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Faculty Discussion:

Spellings Commission Report and Arthur Levine's study "Educating Schoolteachers"


Monday November 27, 2006,
3:00-5:00
Room 133F

Two current major national reports bear directly on our work as a school of education. One is the "Spellings Commission report" on the future of higher education, the other is Arthur Levine's newly-released study of teacher education and ed schools, "Educating Schoolteachers" (which follows on a similar report about the education of school administrators). Each report is severely critical of the work of higher education and the work of colleges of education. While each report says important things with which we need to engage as teacher educators, higher education faculty, and scholars, each report also misses important points.

Although these reports may make many people defensive, they can also be seen as creating enormous opportunity for a college of education to have a discussion about its mission, identity, and values. In light of this opportunity, The Center for the Scholarship of Teaching would like to invite you to join a discussion of these reports. We invite faculty and doctoral students interested in discussing both the content of the reports and how we might use such reports to inform our own thinking, practice, programs, and research gather for a discussion.

The discussion, to be moderated by Mary Juzwik and Peter Youngs, will open with brief comments from Professor James Minor, Professor Suzanne Wilson, and Marisa Cannata. Dean Carole Ames will briefly respond to these comments, after which an open discussion among audience and panelists will ensue.

For those of you who have not yet had a chance to read the reports, they can be found at http://www.edschools.org/teacher_report.htm and http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/index.html

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