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Pre-Conference Workshops in Atlanta!

Four pre-conference workshops will be offered in Atlanta on Saturday, February 16th and Sunday, February 17th in advance of the 2019 Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Atlanta.

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Supervision and Mentoring
 Accreditation, Assessment and
in Educator Preparation
(CAEP Workshop)
Discovering new Technology Tools
for the 21st Century
Bullying and school safety:
What teachers can do

Half Day Workshop Descriptions

1. Supervision and Mentoring: Addressing the Needs of the School-based Teacher Educator (Sat. 2/16/19, 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m., $50)

This workshop is part of a NEA/ATE Task Force initiative to address the needs of school-based mentor teachers as well as university-based educators who supervise and mentor teacher candidates during clinical experiences. 

The activities provided in the workshop will:

1) provide models and practices associated with educative mentoring  (Feiman-Nemser, 2012) to develop trusting relationships with teacher candidates; 2) sensitize participants in applying culturally relevant teaching as part of an observation framework;  3) address issues of professionalism in preparing teacher candidates to enact ethical practices; and (4) identify how the EPP and school-based teacher educators collaboratively help candidates develop critical knowledge and skills during clinical experiences.

Participants will be awarded a certificate of completion for the content of the professional development workshop and the option to pursue a micro-credential through NEA in preparing for a student teacher and engaging in reflective practices as a cooperating teacher.  Workshop will be led by Blake West (NEA) and ATETask Force Co-Chairs - Philip Bernhardt, Greer Richardson and Thomas Conway


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

Philip Bernhardt, Greer Richardson, and Thomas Conway, ATE Task Force

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2.  Accreditation, Assessment and Accountability in Educator Preparation (CAEP Workshop) (Sat. 2/16, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, $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.  Discovering new Technology Tools for the 21st Century (Sun. 2/17/19, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, $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. Bullying and school safety: What teachers can do (Sun. 2/17/19, 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m., $50)

Dr. Stephen Sroka is a motivational speaker who integrates cutting-edge research with reality-based strategies for dealing with the issues that face our youth today including sex, drugs, violence, bullying, suicide and academic achievement as well as mental health and school climate and safety. He addresses the challenges of building trusting relationships: communication, collaboration, culture and caring. Using the WSCC concept (Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child), he stresses the importance of brain-based learning, ACE (adverse childhood experiences), trauma-informed education, resilience, stress management, social emotional learning, and why kindness matters. The workshop will be provide ”tips from the trenches” to help teachers keep students safe and healthy so they can learn more and live better. He offers honesty, humor and hope that everyone can "Make a Difference".


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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