Friday, October 04, 2013

TeachingWorks streaming seminar series to launch on October 16

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On Wednesday, October 16, TeachingWorks will launch its year-long series on teacher preparation and effectiveness. This year's series is again titled, “Teaching Teachers Roundtable: Preparing Novices to Use High-Leverage Practices” and will focus in detail on the work of training teachers. Each of the three seminars will bring two or three expert teacher educators to campus to discuss their approaches to training novices in a specific high-leverage teaching practice. The first seminar will focus on implementing organizational routines, procedures, and strategies to support a learning environment, the second on communicating about a student with a parent or guardian, and the third on making content explicit.

The first seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 16, from 4:10 to 6:00 p.m. in the Tribute Room (1322) and will be streamed online. Doug Lemov, managing director of Uncommon Schools’ Taxonomy Project and author of Teach Like a Champion, will join Betsy Davis, associate professor and chair of the Elementary Teacher Education program, and me to discuss how our organizations teach novice teachers to implement organizational routines, procedures, and strategies to support a learning environment.

Last year, more than 1,000 individuals from around the world signed up to view the seminar series, and we had a terrific turnout here in the School of Education as well. In order to make the experience even more useful for everyone, this year we will be inviting greater participation in each seminar from members of our online audience, as well as instituting “office hours” that will permit members of the SOE community to meet individually with our speakers. Office hours will generally take place the morning after each seminar, and faculty members, doctoral students, and staff members may sign up for individual meeting slots.

I hope you will join us for these special events. Participation in both the seminars and the office hours is free but requires registration. Visit the seminar series registration page to RSVP.

Elizabeth A. Davis is Professor; Science Education

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