Welcome to Arkansas Association of Teacher Educators!

Greetings and Best Wishes for a Lovely Spring.

As we enter another cycle of months, I hope that each of you had a bright finish to 2016 and a time to rest, relax, recover, and reflect on what has been and what will be.  The education profession continues to adapt to 21st century changes including the widening field of entry pathways for new teachers as well as the expanding choices for K-12 schooling.

As a professional organization dedicated to preparing professional educators, it is imperative that we continue to support, encourage, and uplift one another as we advocate to provide well-prepared teachers for our K-12 students.

One avenue of support is membership and participation in ArATE.  Our Fall 2016 conference at Arkansas Tech University offered 28 concurrent sessions; four professional organization meetings; and three keynote speakers including the national ATE President, Dr. Shirley LeFever; the ADE Deputy Commissioner of Education, Dr. T. Mark Gotcher; and University of Central Arkansas Dyslexia specialist, Dr. Tammy Benson.  120 attendees representing six states participated in the conference.

ArATE members also have the opportunity to run for office and volunteer for committee work, including a Program Committee, a Membership and Publicity Committee, a Nominations Committee, an Audit committee, and an Awards Committee.  Watch for announcements distributed via our new ArATE listserv.

Moreover, this year you have the opportunity to volunteer on an Ad Hoc committee for the October 5-7, 2017 SRATE conference held right here in Arkansas at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Rogers.  You can find more information about the conference at this link: http://www.srate.org/events.html.  Contact our own Arkansas SRATE President, Stephanie Pepper spepper@atu.edu and Arkansas co-chair, Susan Grogan sgrogan@harding.edu to volunteer at this regional conference.  The theme is fitting for a year of changes: Educators in a Democracy: Preparing the Next Generation.  Be a part and not apart!

Donít forget that you may also contribute your expertise to the ArATE Electronic Journal. Submissions are being accepted for the March and September issues.  Submission guidelines are located on the website.

I would like to thank and welcome several colleagues to the board: Nancy P. Gallavan serving as Interim Executive Secretary, Susan Grogan as Vice-President, and Tonia Fillipino, Misty LaCour, and Jason Trumble as board members.

Please consider joining us as members of ArATE and volunteering for the SRATE conference in Rogers, and as always, join us at the ATE summer meeting in Pittsburgh or next yearís annual conference in Las Vegas.

Best wishes for a remarkable and rewarding 2017,
Freddie A. Bowles, ArATE President, University of Arkansas