Annual Conference

26th Annual Conference of
The American Association for Teaching
and Curriculum

“Teacher Activism in Distressed Times”

October 3-5, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama

Conference Program

Featuring Invited Speakers:

Dr. Tondra Loder-Jackson, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Tondra L. Loder-Jackson, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Foundations and African American Studies at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research, teaching, and service interests focus on urban education, historical and contemporary African American education, and the relationship between social movements and education. She is the author of Schoolhouse ActivistsAfrican American Educators and the Long Birmingham Civil Rights Movement (2015, State University of New York Press). 

Dr. Leslie David Burns, University of Kentucky

Dr. Leslie David Burns is an Associate Professor of Literacy in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and serves as both Program Chair of Secondary English Education and a member of the Literacy Program Faculty. Dr. Burns is a winner of the Literacy Research Association’s Edward Fry Book Award for the advancement of knowledge in the field of literacy. He is also a recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English’s Janet Emig Award and Edwin Hopkins Award for exceptional scholarship in English Education. Dr. Burns is a co-author of NCTE’s national “Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of English Language Arts, Grades 7-12,” and has served as a member of the College Board’s National Advisory Committee for Advanced Placement Literature and Composition. Dr. Burns edits a two-book series for Peter Lang Publishing International: “Social Justice Across Contexts in Education,” and “Culture, Curriculum, and Education.” His areas of expertise include language arts, adolescent literacy, curriculum studies and policy, teacher education, social justice education, and responsive teaching methods for student success in diverse classrooms.

Dr. David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago

David Stovall, Ph.D. is Professor of African-American Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  His scholarship investigates three areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) the relationship between housing and education, and 3) the intersection of race, place and school. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he works with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum that address issues of equity and justice.  His work led him to become a member of the design team for the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice (SOJO), which opened in the Fall of 2005. Furthering his work with communities, students, and teachers, his work manifests itself in his involvement with the Peoples Education Movement, a collection of classroom teachers, community members, students and university professors in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area who engage in collaborative community projects centered in creating relevant curriculum.  In addition to his duties and responsibilities as a professor at UIC, he also served as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice from 2005-2018.

Click here to register for the conference 

  • Graduate Student Conference Registration and Membership: $200
  • Regular Conference Registration and Membership: $350
  • Early Conference Registration and Membership (prior to 9/4/19): $300
  • Emeritus (Previously regular members now retired) Conference Registration and Membership: $250


*UPDATE 9/10/19*:

Overflow Hotel:
The Hilton Birmingham UAB
808 20th St. S, Birmingham, AL 35205
$149.00 per night 
To reserve your room at the Hilton please call 205-933-9000. When booking let them know it is for AATC. For a direct link to reservations with the Hilton Birmingham UAB, click here.  Please hurry as space is limited and conference room rate expires September 25.

Conference Site:

The Westin Birmingham

2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North

Birmingham, Alabama 35203

(205) 307-3600


Daniel J. Castner, Indiana University

2019 AATC Program Chair