The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in Phoenix, Arizona at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The theme selected by President Emma Savage-Davis is Advocating for the Silenced: The Educators’ Vocation.
The conference theme focuses on underrepresented, indigenous, and impoverished populations in schools and higher education who have been silenced by policies and government, or just don’t feel that they have a voice that will or can be heard. It is the duty and responsibility of ALL educators to be that voice or help them find their voice so that ALL can be heard. It is about making decisions without the voices of those who will be impacted by those decisions. This takes vision, courage, and tenacity, which we as have not always been allowed to have as Educators.
In this conference we will focus on the role of teacher educators in schools and higher education who are responsible for enabling and empowering educators to address these populations. Teacher educators have to be heard if we are going to be perceived as professionals instead of allowing government and business to make decisions for us based on what they deemed as best. These decisions may have nothing to do with children and what is best for them as they develop into productive and contributing members of our society – adults and citizens.
The conference seeks to publically define the importance of all stakeholders in the development of educators across the career span – pre-service – induction – in-service. We aim to impact what Teacher Educators are currently practicing in their educational context and bring attention to those who have not had a voice in the policy decisions that are now affecting their candidates in their professional roles.
As part of our theme of Advocating for the Silenced: The Educators’ Vocation this conference offers many forums for education, open discussion and sharing about what we, as Teacher Educators, deem is best for educating our children and youth. Our five conference strands further define the key emphases for conversation, research, and inquiry,
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