Leveraging Community Resources to Strengthen Clinical Practice for New Principals: Crisis Management

Wednesday, May 16, 3:00-3:45 p.m. EDT

Teen suicide, school violence, the opioid epidemic, and many other societal crises are influencing schools in new and devastating ways. School principals are being required to become first responders in a multitude of emergency situations. Panelists for this webinar will discuss critical response protocols and communication pitfalls.

Moderators: Donna Cooner and Wendy Fothergill, Colorado State University

cassie-poncelow Cassie Poncelow is a school counselor at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has been named a 2018 School Counselor of the Year finalist by the American School Counselor Association. Poncelow, a graduate of Colorado State University, has been a school counselor for 7 years and has been at Poudre High School since 2013. After a series of tragedies affected schools in the Fort Collins area, Poncelow and Poudre’s counseling team organized events to help students and staff manage their emotions. Mental Health Matters, an evening event featuring 30 sessions led by community mental health professionals, focused on topics such as stress management, LGBTQ support, depression and anxiety, social media, self-harm, and eating disorders. The event attracted more than 400 attendees from Fort Collins, Denver, Greeley, and Boulder as well as several state legislators who support mental health funding.

melanie-voegeli-morris Melanie Voegeli-Morris is mental health and prevention coordinator for Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she manages mental health and risk assessment teams, suicide prevention, and trauma-informed trainings. A licensed clinical social worker with extensive work experience supporting children, youth, and families, Voegeli-Morris is an EMDR Level ll Therapist and specializes in trauma, crisis response, and recovery. Her work experience also includes private practice, community mental health, adolescent inpatient hospitalization, and therapeutic foster care. Voegeli-Morris is a lead responder on the district’s crisis response team and completed her principal licensure program in 2010.

Additional panelists TBD


Location: Webinar

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

Site Selection Procedures

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:

  1. Location
    1. Selection of a site 4-5 years in advance.
    2. Rotation among U.S. regions, with at least one western region destination every five years.
    3. Urban destination with accessible airlift, affordable airfare, and local travel infrastructure.
    4. Available dates that coincide with AACTE's preferred time frame of late February or early March.
    5. 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.
    6. Presence of AACTE members in the vicinity of the destination.
  2. Facilities/Space
    1. Adequate amount of meeting rooms, exhibit areas, and other space to meet the Annual Meeting's needs.
    2. Accessibility of facilities/space.
    3. Compact Annual Meeting footprint.
    4. Proximity of hotel partners.
    5. Transportation logistics and cost.
    6. Sizeable block of rooms available at primary hotels.
  3. Cost/Affordability
    1. Guest room rates.
    2. Complimentary facilities or services provided.
    3. Rental rates for facilities.
    4. Food and beverage expenditure requirements.
    5. Labor expenses.
    6. Audio/visual rental costs.
    7. Incentives offered by either the destination or its subsidiary partners.

See What You Missed in 2019

Visit the Learning Center to watch video recordings from previous Annual Meetings. Welcome Sessions and Speaker Spotlight Sessions are public, while other recordings are available only to conference registrants.

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