Teacher Preparation Design Teams Review Progress
Pat Hoffman, director of teacher preparation and professional development at UW-Parkside, knows that the work of campus and community members is key to the success of the university's new program.
"The work we're doing is an exciting journey," Hoffman told members of the design teams Thursday night. "We're asking the institution to think differently about teacher preparation and professional development."
Members of the nine design teams met to review and discuss the work each has accomplished thus far.
UW-Parkside Provost Terry Brown pointed to the importance of collaboration in the planning process. "We're creating something entirely new," she said. "I believe it is possible to create great teachers through collaboration. This is an example of the kind of work we need to do if we are going to thrive."
Brown also shared a portion of Governor Scott Walker's announcement Thursday regarding proposed education legislation, the result of an education task force. Part of the legislation may include strengthening teacher licensure requirements and guidelines for teacher preparation.
"I would love to shine the light on the work we are doing here," Brown said.
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As the teacher preparation and professional development planning process moves forward, the design teams will evolve into work groups charged with specific tasks. A community-wide progress report is scheduled in May. A similar event was held in May 2011.