The University of Utah department of educational studies will host the Utah Association of Teacher Educators spring conference Friday, March 8.

The conference brings together 200 teacher educators from Utah colleges and universities and principals and leaders from school districts involved in staff development.The keynote address will be given by David Berliner, Arizona State University, on "What We Know About Expert Teachers." He will share his research comparing novice and experienced teachers. His work looks at teachers who consistently have high-achieving students in their classes.

Berliner is past president of the American Educational Research Association.

The conference will be in the Olpin Union from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is $15 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and association membership. To register, call Nancy E. Winitzky, educational studies department, 581-7158.

The agenda includes a luncheon speech, "Achieving Education Reform by Empowering the Teaching Profession," that will be given by Colleen S. Blankenship, U. Graduate School of Education dean.

Roger Mouritsen, State Office of Education, will talk about alternative certification, a proposal that allows non-certified teachers with bachelor's degrees to teach.

Patricia Stoddart, assistant professor of educational studies, will share research on alternative certification.

One session will address the Ogden Partnership, a program that extends the school year beyond the 180 days required by the state.

Charlene Shepard, U. Educational Studies Department clinical instructor, will report on the innovative teaching and teacher education programs at Highland High School.