Cato College shattering silos to reimagine teacher prep

While Cato College of Education students enjoy summer break, for the second year in a row, the college and education stakeholders from across the region are working to reimagine the way those students are molded into effective teachers. Drawing 75 participants, the three-day 2018 Teacher Education Institute continued to develop a shared understanding of critical teaching practices for teacher-candidates.

UNC Charlotte faculty and clinical educators (the K-12 teachers who host education students) spent much of the daylong sessions developing their skills coaching future teachers in three key areas: facilitating whole group discussion, setting up and managing small group work and eliciting and interpreting student thinking.

“This work allows us to collaborate on the same playing field to discuss, practice and reflect on best practices to support our student-candidates. We all have the same end goal in mind: to create and support effective new teachers that stay in this profession,” said Debra Diegmann, student teaching supervisor at the Cato College of Education, who co-led Teacher Education Institute 2018 (TEI 18).

The institutes have been planned and facilitated in close collaboration with Deans for Impact, a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve student-learning outcomes by changing the way America prepares its teachers. Cato College of Education Dean Ellen McIntyre is a member of the organization.

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Originally published July 9, 2018. Written by Wills Citty. 

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