The 2015 American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Annual Meeting will take place February 17-March 1, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Preparing Teachers for Practice strand will examine the central question of Deborah Loewenberg Ball's 2014 AACTE keynote, To whom and for what should teacher preparation be accountable? TeachingWorks has continued this theme in our 2014-2015 streaming seminar series, and we look forward to collaborating with our colleagues at the annual meeting on this important issue in teacher education.

The 2015 strand includes the following major forum, concurrent sessions, and other events presented by expert teacher educators and researchers.

Major Forum: Holding ourselves accountable: To whom and for what is teacher education accountable?
February 28, 2015, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Atlanta Marriott Marquis Ballroom CD

Teacher education programs serve a variety of constituencies, including their own students, the children taught by those students, the K-12 schools and school communities in which their graduates work, and the larger teacher education community. Are we equally accountable to all of these? Are some more important than others? And what is the impact of our answers to these questions on what we do? This major forum features a discussion about accountability among a diverse group of stakeholders in teacher education, including teacher educators in university and alternate settings, policymakers, and school district leaders.

Moderator: Deborah Loewenberg Ball (University of Michigan, TeachingWorks) Presenters: Paul Goren, (Evanston/Skokie Illinois School District), Jennifer Green (Urban Teacher Center), Pam Grossman (University of Pennsylvania), Etta Hollins (University of Missouri, Kansas City), Lillian Lowery (Maryland State Department of Education)

Concurrent Session: Assessing k-12 mathematics teachers' discussion-leading practice: What can we learn through standardization?
February 28, 2015, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Room A704

This session explores the use of a classroom-based standardized assessment of mathematics discussion-leading practice with novice teachers. We focus on affordances and constraints of standardization along with the tools and supports necessary and explore the potential for use with teaching candidates. We will share data from elementary and secondary teachers' discussion to illustrate what can be learned from such an assessment.

Presenters: Nicole Garcia (University of Michigan, TeachingWorks) and Sarah Kate Selling (University of Michigan, TeachingWorks)

Concurrent Session: Meaningful pathways for family and community involvement in a practice-based teacher education program

March 1, 2015, 9:00 – 10:00a.m. Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Room A703

Teachers must be able to recognize the resources that reside in families, neighborhoods, and broader communities and build upon those resources in their instruction. In this presentation, we describe our efforts to support K-8 Elementary Certification and ESL teacher candidates' learning through four activities that help interns bridge cultural knowledge and school learning. These highly-designed teacher education practices include exploring a school community, designing and teaching a community-based unit, and rehearsal and enactment of interactions with parents at school and in home visits.

Presenters: Debi Khasnabis (University of Michigan), Catherine Reischl (University of Michigan), Susan Atkins (Ann Arbor Public Schools)

Concurrent Session: Assessing teaching practice: New ways of thinking about why, when, and how
March 1, 2015, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Room A706

This session focuses on new ways of thinking about why, when, and how to assess teaching practice. We highlight an assessment of eliciting and interpreting student thinking that makes use of a standardized student. Participants will have an opportunity to see how the practice of eliciting and interpreting student thinking can be assessed across a program.

Presenters: Meghan Shaughnessy (University of Michigan), Timothy Boerst (University of Michigan)

TeachingWorks and Educational Testing Service Reception
February 28, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Room A602

Join TeachingWorks and Educational Testing Service (ETS) for a reception celebrating the 4th annual Preparing Teachers for Practice strand. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.