TERI Update for the Week of January 18th, 2010
Welcome to the second installment of the TERI Update. We hope to use this regular (weekly and as needed) email communication as a way to keep all of us informed about works in progress, deliberations, decisions, and events related to the Teacher Education Redesign Initiative
Thank you to everyone who participated in the TERI retreat on Jan 14 and 15. About 60 people from the University of Minnesota and 5 metro area school districts including Brooklyn Center, East Metro Integration District, Forest Lake, Minneapolis, and White Bear Lake attended. Each licensure program area and current instructors of teacher education foundations courses were represented as were student services, clinical placement, and program assessment. Dean Quam and Susan Heegaard from the Bush Foundation joined us briefly to share their enthusiasm and commitment to this work.
We worked intensely for two straight days, taking up discussions of recruitment and admissions; curriculum and assessment; partnership development; and research around this work. Working groups developed ideas about program content and structure as well as recruitment and admissions procedures and then brought them to the larger group for discussion and questions. Building on the college initiative to integrate technology into our work and teaching in meaningful ways, we introduced an electronic working space for the task groups to use for ongoing development and networking. Feedback was collected electronically on working ideas and documents that are in process. Nothing is "published" yet, as ideas are still being shaped, so stay tuned ! We see this electronic platform as an important tool for including people in the planning and development phases of this work when they sit on different campuses and across different school districts. Feedback from the group suggests that we are off to a great start on collaborating on this development phase.
We came away with a vision of teacher education at the U that will provide an integrated experience (across course work, clinical work, and how we assess performance) for our candidates that will take up both the central practices and ideas of teaching and learning in schools. We also came away with a set of important questions to continue to discuss as we move forward. For example:
• Structurally, can we begin our licensure programs in spring semester instead of
• Do we have full buy-in among all partners to do more extensive school-based
• How do we become more intentional about the selection of school-based staff to
work with pre-service teachers?
• What reward structures are valuable for partner teachers? Clinical faculty?
• How do we honor non-traditional students in our recruitment and program design?
• Does "foundational knowledge" follow a development path?
• What will it really take to be a full Professional Development School?
• How do we involve other people as we move forward? Who is participating?
The focus of the Recruitment and Admission group included:
• What do we need to do to increase the avenues of entry for underrepresented
o from high ability undergraduate students?
o who are changing career?
• What are the barriers for targeted groups?
• What admission criteria provide evidence of success for candidates?
• What are we doing to be welcoming and have them stay?
• What program flexibility is there? Schedule of class times, use of hybrid classes
(online/in-person) of scheduling, how can we incorporate flexibility?
• Content standards from Board of Teaching are very specific and are related to why
there are so many prereqs and courses. How might we streamline and review for
Task groups will continue to work on these questions and designs during spring and summer 2010. We will be seeking input and participation from individuals and departments along the way.
Bush Foundation seeks Manager for the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative
The Bush Foundation is seeking to fill a full-time position of Manager for the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative on our Educational Achievement Team. This is a new position that will provide day-to-day management, research and data support to the Team.
The job description is posted on the Bush Foundation's website under About Us/People/Job Opportunities.
The Manager will have the key responsibilities of supporting the Educational Achievement Team by providing day-to-day management of the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative (TEI). The individual in this position will work closely with partner universities to ensure achievement of TEI objectives. He or she will be a part a critical member of the Educational Achievement Team. We are seeking someone with strong project management and analytical skills, is an effective communicator, and who has success at building quality relationships.
CEHD sponsors Policy Breakfast on Teacher Quality
Benchmarking teacher quality for policymakers in Minnesota
Convening a conversation with researchers, practitioners, and innovators
Friday, February 5, 2010
7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall
200 Oak Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Your participation is key to the process of decision making for policymakers who are focusing on teacher quality in Minnesota. Creating an informed understanding of the issues is the goal of this event. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 3.
Moderated by Professor Karen Seashore, the Robert Holmes Beck Chair of Ideas in Education and national education policy expert, a panel of select Minnesota experts will benchmark the issues for stakeholders and policymakers. Panelists include Mistilina Sato, the college's lead faculty authority and researcher in the redesign of teacher education; Valeria Silva, the new St. Paul schools superintendent; Peter Hutchinson, president of the Bush Foundation; Garnet Franklin, teacher specialist with Education Minnesota; Matt Kramer, executive director of Teach for America; and others. One challenge for this diverse group of experts will be to translate the information they present into policy recommendations for the audience.
7:30-8:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8:00-9:30 a.m. Panel Presentation
9:30-10:30 a.m. Audience questions and panel response
Reserved parking is provided at the University Ave. Ramp adjacent to the McNamara Alumni Center.The breakfast buffet and parking are complimentary. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to refer our invitation to a colleague. Registration will close on Wednesday, February 3, 2010.
For questions and assistance, please contact:
Laura Hagen, Office of Research and Policy
For more information about the CEHD Policy Breakfast Series, visit us online at http://www.cehd.umn.edu/Events/Policy/Breakfast/.