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February 2, 2015 is Deadline to Comment on Proposed Regulations on Educator Preparation

The U.S. Department of Education has announced proposed regulations on educator preparation and has opened a 60-day comment period where the public can submit suggestions. ATE members are urged to read the proposed regulations and comment on them.

Click here to go to the page on Regulations.gov where comments can be posted. Click here to go to the Federal Register information page. Click here to download the proposed regulations as a pdf document. Click here to download tips for submitting effective comments. Click here to go to the information page on the U.S. Department of Education's web page.

Sign up now for ATE's 2015 Annual Meeting in Phoenix!

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix February 13-17. The theme selected by President Emma Savage-Davis is Advocating for the Silenced: The Educators’ Vocation. Click here to go to the Annual Meeting page with complete information and links for registration and hotel reservations.

 
Left to right, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Luis Moll, Joan Wink, and Etta R. Hollins
 
Keynote Speakers include Gloria Ladson-Billings, Opening General Session Speaker; Luis Moll, Robert Louis Stevenson Speaker; Joan Wink, Distinguished Educator Speaker; and Etta R. Hollins, Research Speaker.
 
Highlights of the Annual Meeting include:
 
Featured Sessions
 
Five featured sessions aligned to each of the five conference strands and ATE standards:
  • Sunday, February 15th --12:20-1:30 pm

Strand 2:  Recruiting and Retaining Quality Teachers, Administrators, and Teacher Educators

Presented by Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, President's Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice, School of Social Transformation; Director, Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University

  • Sunday, February 15th --2:50-3:30pm

Strand 4:  Technology, Equity, and Student Engagement

Presented by Dr. Xeturah M. Woodley, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, New Mexico State University

  • Monday, February 16th--11:10-12:10pm

Strand 1:  Advocating for Access, Opportunity, and Social Justice

Presented by Dr. Rudolfo Chavez Chavez, Regents Professor, Distinguished Achievement Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, New Mexico State University

  • Monday, February 16th--12:20-1:20pm

Strand 3:  Meeting Standards in Our Ever-Changing Society

Presented by Dr. Augustine F. Romero, Tucson Unified School District, Director, Department of Student Equity

  • Monday, February 16th--2:50-4:00pm

Strand 5: Governmental and Educational Policy and their Impact on Teaching and Teacher Education

Presented by Dr. Kristin L. Gunckel, Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies Department, University of Arizona

Dr. Gunckel will facilitate a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQQ) panel during this session

Clinical Practice Fellows Symposium: an initiative of the ATE Commission on Clinical Practice which was in response to the Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships (NCATE). The Annual Meeting will feature a preconference symposium exclusively for selected Clinical Practice Fellows on Saturday, Feb.14 to share their research interest and to hear from top scholars in clinical practice. (Invitation Only)
 
Technology Share-a-thon: Sessions where each presenter provides a 15 minute presentation and 10 minute hands-on experience. This was started at ATE's 2014 Summer Conference in Niagara Falls and was very successful.
 
Digital Opportunity Symposium: Once again, ATE will host a workshop encouraging attendees to help "close the digital divide." Click here for information on the Digital Opportunity Symposium. Click here for other pre-conference workshops to be held on Friday and Saturday. #Top of page
 
Exhibit in Phoenix!

ATE's 2015 Annual Meeting in Phioenix offers a terrific opportunity to reach teacher educators and those involved in teacher preparation at all levels. The exhibits area will be in the fourth floor prefunction area. Exhibit schedule is:

Saturday, Feb. 14: Set-up 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Saturday, Feb. 14: Exhibits Open 2:00-6:30p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14: Exhibitor Reception 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 15: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 16: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 16: Dismantle 4:00-6:00 p.m.
 
Click here to download an exhibitor application with complete information. #Top of page
 
ATE's 2014 Summer Conference a Success in Niagara Falls

Scenes from ATE's 2014 Summer Conference: Above left, Opening General Session Speaker H. Richard Milner IV, left, and Ryan Flessner flank ATE President Emma Savage-Davis, with Vaughn Christian Lewis in front. The young man recited two long poems from memory. Above right, President Savage-Davis and Shaoan Zhang present plaque to keynote speaker Gerald Campano. Below left, President Savage-Davis and Romena Holbert present plaque to keynote speaker Donna Gollnick. Below right, Christie McIntyre presents a check to Rocco Merino, Principal, and Diane Bianco, Assistant Principal of Niagara Street Elementary School, recipient of ATE's Give-Back Program. Summer Conference attendees donated $1,140 to the school during the Summer Conference. Photos by David McCarthy.

ATE's 2014 Summer Conference was held in Niagara Falls, NY, at the Sheraton at the Falls Hotel and Conference & Event Center. The theme selected by President Emma Savage-Davis is Advocating for the Silenced: The Educators’ Vocation. The Summer Conference was a success and made the front page news in Niagara Falls' newspaper.

