Newsletter: April 2012

AERA is fast approaching! We are all gearing up for the annual meeting in Vancouver.  As you prepare for your presentation and travels, be sure to check out our April 2012 Newsletter (attached). It includes all the sessions being sponsored by the S-STEP SIG.  We would like you to pay particular attention to the S-STEP Gathering on Saturday night and the Business Meeting on Sunday night:

Our annual social gathering is a wonderful place to get together to discuss research, catch up with friends, and meet and network with new S-STEP colleagues. All are welcome!
Time:  Sat, Apr 14: 5:30-6:30
Place: Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel Cascades Lounge
For more information on food and beverages available at the Pan Pacific, visit their website at

http://www.panpacific.com/en/Vancouver/Dining/CascadesLounge.html

Another important gathering at AERA is our Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices SIG Business Meeting: There’s No Business Meeting Like the S-STEP Business Meeting!
Time: Sun, Apr 15 :6:15pm-7:45pm
Place: Vancouver Convention Center,  Second Level – West Room 222
Plan to come and bring your colleagues. The updated bylaws will be shared along with officer reports, plans for the future, potential for unbridled entertainment, and much much more! Great food will be provided along with a cash bar.

As part of the SIG business meeting, we like to honor those who over the past year have been promoted, have published articles, chapters, or books,  or have received honors or awards for their professional work. Please let us know of your accomplishments this year. Send any updates and information to deborah. tidwell@uni.edu.

Tom Russell, one of our Canadian colleagues with insights into unique and special sites in Vancouver, has provided a recommendation for those attending this year’s conference:

During your time in Vancouver for S-STEP (and AERA), I want to recommend that your exploration of the city include Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery. LaVerne and I discovered them some years ago when they only had a store in Yaletown. Now they also have a store in Gastown, not far from the Vancouver Convention Centre, at 312 Water Street, where the hours are 10 to 6, 11 to 6 on Sunday. Their website is http://www.coastalpeoples.com/  Western Canada has some impressive First Nations artists and these stores are among the best places to admire their efforts. Whether you buy for yourself, choose a gift to take home or just go to see the work, I highly recommend seeking them out.

In less than two weeks we will be gathering in Vancouver for another fantastic annual meeting. I hope you find the attached newsletter helpful in perusing the Self-Study SIG sponsored sessions.  See you soon in Vancouver!

Deb Tidwell, Chair
Self-Study SIG
deborah.tidwell@uni.edu

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