February 22, 2019
7:45 AM - 2:30 PM
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Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson
Louisville, KY 40202
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2019 AILACTE Annual Meeting and Conference Request for Proposals

Deadline for submissions: December 17, 2018

Urgency, Challenges, and Opportunities in Educator Preparation

In the most recent months, there have been more attacks, tragedies, political, and ideological shifts in our nation’s educational systems and schools than in the past several decades. With these realities being faced by all of us in the education profession in general and specifically preparing educators, what and how we move forward is as critical as it ever has been.

The social emotional challenges and trauma our students are carrying as they arrive to their urban, suburban, or rural community school doors are more pronounced and complex than in the past. Safety and student mental health are now more than ever on the minds of teachers as well as school and district administrators. Equity, access, benefits, and opportunities for all our students, regardless of their ethnic and linguistic backgrounds or sexual orientation, to grow and thrive in our schools must be of paramount importance as laws and policies are written and handed down to what teachers do and teach in their classrooms on a daily basis. Policy makers at the federal level seem to be consistently taking mis-steps with programs being promoted or resources allocated. Based on our best thinking and best practice, civility, civil discourse, and proactive educational and social-emotional efforts should be assertively pursued and infused into our teacher education programs. The shortage of diverse quality teachers presents a substantial challenge as we try to prepare them to address the academic and emotional needs of the diverse students entering our classrooms.

The above referenced realities challenge educator preparation programs throughout our nation to recruit and equip new teachers to meet the increasingly complex needs of all students they will be serving. Educator preparation institutions who are members of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE) are well positioned to be nimble and move expeditiously in regard to the personalization of teacher recruitment efforts and modifying or refining program offerings and curriculum that will prepare teacher candidates to advocate for, and meet the contemporary challenges, opportunities, and realities they will encounter in schools and classrooms. These challenges cannot be addressed solely by those of us serving in educator preparation institutions. Partnerships with local, county, and regional school districts that explore, implement, and sustain creative ways of collaborating among all of us preparing and supporting teachers, could yield more inclusive advocacy and quality service to students they serve.

For the 2019 Annual Meeting, the AILACTE Executive Committee invites members to submit proposals that show how they are addressing the following questions associated to five strands in regard the Urgency, Challenges and Opportunities in Educator Preparation.

To download the 2019 Request for Proposals, which includes available session formats, proposal content guidelines and criteria, please follow this link.

The 2019 AILACTE Annual Meeting and Conference will be held on February 22, 2019, in Louisville Kentucky.  AILACTE sessions will take place in the Lousivlle Marriott Downtown.

AACTE Discount:

Any AILACTE registrant who wishes to also attend AACTE's Annual Meeting will need to notify Alyssa Haarer at admin@ailacte.org.  Please include your name, title, institution and email address.  The deadline is January 27, 2019.  Any individual who wishes to attend after this date will need to registser onsite (as done in the past).  An invoice for the amount of $175 will be sent to the provided email address after January 27th.  The invoice may be paid at any time, or can be paid onsite at the Annual Meeting as well.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

10:30 - 11:30 AM Executive Committee Meeting

12:00 - 3:00 PM Leadership Workshop  (Conference Registration available 11:45 AM - 3:30 PM)

5:30 - 7:30 PM Welcome, Business Meeting & Awards (Conference Registration available 5:00 - 7:45 PM)

Friday, February 22, 2019

7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00- 8:50 AM Opening Session

9:00 - 11:50 AM Breakout Sessions

12:00 - 12:50 PM State Representative Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 PM Roundtables



$210.00 Member Registration
$260.00 after 12:30 pm January 31

$210.00 Affiliated with an AILACTE institution
$260.00 after 12:30 pm January 31

$260.00 Non-Member Registration
$310.00 after 12:30 pm January 31

$160.00 State Rep
$210.00 after 12:30 pm January 31

$85.00 Student Registration
$135.00 after 12:30 pm January 31

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