In October Pam attended the National Future Farmers of America Convention.
During the event she spoke with pre-service agriculture education teachers about improving teacher education programs. The most frequently voiced comment was a request for additional “in the classroom” time before student teaching.
Last week the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education’s (NCATE) Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning released a report to identify best practices, policies, and learning strategies found in effective teacher education programs. In short, the panel reports that teacher education programs are due for a major overhaul. Naturally this report has stirred much debate in the education community, leading the Teacher Ambassador Fellows to ponder your collective thoughts on the following questions:
What are the components of a quality teacher education program that lead to the development of effective teachers? Did you receive the preparation necessary to become an effective teacher from your teacher education program?
Antero, Edit, Jemal, Jeff, Katie, Laurie, Leah, Linda, Lisa, Nick, Pam, Patrick, Tracey, Stephanie and Steve
Teaching Ambassador Fellows