The Association of Teacher Educators is an interest group dedicated “solely to the improvement of teacher education.” Its members represent over 700 colleges and universities and over 500 major school systems across the country. Next month, the group will gather in Atlanta, Ga., for its annual meeting. This year’s conference theme is “Living and Learning across a Lifetime,” and the group is looking for sage guidance from… Bill Ayers.

Teachers group recruits Bill Ayers for conference keynote

Yes, that Bill Ayers.

So what does the group hope to learn from a domestic terrorist-turned-university professor?

Charlie Spiering got the low-down straight from the ATE:

The organization’s executive director, David Ritchey, confirmed that Ayers would be a keynote speaker at the conference although he admitted that he wasn’t involved in the selection process.

Ritchey added that although Ayers was a controversial figure he had been invited due to his “work in the education field, apart from all the other stuff.”

Not surprisingly, the ATE conference website makes no mention of that “other stuff” from Ayers’ background — because why would co-founding a revolutionary communist group be noteworthy?