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Sep 17, 2012

Building social capital among teachers

Professional learning communities in schools, when run well, can profoundly enhance social capital and, thus student achievement. At PSU we are working with our P-12 school partners and other universities in the Metro area to find ways to build social capital among teacher candidates, P-12 teachers and administrators, and university faculty.

  • Teacher Preparation
Dec 19, 2012

Improving teacher preparation

Educators throughout the nation and state are strengthening the profession by recruiting a more diverse and talented pool of candidates, improving preparation, and improving ongoing support for teaching and learning. We seek a more seamless, efficient and effective system. In this blog post I will specifically address two ways we are improving teacher preparation.

  • Teacher Preparation
Feb 19, 2013

Myths about educator preparation programs

One of the great challenges in our field is how to address the many myths that exist about schools and the teaching profession. I still hear it frequently stated that a physician from the 19th century would be totally lost in an operating room today, but a teacher from the same century would be quite at home in today’s classrooms.

  • Teacher Preparation
Jun 4, 2013

Myths About Educator Preparation Programs Part II

It is true that methods classes include discussions of theory and research and in that sense may seem abstract. However, a good understanding of theory and research provides the foundation for meaningful classroom observation and reflection.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Educator Workforce
Aug 7, 2013

Can the teaching profession be trusted?

I asked this question in a 2008 article I wrote for Phi Delta Kappan. Part of my response to the question was that “if the teaching profession is ever to be trusted to manage its professional affairs, we must unite around principles and standards that will serve students and the community well.”

  • Teacher Preparation