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2017 Pittsburgh Summer Conference Registration Information
ATE 2017 Summer Conference
Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday, August 5-Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The 2017 Summer Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square August 4-8, 2017. The theme selected by President Karen Embry Jenlink is Re-Imagining Educator Preparation In A Democracy: The Teacher Educator as Public Intellectual.


Click here to go to the secure online registration site. Click here to download a pdf of the registration form providing registration fees.

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The online hotel reservation site for ATE's Summer Conference is here.

Sheraton Station Square hotel, PittsburghThe Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square is located on the waterfront, in the heart of a 52-acre riverfront complex that includes Station Square restaurants, entertainment and many things to do in Pittsburgh just steps away.

Relax in Pittsburgh's only riverfront hotel, adjacent to 20 restaurants within the Shops at Station Square, Bessemer Court and the Gateway Clipper Riverboat fleet. Experience exceptional service while having easy access to downtown Pittsburgh offices and attractions such as Heinz Field, PNC Park, the Consol Energy Center, the Rivers Casino, David L. Lawrence Convention Center and more!

Discount Shuttle Service Between Airport and Hotel

ATE has arranged for Discount Shuttle Service between the Pittsburgh Airport and Sheraton Station Square Hotel. Click here to download a pdf with complete details.
Pittsburgh Transportation stated that the standard price is $24.00 for one way per person with the discount it is $22.00 one way per person.

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Exhibit in Pittsburgh!

ATE's 2017 Summer Conference offers a terrific opportunity to reach teacher educators and those involved in teacher preparation at all levels. Exhibit schedule is:

Saturday, August 5: Set-Up, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5: Exhibits Open 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 6: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Monday, August 7: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Monday, August 7: Dismantle 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Click here to download an exhibitor application with complete information.
Pre-Conference Workshops
Four half-day pre-conference workshops will be offered at ATE's 2017 Summer Conference in Pittsburgh on Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5. Click here for additional information on the workshops. Click on the name of the workshop for a complete description.

Half-Day Workshops:

1. Assessment and Accountability in the CAEP System  (Friday 8/4, 1:00-4:00 p.m., $50)

2. Incorporating Innovative Technology Tools into Your On-line or Face-2-Face Classrooms (Friday 8/4, 1:00-4:00 p.m., $50)

3. From STEM to STEAM – Exploring Fred Rogers’ approach to to find meaningful and engaging ways to bring these concepts to today’s children. (Sat. 8/5, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon, $50)

4. Applying the ATE Field Experience Standards to Your Clinical and Field Experience Program (Saturday 8/5, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon, $50)

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Special Evening Events

The 2017 Summer Conference Planning Committee has arranged for a special event on Monday, August 7.

Monday night: Gateway Clipper Fleet Dinner Cruise with Music by DTO

Gateway Cruise

Ready for a fun and unique evening out in Pittsburgh? Join us on one of our famous dining cruises for a great dinner, live music and fabulous views of the city skyline! Get up and dance, sit on the top deck and enjoy a cocktail or take a stroll around the boat and experience this wonderful taste of Pittsburgh!

Dick Tady and the DTO

The band playing during the evening cruise will be Dick Tady and the Dick Tady Orchestra, sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Planning Subcommittee. The DTO has record forty five original compositions, two albums on the Greyco label, twelve on DTO's own Corjal label, and one video, earning a Grammy nomination for their smash hit album "Happy Polka Days" in 1992.  One year later, they were featured on Walter Ostanek's (Canada's Polka King) Grammy Award winning album "Accordionally Yours" making them Grammy Award Winner Participants in 1993.  The DTO has many popular polka hits including "Happy Days Polka", It's Polka Time, and "Majko Waltz", just to name a few.

In addition to having their recordings played on polka radio stations across the country, the DTO's many radio and television credits include the Pittsburgh Steelers Pep Rally and Tailgate Parties, and featured spots on WDVE 102.5FM (Pittsburgh's top Rock radio station).  They have performed at the Pittsburgh Three River's Arts Festival, as well as many charitable causes.  They were also featured on a custom television commercial for Subway Sandwich Shops, "Return of the Myron Cope Kielbasa Sub".

Supported by the loyal and enthusiastic DTO Fan Club, the band has gone on to receive many notable nominations and awards, including their 1992 Grammy Award nomination, 1993 Grammy Award Winner Participants, twelve National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame Annual award nominations, resulting in three coveted Crystal Awards and Band of the Year in 1995 National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.

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Keynote Speakers

Donaldo Macedo

Donaldo MacedoA critical theorist, linguist, and expert on literacy and education studies, Donaldo Macedo is the founder and former chair of the Applied Linguistics Master of Arts Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Macedo has been a central figure in the field of critical pedagogy for more than 20 years. His work with Paulo Freire broke new theoretical ground, as it helped to develop a critical understanding of the ways in which language, power, and culture contribute to the positioning and formation of human experience and learning. Macedo was Freire’s chief translator and English language interpreter. His published dialogues with Paulo Freire are considered classic works not only for their elucidation of Freire’s theories of literacy but also for adding a more critical and theoretically advanced dimension to the study of literacy and critical pedagogy. Macedo’s and Freire’s coauthored book, Literacy: Reading the World and the Word, is central to critical literacy in that it redefines the very nature and terrain of literacy and critical pedagogy.

