AACTE 72nd Annual Meeting
AACTE holds its Annual Meeting, the premier educator preparation conference in the nation, in late February/early March each year. The Annual Meeting provides a forum for educators to engage in meaningful discussions, share research and practices, and become better equipped to drive change in the educator preparation field. Join the nationwide conversation on educator preparation's future, while connecting with over 2,000 education leaders and suppliers, and let us help you achieve your most ambitious goals by attending our Annual Meeting.
The 72nd Annual Meeting, themed “Disrupting Inequities: Educating for Change,” will be held February 28 – March 1, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Sessions will take place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Mark your calendar, and prepare to join us next year!
We thank each of you who joined us for the 71st Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY! Attendees can view highlights and video recordings of the General Sessions and all Deeper Dives by accessing the AACTE Resource Library.
The 2020 Annual Meeting is themed “Disrupting Inequities: Educating for Change,” conceptualized as follows in the call for proposals:
Over the last year, we have witnessed a rapidly changing society. These changes are driven by policy and policymakers with limited knowledge of best practices for working with dynamic and diverse school communities. In turn, this politically-motivated process has produced a grand narrative, while claiming to be colorblind and neutral, that tends to represent a small, privileged portion of the U.S. population.
As educators, scholars, and practitioners, we are keenly aware of the systemic failure occurring in PK-16 environments that serve our most vulnerable populations. We know that high school dropout rates and elementary school reading test score data are being utilized to predict the need for state prisons. We know that teachers, administrators, counselors, and psychologists are mobilized to address issues related to trauma associated with forced separation of immigrant families, disparate policing policies, and intolerance to the LGBTQ community. We also know that people of color, students with disabilities, and individuals from low-income communities are disproportionally impacted by punitive classroom practice and have unequal access to high quality teachers, which is the best predictor of school success. Apathy and a sense of complacency have allowed de facto segregation along racial, geographic, and socio-economic lines at levels that exceed legally-enforced segregation policies of the past, thus entrenching inequalities in under-resourced schools.
As a profession, we are uniquely positioned to obstruct injustice and challenge the dominant ideology and majoritarian narratives. We must promote ways to enhance the learning and development of all students. It is time that we, as educators, become the driving force in crafting our narrative on behalf of our profession, education as a whole, and particularly, PK-16 students. This narrative includes effective educational practices and policies with goals and outcomes that reflect the success of all students. By redefining the meaning and markers for success, we can encourage students to become active learners, productive citizens, critical thinkers, and leaders in their communities and across the globe.
The 2020 AACTE Annual Meeting invites you to join in this unified effort to disrupt inequities while educating for inclusion and change. Proposals are invited that explore strategies for infusing equity and inclusivity into preparation and practice, embrace activism and innovation as methods for transforming democracy, conceptualize practices for establishing a sustainable and diverse profession, and demonstrate successful partnerships and collaborations that advance clinical partnerships and promote community engagement. In addition to the sociocultural frameworks that are commonly utilized, we also welcome the usage of Critical Race Theory (CRT), DisCrit, LatCrit, indigenous methodologies, womanism, queer theory, and other frameworks not commonly represented in educator preparation work.
Under this thematic organizer, a variety of interactive sessions will be grouped in four strands:
- Strand 1 - Equity and Inclusivity in Preparation and Practice
- Strand 2 - Activism and Innovation for Transforming Democracy
- Strand 3 - Establishing a Sustainable and Diverse Profession
- Strand 4 - Clinical Practice and Community Engagement
Read the full theme and strand descriptions in the Call for Proposals.
Location: Atlanta, GA
Call for Entries: 2020 AACTE Awards
Award winners will be honored at the 2020 AACTE Annual Meeting, February 28 – March 1 in Atlanta, Georgia, during the general sessions.
Future Annual Meetings
- 2021 – February 26-28, Washington State Convention Center | Seattle, WA
- 2022 – March 4-6, New Orleans Marriott | New Orleans, LA
- 2023 – February 25-27, JW Marriott Indianapolis | Indianapolis, IN
Annual Meeting Site Selection Procedures
AACTE considers many factors in determining its future locations for the Annual Meeting, which brings together over 2,000 individuals in the educator preparation field each year. These factors include but are not limited to geographic and cultural diversity, attendee cost, available meeting space, and social justice considerations.
The following priorities guide Annual Meeting site selection:
- Selection of a site 4-5 years in advance.
- Rotation among U.S. regions, with at least one western region destination every five years.
- Urban destination with accessible airlift, affordable airfare, and local travel infrastructure.
- Available dates that coincide with AACTE's preferred time frame of late February or early March.
- Favorable antidiscrimination and accessibility policies, including those related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, physical ability, health conditions, socioeconomic status, and marital, domestic, or parental status.
- Presence of AACTE members in the vicinity of the destination.
- Adequate amount of meeting rooms, exhibit areas, and other space to meet the Annual Meeting's needs.
- Accessibility of facilities/space.
- Compact Annual Meeting footprint.
- Proximity of hotel partners.
- Transportation logistics and cost.
- Sizeable block of rooms available at primary hotels.
- Guest room rates.
- Complimentary facilities or services provided.
- Rental rates for facilities.
- Food and beverage expenditure requirements.
- Labor expenses.
- Audio/visual rental costs.
- Incentives offered by either the destination or its subsidiary partners.