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Pre-Conference Workshops in Albuquerque!

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Four pre-conference workshops will be offered in Albuquerque on Friday, August 3rd and Saturday August 4th in advance of the 2018 Summer Conference at the Hotel Albuquerque.

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NEA/NFDF Professional
Development Workshop
 Accreditation, Assessment and
in Educator Preparation
(CAEP Workshop)
Incorporate Great New Innovative
Technology Tools to Engage Your
On-Line or Face2Face Classrooms
Teaching to a T--ATE Style

All Day Workshop Descriptions

1.  NEA/NFDF Professional Development Workshop: Addressing Ethical Practices in Teaching and Understanding the Professional Responsibilities of Teachers and Teacher Candidates (Sat. 8/4/18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., $50)

ATE's National Directors of Field Experience has joined NEA in sponsoring a workshop that focuses on two important guiding forces for the work of educators:  codes of conduct and the recently developed Model Code of Educator Ethics.  Candidates and in-service practitioners must be familiar with the kinds of activities (conduct) that may put them in jeopardy contractually, legally, and for maintaining a teaching license.  Educators also face difficult challenges involving ethical decision-making, situations for which there are no easy 'right answers'.

Participants in this workshop will share and learn about the kinds of statutes and code of conduct issues candidates should know and understand.  The session will also orient participants to their ethical responsibilities for in-service and pre-service teachers, provide guidance for how the Model Code of Educator Ethics might be used by preparation programs and by states, and will provides decision-making strategies based on MCEE for addressing dilemmas. The session can also cover questions about how the MCEE might best be used by preparation programs and State Departments of Education.


Blake West, Ed.D., Senior Policy Analyst, NEA Center for Great Public Schools - Teacher Quality, Washington, DC

Tim Sutton, Director of Clinical Practice, University of North Texas

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Half Day Workshop Descriptions

2.  Accreditation, Assessment and Accountability in Educator Preparation (CAEP Workshop) (Fri. 8/3, 1:00-4:00 p.m., $50)

An overview of the latest developments in the Council on Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP) including an in-depth discussion of the implementation of the Advanced Standards, current accreditation pathways and program review options.  Examples of institutional strategies and promising practices leading to national accreditation and program recognition will be shared and discussed.


Tatiana Rivadeneyra, Ed.D.—Dr. Rivadeneyra directs site visitor development and educator preparation provider (EPP) accreditation. Previously, she was an assistant professor in the areas of mathematics, educational technology, and research at Paine College and Argosy University. While at Paine College she was the assessment coordinator, part of the unit accreditation team, meeting and receiving national accreditation. She graduated with honors from Argosy University with a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.

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3.  Incorporating Great New Innovative Technology Tools to Engage Your On-Line or Face2Face Classrooms

(Sat. 8/4, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., $50)

Our 21st century technology tools continue to evolve and classroom teachers need to identify these to further enhance ones’ teaching and to engage students to greater levels than ever before !!  Come and explore these great new tech tools for your 21st century classrooms.  


David McCarthy – Professor Educational Technology, University of Minnesota Duluth

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4. Teaching to a T--ATE Style (Sat. 8/4/18, 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m., $50)

Teaching to a T – ATE Style is an exciting interactive innovative activity that lets you create your story and capture it on a T-shirt. You will learn about yourself. You will learn about the challenges that we must face as educators to build trusted relationships including the four C’s: caring, communicating, collaborating and working with different cultures. 

This session leads you through a process that ends with you graphically displaying your own story on a T-shirt in a creative way about who you are, where you have been and where you are going, and creating your action plans to become a more effective educator that literally “cover your back.” Participants are asked to please bring a t-shirt to decorate with the design they will create.

The added beauty of this session is that you experience an in-service technique that you can take back and use in your schools and communities.


Dr. Stephen Sroka“Boy is retarded,” reads the top of Dr. Stephen Sroka’s third-grade report card. He was crippled in an HS fight. Doctors said, “ Listen to your teachers.” The more he listened, the smarter the teachers became. His HS counselor told him that he didn’t have the IQ to go to college, but he didn’t know that Steve had the I WILL. Today they call it GRIT. He learned how to deal with the challenges of having a speech impediment and being ADHD and dyslexic. 

He taught in the urban environment for 30 years. He went from the “projects” to being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He was selected The Walt Disney Outstanding Health Teacher of the Year, and has been on Oprah and covered in USA TODAY. Recently, he was presented the Person of the Year Award by the International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention and The American Public Health Association selected him as the winner of the first annual School Health Leadership Award. But his most meaningful “award” was his then six-year-old daughter telling him he was smarter than the cartoon character, Inspector Gadget. Obviously, his wife does not agree. 

Today he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and the president of Health Education Consultants. He travels the world trying to reach, elevate and inspire with The Power of One message. After a cardiac arrest, he realized that The Power of One was not enough. He needed The Power of Many. He always did, he just didn’t know it. He does now.

His life has been gratifying. He went from living in the “projects” to living as a professor. He went from being labeled “retarded” to being labeled renowned. He went from the “hood” to the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He went from being in obscurity to being on Oprah. Where once teachers helped him walk and talk, today Dr. Steve helps teachers help students to get “back on their feet" and learn. He believes that one person can make a difference with the power of many, and that is why he is a teacher.


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