ERIC Number: ED478818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Touching the Future: Final Report.
In 1999, the American Council on Education (ACE) published "To Touch the Future: Transforming the Way Teachers Are Taught," which laid a framework for college leaders engaged in reforming how their institutions educated future teachers. It examined the inadequate quality of K-12 schooling, fundamental responsibility of colleges to prepare schoolteachers, and need for decisive action by college presidents to achieve excellence in education. Research findings included: students' success depended primarily on teacher effectiveness; strong, effective teachers shared many common characteristics; and teachers were inadequately prepared to understand and apply technology. The report offered a 10-step action agenda for college presidents (e.g., take the lead in moving teacher education to the center of the institution's agenda, and strengthen inter-institutional transfer and recruitment). Since the report, the ACE has focused on raising awareness of and overcoming shortcomings in teacher education. After 2 years, the ACE concluded that action and change were most likely to occur when driven by committed, high level campus and system leaders who emphasized reform, and even under the guidance of effective leadership, but especially in its absence, the prospect of change faced pervasive inertia. The report and followup campaign resulted in many positive outcomes (e.g., the issue of teacher preparation was raised to a salient level among key stakeholders, and some states organized meetings to address relevant issues). (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, College Presidents, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies, Teaching Skills
ACE Fulfillment Service, Department 191, Washington, DC 20055-0191 (Item no. 309402). Tel: 301-632-6757 Fax: 301-843-0159; Web site: http://www.acenet.edu/bookstore. For full text: http://www.acenet.edu/bookstore/pdf/2002_touch_the_future.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.