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2018 ATE Annual Meeting Las Vegas, NV

February 16-20, 2018

Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

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ATE’s 2018 Annual Meeting

Re-Imagining Educator Preparation In A Democracy: The Teacher Educator as Public Intellectual

Special Features such as:
Clinical Fellows Symposium Emerging Scholars Sessions Leadership Academy
Workshops by Spencer Kagan and on Coaching Practitioner Research

Keynoters such as:
Ted Celeste, Institute for Civil Discourse David Seidel, Deputy Education Director, NASA

Read More and Register Now for ATE's 2018 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas!


Members Receive discounted Early Bird rate of only $330.00!!  Early Bird Deadline: January 15, 2018.

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Flamingo Las Vegas February 16-20. The theme selected by President Karen Embry Jenlink is Re-Imagining Educator Preparation In A Democracy: The Teacher Educator as Public Intellectual.

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Online Draft Program Now Available

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       The Flamingo Las Vegas hotel is a self-contained casino and resort offering everything an adventurous vacationer could want:  A tropical Wildlife Habitat, Go Pool - a 15-acre Caribbean-style water playground and select rooms with fabulous views of 550-foot-tall The High Roller. Set on the famous four corners of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, this Las Vegas hotel combines heart-pounding excitement with hospitality and service that's second to none. Located adjacent to The Linq and The High Roller.

       Click here for the link to the online reservation site from the hotel. Rate is $129.00 Single plus Resort Fee $15.00, $159.00 Double plus Resort Fee $15.00. Resort fees in Las Vegas are normally $30 or more per night, so to obtain the negotiated lower resort fee and favorable room rate you should use the link above to reserve your room. The hotel is located at 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, (702) 733-3111. For guests who prefer to phone in their reservations, they may call the Reservation Center at 888-373-9855 to secure a reservation on ATE's group block. Currently, the name of the group is listed as ATE 2018 Annual Meeting. Callers may also use our group code to identify the group, SFATE8.

Exhibit in Las Vegas!

ATE's 2018 Annual Meeting offers a terrific opportunity to reach teacher educators and those involved in teacher preparation at all levels. The Meeting/Exhibit Show will be held in the Twilight Room, Third Floor of the Flamingo Las Vegas, 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, (702) 733-3111.

Exhibit Dates and Hours

Saturday, Feb. 17: Set-up 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Saturday, Feb. 17: Exhibits Open 2:00-6:30p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17: Exhibitor Reception 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 19: Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 19: Dismantle 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Click here to download an exhibitor application with complete information.  Deadline: December 15, 2017.

Pre-Conference Workshops and Pre-Service Strand

Four pre-conference workshops will be offered in Las Vegas on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 in advance of the 2018 Annual Meeting at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Following are descriptions of the workshops. Click here for additional information on the workshops.


 Kagan Structures for Cooperative Learning & Active Engagement

Accreditation, Assessment and Accountability in Educator Preparation (CAEP Workshop)

Incorporate Wonderful Innovative
Tech Tools into your On-line or Face2Face Classrooms now for the 21st Century

Transforming Teaching and Learning:  Teacher Leadership Institute

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Preservice Strand in Las Vegas

ATE Preservice Strand 2018
February 19th, 8:00am to 3:00pm
All preservice students are welcome!

The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) preservice teacher strand is a wonderful opportunity for students! Individuals network, share experiences, interact and learn from nationally recognized educational researchers, teachers, and leaders.

Preservice teachers will have the opportunity to learn about critical strategies and techniques that will enhance the likelihood for success as new teachers. Presentations are high-energy sessions that are research-driven and reality-based. The 2018 ATE preservice strand will be in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel on February 19th  from 8:00am to 3:00pm. In addition, as a way of helping the community, ATE has approved a special rate of only $30.00 for students who attend this event.

Reasons to Attend:

        -Discover critical information regarding Instructional Strategies and Management Techniques
        -Interact with Nationally Recognized educational researchers, teachers, and leaders
        -Learn about Employment Strategies and Student Engagement Techniques
        -Examine how to best Make Data Based Decisions that promote student learning
        -Discover how to best Differentiate Instruction for ALL learners
        -Share and interact with colleagues regarding Critical Educational Issues & Topics
        -Learn about innovative approaches regarding Quality Education and Shaping the Future
        -And much, much, more!

