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Register for Webinar Focused on the Role of Deans in Leading Teacher Preparation Reform

AACTE and CEEDAR (Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform) Center are partnering together to present a webinar centered on a special issue brief, Leading and Engaging Faculty in Teacher Preparation Reform: The Role of Deans. The issue brief summarizes the experiences in leadership of six current and former deans who have been identified as engaging in successful collaborative reform efforts within their colleges.

During the one-hour event, Mary Brownwell will talk with Marquita Grenot-Scheyer and Kandi Hill-Clarke about the issue brief and their experiences of cultivating collaboration and supporting innovation among general and special education faculty who share responsibility to support students in diverse and inclusive classrooms. Since few resources exist to support deans in their efforts to work with faculty to engage in this work, AACTE and CEEDAR believe the experiences of these leaders will be useful to other deans as they work toward similar outcomes.

Register for the webinar, which will take place December 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (ET). Learn more about the panelists:

Mary BrownellMary Brownell:

Mary Brownwell is distinguished professor of special education at the University of Florida. Brownell has expertise teacher education, teacher quality, and teacher collaboration. Currently, she is director of the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center. Brownell has secured multiple grants from the U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DOE), totaling more than $64 million, focusing on students with learning disabilities, beginning special education teacher quality, special education teacher attrition, professional development for multi-tiered systems of support, Reading First coaching, and teacher education. She has published widely and won multiple awards for her work, including the TED Pearson Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, the Division for Research Hallahan and Kauffman Distinguished Researcher Award, the Division for Learning Disabilities Jeannette Fleischner Career Leadership Award, the AACTE David Imig Teacher Achievement Award for lifetime achievement in teacher education.

Marquita Grenot-ScheyerMarquita Grenot-Scheyer

Marquita Grenot-Scheyer serves as assistant vice chancellor, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs, for the California State University (CSU), Office of the Chancellor. She is responsible for leading, coordinating, and facilitating system wide efforts to recruit, prepare, and retain teachers, counselors, and school leaders for schools and communities. Grenot-Scheyer represents the CSU at state and federal levels, providing policy and practice recommendations to ensure high quality educator preparation programs. Prior to this appointment, she served as dean of the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach. Grenot-Scheyer serves on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), the WestEd board, and was recently appointed (2018) to the AACTE Board of Directors. 

Kandi Hill-ClarkeKandi Hill-Clarke

Hill-Clarke serves as the dean of the College of Education at the University of Memphis. In her role as dean, Hill-Clarke serves on the University Strategic Planning Committee, Institutional Effectiveness Council, the Tennessee Department of Education Task Force on Educator Preparation, and an Advisory Committee Member for the 2018 gubernatorial debate hosted by Leadership Tennessee.

Prior to joining the University of Memphis in January 2017, Hill-Clarke served as dean of the College of Education at Indiana State University where she implemented and established a host of new programs and initiatives, including, the Bayh College of Education Scholars to Teachers Program (BEST), the Adams Endowed Professorship, the MBA in Educational Leadership and the Diversity, Inclusion and Global Engagement Taskforce.

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