Highlights of the 12th TEAC Annual Meeting and TEAC-sponsored sessions at AACTE
The 2011 TEAC Annual Meeting was held on February 23, 2011, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, in conjunction with the AACTE annual meeting.
The day began as TEAC and NCATE held a joint opening session on the newly-formed Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and on CAEP’s Accreditation Options. TEAC president Frank Murray and NCATE president Jim Cibulka provided an overview of CAEP [Introduction to CAEP]; Donna Gollnick and Mark LaCelle-Peterson described the four pathways to accreditation within CAEP [CAEP Pathways to Accreditation]. PowerPoint presentations included the Continuous Improvement Option in CAEP, the Transformation Initiative Option in CAEP, and the TEAC pathways for CAEP.
Following a brief business meeting, the 2011 TEAC Annual Meeting featured Dr. Mari Pearlman, founder and president of Pearlman Education Group, who focused her remarks on the question How Do You Know? and challenged the audience through an engaging and provocative address not only to think about claims it makes about teacher preparation and the evidence it has to support those claims, but to take the lead in presenting evidence of quality teacher preparation to the public.
CAEP President Jim Cibulka offered welcoming remarks to TEAC members and discussed the goals of the new Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation in a question-and-answer format.
Ruth Pagery, Assistant Dean for Professional Studies, University at Albany, brought the session themes together by describing Strategies for Maintaining the Integrity of the TEAC Process — both within CAEP and as a program prepares for continuing accreditation.
In addition to its Annual Meeting, TEAC sponsored three sessions during the 2011 AACTE conference.
Learning How to Learn through Field-based Collaboration featured Northern Michigan University and its partnership between university faculty, K-12 educators, and pre-service teachers in creating a developmental approach to teacher education and offered participants the opportunity to discuss strategies for applying similar Field-Based Collaboration principles to their own programs.
“The Green Room:” Setting Up a Completely Web-based Evidence Room for Your Audit provided an overview of how the University of Michigan and Tulane University prepared for their audits by making their evidence completely accessible on-line in what they termed The Green Room.
Building a Consortium of Schools into One “Program,” or How a Consortium of Schools Builds a Teacher highlighted to work of two institutions — Davis and Elkins University (WV) and Washington and Lee University (VA) — in their collaborations with others to improve opportunities for their students. The Rockbridge Teacher Education Consortium is a partnership of four Virginia institutions (two TEAC members) to share in the preparation of future teachers.