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ATE 2006 Summer Conference
Hyatt Regency Hotel Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 29-August 2, 2006
ATE 2006 Summer Conference

Reinventing the Educational Landscape: Renewing Hope, Heart and Vision for Teachers, Learners and Communities

Come to Philadelphia in 2006!
ATE's 2006 Summer Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 29-August 2, 2006. Theme for the Summer Conference will be "Reinventing the Educational Landscape: Renewing Hope, Heart and Vision for Teachers, Learners and Communities."
For over 200 years Philadelphia has played host to international figures and great Americans who were reinventing the landscape first in politics, now in education. Join ATE Conference attendees in Philadelphia where fundamental assumptions will be challenged and bold new ideas gain support for charting a course of educational excellence for all.
The 2006 ATE Summer Conference is designed to provide opportunities for participants to address the conference theme, "Reinventing the Educational Landscape: Renewing Hope, Heart, and Vision for Teachers, Learners and Communities" by sharing papers and presentations about Research, Practice, Policies and Model Programs. Proposals are sought that will help participants examine educational issues by focusing on questions that address one of the six strands.
--What does it mean to reinvent education for teachers, learners and communities?
--What are current educational practices, issues or constraints that encourage or hinder the involvement of teachers, learners and communities?
--What knowledge, skills and dispositions do teachers, learners and communities need to have to be effective educators?
--What are some examples, models or stories of teacher education programs that involve teachers, learners and communities?
--What are some model cases where school student excellence is a result of teachers, learners and communities?

Conference Strands

Strand One: Communities as Classrooms
Community Influences in classrooms
Community opportunities for learning and teaching

Strand Two: Technology as a Tool for Reinventing the Landscape
Using virtual images for teaching and learning
Technology as hope, heart, and vision
Ways to support teachers in their use of technology

Strand Three: New Ways of Collaboration
Consortia and how they support collaboration
Partnerships such as PDSs and other school-university, school-school partnerships, and international networks
Business and education as partners
Collaboration that changes the educational landscape

Strand Four: Diversity in the Teaching Force
Best practices in recruiting and retaining diverse teachers
Successful diverse schools and classrooms
Rural communities: Hopes and visions

Strand Five: Creating Pathways to Teacher Licensure
New program approaches that reinvent the landscape (includes Teach for America, field- based/internship programs, Transition to Teaching, "Grow Your Own," and other post-baccalaureate programs)
Common and uncommon features of alternative routes to licensure

Strand Six: No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as a Change Agent
Assessment, accreditation, alternatives, and standards in response to NCLB
Definitions of "highly qualified" and their impact on reinventing the landscape
State responses to NCLB: Meeting expectations
Benefits and challenges of NCLB: Reshaping the landscape

The Hotel
Philadelphia, the city where American democracy was born, is brimming with energy and big-city sophistication. Soaring above the Delaware River, the stately Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing in historic Society Hill is the city’s newest hotel and the only Philadelphia hotel located on the waterfront. The 22-story tower features spectacular and commanding views of the ever-changing river scene and the impressive downtown skyline. Experience four-diamond service and superb food, enhanced by the warm atmosphere of Philadelphia’s Old City charm.
Room rates for the 2006 Summer Conference will be $149 for a single or double room.
The Philadelphia International Airport, located eight miles from the hotel, offers a range of transportation to downtown, including subway, taxi, bus and shuttle service as low as $8.00.

Make Philadelphia a Family Destination
The beautiful, modern, and yet historic city of Philadelphia provides the backdrop for the 2006 ATE summer conference. The conference will be a multifaceted event that offers unique opportunities for professional development, a collegial sharing of new ideas and the showcasing of Educational Practices.
The Summer Conference Planning Committee suggests you make the professional experience part of a larger family vacation. Come early to Philadelphia and stay late. Take advantage of the rich historical, cultural and recreational opportunities that Philadelphia and the surrounding Delaware valley have to offer. Walk in the foot steps of Ben Franklin, talk with members of the Continental Congress as they debate the issues of the day, see and hear the story of the Liberty Bell. From Society Hill to the house where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and back again to Penns Landing. There is a plethora of original historic buildings along a walking path just awaiting your arrival. Philadelphia is also home to numerous museums.
After you have completed your walking tour of Independence National Historic Park you may be ready for a stroll through the Italian Market, the Reading Terminal Market or the Rittenhouse Square district. Your other days can be filled with visits to the ethnic neighborhoods and their gorgeous murals and beautiful gardens, or a trip to Valley Forge National Historic Park, Longwood Gardens and Woodmere Art Museum, all of which are within a half hour drive of center city.

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