Please consider conveying our invitation to your students to be part of this educational and networking opportunity as well as sharing this invitation with others that may help by sending students. Students will not want to miss the opportunity.

        -Share Experiences
        -Develop Professionally
        -Meet Nationally Recognized Teachers

Click here to download a pdf with detailed information.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, Feb. 16                                                                             
  Sunday, Cont'                                
Governance 9:00-5:00                
Thematic Sessions                                         
Workshop Registration 7:30-9:00 Robert J. Stevenson Lecture 9:45-11:00
Conference Registration 10:00-4:30 Thematic Sessions 11:15-1:30
Workshops 9:00-4:00 Distinguished Educator Lecture 1:40-2:40
Saturday, Feb. 17   Thematic Sessions 2:50-4:30
Governance  8:00-5:00 SIGs 4:30-6:30
Registration  8:00-4:30 Monday,
Feb. 19
Workshops 9:00-4:00 Exhibits 9:00-4:00
Delegate Assembly 2:30-5:30 Thematic Sessions 8:00-9:30
Emerging Scholars Reception 3:00-5:00 Preservice Strand 9:00-4:00
Exhibitors Reception 5:30-6:30 Research General Session 9:45-11:00
Opening General Session  6:30-8:00 Thematic Sessions 10:40-4:20
President's Reception 8:00-9:00 SIGs 4:00-6:00
Live Music 9:00-11:00 ATE Recognition and Awards Dinner 6:30-9:00
Sunday, Feb. 18   Tuesday,
Feb. 20
Newcomers Breakfast 7:00-9:00 Thematic Sessions 8:00-10:00
Registration 8:00-4:30 President's Brunch 10:00-Noon
Exhibits 9:00-4:00    

Keynote Speakers

We have some incredible guest speakers lined-up for our Annual Meeting!

Ted Celeste, Director of State Programs, National Institute for Civil Discourse

Former State Representative Ted Celeste is Director of State Programs for the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Mr. Celeste leads the Next Generation Project, where his goal is to inspire and support state legislators who want to promote greater understanding and better decision-making. As part of a bi-partisan team, Celeste has facilitated trainings for the Council of State Governments Midwest Regional Conference and the Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington Legislatures. He has also presented at the CSG BILLD leadership program in Madison, the National CSG annual meeting in Kansas City, and NCSL's annual legislative summit in Seattle.

After graduating from the College of Wooster, Celeste and his wife taught school in Fiji via the Peace Corps. Following that, he served as acting chief of the Bureau of Consumer Services in the Ohio Department of Public Welfare and then in the Ohio Department of Finance.

Celeste served in the Ohio Legislature from 2007-2012. Known for working effectively “across the aisle” whether he was in the majority or the minority, he has lived his belief in respectful dialogue. One of the only candidates for state office who insisted on running a positive campaign, he won each of his 3 races with a comfortable majority in a swing district.  He was recognized for his emphasis on civil dialogue with the John Glenn Public Policy Institute’s Outstanding Public Service Award in 2011. Celeste lives in Columbus, Ohio, is married and has two daughters and 3 grandchildren.

David Seidel, Deputy Education Director at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of Southern California

David Seidel is Deputy Education Director at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Manager of STEM Elementary & Secondary Education. He is also a formal education advisor to the NASA Mars Public Engagement Team. He has been at JPL for over twenty years and, prior to joining NASA, taught science at Beverly Hills High School and ran its planetarium.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Cal State, Northridge and a Masters of Science degree in science education fromUSC. David has received numerous group and individual achievement awards including the prestigious NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He has served as JPL’s lead NASA TV commentator and has also flown on NASA’s “Weightless Wonder” aircraft, otherwise known as the Vomit Comet.

He is currently a contributor to the California review of the Next Generation Science Standards and to the Superintendent’s California State STEM Task Force.

