; and she volunteers as a “math partner” to students in her Abyssinian Baptist Church community. Dr. Jordan is a 2015 National Teachers Hall of Fame inductee, the 1993 NYS Teacher of the Year, and an active member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY). She and her husband live in NY; their daughter is a senior at Vassar College.

Distinguished Educator Lecture: Christine Sleeter

Christine SleeterChristine E. Sleeter, PhD. is Professor Emerita in the College of Professional Studies at California State University Monterey Bay, where she was a founding faculty member. She has served as a visiting professor at several universities, most recently University of Maine. Her research focuses on anti-racist multicultural education and teacher education. She has published over 130 articles and 20 books, including Diversifying the Teacher Workforce (with L. I. Neal & K. K. Kumashiro, Routledge) and Un-Standardizing Curriculum (second edition, with J. Flores Carmona, Teachers College Press).



Research General Session: Ken Zeichner

Kenneth M. ZeichnerKenneth M. Zeichner has been recognized internationally as one of the leading researchers and writers in teacher education for decades. For many years, he has focused on understanding the historical trajectories of different approaches to improving teacher education and on elaborating the underlying assumptions, program elements, and consequences of different approaches to preparing teachers. Recently, he has also focused on policies related to teacher education and specifically on the role of venture philanthropy and the misrepresentation of educational research in shaping policies and practices in teacher education in ways that undermine the democratic process of deliberation and decision making and the largely public system of teacher education.

At the University of Washington, he has taught graduate courses in the study of teacher education that concern teacher education policy debates, comparative and international perspectives on teaching and teacher education, and community-focused teacher education. He served as Director of Teacher Education from 2009-2013.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Washington, he spent 33 years in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During this time, he spent 9 years as Associate Dean for Teacher Education and International Education and many more years as the Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Teacher Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. As a part of his work in teacher education, he directed a professional development school partnership involving the School of Education, Madison School District and Madison Teachers' Incorporated for 12 years.

Ken served as Vice President of AERA (Division K), a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, co-chair of the AERA Panel on Research in Teacher Education and as a member of National Academy of Education Committees on Teacher Education and Teacher Professional Development. In 2009, he was elected to the National Academy of Education, and in 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. He has worked on teacher education issues in many parts of the world, most notably in Namibia (1994-2004), and continues to lecture, write and support teacher education reforms in many parts of the world.

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 Orlando. After you make your donation, you will be returned to this page.
2017 ATE Annual Meeting Planning Committee
President: Shirley Lefever
Conference Co-Chairs: Nancy Gallavan and Terrell Peace

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