Teaching & Teacher Education (K)
Message from Division VP

Dear Division K Colleagues,

I trust this newsletter finds you busy—but with good projects and worthwhile initiatives. I am sure you are also madly preparing for AERA as the clock ticks down to April 16th. As you organize your calendar for the annual meeting, I would like to bring many great sessions to your attention. Invited and featured sessions are all listed in this newsletter and I hope you will either attend them yourself, or direct your doctoral students to them (especially the Division K Fireside Chat).

Of all the featured sessions, the most important is our business meeting, where I hope you will help me break the mold (again)! We will be meeting in the Marriott (Division K’s headquarter hotel), April 17th, 6:15 – 7:45, Seventh Level, Grand Salon III. Prior to the meeting, I have assigned each of you a little bit of “homework” —just a couple of questions I hope each of you will answer—questions related to our communal perceptions about the state of teacher education and ideas about what we might do and how we should possibly think differently as we move forward. The answers you bring to the meeting will represent a beginning step towards collective research, a practice I hope to discuss in greater depth at the meeting. This activity is described more fully in this issue and invites your participation, whether or not you are able to attend the meeting.

Please be assured that I do not plan to be the main person talking at our meeting. I intend for us to use the time and space to talk to one another and engage in rich exchange, thoughtful debate, and creative problem solving. Division K was on fire last year—this year let’s re-stoke those fires and really heat things up!

A second activity that I have planned for the business meeting to discuss the AERA centennial. 2016 is a special year for the organization and I would love for Division K to be a stand out participant in the celebrations. I need your help to do that so come to the meeting with your ideas and energy about things we could do as a division that will highlight our work and our commitments.

Our business meeting would not be complete without a celebration of the Division K award winners—come and cheer them on and let them know how much we appreciate their contributions and outstanding work. The celebrating will continue as the business meeting will end with a reception—jointly sponsored with our Division G friends and colleagues—and a party (dancing shoes required of course!). Last year you/we burned up the floor (yes, I am in danger of taking the fire metaphor a bit too far)—let’s do it again this year.

There are several other important news items in this issue, including an insightful report from Marcelle Haddix, Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee, and the call for applications for the next graduate student representative. Please share this announcement with your doctoral students. Keep in mind that each representative’s term is for two years—one as junior rep and one as senior.

I think that does it for now. I look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

All My Best,

A. Lin Goodwin
Division K Vice President

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