Thursday, January 7, 2010

Teacher Prep: focusing on practice

By January 5 press release, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has:
announced the formation of an expert panel on clinical preparation and partnerships, signaling the beginning of a sea change in the preparation of the nation's teachers. The work of the Panel, called the NCATE Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation, Partnerships and Improved Student Learning, will culminate in recommendations for restructuring the preparation of teachers to reflect teaching as a practice-based profession akin to medicine, nursing, or clinical psychology. Practice-based professions require not only a solid academic base, but strong clinical components, a supported induction experience, and ongoing opportunities for learning.
That planned new intensity about teaching practice is:
This initiative thus looks like an important early 2010 step forward for the best ideas discussed here in 2009.

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate the work of the Committee though I'm not always in agreement.

    As school reform becomes a hot topic once again, I think that is important for the Committee to state the obvious: Not only must be teachers be held accountable in the classroom, so too must parents be held accountable at home.

    I think the research would back me up and prove that kids who receive failing grades aren't receiving them simply because of poor instruction. Rather, parents are not monitoring their child's study habits at home.


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