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Tuesday, October 24

10:30 AM - 3:30 PM Pre-Conference Excursions
Plan to arrive Monday night or early Tuesday to take advantage of group tours before the conference starts. 
12:00 - 5:00 PM Conference Registration Opens
1:00 - 8:00 PM Exhibitors
3:45 - 4:45 PM Pre-Conference General Session
Complimentary general session on workplace and personal wellness.
Dr. Hannah Brewer, Assistant Professor and Dr. Randall Nichols, Professor and Chair of Physical and Health Education Department, Slippery Rock University: Creating an Environment of Well-being in Schools: Offices. Classrooms. Hallways.
4:45 - 5:00 PM

Newcomers Welcome (Location TBD)

5:00 - 5:15 PM Conference Welcome (Oliver Ballroom)
5:15 - 6:15 PM Keynote Speaker
Dr. Rich Milner, Chair of Urban Education & Professor of Education, University of Pittsburgh, and author of Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting poverty and race in schools and classrooms. As an expert in relating research to practice and policies that support teacher success in urban schools, Dr. Milner will provide a dynamic presentation that is applicable to all AAEE constituents.  
6:15 PM Grand Welcome Reception
Always delicious, energizing and rich with networking opportunities and fun, this year we’ll be entertained by an Acapella Sing Along with Slippery Rock University Chamber Chorus

Wednesday, October 25

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Conference Registration Open
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Dan Elias, professional photographer, will provide free headshots for attendees. 

8:00 AM

Silent Auction Opens

8:00 - 8:45 AM

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:45 - 9:00 AM Welcome, Announcements, and Introduction of Exhibitors and Sponsors
9:00 - 10:30 AM Keynote Speaker (Oliver Ballroom)
Hedda Sharapan, Senior Fellow, The Fred Rogers Center
Supporting the essential 21st century skills: Timeless wisdom from Fred Rogers for “neighbors” of all ages
Welcoming us to Pittsburgh – the home of “America’s favorite neighbor,” is Fred Rogers’ longtime staff member Hedda Sharapan. With warmth, humor, and humanness, she will share with us treasured videos and lead us in an interactive exploration of Fred Rogers’ approach for today’s world.

10:30 - 10:45 AM Break with Exhibitors
10:45 - 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions I
11:50 AM - 1:30 PM Lunch, Business Meeting, Awards
1:40 - 2:40 PM Give Me Five Speed Networking
2:40 - 2:55 PM Break
2:55 - 3:55 PM Concurrent Sessions II
4:05 - 4:35 PM Express Sessions I
4:45 - 5:15 PM Express Sessions II
5:30 PM Silent Auction Closes
5:30 - 5:45 PM AAEE Competition for Giveaways
6:00 PM Night on the town

Thursday, October 26

7:45 - 8:45 AM Full breakfast buffet
8:45 - 9:45 AM Concurrent Sessions III
9:45 - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 - 11:00 AM 

Closing Speaker (Oliver Ballroom)
Jessica Daluz-Hill, University Programs Specialist, Google
Jessica will share her story and provide advice from the international leader in “next-generation technologies” that will enhance our work in the field of education, particularly as we prepare tomorrow’s candidates.

11:00 -  11:15 AMSupply and Demand Review
11:15 - 11:30 AMClosing and Final Giveaways (Oliver Ballroom)
3:00 - 6:00 PM Education Career Fair (Don't forget to register! This is not included with Conference Registration)

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About the Keynote Speakers

Dr. Hannah Brewer

Dr. Hannah Brewer is an assistant professor in the Physical and Health Education Department. She earned her bachelor's of science in health and physical education from Lock Haven University and her master of education in health and physical education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She received a PhD in education in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Brewer is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and has worked with Highmark Healthy High 5's KidShape program and America on the Move to prevent childhood obesity at the local level. Her research interests include skills-based health education, preventing childhood obesity, and reducing risk behaviors among youth.

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Dr. Randall Nichols

Randy Nichols is a Professor in the Physical and Health Education Department along with being the  Coordinator of the School Wellness Education program at Slippery Rock University. He  is passionate about rebuilding the health and wellness of our society through schools.

