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.
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
ATE's 2018 Annual Meeting offers a terrific opportunity to reach teacher educators and those involved in teacher preparation at all levels.
The Association of Teacher Educators was founded in 1920 and is the only national, individual membership organization devoted solely to the improvement of teacher education for both school and campus-based teacher educators. ATE members represent over 650 colleges and universities, 500 major school systems, and the majority of the state departments of education.
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.
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)."
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.