Professor Macedo has published more than one hundred articles, books, and book chapters in the areas of linguistics, critical literacy, and multicultural education. His publications have been translated into several languages.

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Rick Fernandes

As Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center, Rick Fernandes is responsible for strategic partnerships, program development, and outreach and communications. He has been involved in children’s television for 30 years where he has worked on shows including Blue’s Room, Between the Lions, Out of the Box, Bear in the Big Blue House, and Reading Rainbow. Rick’s achievements include 11 Emmy nominations covering five different children’s series for PBS, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, and one Emmy win for directing Disney Channel’s Bear in the Big Blue House. He also has experience in general entertainment, working on sitcoms, reality, game shows and music videos. Previously, Rick served as Executive Director, General Entertainment Content in Southeast Asia for Turner International Asia Pacific Limited.

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Featured Panel: Urban Education in the Pittsburgh Area

Moderator: Romena Garrett-Holbert

Dr. Anthony Hamlet-Superintendent of  Pittsburgh Public Schools-Welcome/Remarks

Dr. Anthony HamletDr. Anthony Hamlet was sworn-in July 1, 2016, to a five-year term as Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. He comes to the District from Palm Beach County, Florida, where his career as an educator began with his work as a case manager and behavioral specialist with a county mental health unit. From there, he held positions of teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, and District Administrator.

Having worked in affluent and impoverished districts, in high-achieving and failing schools, Dr. Hamlet has helped to transform the learning environment in numerous urban and suburban schools. His work earned him five awards as Principal of the Year in Florida from various organizations, including the state Department of Education.

A native of Palm Beach County, Dr. Hamlet earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies from the University of Miami in 1992; a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2003; and his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova in 2007. His continuing education experience includes Harvard University’s School Turnaround Leaders Course in 2014, the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy Certification Program in 2015 and the National Superintendent’s Academy in 2016. Before choosing a career in education, Dr. Hamlet played three years of professional football as a defensive end with the National Football League (Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts) and the Canadian Football League (Winnipeg Blue Bombers) in the early 1990s. While in college, Dr. Hamlet played for the Miami Hurricanes.

Dr. Regina Holley-Pittsburgh Public Schools President of School Board

Dr. Regina HolleyDr. Regina B. Holley is currently board president of the School District of Pittsburgh, providing oversight of a school district of almost 25,000 students in grades PreK-12 and a budget of $570.4 million.  Dr. Holley, first elected to represent District 2 in 2011, is a long-time educator and school leader who retired in 2010 after 35 years with the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Prior to serving on the Board of Directors, Dr. Holley served for 16 years as principal of Pittsburgh Lincoln K-5, a neighborhood school with an emphasis on technology and pre-engineering. During her tenure as principal, Dr. Holley raised the performance of her students to achieve No Child Left Behind-Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), increased student achievement higher-than-district average, received the Title One School of the Year Award from the PA Department of Education, transformed the school into a technology & pre-engineering academy, initiated a PSSA-prep Saturday academy, and more.

In addition to her work in public education, Dr. Holley is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she serves as chairperson of the education committee. She is also Board President for Naomi’s Place, a non-profit providing transitional and permanent housing as well as workforce and educational programs for women in need. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University, a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Supervision, also from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Kira Henderson-PPS Principal-Weil

Kira HendersonKira Henderson is the current principal at Pittsburgh Weil PreK-5 located in the Hill District of the city of Pittsburgh. She is a proud graduate of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Kira persevered through being a teen mom and was able to be one of the first graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County/Indiana University of Pennsylvania Collaborative Urban Education Program. After graduating from Indiana University of PA, she went on to receive special education certification and a Masters in Educational Leadership at Carlow University. Kira believes in being a life-long learner and is currently pursuing her EDD in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a firm believer that one must return to their community to continue to educate and uplift those underrepresented in the area of education.

Dr. Russell Patterson-PPS Principal-Faison

Russell PattersonRussell Patterson, Ph.D., Principal of Pittsburgh Faison K-5 School, is from Washington, DC.  He earned his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Patterson has been serving the children of Homewood since his arrival to Pittsburgh Public Schools in 2002 as an Early Learning Skills Teacher at Pittsburgh Lincoln K-8. From 2006-2011, Dr. Patterson was a  Professional Development Student Teacher Liaison in partnership with Indiana University of Pa at Pittsburgh Lincoln before teaching third grade and serving as an Instructional Teacher Leader at the school. Dr. Patterson became Assistant Principal of Pittsburgh Faison in January 2013. He was appointed Principal of Pittsburgh Faison in August 2014 and continues to serve as the educational leader of the Pittsburgh Faison School Community.