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Dr. Richard Milner

H. Richard Milner IV is the Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education, Professor of Education, as well as the Director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Milner is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and the recipient of the National Association of Multicultural Education’s Carl A. Grant Multicultural Research Award.

Recently, he was honored with the John Dewey Award for relating research to practice and the Innovations in Diversity, Teaching, and Teacher Education Award from Division K of the American Educational Research Association. His research, teaching and policy interests include urban teacher education, African American literature, and the social context of education. In particular, Dr. Milner’s research examines policies and practices that support teacher success in urban schools.

His research has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s 2012 Outstanding Book Award and the American Education Studies Association’s Critic’s Choice Book Award for the widely-read book, Start where you are but don’t stay there: Understanding diversity, opportunity gaps, and teaching in today’s classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2010). His most recent book is Rac(e)ing to class: Confronting poverty and race in schools and classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2015). He can be reached at rmilner@pitt.edu.

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Hedda Sharapan

M.S. Child Development
Senior Fellow, The Fred Rogers Center

Hedda Sharapan began working with Fred Rogers over 50 years ago at the very beginning of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in October, 1966, while completing her M.S. in Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh. Based on her experiences on the production team and her child development background, Hedda became a highly sought-after speaker about Fred Rogers and his timeless wisdom at conferences around the country. Through The Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College where she received an honorary doctorate degree in 2013, she writes a monthly e-newsletter “What we can continue to learn from Fred Rogers” that reaches 15,000 subscribers. As a Senior Fellow, she has been working on transcribing and analyzing hundreds of hours of taped conversations between Fred Rogers and his chief consultant, Dr. Margaret McFarland, as they discussed the child development underpining for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood themes and scripts. Hedda also serves as a child development consultant at The Fred Rogers’ Company for its popular PBS children's series Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

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Jessica Daluz-Hill

Jessica Daluz-Hill is a University Programs Specialist at Google, working to recruit and hire student talent into tech roles at the company. She is a two-time Carnegie Mellon graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Management. Before coming to Google, she served as an admissions representative at CMU, working to help determine students for the incoming computer science class. Although she has spent a large part of her career assessing top-tier students, her passion is to create opportunities for students from underrepresented and low income communities who have not had access to technology education.  

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Sample of our Tuesday/Wednesday Breakout Sessions 

  • First STEPs toward Teacher Candidate Development and Recruitment, Leticia M. Jones, Fulton County School District
  • For the Love of Teaching and Dislike of the Classroom, Heather Balas, Hiram College and Julie Novotny, Kent State University
  • Career Ready: Creating and Implementing a High-Impact Mentoring Program through Gamification, Josh Domitrovich, Clarion University
  • This is Your Life:  Using Storytelling in Career Development and Effective Interviewing, Kate McConnell, Carlow University
  • Multiple First Impressions: Diversify Encounters to Enhance Recruiting Efforts, Donna Cooper, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • The Body Does Not Lie, Raushawna Price, Wake County Public School System
  • Re-imaging Pre-Service Student Teaching, Recruitment and Retention in the age of a massive Teacher Shortage, Jeremiah Blaha, Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • National Update on the Teacher Shortage and Vision Planning for the Future, Kelly Coash-Johnson, American Association of School Personnel Administrators
  • #BeATeacher campaign in UTAH, Shari Leder, Weber State University and UAEE board member
  • Managing Change for the Sanity and Success, Tammy Manko, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Increasing your local candidate pool when competition is high, Bonnie Toffoli, Orange County Public Schools
  • Where Do We Go from Here? The Future of AAEE, Joan Welker, Retired (Lock Haven University)
  • Education SuperStart, Julie Novotny, Kent State University
  • Non-Licensed Employees:  The Untapped Teacher Pipeline, Shaterika Parks, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • Conversations on hiring: What principals and superintendents look for when hiring new teachers. Dr. Jeremy Lynch, Slippery Rock University
  • Recruiting and Retaining Teachers by growing your own, Joshua Gill, Lower Kuskokwim School District
  • Assuring Inclusivity; Recognizing Microaggression in Career Coaching, John Rindy, Slippery Rock University


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