ERIC Number: ED399221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
What School Leaders Can Do To Help Change Teacher Education. AACTE Forum Series, Second Edition.
Clark, Richard W.
This booklet proposes four actions that school leaders, particularly school district superintendents, can take to promote simultaneous improvement of educator education and public schools. The proposed actions are that school leaders: (1) make preservice education a true priority; (2) cooperate in establishing partner schools that serve as professional development schools; (3) make professional development a high priority; and (4) work with various constituents to encourage bold curriculum and instruction innovations in preservice education and professional development. Particular steps may include collaborating with parents, administrators, teachers, community members, and higher education institutions to set policies and goals related to school district involvement in educating educators; actively participating in recruiting and selecting students for preservice teacher education; enrolling preservice students in cohorts and assuring that minority students are included in the cohorts; supporting substantive school/college collaboration; developing support among parents, unions, and policy-making bodies, such as school boards and legislatures; allocating funds and other resources to assist in improving the education of educators; creating centers of inquiry; and helping university faculty and administrators understand school culture. The recommendations included in this booklet were drawn, in part, from conversations with superintendents from some of the 16 settings in the National Network for Educational Renewal and from other districts. (IAH)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Leaders, Participative Decision Making, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Superintendents, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.