Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Deborah Ball comments on our teacher preparation programs in relation to Gov. Snyder's proposal to raise standards

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An April 27, 2011, Associated Press story previews Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's plans to propose new, tougher education standards for new Michigan teachers. Expected to be included in the proposal is a requirement for education majors to pass basic skills and subject matter tests before they do their student teaching—currently, students generally take these tests after completing their student teaching.

Deborah Ball is included in the article, pointing out that the University of Michigan School of Education began years ago to place a greater focus on teaching students to succeed in classrooms, in addition to ensuring that teacher candidates hold substantial subject-matter knowledge. "We're concerned with making sure that teachers can actually teach particular math concepts, can actually do guided reading with young people, can help remediate problems that kids are having, that they can manage their classroom," Ball said.

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is William H. Payne Collegiate Chair, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and dean of the School of Education.

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