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Trends in Teacher Certification and Literacy : Literacy partnerships in education

by Shirley Lefever-Davis , Mary Heller

In the early 1990s , as the United States was looking ahead to a new century , a group of educators , legislators , and business professionals formed the National Commission on Teaching and America ‘s Future . Their charge was to contemplate how best to meet changing societal needs Convinced that the single most important factor in preparing for the future was a high-quality educational system , the commission began with a clear goal : By 2006 , all students in the United [banner_entry_middle]

States would have access to competent , caring , and qualified teachers (National Commission on Teaching and America ‘s Future , 1996 . Among the recommendations from the commission was the call to reinvent teacher preparation and professional development . More specifically , the group described professional development schools (PDSs ) as places where schools and universities collaborate to engage in simultaneous renewal . Thus , the professional development school movement began to emerge

Across the United States , a growing number of higher education institutions and local public school districts have formed school-university partnerships to improve teacher preparation and public school student achievement . These partnerships , or professional development schools , aspire to improve education for all levels of students by (a ) providing real-world field experiences for preservice teachers (b ) supporting a site for professional development for inservice teachers , and (c ) promoting authentic contexts for research regarding teaching and learning (Levine , 2001 . The PDS model has redefined the traditional roles of schools and universities . Now more than ever , the responsibility for student achievement is shared by all PDS participants , as universities and public schools work together toward quality preparation of preservice teachers . As a result of this influential trend toward reform in teacher education , the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE ) recently outlined five standards (Levine , 2001 ) for professional development schools These standards highlight concepts that are critical to the preparation of teachers of literacy

1 . The PDS is situated in a learning community that supports integrated learning and inquiry-based practice

2 . PDS partners are accountable and provide quality assurance to the public for upholding standards for teaching and learning

3 . Through collaboration , partners and partner institutions work toward interdependent practice that fulfills the mission of the PDS

4 . PDS partners and candidates address diversity and equity through clear demonstration of the knowledge , skills , and dispositions that result in learning for all students

5 . The PDS partnership uses its resources to articulate its roles and mission , while establishing governing structures that support learning and development among students , candidates , faculty , and other professionals

In 1999 , Kansas State University (KSU ) in Manhattan , Kansas participated in a self-study of its professional development school model the results became a part of the NCATE PDS standards document (1998 . The following is a brief of the KSU professional development school model and its potential impact on literacy development among K-12 students

The Kansas State University professional development school partnership strives to prepare knowledgeable , ethical , caring decision makers for the diverse world in which… [banner_entry_footer]

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