ERIC Number: ED461241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Proceedings of the National Symposium: Policy and Practice To Ensure High Quality Teachers for Children and Youth with Disabilities (Washington, DC, June 8-10, 2001). Executive Summary. Developing the Special Education Workforce.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Arlington, VA.
A national symposium on policy and practice in preparation of teachers for children and youth with disabilities focused on the alignment of three components of teacher preparation: professional teaching standards, licensure of beginning teachers of students with disabilities, and the state approval/accreditation processes for teacher preparation programs. Its goals were to help the 29 state teams attending the symposium to clarify the issues within each of these state-level components and support development of State Action Plans. Action Plans identify activities to be undertaken in a state to align state-adopted professional teaching standards with the procedures for approval/accreditation of teacher preparation programs and for teacher licensing. A report on the synthesis and analysis of state team pre-symposium planning surveys is followed by five conclusions of the symposium including: (1) states face serious challenges in communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing across stakeholder groups within their own states; and (2) there is a lack of common understandings across states and within state stakeholder groups about what professional standards are and how they relate to the alignment process. In addition, although states lacked clarity in their understanding of the alignment process before the symposium began, a more congruent understanding emerged by the end of the symposium. (DB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Special Education Teachers, Standards, Statewide Planning, Teacher Certification, Teamwork
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Suite 300, 1110 North Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22201-5704. Tel: 800-641-7824 (Toll Free); Fax: 703-264-1637; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.special-ed-careers.org/. For full text: http://www.special-ed-careers.org/pdf/executivesummary.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.; Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Arlington, VA.