Click here to go to David McCarthy's photo slideshow of the Summer Conference.

Click here for a description of the Digital Opportunity Symposium, held on Friday, August 1, 2014.

Click here to visit ATE's Facebook page to see photos and descriptions posted by David McCarthy, John McIntyre and others.

Click here to visit ATE's Twitter feed with link to #ATENiagara, with additional photos and information posted by Ryan Flessner and others.

Additional information and photos from the Summer Conference will be posted soon. #Top of page

ATE President Emma Savage-Davis has released a statement on Arizona's SB-1062. Click here to read the statement. #Top of page

U.S. Department of Education Releases Proposed Regulations on Educator Preparation

The U.S. Department of Education announced proposed regulations intended to help ensure teacher training programs are preparing educators who are ready to succeed in the classroom. The proposed regulations will undergo a 60-day comment period where the public can submit suggestions. The final rule will be published in mid-2015.

The proposed regulations have been published in the Federal Register and are now available for public comment. The public has 60 days to submit comments, until February 2, 2015. The Department will review and analyze the comments and issue a final rule, which according to the Department will be published in mid-2015. Click here to go to the Federal Register information page. Click here to download the proposed regulations as a pdf document. Click here to go to the page on Regulations.gov where comments can be posted. Click here to go to the information page on the U.S. Department of Education's web page.

Following is a brief outline of the requirements and implementation schedule for the proposed regulations:
 
REPORTING REQUIREMENTS:  The new reporting requirements will replace the previous reporting requirements for Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA), reauthorized as the Higher Education Opportunity Act in 2008.
 
There are four components to the new reporting requirements:
 
1. Employment Outcomes – Educator preparation programs will be expected to provide total percent of program graduates employed in the home state of the institution, as well as the percent of program graduates employed in high-need schools; total 3-year retention rate of program graduates employed in the state, as well as the 3-year retention rate of the subset of program graduates employed in high-need schools. States will coordinate this effort.
 
2. Student Outcomes – Educator preparation programs will be evaluated on the basis of distribution of evaluation ratings from direct observations, distribution of student growth measures, or both, for each program graduate during the first three years that a graduate is the teacher of record in a school in the home state of the institution.
 
3. Customer Satisfaction – Educator preparation programs will be evaluated on the basis of results of new teacher surveys and of employer (principal) surveys at the end of the first year a program graduate is the teacher of record in a school in the state.
 
4. Assurances – For each preparation program, confirmation of state program approval and/or accreditation that includes requirements for content, pedagogy, clinical practice, and selectivity, or of national accreditation by CAEP (the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation).
 
MEASURES AND PERFORMANCE RATINGS:  Measures, as well as the weights for various measures, are left up to the states to determine; however, the same measures must be used across a single state for all of its institutions and programs. Based on these state-determined measures, states are expected to set four performance levels – Very Effective, Effective, Low-Performing, and At-Risk – for each of the four reporting areas described above. States will need to submit both measures and performance ratings in each of the four areas each year for every program in the state to be in compliance.
 
NON-COMPLIANCE:  The penalty for non-compliance with the reporting requirements, as in the past for HEA Title II non-compliance, will continue to be financial sanctions on individual institutions. In addition, programs that do not receive an “effective” or higher rating in the four-level ratings system for at least 2 of the past 3 years will no longer be able to offer TEACH grants to their students.
 
IMPLEMENTATION:  The timeline for state compliance is as follows:
 
• FY 2015/16 – states are expected to design and develop reporting systems that will provide the data required by the new rules.
 
• FY 2016/17 – states are expected to gather their first year of data.
 
• April 2018 – the first reports will be due from states. The first year of reporting can be considered a “pilot year”, particularly as student outcome measures are for 3-year cohorts.
 
• April 2019 – the date of first consequences for non-compliance with reporting requirements.

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President Elect Houser Comments on Latest NCTQ Report
 
ATE President Elect Linda Houser, who will take office as ATE President at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, provided comments to Inside Higher Ed for an article in its November 12 issue on a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality, "Easy A's and What's Behind Them." The article, "Rigorous or Rigor-less," contains links to the actual report. Click here for a link to the article from Inside Higher Ed. #Top of page
 
Archived Information: Click here for archived information. #Top of page
 
ATE'S PHONE NUMBER AND FAX: ATE now has new office phone and fax numbers. The office phone number is (703) 659-1708. The fax number is (703) 595-4792. ATE’s new office and shipping address is: Association of Teacher Educators, 11350 Random Hills Rd., Suite 800, PMB 6, Fairfax, VA 22030. P.O. Box for regular mail remains the same: Association of Teacher Educators, P.O. Box 793, Manassas, VA 20113. #Top of page
 

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