Bradley Attends 2013 Illinois Association of Teacher Educators (IATE) Fall Conference

On Friday, November 8th representatives from Bradley University and its eight Peoria professional development schools took a bus trip to the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators (IATE) Fall Conference in Bloomington-Normal, IL.

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December 11, 2013

On Friday, November 8th Bradley University and its eight Peoria professional development schools attended the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators (IATE) Fall Conference in Bloomington-Normal, IL. The theme of the annual, statewide conference was “Preparing and Supporting Educators for our Diverse Communities.” The trip was sponsored by the Bradley PDS Partnership, which is funded by the William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee.

Twelve Bradley professors, 16 practicing teachers/administrators, 12 student teachers, and 11 teacher education majors attended the conference; and 27 Bradley students, professors, and representatives from Bradley’s PDS sites presented at the conference.

Reflecting on the experience, 100% of Bradley conference participants who rode the chartered bus to and from the conference reported that they learned something new about teaching and learning; 100% also reported that they learned something they could use in their classroom, and 85% felt they had opportunity to network with other professionals.

“I truly appreciated the opportunity to participate in the IATE Fall Conference this year,” wrote Bradley Early Childhood Education Major Karen Campbell, who is currently student teaching at Lincoln School in East Peoria District 86. “The pre-service strand was excellent!” Another Bradley student teacher reflected, “It was a wonderful conference with lots of interesting interaction and ideas. It was also fun to ride the bus with other students and Bradley professors and to have conversations with ISU students.”

The Bradley PDS teachers who attended also recognized the value of the conference. “I took some great ideas away from this conference,” wrote Pamela Orton, a fifth grade teacher at Harrison Community Learning Center. “I am excited to use them in my classroom!” Zipporah Randle, a Reading Interventionist at Harrison, reflected, “I was pleasantly pleased from start to finish. I was reminded of some strategies and introduced to an array of information! The most surprising and exciting session was covered by Dr. Pamela Rosa on the Danielson Framework.”

Ninety-three percent of those surveyed on the bus stated that they would like to participate in a future bus trip aimed at professional development for pre-service and practicing educators. But in 2014, the Bradley PDS Partnership will not need a chartered bus to transport faculty, students, and practitioners to the conference. On Friday, November 7, 2014, the IATE Fall Conference will be held in Bradley’s own Westlake Hall. Mark your calendars. We hope to see you there!