Panel Calls for Turning Teacher Education ‘Upside Down,’ Centering Curricula around Classroom-Ready Training

November 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm 3 comments

I’m trying to figure out from the press-release and the report what’s being removed or what’s currently on-top that’s going to be at-bottom in the new proposed model for teacher education.  I get that clinical practice is going to be put at the forefront.  What do they think is currently at the forefront, and where is that going to go?  I worry that the emphasis on practice will mean a de-emphasis on content.  Much of the discussion on this blog has centered on the need for teachers of CS-STEM to know CS-STEM.

A national expert panel composed of education experts and critics today called for teacher education to be “turned upside down” by revamping programs to place clinical practice at the center of teacher preparation. This new vision of preparation also will require the development of partnerships with school districts in which teacher education becomes a shared responsibility between P-12 schools and higher education.

Those and other sweeping recommendations are part of a report by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning, convened by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to improve student learning.

The new approaches will involve significant policy and procedural changes in both the state higher education and P-12 education systems and entail revamping longstanding policies and practices that are no longer suited to today’s needs. The changes called for will require state higher education officials, governors, and state P-12 commissioner leadership working together to remove policy barriers and create policy supports for the new vision of teacher education.

NCATE president James G. Cibulka talked about why NCATE convened the panel: “There are more students with greater learning needs than ever before; rigorous new standards for students with higher expectations for student achievement; and the need to turn around low-performing schools, to name just a few of the unsolved challenges present today. These unmet needs press education stakeholders at large to make bold, simultaneous systemic changes.”

via NCATE News & Press Releases – Panel Calls for Turning Teacher Education ‘Upside Down,’ Centering Curricula around Classroom-Ready Training and Increasing Oversight and Expectations.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Darrin Thompson  |  November 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Is this the “Teach Like a Champion” people?

  • 2. Gail  |  November 29, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    From what I’ve heard from my friends who are doing or have recently done teacher’s college here in Ontario (and my mom who’s been teaching for many years now), the 8 month program focuses largely on administrative-related things. Apparently they do see what the provincial requirements are, but don’t go deep into how to teach effectively. They all say that it’s the practicums that come the closest to teaching them this. Perhaps if learning about content and pedagogy could be more formalized in the context of the practicums (whatever that means in practice), it would be the best of both worlds.

    (*Note: Hopefully what I’m saying is accurate, but I haven’t done teacher’s college myself, so keep that in mind.)

  • 3. edReformer: Blue Ribbons and Teacher Prep  |  June 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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