News from the crow’s nest

Jose, I am so glad you had a good experience with Jon Snyder and our Teaching 2030 colleagues Barnett Berry and Ariel Sacks in NY.  Your experiences at Bank Street encouraged me to make a connection between the future of education and our system of preparing teachers. Schools of teacher preparation are an important place […]

Jose,

I am so glad you had a good experience with Jon Snyder and our Teaching 2030 colleagues Barnett Berry and Ariel Sacks in NY.  Your experiences at Bank Street encouraged me to make a connection between the future of education and our system of preparing teachers. Schools of teacher preparation are an important place for us to talk about the future. In the past America has played a blame game with the quality of our educational system. As I have become more involved with the VCU school of education where I am completing  my doctorate I see that the ivory tower is not so much a tower as a crow’s nest on a ship that all of the educational field are on. Many professors of education, although decidedly not all, were previously practitioners from the field. Many teachers get that bug to contribute to a better educational system by preparing the next generation of teachers. The folks in the crow’s nest have some advantages to being removed from the fray on the deck. They have the time and place of mind to see farther than those of us batting down the hatches every time a new reform crashes across the deck. They can also see how the teachers they have prepared perform, especially in the heavy sees of high needs schools.

It is important that as teachers start to gain more equity of voice in the direction of education schools of teacher preparation are heard in those same policy discussions. In teacher prep schools research is being done to understand effective teaching. I will be participating in a panel discussion on Friday with the same Jon Snyder you met the other day. I am really looking forward to it. His recent paper with Ira Lit completed for NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education), titled Principles and Exemplars for Integrating Developmental Sciences Knowledge into Educator Preparation, is the center piece of a panel discussion in which I will participate. I will let you know how it goes.

John

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