2018 Annual Meeting & Conference

March 01, 2018
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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The Baltimore Convention Center (Hilton)
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Renewing Our Commitment to Principles of Independent Liberal Arts Preparation

 2018 AILACTE Annual Meeting and Conference Request for Proposals

Deadline for submissions:  November 26, 2017                 

Renewing Our Commitment to Principles of Independent Liberal Arts Preparation

For two decades educators at all levels have been subject to a panoply of reform policies intended to improve student achievement: No Child Left Behind in 2001, Race to the Top Grants in 2009, Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015. Along with federal policy, states have been active in generating new rules covering everything from teacher preparation and licensure to teacher evaluation and tenure. One goal underlying these policies is to ensure graduates are “college and career ready.” Although college and career are important, the principles underlying education extend well beyond vocational preparation.

From the earliest days of the Republic, education was viewed as a means for preserving and promoting the Nation’s most cherished ideas, as exemplified by the Massachusetts constitution, one of the oldest constitutions in the world. Preserving and promoting wisdom, knowledge, and virtue, along with benevolence, honesty, and sincerity, are a few of the ideas used to justify education across different eras.

During the first Constitutional convention, Thomas Jefferson wrote that “above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to... for the preservation of… liberty.” While the first anti-slavery political party was forming in the United States, Horace Mann said that “there is no security for a republic but in morality and intelligence… unless these qualities pervade… not only will republican institutions vanish from amongst us, but the words prosperity and happiness will become obsolete.” In the modern era, while the United States and the Soviet Union were testing nuclear weapons, the authors of a Nation at Risk acknowledged that “a high level of shared education is essential to a free, democratic society and to the fostering of a common culture, especially in a country that prides itself on pluralism and individual freedom.”

These examples show that principles, not uncertainty, fear, or disunity, are the source for devising and supporting an exceptional system of education. Principles transcend turmoil and obstacles. They inspire people to change, persist, and achieve. When systems degrade or prove themselves insufficient for dealing with problems, educators should rely on principles for direction.

The Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education is composed of institutions that adhere to principles, from Albion College in Michigan, which prepares graduates to be “active citizens, and future leaders” to Xavier University in Ohio, which prepares graduates to become people of “reflection, integrity and achievement.” AILACTE institutions urge their teacher candidates to ground themselves in the ideals of our society. Consequently, AILACTE is an association of institutions that believe in the power of ideas to direct pedagogical excellence. Many of the principles central to AILACTE are exemplified in the Qualities of Excellence:

  • Moral and Ethical Dimensions of the Learning Community

  • Partnerships

  • Liberal Arts

  • Global Awareness and Action

This year the AILACTE Executive Committee invites members to renew their commitment to and reflect on these guiding principles by submitting proposals to the Annual Meeting and Conference. Members are encouraged to submit proposals aligned with one of AILACTE’s Qualities of Excellence to show how institutions are Renewing Their Commitment to Principles of Independent Liberal Arts Preparation.

To download the 2018 Request for Proposals, which includes available session formats, proposal content guidelines and criteria, please follow this link

The 2018 AILACTE Annual Meeting and Conference will be held March 1, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland. Sessions will take place in both the Baltimore Convention Center and the Hilton Baltimore, with support from other nearby hotels.

AACTE will offer a discounted registration rate of $185 to AILACTE Annual Meeting attendees who also attend the AACTE Annual Meeting.  

Schedule (subject to change)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

  • 4:00 - 7:00 PM Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 1, 2018

  • 7:00 - 7:35 AM State Representative Breakfast

  • 7:30 - 8:00 AM Complimentary Breakfast and Registration

  • 7:45- 8:15 AACTE President Remarks

  • 8:15 - 9:00 AM Opening Session and Award Reception (Business Meeting and Awards)

  • 9:15 - 10:15 AM Breakout Sessions

  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM Breakout Sessions

  • 12:15 - 1:45 PM AACTE Opening Keynote

  • 2:15 - 3:15 PM AACTE Deeper Dive Sessions (AILACTE Un-Conference Coffee Hour for those not attending Deeper Dive Sessions)

  • 3:30 - 5:15 PM Round Table Sessions

  • 5:30 PM No-host AILACTE Happy Hour



$210.00 Member Registration - CIR's and IR's
$260.00 after 12:30 pm January 29

$160.00 State Rep
$210.00 after 12:30 pm January 29

$85.00 Student Registration
$135.00 after 12:30 pm January 29

$260.00 Non-Member Registration
$310.00 after 12:30 pm January 29

$210.00 Affiliated with an AILACTE institution
$260.00 after 12:30 pm January 29

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Notice of conference/workshop registration must be received in writing 30 days prior. There will be an administrative fee deducted from cancellation requests. 

Previous Conferences

2017 Conference
2016 Conference