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2017 Fall Conference Agenda

Celebrating Our Professional Identity:
Shared Knowledge and Advocacy

Kirkwood Regional Learning Center on the UI Campus
2301 Oakdale Boulevard, Coralville, IA 52241

Thursday Morning, October 19, 2017
Room 112, Kirkwood Regional Learning Center on the UI Campus

Pre-Conference Executive Board Meeting
9:00-11:30 AM​Meeting and Lunch

Thursday Afternoon, October 19, 2017 Conference Session
Room 116, Kirkwood Regional Learning Center on the UI Campus

12:30 – 1:00 PM​Conference Registration

1:00 – 1:15 PM​Welcome and Introductions
John Weih, Director, Kirkwood Regional Learning Center on the UI Campus
Christy Wolfe, President IACTE
Mark McDermott, Associate Prof., STEM Leader, University of Iowa

1:15 – 1:45 PM​The Honorable Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa

1:45 – 2:15 PM​Dr. Ryan Wise, Director of the Iowa Department of Education

2:15 – 2:30 PM​Break

2:30 – 3:15 PM​Shelly Vroegh, 2017 Teacher of the Year
A 20-year veteran of the classroom, Ms. Vroegh is a fifth-grade teacher and instructional coach at Lakewood Elementary in Norwalk, Iowa.

3:15 – 4:15 PM​Using STE(A)M Outside of the Classroom

BlendED Learning, Jefferson High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jefferson BlendED Academy is a program devoted to the personalized learning of students through the use of interdisciplinary, competency-based learning, project- and technology-based innovation with the ability to accelerate through coursework.

​APEX, Waukee High School, Waukee, Iowa
Through a collaboration between education, business, and the community, Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) develops highly skilled, adaptable, global innovators and leaders. Waukee APEX draws on the expertise of business partners to bring real-world experience to high schoolers. Through passion-based learning, authentic projects, and experiences, students add value to business partners while exploring career possibilities identified by economic trends within our metro area and state.

4:15 – 4:30 PM​Announcements and Closing for the Day

5:00 – 6:30 PM​Please join us at the celebration and networking reception
– Cash Bar w/ appetizers provided
Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and Small Plate Bistro
300 E 9th St Coralville, IA
Parking available in the adjoining ramp and nearby street.


Friday Morning, October 20, 2017
116 Commons, Kirkwood Regional Learning Center on the UI Campus
8:00 – 8:40 AM​Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:45 AM​Friday Registration

9:00 – 9:15 AM​Welcome and Introductions
Christy Wolfe, President, IACTE
Dean, Dan Clay, College of Education, University of Iowa

9:15 – 10:15 AM​Building Allies While Educating Allies
Asking for support from colleagues, stakeholders, and policy makers can be hard, especially if you have to explain who and what you are before you can ask for that support. Our panelists this morning have all had to step up and ask for support. ISEA sought the support of members of other state entities when the Iowa Legislators put forth new laws that would dismantle some of the greatest protections Iowa teachers have. Solon Community School District had to convince parents and students that “proficiency” says more about ability than a random letter…while still trying to convince teachers the same. And Buena Vista University faculty and staff had to educate their administrators about what they do as they were asking them for the financial backing to do it well. Each speaker will share with us how they educated others about their work while simultaneously winning them over as allies.

Tammy Wawro and Mary Jane Cobb, ISEA
​Matt Townsley, Standards-based grading, Solon Community School District
​Roberta Hersom, Buena Vista University

10:15 – 10:30 AM​Break

10:30 – 11:45 AM​Job Alike Break-out Sessions
Attendees: Bring your work! We will use this 75 minutes to break out into like groups. Do you teach Human Relations? Bring your best readings, your speaker list, your activities that really work. Teach a course in your reading endorsement sequence? Bring some assessments that have given you rich data. Working on curriculum exhibits or a state accreditation visit? Bring questions for those who have been through the process. Building on our “organic conference” model from last spring, we’ll brainstorm groups that help you network across the state and help you with the continuous improvement we all practice in our teaching and in our programs.

12:00 – 12:45 PM​Lunch/IACTE Business Meeting/Announcements​

1:00 – 1:30 PM​Tours of the Kirkwood Regional Center

1:30 – 2:15 PM​Department of Education News: Larry Bice and Carole Richardson
2:15 – 2:45 PM​BOEE News: Joanne Tubbs

2:45 – 3:00 PM​Next Steps and Closing

Fall Conference Registration Form


NOTE: Only 1 form needed per institution

Please fill in the appropriate details and submit using one of the following methods by October 6, 2017:

1) Mail:
Dana Oswald
2580 275th Street
Washington, IA 52353

*Mailing registration with payment is preferred method; onsite payments will no longer be accepted.

2) E-mail (mail payment in): Oswald, Dana OSWALDD@wmpenn.edu

3) Fax (mail payment in): 641-673-1041

Note: Walk-ins are welcome and will be billed the total conference fee of $50, but materials/meals may not be available.

Name of Institution:​​​​​​​​​​


Contact Person:​​​​​​​​​​​


Persons Attending October 19:


Persons attending October 20:


Persons attending both days:

Two-day attendance​​$50 x _____________ =_______________

One-day attendance​​$30 x _____________ = _______________

​Total Due: _________________​​​
​Please make checks payable to IACTE

IACTE Fall Conference

IACTE Fall meeting will be October 19 & 20 at the Grant Wood AEA STEM facility in Iowa City/Coralville. The meeting will begin about 12:30 on Thursday and conclude usually about 2:30 on Friday.

Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) is an affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). The views expressed on this website are the views of IACTE.