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Oct 21, 2013

Teacher preparation is changing

Over the last year major reports on educator preparation have been published by government entities, think tanks, teacher organizations, and higher education organizations. In Oregon, our Secretary of State issued a report last August that the legislature will follow up on in the next session.

PK12 educators hear everyday about changing requirements for educator assessment and accountability. In this blog post, I will briefly summarize some of the changes taking place in educator preparation and how Oregon is responding. 

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
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
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
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.

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