New York, N.Y. (February 26, 2007) The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will present a Town Hall meeting entitled, Can Teacher Education Deliver Competent, Competitive Citizens to Meet the 21st Century Challenges? closing its 59th Annual Meeting and Exhibits at 3 p.m. on Monday, February 26th at the Hilton New York.

The forum features distinguished educators and thought leaders presenting the big-picture dialogue on teacher education´s role in shaping and addressing current national imperatives.

Moderated by Dr. Sharon Robinson, president and CEO of AACTE, the forum features Drs. Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann of Harvard Graduate School of Education, James Renick of North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, and Augusta Souza Kappner of Bank Street College of Education.

"AACTE is thrilled to bring together such an esteemed group of leaders in the field of teacher education. Their diverse backgrounds and will certainly encourage a unique and memorable dialogue on the role of teacher education in shaping 21st century citizens," says Sharon P. Robinson, president and CEO of AACTE.

The Town Hall meeting is the culmination of AACTE´s three-day Annual Meeting, attended by more than 2,700 teacher-education professionals. Participants will address the themes presented throughout the week including the role teacher educators play in preparing a 21st century workforce, promoting civic participation and engagement, and inspiring students to become conscientious citizens in a global society.

To obtain media credentials at the Annual Meeting please visit the AACTE Media Room located in the video conference room on the 4th floor at the Hilton New York.

For more information on the AACTE Town Hall or the AACTE Annual Meeting, please contact Jade Floyd at jfloyd@aacte.org or by phone at 202.478.4596.

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