Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Details announced for “Preparing Teachers for Practice” strand at AACTE annual meeting

Tags: bain, ball, golden, instructional improvement, teacher education, teacher effectiveness, teacher quality

Scholars and practitioners will consider problems of change, improvement and coherence in education during the “Preparing Teachers for Practice” strand during the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Annual Meeting, February 23-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Mirage.

“Preparing Teachers for Practice” is in its fifth year as a collaboration between TeachingWorks and AACTE, to examine the challenges of preparing novice teachers for practice, and exploring potential solutions. It serves as a forum for sharing ideas and learning from organizations that are building practice-based teacher education. The theme of this year’s strand is “Taking Charge of Change in Teacher Education: Confronting the Problem of Coherence.”

According to Deborah Loewenberg Ball, director of TeachingWorks, and Research Specialist Simona Goldin, “We ask: Can we as the profession of teacher education stand up and take charge of change? What—if anything—would you argue should be common in teachers’ preparation across programs? Are there things that we can agree are crucial for any beginning teacher to be committed to and be able to do? Is there a way to reach some common professional ground in ways that are sensitive to contexts and respectful of difference? Is there a way to do this that does not silence or dominate diverse perspectives? What would you argue must vary, and why? Can such difference avoid exacerbating inequality?”

A highlight of the strand will be the “(How) Can the Profession Specify Standards of Practice for Entry to Teaching” forum, which will examine critical obstacles to change in teacher education. Panelists on the forum include:
• Deborah Loewenberg Ball, moderator,
• Sharon Feiman-Nemser of Brandeis University,
• Diana Hess of the University of Wisconsin,
• Leslie Fenwick of Howard University,
• Aida Molina of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
The forum will take place from 9:00-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, February 25 in The Mirage Events Center C-2-C3.

Several concurrent sessions have also been announced:
• “Disciplinary Knowledge for Teaching”—What knowledge do world history teachers need to teach at the secondary level? Tuesday, February 23, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Grand Ballroom E. Presenter: Bob Bain
• “What is the threshold for ‘effective’ classroom management?”—Naming and specifying best practices related to classroom management. Tuesday, February 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Grand Ballroom G. Presenter: Jeff Duncan-Andrade, San Francisco State University
• “Working with Families and Caregivers”—Essential common ground: Preparing beginning teachers to work with families and caregivers. Thursday, February 25, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Grand Ballroom D. Presenter: Karen Mapp, Harvard Graduate School of Education

For more information on the “Preparing Teachers for Practice” strand, click here. For information on the AACTE Annual Meeting, see the website.

Simona Goldin is Director of Instructional Design for Seminars and Special Programs; Editor, Working Papers

Bob Bain is Associate Professor, School of Education; Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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