Symposium #2: Best Practices in Teacher Preparation
The initial symposium identified preparation of Alaska's future teachers as key to improving student learning. To further explore the status of teacher preparation in Alaska, a broad group of nearly 60 stakeholders re-convened in Anchorage to explore the importance and quality of teacher preparation programs.
Click here to view opening comments.
Three presentations informed the discussion:
- Dan Goldhaber, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Education Data and Research, on using student outcomes to assess teacher preparation;
- Kate Walsh, President of the National Council on Teacher Quality, on the effectiveness of teacher prep programs in the United States; and
- Cap Peck, Ph.D., Professor, College of Education, University of Washington, on evidence and action--motivating and sustaining teacher education program improvement.
The day ended with a panel consisting of the deans from the University of Alaska's college and schools of education in which they were asked to reflect on the day's discussion and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Panel participants were:
- Heather Ryan, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education, University of Alaska Anchorage
- Deb Lo, Ph.D., Dean, School of Education, University of Alaska Southeast
- Allan Morotti, Ph.D., Dean, School of Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Click here to view video of panel discussion
Click here for agenda packet. EMI currently is preparing a report on the proceedings as well as deciding next steps based on the comments of presenters and participants.
Side Note: Additional Background Information
Dr. Diane Hirshberg, Director of ISER's Center for Alaska Education Policy Research, also recommended the following reports for additional background information:
- Why Aren't They Teaching? (January 2013)
- Alaska Teacher Turnover, Supply, and Demand (2013 Highlights)
- Alaska's University for Alaska's Schools (2014 Update)