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Progressive Teacher Education Conference: Defining, Sustaining, Transforming
November 17, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm ESTfree
Join other educators in conversations and presentations on the future of the field of teacher education. Presenters include educators from Sarah Lawrence College’s Art of Teaching Program, Bank Street College of Education, and Antioch University New England integrated learning teacher certification programs.
How can the field of progressive teacher education maintain its integrity in the evolving educational landscape of the 21st century? The primary goal of this conference is to bring together teacher educators, professional developers, school and district leaders, and education advocates who believe in progressive educational values and experiential methods for the education of pre-service teachers. At the conference, participants will participate in workshops presented by prominent and experienced leaders in the field of progressive teacher education. Participants will engage in conversations with colleagues about new challenges facing teacher education programs and consider progressive solutions for teacher education today. Key educators will form a panel to discuss the challenges facing progressive education in K-12 public schools and make suggestions for ways to prepare new teachers for these challenges. The keynote speaker, Vanessa Rodriguez, is an exciting new voice in the field of teacher education.
Progressive Teacher Education: Defining, Sustaining, and Transforming will offer an opportunity for teacher educators and school leaders to reconnect with their educational values, and to explore ways to continue to act from these values in the changing culture of American education.
Keynote: Developing Teacher Awareness, Vanessa Rodriguez
In this keynote, Vanessa Rodriguez will introduce five teacher awarenesses “awareness of self, awareness of teaching practice, awareness of interaction, awareness context, and awareness of learner” that are critical to successful teaching-learning interactions. Rodriguez advocates that these multiple awarenesses as essential to the development of teachers, and need to be an integral part of teacher education. She challenges purely behaviorist or child-centered approaches to teaching-learning interactions and calls upon teachers to look beyond their responses to learners and consider their personal and professional processes contributing to those responses.
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