April 6, 2020
Dear ATE Members:
We hope everybody is doing well and staying safe! Last week, our ATE Executive Director, Alisa Chapman, talked about ATE’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we are trying to ascertain the needs of our members at this time and to develop strategies for meeting those needs during these unprecedented time in our history.
Today we would like to share our thoughts about our ATE Summer Conference scheduled for August 7 - 11 in Washington D.C. First, we want to state that we are 100% committed to having our summer conference in 2020. What that conference looks like, however, will totally depend on the circumstances and conditions at that time. We can say that it is our hope to be able to meet on-site at the Washington D.C. Capital Hilton but, as the medical experts say, nobody knows what this summer will look like. So, we are preparing a hybrid conference that will allow the traditional face-to-face conference with an online option for those unable to attend and/or present. We are working with a number of similar professional associations that have already successfully moved to this option. Of course, those that select the online option would still be required to register for the conference but more than likely at a different rate.
What if conditions haven’t improved and we will be unable to physically meet in D.C.? Then we are also preparing to conduct a virtual conference. Again, we are working with other professional associations and groups to conduct such a conference and the feedback that we are receiving has been positive and, in some case, actually resulted in increased attendance. The National Meetings Planners Association has been very helpful in providing information and guidance for organizations, such as ATE, while we navigate these uncharted waters. Sometimes dark times allow us to seek opportunities that may better position us for the future. Our summer conference provides that opportunity to move into the 21st Century.
Be assured that we are monitoring the situation and have the best interests of our members and organizations as our top priority. In the meantime, we encourage you to submit a proposal for the summer conference (whether you will be presenting in person or online) by accessing the Call for Proposals on our ATE website. We have extended the deadline until June 1, 2020.
In the meantime, stay safe!
Alisa Chapman, ATE Executive Director
Judy Beck, ATE President, 2020-21
John McIntyre, ATE Director of Meetings
March 30, 2020
Dear ATE Members, Education Partners and Friends:
I could not have imagined prior to beginning my work with the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) just a few weeks ago that my first communication to members as ATE’s Executive Director would be the focus of today’s message – the COVID-19 pandemic. Typical of the spirit of ATE members and of educators across America we have observed these last few weeks vigorous effort to adapt learning environments in K12 and higher education in response to this stimulus for rapid change. ATE recognizes the enormous impact this situation is having on individuals in our professional community and we acknowledge that you are in closest proximity to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week I met with President Judy Beck and the Executive Officers of the Association of Teacher Educators to discuss the pandemic and its growing impact in the educational community, and to consider what steps ATE will take in support of our members. Our team has been engaged in national conversations with a wide range of partners and members as the pandemic has escalated nationally, within states, and in local and regional communities across the United States.
Understanding that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for a physical separation from one another as we go about our daily lives, the physical limitations do not keep us from virtual social interactions and learning opportunities. This is an area that ATE can be responsive to its members by coordinating virtual conversations and interactions, and by providing information about online resources for educators.
As a first step in this direction we would like to share that our partnering organization, the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS), will be hosting an open forum for educators who are interested in talking about how they are working with partners to get through the school year. The NAPDS virtual session will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 4:00PM-5:00PM (Eastern Time). You can join the Zoom meeting by taking the following link: NAPDS Open Discussion Forum.To help us identify your greatest needs we ask that you please respond to the four short questions provided by taking the following link: Questions for ATE Membership | Identifying COVID-19 Education Related Needs. The information collected will help ATE better understand the immediate needs of our members with regard to COVID-19 and will contribute to the development of a working plan of support and communication, in collaboration with education partners, to best meet your needs.
Alisa Chapman, Executive Director
Association of Teacher Educators
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