ECU’s Teacher Education Programs Take Center Stage at National Education Conference

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From left to right, Drs. Cuthrell and Bullock at the 2014 AACTE Conference in Indianapolis.

At the annual AACTE conference, ECU faculty led a Major Forum on Taking Charge of Change in teacher preparation and numerous other sessions.

The Major Forum, Taking Charge of Change in Educator Preparation: Reinvention, Reform, and Strengthened Collaboration, focused on highlighting how innovative programs are reforming their practice with an eye to improving PK-12 student achievement and experiences. Participants in the weekend discussion included Dr. Kristen CuthrellECU; Laurie Edmondson, Drury University; Mary Gendernalik-Cooper, University of Mary Washington; Roy Jones, Call Me Mister Program; Charles Peck, University of Washington Seattle.  Dr. Ann Bullock, ECU, joined the panel when another member was unable to attend due to inclement weather.

Drs. Cuthrell and Bullock shared ECU’s experiences implementing a model of piloting programmatic innovations and scaling them for impact at the program level, unit level and beyond.  Their remarks highlighted ECU developed innovations and curricula reforms including Video Grand Rounds and ISLES strategies from the Teaching Quality Partnership Grant, and innovations in use and development nationally, including Co-Teaching.

In addition to serving on the Major Forum panel, ECU faculty were well represented on the AACTE 2014 agenda including the following:

  • Learning from those who are living the change: Teacher candidates are talking; teacher educators need to listen.  An Interactive Dialogue led by Sharilyn Steadman, Ellen Dobson, and Diana Lys, ECU
  • Organizational Practices Supporting the Use of Data for Program Improvement in Teacher Education. A Symposium led by Cap Peck, University of Washington Seattle, and including Nancy Athanasiou, Alverno College; Desiree Pointer Mace, Alverno College; Tine Sloan, UC Santa Barbara; Diana Lys, ECU; Kristen Cuthrell, ECU; Sharilyn Steadman, ECU.
  • Examining the Impact of Early Field Experiences on Teacher Candidate Readiness. An Individual paper session led by Ellen Dobson, ECU.
  • Validation of a Video Grand Rounds Model for Enhancing the Clinical Observational Focus of Students Beginning a Teacher Education Program. An individual paper session led by Ann Bullock, Kristen Cuthrell, and Michael Vitale, ECU.
  • A New Model of Student Teaching: Co-Teaching 2:1. An individual paper session led by Anna Winn Beaman, Greene County Public Schools; Vivian Covington, ECU; Elizabeth Fogarty, ECU; Tammie Noble, Greene County Public Schools; Pat Peoples, Pitt County Public Schools; Judith Smith, ECU; Christina Tschida, ECU
  • Developing and Implementing Policies and Procedures for Local Evaluation of the EdTPA. An individual paper session led by Ellen Dobson, ECU; Mark L’Esperance, ECU; Diana Lys, ECU.
  • Linking Principal Preparation Experiences to Initial Licensure Elementary Experiences: Implementing a Change in Practica. A roundtable presentation led by Majorie Ringler, ECU; Joy Stapleton, ECU; Kristen Cuthrell, ECU.
  • Positive Gains: Instructional Coaches Coaching Interns. A roundtable presentation led by Judith Smith, ECU; Vivian Covington, ECU; Angela Greene, Pitt County Public Schools; Kristen Cuthrell, ECU; Krys Castro, Pitt County Public Schools; Gail Edmondson, Greene County Public Schools; Angie Gaddis, Pitt County Public Schools; Joy Stapleton, ECU.
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