Friday, April 08, 2011

Dean's Advisory Council holds a productive meeting

Tags: deans updates, dershimer, jagers, reischl, sleep

On Friday, April 1, members of the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) gathered at the School of Education for their spring meeting. This meeting used our strategic assessment report as context to discuss our partnerships with K-12 schools and practitioners. The members in attendance included school superintendents, alumni and donors, and educational leaders from other disciplines. All were deeply engaged in the conversation throughout the day and offered tremendous insight and guidance on our work in and on practice.

I would like to extend a special thanks to a group of faculty and school partners who participated in panel discussions throughout the meeting. The first panel focused on the clinical aspect of our work with teaching interns in schools and other settings. It included Charles Dershimer, clinical assistant professor and coordinator of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship, Rob Jagers, associate professor and faculty lead for the Detroit School of Arts partnership, and Laurie Sleep, research investigator and associate faculty chair of elementary teacher education. The second panel focused on new models for partnering with schools and included LeeAnn Dickinson-Kelley, interim deputy superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools, Dedrick Martin, superintendent of Ypsilanti Public Schools, and Cathy Reischl, associate clinical professor.

We were also joined at lunch by two terrific students who shared their experiences in our redesigned undergraduate teacher education programs. DAC members were thrilled to hear from Jordan Fehrenbach, undergraduate elementary education student, and John Truesdell, undergraduate secondary education student.

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