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    Preparing Teachers for Practice at AACTE’s Annual Meeting

    This post also appears on the AACTE Annual Meeting site.

    AACTE and TeachingWorks are collaborating on a strand of sessions at the 66th Annual Meeting that will examine the challenges of preparing novice teachers for practice and explore potential solutions. This strand will provide a forum for sharing ideas and learning from programs that are taking on the challenges of building practice-based teacher education. It will also address implications of the Common Core State Standards for teacher preparation.

    Major Forum – It’s Not Elementary: Preparing Elementary School Educators

    Monday, March 3, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    Preparing elementary school teachers can be challenging, as they need to be well-versed in many subject areas and particularly attuned to the developmental needs of very young learners. Many programs have struggled, though, to produce coherent curriculum to effectively prepare candidates for the early grades. This panel examines efforts to redesign elementary preparation programs so that they are aligned with current PK-12 school expectations and provide deeper content engagement and more impactful pedagogical practices.

    Presenters: Leslie Atkins, California State University Chico; Deborah Ball and Timothy Boerst, University of Michigan; Elizabeth Hinde, Arizona State University; Natalie Olinghouse, University of Connecticut

    Rethinking the Role(s) of Instructional Planning and the Nature(s) of Plans in Teacher Education

    Saturday, March 1, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

    Participants will consider the content and structures of the instructional plans that novices develop and the planning routines teacher educators put in place to support teacher learning and improvement of practice.

    Presenters: Timothy Boerst and Kristine Schutz, University of Michigan

    Articulating Instruction: How Laboratory Teaching Supports Specification of Mathematics Teaching Practice

    Sunday, March 2, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

    Learn how TeachingWorks uses a summer laboratory teaching experience to further specify the work of teaching and learning mathematics in ways that enhance the teaching and learning of novice teachers.

    Presenters: Deborah Ball, Nicole Garcia, and Meghan Shaughnessy, University of Michgian

    Representations of Practice: Video Collections and Their Use in Teacher Education

    Sunday, March 2, 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

    Learn how to access video collections in the University of Michigan’s School of Education Teaching & Learning Exploratory—including TeachingWorks’ exemplars and the Measures of Effective Teaching-Extension collection—to support their use in teacher education.

    Presenters: Nicole Garcia and Terri Ridenour, University of Michigan

    You can add these exciting sessions to your itinerary for the Annual Meeting using AACTE’s Event Planner. While you’re there, sort through the almost 300 other sessions by title, subject, or even presenters’ first names. Save the sessions you want to a printable itinerary, or export them to Outlook.

    Still need to register for the conference? Click through to Events Registration to secure your spot today. After February 3, the registration fee increases by $30—so act now to save!

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