Ms. Ashley Henderson-PPS Classroom Teacher

Ashley HendersonAshley Henderson began her teaching career during her undergraduate studies through Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Urban Track Education Professional Development School Cohort allowed her to gain hands-on teaching experience within the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Pre-K-Grade 4 and Special Education Pre-K-Grade 8 from IUP in 2013. After graduating, she began teaching in the Pittsburgh Public School system where she has taught for the last four years. Ashley is currently a fourth grade mathematics teacher at Pittsburgh Faison. Presently, Ashley will complete her M.Ed. in Elementary and Middle Level Mathematics in May of 2017.

Special Thanks to Dr. Shirley A. Johnson, Professional Studies in Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for her organization of this panel.

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Town Hall: It is Time Step Up and Speak Out: Advocacy in Our Time of Need

An ATE Town Hall, "It is Time Step Up and Speak Out: Advocacy in Our Time of Need" will be held Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. in Pointview. The Town Hall is sponsored by the Association of Teacher Educators Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee.

Moderator: Judy Beck, ATE Board of Directors Liaison to the ATE Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee

Deborah A. Koolbeck, Director of Government Relations at AACTE

Lynn S. Kline, University of Akron and Member of the ATE Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee

Joseph R. Nichols, St. Louis University and Member of the ATE Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee

--Overview of the State of Education
  Department of Education Updates
  National State of Affairs in Education, both P-12 and Higher Education
  Status Regulations
--Potential Governmental Impact and Long Term Effects
--Potential Impact on Individual States
--Share what is Occurring in the States – share local issues, strategies, and successes related to advocacy
--Need for Advocacy and Lending our Voice
--Guidelines for Public Comments
--Questions and Discussion

Click here for a pdf with complete information on the Town Hall.

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Deborah Koolbeck, Brunch Keynoter and Town Hall Panelist

Deborah Koolbeck"Empowering Teacher Educators as Advocates for Change"

Deborah Koolbeck is the Director of Government Relation for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) where she leads the advocacy efforts of the association.  In addition, she trains AACTE members to engage in advocacy and provides key resources in such efforts. Deborah also travels to speak at AACTE state chapter and affiliate meetings, as well as with other stakeholder groups in education and teacher preparation.

Prior to AACTE, Deborah was a Vice President at the Council on Competitiveness where her primary focus is on outreach to and communications with the White House, federal agencies, Capitol Hill, and state & local governments. She served in Congress as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow working as a Legislative Assistant, her career spanned six-plus years in the U.S. House of Representatives and included serving as committee staff and as Legislative Director for two Members of Congress.

Prior to her work on the Hill, Koolbeck was an educator at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, where she helped to redesign a large section of the Museum as a member of its 21st Century Task Force on Essential Science. In addition, she joined the Science Faculty at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, a college preparatory high school for the arts colloquially referred to as the “Fame” high school of Chicago.

As a Guest Scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Koolbeck worked on the NOvA Neutrino Experiment to deepen the understanding of neutrino oscillations. As a research technician on the ATLAS project, she spent three months at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. Koolbeck spent part of her undergraduate years conducting astronomy research, and eventually expanded her work to focus on detector technology at both the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In the Department of Physics at the University of Arizona, she was an instructor, course manager, Curriculum Committee member, and mentor for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Her many departmental activities included initiating the Department of Physics' award winning "Daughters on Campus Day" presentations. She was the physics instructor in Program ACCESS, which sought to encourage students with disabilities to pursue careers in science, mathematics, and engineering.

An Ohio native, Koolbeck earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Arizona in Tucson and her Master of Arts degree with Honors in Education at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

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Mayor Proclaims August 4 "ATE Day" in Pittsburgh: Mayor William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, has proclaimed August 4, 2017, The Association of Teacher Educators Day in Pittsburgh. The city will host ATE's 2017 Summer Conference at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square August 4-8, 2017.

The Mayor's Proclamation reads as follows:

ProclamationA Proclamation

2017 Summer Conference


WHEREAS, the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), was founded in 1920; current members represent over 700 colleges and universities, 500 major school systems, and the majority of the state education departments; and

WHEREAS, ATE's office is located in the Washington D.C. area where it represents its members' interests before governmental agencies and educational organizations; and

WHEREAS, the theme of this year's Association of Teacher Educators conference, selected by President Karen Embry Jenlink, is Re-Imagining Educator Preparation In A Democracy; The Teacher Educator as Public Intellectual; and

WHEREAS, the Conference theme serves as a call to teacher educators to act as public intellectuals through social re-imagining, inquiry, and participatory action in educational policymaking at the local, state, and national levels.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, William Peduto, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, welcome participants and do hereby declare August 4, 2017 "The Association of Teacher Educators Day" here in our most livable City of Pittsburgh.

(signed) WILLIAM PEDUTO, Mayor

Governor Sends Greetings: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf also sent his greetings:

greetings from the Governor

ATE Summer Conference Bags sponsored by Edinboro University School of Education


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


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