Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (ORATE) is a Northwest regional professional organization of teacher educators. We are part of the national Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), which is devoted solely to the improvement of teacher education both for school-based and post secondary teacher educators. ORATE organizes an annual conference in the Northwest of the US for teacher educators, education researchers, teacher practitioners, and college students focused on Education. We welcome innovative ideas surrounding curriculum, pedagogy, policy, and practice. We focus on issues of equity and inclusion, and we also embrace instructional technologies that promote student learning. We hope to see you at our next conference!
- Our Call for Proposals for our Spring 2021 Conference is Open! Submit a proposal by clicking here. Proposals due Dec. 1, 2020.
- Conference Date: February 19, 2021
- Conference Format: Virtual Conference
- Cost for Attendance: Complimentary; ORATE believes in the value of professional collaboration and learning that occurs at our annual Education conference. Due to the numerous challenges in the professional and personal lives of our members this year, the ORATE Board has decided to offer this year’s conference free of charge to demonstrate our commitment to learning during times of crisis. We look forward to engaging with you on topics related to this year’s theme.
Request for Proposals
ORATE 2021 Keynote Speaker Dr. Wayne Au
ORATE is honored to welcome Dr. Wayne Au as the 2021 Keynote Speaker for our virtual conference. A former public high school teacher, Wayne Au is a Professor in the School of Educational Studies and is currently serving as the Dean of Diversity & Equity for the University of Washington Bothell. He is a long-time editor for the social justice teaching magazine, Rethinking Schools, and his work focuses on both academic and public scholarship about high-stakes testing, charter schools, teaching for social justice, and anti-racist education. Recently, Dr. Au has been working in the Seattle area to support Black Lives Matter and Ethnic Studies in Seattle Schools and surrounding districts. His recent books include Rethinking Ethnic Studies (co-edited with Tolteka Cuahatin, Miguel Zavala, & Christine Sleeter, Rethinking Schools, 2019), Teaching for Black Lives (co-edited with Dyan Watson and Jesse Hagopian, Rethinking Schools, 2018), A Marxist Education (Haymarket, 2018) and Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of the U.S. Curriculum (co-authored with Anthony Brown and Dolores Calderon, TC Press, 2016). He was honored with the UWB Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015, given the William H. Watkins award for scholar activism from the Society of Professors of Education in 2017, and was honored with the Distinguished K-12 Educational Leader Award from the Evergreen State College MiT program in 2019.
2021 ORATE Award
ORATE welcomes applications for the second annual ORATE Award for travel to the annual Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Conference, which will occur online from February 13 – 17, 2021. Information on the conference can be found here. The award recipient will be publicly recognized at the 2021 ORATE conference, will receive a recognition award, and will receive an award of $1,000, which will be promptly reimbursed with valid receipt of conference expenses. If there are funds available after conference registration, the Awardee may use them for professional development expenses.
Eligible applicants must be either a current graduate student in a Master’s or Doctoral program focused on Education or an education practitioner who supports preservice or inservice teachers. Apply for the ORATE Award here. Award applications are due by December 1, 2020.
ORATE 2020 Keynote Speaker
We were thrilled and honored to have Dr. Geneva Gay as our Keynote Speaker for last year’s conference. Dr. Gay is a Professor of Education at the University of Washington-Seattle and is a world-renowned researcher in multicultural education. Dr. Geneva Gay has been a tireless advocate for teachers and multicultural education throughout her career. Dr. Gay began her teaching career as a high school social studies teacher in an urban school system in Akron, Ohio. She is now nationally and internationally known for her scholarship in multicultural education, particularly as it relates to curriculum design, staff development, classroom instruction, and intersections of culture, race, ethnicity, teaching, and learning. She seeks to bring awareness of cultural diversity to local, national, and international audiences, most recently in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.
2020 ORATE Award Recipient
The 2020 award winner was Annie Cole. Annie is completing her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Learning and Leading at the University of Portland, with a dissertation focused on exploring the development of educator research competency during graduate school. She is also the Research Coordinator at Pacific University for a multi-site educational research project on predictors of academic success for trauma-impacted youth, a volunteer with Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE), and a manuscript reviewer for the NASPA Journal of Women and Gender (JWG). Her goals are to teach and mentor educators in research methodologies and to positively influence the higher education experience for pre-service teachers.