April 24, 2023
Aloha Mai Kākou,
As we reflect back on ATE’s 2023 Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of you that were able to attend and who made the event such a great success. Special thanks go out to Past President Rachelle Rogers and her conference co-chairs Liz Ward and Natalie King for creating this wonderful event.
If you were unable to join us, we missed you, and look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC at ATE’s 2023 Summer Conference, July 28-August 2, 2023. Our Presidential Theme for the year is: A Professional Educator's Kuleana - Preparing for the Future through Accountability, Diversity, Advocacy, and Celebration. We hope that the theme resonates with you and that you will join us for what will undoubtedly be an amazing conference.
The DC summer conference co-chairs Patricia Tate and Vince O’Neill have been working tirelessly with the DC Planning Committee, to design an event that will allow us to hone our skills as educators as we learn from, make connections with, and celebrate with one another. We have listened to and heard your requests for future events with more time and opportunities for collaboration. Accordingly, we are making a concerted effort to design a conference that has the time and space for members to get to know one another in informal spaces throughout the conference venue. This means we will be creating spaces for people to gather, and more importantly, we will be giving people the time to connect, relax, talk, and collaborate. Perhaps you would like to tour the White House? Or see the Lion King at the Kennedy Center? Those are options. Or maybe taking a guided tour of the DC monuments at night is more your cup of tea? That is available too! And, if you don’t want to leave the hotel because you are having so much fun, you will also have the opportunity to relax with some of your colleagues at a game night giveback event. If this sounds intriguing and you are interested in attending ATE’s 2023 Summer Conference in Washington, DC, we encourage you to submit a proposal by taking this link.
There are many exciting professional development opportunities on the horizon, one of which is the start of ATE’s Inquiry Initiative 2 (II2). The theme for II2 is “Teacher Retention,” the impact of which affects teacher educators across the US. If you are interested in learning more about the II2 and how to participate, please access the II2 Flyer.
A Hui Hou.
Jon Yoshioka, ATE President (2023-24)