ERIC Number: ED457146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
To Create a Profession: Supporting Teachers as Professionals. A Report of the AASCU Task Force on Professional Development for Teachers.
Lewis, Anne, Ed.
This report examines the need for ongoing support of teachers as professionals, offering concrete steps that presidents or chancellors can take to improve their programs. It highlights: "A Call for Action"; "What Can University Presidents Do To Best Assure a Competent, Caring and Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom?"; "Why Focus on Professional Development?"; "Why Should Presidents Care about Teacher Education?"; "A Final Word about This Report"; "Some Thoughts about Our Premises"; "Three Premises of Professional Development"; "Three Premises about Universities and Teacher Education"; "Professional Development for Teachers"; "Our Vision"; "Beliefs about Professional Development for Teachers"; "Tools for Constructive Engagement" (leadership in the community, leadership on campus, and systemic analysis); "Induction"; "Graduate Degrees"; "Professional Growth"; "Conclusion" (high quality professional development is essential; university presidents must take an active role, and leadership is critical); and "Summary and Recommendations." (This last section asserts the following: presidents strongly support policies and practices that ensure all teachers are certified to teach the subjects they are assigned; presidents use on-campus and community opportunities to discuss quality teacher education and professional development; they examine the reward structures at their institutions; they conduct an inventory of current practice; and universities conduct an inventory of Master's programs and of professional development activities for P-12 teachers. (Contains 22 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, College Presidents, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Leadership, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Improvement
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 1307 New York Avenue, NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20005-4701. Tel: 202-293-7070; Fax: 202-296-5819; Web site: http://www.aascu.org. For full text: http://www.aascu.org/resources/to_teach.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Commission on Teaching & America's Future, New York, NY.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.