Speaker: Deborah Loewenberg Ball, University of Michigan
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This presentation was a part of "Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness," a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA's 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.
America’s teaching corps has become the focus of intense reform activity in recent years. A single, but by no means simple, question sits at the center of much of this work: How can we transform teaching into a prestigious profession? In this special plenary session, a succession of expert speakers delivers succinct talks over the course of the morning on various aspects of this critical topic.
The December 3, 2015 seminar featured Carla Zembal-Saul, Kahn Endowed Professor in STEM Education at the Pennsylvania State University. Zembal-Saul will spoke on the topic of subject matter knowledge for science teachers. In this talk she considers what knowledge science teachers need in order to teach–what disciplinary knowledge science teachers should know, and how we would decide whether novice teachers know this threshold level of content knowledge for teaching. She also proposed what it would take to generate agreement about this threshold across programs and contexts.
Our November 4, 2015 seminar featured Etta Hollins, Ewing Marion Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Chair for Urban Teacher Education at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. Hollins addressed the following key questions: What would you argue should be common in TE, and what professional infrastructure is necessary to integrate this agreement coherently and consistently across the profession of teacher education? What would you argue must vary, and why? Will such variation improve equity or could it exacerbate inequality? Hollins also provided an overview of this year’s seminar series, and will help participants begin collective work on the fundamental question of what should be common and what should be specific. Hollins has helped us understand how we can work together to form a professional “we” that respects and embraces diversity of perspective and purpose, as well as the key importance of context, and yet also agrees – as a profession – on some essential common ground.
Seminar features Kevin Huffman, independent consultant and former Commissioner of Education of the State of Tennessee, Michael Feuer, dean of the Graduate School of Education at the George Washington University, and Jeanne Burns, Associate Commissioner of Teacher and Leadership Initiatives for the State of Louisiana. Dean Feuer will moderate a discussion with Associate Commissioner Burns and former Commissioner Huffman on the state context for issues of teacher preparation accountability and the work that they have undertaken in Louisiana and Tennessee on teacher effectiveness.