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2020 ATE Summer Online Conference

August 9-11, 2020

An Online Summer Conference!

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ATE's 2020 Summer Conference

Our United Voices Building a Crescendo: Advocating for Inclusiveness,

Equity, and Excellence in Teacher Education

Special Features such as:

Workshops, Induction Symposium for New Professors, and Special Events


Keynoters include:

Jed Dearybury

National Board Certified Teacher and former early childhood teacher from South Carolina

Director of Professional Development and Communications for the Palmetto State Teachers Association

Damara Hightower Mitchell

Vice President of Engagement and Partnerships at Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity



Registration for our summer conference is open

Members Receive discounted Early Bird rate!  Early Bird Deadline: July 31st

The 2020 Summer Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held online. August 7-11, 2020.

The theme selected by President Beck is: Our United Voices Building a Crescendo: Advocating for Inclusiveness, Equity, and Excellence in Teacher Education


Pre-Conference Workshops

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Two pre-conference workshops will be offered Online on Thursday, Aug 6th and Friday, Aug 7th, in advance of the 2020 Summer Conference. Following are descriptions of the workshops. Click here for additional information on the workshops.

CAEP- Accreditation for

Educator Preparation

Virtually Yours:  Acquiring Essential

Strategies to be a

Better Mentor Teacher in Times of

Crisis and Change 

Register for these workshops.



Pre-Conference Aug 6th - 7th, 2020

Summer Conference Aug 9th - 11, 2020

Keynote Speakers and Featured Sessions

We have some incredible guest speakers lined-up for our Summer Conference!

Saturday Opening General Session Speaker

Jed Dearybury

Educator, Author, Illustrator, & National Board Certified Teacher from South Carolina

Jed Dearybury began his education career in 2001. During his 13 year early childhood classroom tenure, Jed received numerous awards. He was featured in GQ Magazine as Male Leader of the Year, met President Obama as the SC winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and was named as a top 5 finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year because of his passion, love, and success in education. Since 2015, he has become an educational leader by providing quality, hands-on, engaging learning experiences for students and teachers across the country.

Sunday General Session Speaker

Damara Hightower Mitchell

Vice President of Engagement and Partnerships at Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity

Dr. Damara Hightower has been an educator and administrator for more than 20 years. Within one year of beginning her career as an English Teacher, she was promoted to Dean of Students and went on to become an assistant principal by the age of 24. Since that time, she has held progressively responsible leadership roles in K-16 settings to include Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Benedict College, Education Associate at the South Carolina State Department of Education, Assistant Professor and Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Claflin University, and an Academic Administrator in the Office of the Provost and Leadership Capstone instructor at the University of South Carolina.

Having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education from Benedict College, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Supervision-K-12 from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Hightower is clear that her purpose is to help others transform their lives through education. Her work and scholarship center on educational equity and access for underrepresented populations with an emphasis on first-generation college students and learners from low socioeconomic backgrounds. She has also garnered extensive experience in accreditation and assessment and is a sought-after consultant and motivational speaker as the owner of Catalyst Educational Consulting.

In August of 2015, Dr. Hightower proudly accepted the challenge of rebuilding educator preparation at her undergraduate alma mater and was appointed Dean of the School of Education at Benedict College and currently serves as the President of the South Carolina Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

  • Discover our Featured Sessions!

  • ATE: The Next 100 Years
  • Preserving the History of Multicultural Education while Charting New Territory toward Anti-Racist Teacher Education
  • Rockwell Museum on Norman Rockwell, Acquiescence, and Activism
  • Advocating for Candidates, Students, and the Profession: Teacher Educators’ Roles
  • Institutional Racism in Education: Truth, Trust, Courage, and Empowerment Needed to Promote Social Justice and Equitable Educational Practices

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Applications and fees are due by July 11, 2020


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