2017 Annual Meeting and Conference

Achieving the Promise of Independent Liberal Arts Teacher Preparation

The AILACTE Executive Board encourages members to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference at the Tampa Marriott Waterside in Tampa, FL on Thursday, March 2nd.  Join us as we explore the various ways in which institutions and their graduates are Achieving the Promise of Independent Liberal Arts Teacher Preparation.  This year's conference will address the following questions:

  • What are some of the ways programs prepare teachers to increase educational opportunity for all students, but especially for students from marginalized populations?
  • How do we ensure programs at independent liberal arts institutions continue to prepare teachers who impact the academic, social, and emotional learning of their students?
  • How do we use findings from research and practice to ensure independent liberal arts institutions are addressing the most important issues of teacher preparation?
  • In what ways have programs reimagined themselves for greater innovation, impact, and influence?
  • How do institutions effectively advocate with political and educational leaders to communicate the benefits of liberal arts teacher preparation?
  • What are some of the leadership challenges, opportunities, and innovations that impact the preparation of 21st century teachers?

New Leadership Workshop 
The AILACTE Executive Board will be hosting a pre-conference Leadership Workshop on Wednesday, March 1, from 12:30 to 3:30. The workshop is intended for deans, assistant deans, department chairs, and faculty in leadership positions. The goal of the workshop is to promote program effectiveness through sharing of extablished practices at participating institutions. 

Workshop participants will interact with each other and facilitators in roundtable format to consider examples and strategies for practical application. Space is limited to 25 participants. The cost is $75 per person; light refreshments and snacks included. Questions can be directed to David W. Denton (Seattle Pacific University) dentod@spu.edu.  For more information, including facilitator bios, please follow this link.

AILACTE Conference Registration Fees

  Regular On-site*
Member $200 $250
Non-Member $250 $300
State Representative $150 $200
Student $75 $100

*Please note that once the regular registration rate expires on February 3, 2017, all registrations will be at the on-site rate. 

Download the Conference Registration Form by following this link

Download the Leadership Workshop Form by following this link (additional fee required). 

AACTE will offer a discounted registration rate of $175 to AILACTE Annual Meeting attendees who also attend the AACTE Annual Meeting.  The discounted AACTE registration fee will be available on-site only with proof of AILACTE registration (name badge or registration receipt).

Cancellation Policy:  Notice of cancellation of Annual Meeting registration–and any request for refund of conference registration fees–must be made in writing and received by February 3, 2017. All refund requests received after this date will be denied. A $50.00 administrative fee will be deducted from all cancellation requests. 


The link for hotel reservations will be available exclusively on your registration confirmation. Cut-off date to reserve your hotel at the discounted meeting rates is February 5, 2017.

Westin Tampa Harbour Island
725 South Harbour Island Blvd
Tampa, FL 33602
Room Rate $189

Hilton Tampa Downtown
211 North Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Room Rate $199/$219

Meeting and Conference at a Glance (subject to change)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

  • 12:30 - 3:30 PM
  • Leadership Workshop (Meeting Room 1)
  • 4:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Executive Committee Meeting (Meeting Room 2)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

  • 7:30 - 8:30 AM
  • State Representative Breakfast (Meeting Room 2)
  • 8:00 - 8:45 AM
  • Registration and General Conference Breakfast (Florida Ballroom - Salon IV-V)
  • 8:45 - 9:00 AM
  • Welcome (Florida Ballroom - Salon IV-V)
  • 9:15 - 10:15 AM
  • Breakout Sessions (Florida Ballroom Salon I, Salon II, Salon III, Meeting Room 1, Meeting Room 2)
  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Breakout Sessions (Florida Ballroom Salon I, Salon II, Salon III, Meeting Room 1, Meeting Room 2)
  • noon - 3:15 PM
  • AACTE Opening Session(AILACTE will not meet or hold breakout sessions during this time)
  • 3:30 - 4:30 PM
  • Round Table Sessions (Florida Ballroom IV-V)
  • 4:45 - 5:15 PM
  • Poster Session (Florida Ballroom VI)
  • 5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Business Meeting/Award Reception (Florida Ballroom IV-V)