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Major Forum Preview: Redesigning Elementary Preparation Programs

A major forum at AACTE’s 2014 Annual Meeting will feature efforts to redesign elementary preparation programs so that they are aligned with current PK-12 school expectations, provide deeper content engagement, and offer pedagogical practices with a greater impact.

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 young learners. Indeed, many preparation programs have struggled to produce coherent curriculum to effectively prepare teacher candidates for the early grades.

“It’s Not Elementary: Preparing Elementary School Educators” will bring together panelists to speak from their disciplinary perspectives of mathematics, writing, social studies, and science. The following panelists will participate:

  • Leslie Atkins, California State University-Chico
  • Deborah Loewenberg Ball, TeachingWorks and the University of Michigan
  • Tim Boerst, University of Michigan
  • Elizabeth Hinde, Arizona State University
  • Natalie Olinghouse, University of Connecticut

This major forum is part of the “Preparing Teachers for Practice” strand, a collaboration between AACTE and TeachingWorks that examines the challenges of preparing novice teachers for practice and explores potential solutions. Be sure to add this and other sessions of interest to your personalized schedule using AACTE’s new Event Planner.

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Mary Harrill

Senior Director, Higher Education Accreditation and Program Support National Association for the Education of Young Children