April 13, 4-6 pm | Ellison Campus Center
Teacher preparation is a critical and contentious issue in the worlds of educational research and practice, and politics and policy. In the U.S., the matter of how, when, where, and whom to prepare as teachers for the public schools, and who gets to decide, has been answered in various ways across time and space. Research on teaching and learning have informed the answers, but academic institutions, public opinion, and politics have played significant roles.
In their book, Teacher Preparation in the United States: History, Current Conditions, and Policy, Drs. Kelly Kolodny and Mary-Lou Breitborde, teacher educators in institutions that were among the earliest state normal schools, explore the effect of historical context—e.g., nation-building, economics, immigration, “hot” and “cold” wars, debates over “useful” knowledge, advances in pedagogy, and systemic inequities--that have affected the purpose, form and content of teacher preparation. Their presentation will include some under-told stories of teacher educators who persisted in the work in difficult and dangerous times, and a discussion of current conditions with recommendations for moving into the future.
Kelly Kolodny: Professor of Education at Framingham State University
Mary-Lou Breitborde: Emerita Professor of Education at Salem State University
Ellison Campus Center, North Campus
1 Meier Drive, Salem, MA 01970