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2017 FATE Annual Conference

2017 FATE Annual Conference

October 13-14, 2017

Palm Beach State College

Boca Raton Campus

801 Palm Beach State College Drive

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Hotel Address:

3000 St. Lucie Avenue South, Boca Raton, FL 33431


Grit, Mindset & Resilience

Your Boundaries are Limitless

Registration is Open!

FATE invites education professionals representing all levels, content areas, and specialties, as well as K-12 teachers, to attend this year’s 2017 FATE conference on October 13-14, 2017. This year’s theme is Grit, Mindset & Resilience, Your Boundaries are Limitless. Conference presentations will center around the strand of Inspire, Inform, Learn and Masterclass.

This year’s Keynote speakers will be:

  Jimmy Casas – Opening Session Friday Evening

Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as an educational leader, including fourteen years as Principal in Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named on of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.  Jimmy will present an entertaining and inspirational session focusing on perseverance and personal excellence.



James Dean — Pre/In-Service Teachers Professional Development Saturday

James Dean serves as the Florida Marketing Representative for Thinking Maps, Inc.  A native of South Florida, James received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Palm Beach Atlantic College (now Palm Beach Atlantic University).  James furthered his career credentials with an Educational Leadership Specialist’s Degree from Barry University.  He served as an educator in Belle Glade, FL for 8 years and then 2 additional years as a Palm Beach County Public Schools Area 4 K-12 Mathematics Coordinator.  As an award-winning educator, James now serves students, educators, schools, and school districts throughout Florida teaching critical thinking and writing via Thinking Maps.  He is a husband and father of 2 children.  His daughter recently started her college career at UCF and his son entered his Junior year at Jupiter High School.  In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading, tweeting and identifies himself as a “wannabe foodie.”.

Awards Ceremony Saturday

Dr. Bernadette Russell

Dr. Russell currently serves as the provost at Palm Beach State College, Boca Raton campus.  She upholds the belief of accessibility of higher education and service to the community.  She is a proponent of shaping and delivering academic programs and student services in response to the needs of both the students and the community.




Dr. Nika Coleman-Ferrell,

As the current Dean of Academic Affairs at Palm Beach State College, Boca Raton, Dr. Coleman-Ferrell believes in personalizing education and being accessible to students. She is committed to academic excellence and providing the best educational experiences for students both in the classroom and the community. Her goal is to support students achieve the educational goals and become life-long learners.




The 2017 fall conference of the Florida Association of Teacher Educators will be held at Palm Beach State College Boca Raton, Florida October 13-14, 2017. Participants will gather on campus in the Humanities and Technology (HT) Building.  Parking is available in front of the building.  Palm Beach State College, Boca Raton is adjacent to Florida Atlantic University located in Palm Beach County.


Please click here to enter our secure online conference registration site for early bird rates.


Hotel Accommodations

Make your reservations now at the Renaissance, Boca Raton. The FATE Conference group rate of $120.00 per night is available for those attendees needing accommodations. This rate is also available for those wishing to extend their stay through the weekend.  Please make your reservations using the link above by September 22, 2017 to get this special conference rate.

Please click here to make hotel reservations.

Conference Program

Please check back here in September to view the full conference program!

Tentative Schedule

Friday, October 13, 2017

  • 3:00 p.m  Registration  Opens
  • 5:00 p.m. Opening Keynote Speaker: Jimmy Casas        
  • 6:30 p.m. Reception

Saturday, October 14, 2017

  • 7:30 a.m.  Registration Opens
  • 7:30 a.m.  Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m.  Preservice/Inservice Teacher Training on Thinking Maps
  • 8:30 a.m.  Breakout Sessions/Roundtables
  • 11:25 a.m. Regional Meetings
  • 12:00 p.m. Mix-n-Mingle Networking Lunch
  • 12:55 p.m. Breakout Sessions/Roundtables
  • 2:55 p.m.   Awards Reception with Guest Speakers, Dr’s. Russell and
  •                      Coleman-Ferrell