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Featured Sessions at ATE's 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago

The 2016 Annual Meeting Planning Committee has put together a program of outstanding Featured Sessions. These sessions are open to all registrants.

Sunday, February 14, 11:10-12:40
Finding Meaning in School System Gone Mad: A View from the Classroom
Description: A Chicago public school teacher and his students discuss how they attempt to engage in meaningful learning experiences amid the pressures of high-stakes accountability.
Panelists: Greg Michie, 7th/8th grade teacher, Chicago Public Schools, and 2-3 of his 7th/8th grade students

Sunday, February 14, 2:15-4:00
Reframing Accountability for Education Justice
Educational “accountability” has served to retain students, fire teachers, close schools, destroy neighborhoods, and privatize education. We examine accountability’s impacts on low-income/working-class communities of color (focusing on Chicago), and we reframe it as “mutual responsibility,” discuss the opt-out movement, and propose ways to use assessment, not accountability, to further teaching and learning.
Panelists: Eric “Rico" Gutstein, University of Illinois at Chicago; Monique Redeaux-Smith, Morrill Elementary School, Chicago Public Schools; Jeanette Taylor-Ramann,  Mollison Elementary School, Chicago Public Schools

Monday, February 15, 8:15-9:30
Assessment of English Learners: A New Era of Scholarship
Assessment of English Learners (ELs) is a growing area of discussion within teacher preparation programs. K-12 schools must assess ELs’ English language proficiency and measure their academic achievement in content areas. While assessment is discussed in teacher preparation programs, specifics about assessment with ELs is absent. Panelists will discuss the growing research in the assessment of ELs within high-stakes testing, all the way to formative assessments in the classrooms. Perspectives from the national, district and classroom level will be discussed.
Panelists: Tim Boals, Executive Director and Co-Founder of WIDA; Margo Gottlieb, Lead Developer and Co-Founder of WIDA; Diep Nguyen, Northeastern Illinois University; Trish Morita-Mullaney, Purdue University

Monday, February 15; 11:10-12:40
This is What Accountability Looks Like: Perspectives on Educational Accountability to Children and Communities
This session explores accountability from a range of perspectives including those of educational activists, researchers, parents, and educators.  Our goal is to move beyond test scores to consider what communities want for their children and schools.  Panel members will explore opportunities for challenging initiatives that fail to serve children.
Panelists: Catherine Compton-Lilly, University of Wisconsin Madison; Todd K. Lilly, Edgewood College; Tim Slekar, Edgewood College; Troy LaRaviere, Blaine Elementary School, Chicago

February 15, 2:15-4:00
Promoting Accountability in School Communities through Community Schools
Community schools are places where teachers, families, community members, and service providers coordinate purposeful and results-focused partnerships. These schools provide supportive conditions for teaching and learning and become the heart of the community. What makes these schools different is the way we think about schooling. Thus, preparing teachers to teach in community schools requires a paradigm in the way we prepare teachers. Three notable community school leaders will disseminate key information about the significance of the future of community schools and will share concepts, structures and strategies teacher education programs can adopt to support this progressive school reform movement. A question and answer period will follow at the conclusion of the panel presentation.
Panelists: Monica Medina, IUPUI; Marty Blank, President, Institute for Educational Leadership, President of Coalition of Community Schools; Jim Grim, IUPUI; Jane Quinn, Promoting Accountability in School Communities through Community Schools

Featured Session, Tuesday, February 16, 8:00-10:00 a.m.: The Model Code of Ethics for Educators:  Professional Accountability in the Profession of Education

Featured session presenters Anne Marie Fenton, Philip Rogers, Katherine Bassett, and Troy Hutchings

Meeting the demands of professional practice is complex. Education is a highly nuanced profession, involving complex relationships with students, colleagues, and other members of the school community, requiring practitioners to make hundreds of nontrivial decisions in the course of a workday (Danielson, 1996). There are indeed tough questions and tough choices not only as a profession as a whole, but also in individual daily practice, especially regarding ethical decision making.  Making ethical choices that are informed by a shared, profession-wide commitment is not possible without a shared ethical framework with guiding principles to offer direction to educators. The lack of such a framework not only leaves the profession open to scrutiny but also leaves individual educators without the guidance developed in collaboration with practitioners and educational partners. A national association has responded to this need in the profession by working closely with its partners to convene a diverse and representative task force of practitioners to develop, adopt, and disseminate a Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE) that clearly defines the ethical and professional obligations of educators. In this session, participants will interactively learn about the Model Code of Ethics for Educators’ principles and performance indicators, discuss strategies to embed ethics instruction in the preservice curriculum, and examine their practice.


Anne Marie Fenton, director, Assessment Program for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC), which includes managing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) educator certification testing program and Title II/Higher Education Act Reauthorization (HEOA).

Phillip S. Rogers, Ed.D., Executive Director of NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification). He formerly served on the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB).

Katherine Bassett, Executive Director and CEO of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY).

Troy Hutchings, Senior Strategic Advisor at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ, where he provides thought-leadership to research initiatives and practical applications in educator ethics.


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