May 14, 2018
The Alabama Association of Teacher Educators (AATE) Conference, held on May 2, 2018 at Athens State University, provided an opportunity for more than 80 higher education faculty, staff, P-12 partners, and students to construct conversations around multiple aspects of teacher preparation. Presentations ranged from instructional strategies in the higher education classroom to successful P-12 partnerships to the preservice teacher’s experiences in the classroom. Keynote speakers Trish Crain delved into the impact that communication has on building bridges between stakeholders and Rebecca McKay reminded everyone that the smallest change can make the biggest difference.
AATE was formed in 2015 as a state branch of the national Association of Teacher Educators. The branch is also a member of the Southern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE). The purpose of AATE is to improve teacher preparation for both school and campus-based educators in Alabama. This conference provided a forum in which to celebrate the successes in teacher preparation programs and the excellent work of P-12 partners across the state.
AATE is governed by Tedi Gordon (Athens State), Lisa Brizendine (Athens State), Lesley Sheek (Judson College) and Stacey Parham (Judson College). The board would like to thank the Athens State College of Education for all of their hard work and support in hosting the conference.