Center Events: Speaker Series
Spellings Commission Report and Arthur Levine's study
Monday November 27, 2006,
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