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2020 Clinical Practice Fellow Symposium

Atlantic City, New Jersey

A Decade after NCATE: Our Progress in Turning Teacher Education Upside-Down

Application Deadline was September 26, 2019.


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Are you interested in clinical practice?

Join a community of educators who are interested in integrating clinical practice, and developing school-university partnerships, as part of teacher education programs. You are encouraged to apply to be a Clinical Practice Fellow!

When is the Clinical Practice Fellows Symposium?

The symposium is scheduled immediately following the annual National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) conference and immediately preceding the ATE annual conference. Thus, we will begin with a social and preparation activities the evening of Saturday, February 15th, 2020, followed by the all-day symposium on Sunday, February 16th and ending with sessions prepared by returning fellows that will conclude by noon on Monday February 17th, 2020.

Who are Clinical Practice Fellows?

Clinical Practice Fellows are a group of teacher educators, PK-12 school personnel, clinical field coordinators and others who have a strong interest in clinical practice. Clinical Practice Fellows are selected through a competitive application process.

What do Clinical Practice Fellows do?

Clinical Practice Fellows attend a national symposium that is scheduled to take place in-between the annual ATE and NAPDS conferences. During the Clinical Practice Fellows symposium, Clinical Fellows network with one another, share research and teaching interests, and hear from some of the top scholars and practitioners in the field as they engage in a national dialogue about “turning teacher education upside down” and putting clinical practice at the center of teacher education!  

What is the theme of 2020 Clinical Practice Fellows?

The Clinical Fellows Symposium theme this year is, A Decade after NCATE: Our Progress in Turning Teacher Education Upside-Down, will bring clinical fellows together to engage in inquiry communities as practitioners and scholars. Together, we will explore questions such as the implicit perspectives on teaching and learning that shape our programs, the extent to which our coursework and fieldwork embed theory and practice, and the ways we collaborate with school and community partners to develop highly effective teachers.

Who should attend?

We invite teacher educators (doctoral students, clinical field coordinators, higher-education faculty) in all stages of their careers to participate. We also strongly encourage school-based teacher educators (mentor teachers, principals, teacher leaders, etc.) to participate in the conference. Past Clinical Fellows and new Clinical Fellows are welcome as we learn from and with each other.

How to apply?

Returning Clinical Fellows: We hope to see past clinical fellows return and invite you to share your work related to clinical practice. Once a Clinical Fellow, always a Clinical Fellow, thus former symposium participants need only submit their intent to attend, and if applicable present, at the 2020 Clinical Fellows Symposium by completing this form.

New Clinical Fellows: The application process is competitive, but simple. To apply, please prepare brief responses (no more than 150 words for each!) to the following prompts and then complete this application:

  • A brief statement as to why you are applying to be a Clinical Practice Fellow,
  • An explanation of the strengths, experiences, and/or knowledge that you will bring to share with colleagues,
  • A description of your successes and future plans for “Turning Teacher Education Upside-Down,” and
  • Your hopes for learning/take-aways from the Clinical Practice Symposium

The deadline to apply is September 26, 2019. You will be notified by October 4th, 2019 of your acceptance.

Please reach out to the Chair for the symposium with any questions.

Angela Hooser 

Middle Tennessee State University

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