It has been a busy yet impactful summer at ATE. Time has zoomed by since my last blog. Sorry...I could not resist! I need to laugh about all of the Zoom/Teams/Webex meetings I have been in over the last few months or I might cry! I’m sure a good number of you can empathize. I hope that each of you are doing well and taking care of yourself and each other.
Our summer conference planning committee did an amazing job of pivoting to an online conference that was just as engaging and enlightening as you come to expect from an ATE conference. Kudos to the team! In response to unrest across the country, ATE released a position statement on racial equity. You can find that statement on the landing page of the ATE website. This was followed by a culminating session at the summer conference in August led by Charlene Johnson and Carrie Robinson titled Institutional Racism in Education: Truth, Trust, Courage and Empowerment Needed to Promote Social Justice and Equitable Educational Practice. This engaging session was the perfect kick off to our planned dialogue centered on the social justice and educational equity. Stay tuned for more to come on this series.
ATE collaborated with NAPDS on two webinars “Clinical Practice during Covid-19”. These webinars filled quickly showing an incredible need for educators to talk about what is going on in their clinical practice and garner ideas from others’ experiences. Attendees shared ideas and strategies on everything from alternative field placements to online teaching professional development for both faculty and teacher candidates.
It also brought to bear the immense need for advocacy in the realm of Educator preparation. We need to be regularly working with our state agencies so that when we need to work together on an issue like this, the relationship has a stable foundation on which to build.
Our Strategic Planning process continues into the fall with workgroups developing goals and action steps complimented by the information garnered through focus groups and surveys this spring and summer. The hope is that this work will finish before the end of the year so that our plan can be showcased at ATE’s 2021 Annual Meeting.
ATE 2021 Annual Meeting
February 13-17, 2021
Call for Proposals
Take care, be safe. All my best!
ATE President 2020-2021