By accident of birth, David is younger than robotic spaceflight but older than human spaceflight. So he grew up with Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. And with Mariner, Surveyor, Viking and Voyager, the robotic missions that opened the frontier of the solar system. He read sci-fi and developed expansive expectations for the worlds of tomorrow.

David was directly the beneficiary of Sputnik-inspired federal funds for science education. His high school used matching funds to construct a planetarium. He visited as an elementary schooler and it became his haunt for most of his high school career. David ended up teaching there and that lead him to NASA and JPL.

"That planetarium, like so many other inspirational opportunities, sits vacant and unused," he says. "The nation, at every level, needs to assess its commitment to educational action, not rhetoric (of which there is an adequate supply)."

Rodrick S. Lucero, Vice President for Member Engagement and Support, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Rodrick S. Lucero, Ph.D., joined the AACTE team in January 2015. As vice president for member engagement and support, Lucero oversees membership, the Association’s events and communications, the Innovation Exchange, and AACTE’s interaction with faculty and programs around the country.

Lucero came to AACTE from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, where he served 10 years as associate professor and associate director for the School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation. His prior experience included a combined 21 years as a high school teacher and high school administrator.

In the field, Lucero’s focus was on serving marginalized populations and on working toward an inclusive education system, PK-24. Drawing on his belief in the role of education as a critical lever in a democratic society and on his knowledge of the strong work of teachers and schools across this country, Lucero refutes the burgeoning reform efforts that seek to dismiss the entire public education system. He believes that challenges are best addressed by a unified profession working toward the betterment of learning experiences for all.

Lucero is a frequent speaker on topics such as the usefulness of clinical practice in educator development, professional development schools, experiential education, the moral imperative of teaching every child, school law, and the importance of pedagogy in teacher preparation. He earned a B.A. from the University of Denver in political science and psychology along with a social studies teaching license; an M.A. from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, in curriculum and instruction along with a principal’s license; and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in education and human resource studies. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Learning First Alliance, the National Policy Board for Educational Administration, and the Colorado Outdoor Education Center.



Las Vegas locals and tourists alike have come together to show that the city is #VegasStrong in remembrance of the 58 people killed during the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Oct. 1. ATE encourages attendance at our Vegas 2018 conference as another way to support the hard-working people in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority sent the following note:

We've Been There for You During the Good Times. Thank You for Being There for Us Now.

We have heard from so many of you with an outpouring of love and support for our destination and we are forever grateful. We are finding renewed strength in this support and all of your offers of assistance.

We are a resilient, strong community. The women and men who work in this destination - many of whom are suffering through their own losses - have not missed a beat in taking care of our guests who are here in our city.

Las Vegas will move forward, we will be here for you, and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being there for us now.

Rossi Ralenkotter
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
3150 Paradise Road | Las Vegas, NV 89109

ATE's Give Back program for the 2018 Annual Meeting will support Fremont Middle School library which was in the President’s statement against gun violence in a recent ATE newsletter. Fremont is in the older section of Las Vegas off the old Strip. To contribute to the program, consider a donation as you register for the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas and see below.

2018 Give-Back

2018 Give-Back Program to Fremont Middle School

For the past ten years, attendees at ATE's meetings have donated money to "give back" to the communities where the meetings are held.  Please consider a donation when you register for the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.


Originally opened in November of 1955 as John C. Fremont Elementary School, John C. Fremont Professional Development Middle School (PDMS) has undergone many changes in its 60 year history.  Perhaps the most important change was the school’s designation as a Professional Development School (PDS) in 2008.

Fremont PDMS is Clark County School District’s only secondary Professional Development School.  The designation means that Fremont shares a special relationship with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) when it comes to training and preparing future teachers.  As a part of this relationship, UNLV professors often conduct research into the preparation of teachers-in-training, while our staff collaborates with teacher educators to develop culturally-responsive teacher training programs on the school’s campus for the benefit of our students as well as student teachers.

2018 ATE Annual Meeting Planning Committee

President: Karen Embry Jenlink

Conference Chair: Frances Van Tassell

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