Dean Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson's Charge to the Task Force
The Education Profession is changing. The need for current teachers to update their practices is evolving at warp speed. Traditional practices of preparing teacher educators are being challenged and there is good reason to believe that changes are indeed necessary. Best practices of today are not best practices of yesteryears and the best practices of today will not be best practices in future years. Change is a constant, the new normal. Our teacher preparation programs need to be examined and updated. Let us envisage the future (to the year 2023) of this profession and, based on our present strengths, make changes that are consistent with current research and best practices as evidenced by exemplary programs.
Therefore the charge of the 2023 Teacher Preparation Task Force (2023 TPT) is to examine best practices in the initial preparation of educators who will work within the P-14 settings in the years 2014, 2017, 2023 and beyond. Further, we must maintain the highest quality and we must do it in efficient ways while reducing student debt and time to graduation.
This task force will examine research, trends and exemplary programs with a perspective toward the future and that meet international, national (AACTE, NCATE, TEAC, CAEP, ATE, NEA and other appropriate leadership groups), regional, state (MDE) and CMU mission priorities.
The 2023 TPT will examine the role CMU plays in developing future teachers as leaders and suggest seamless pathways that promote continuous professional development beyond initial preparation for entry into practice.
I recognize this is a demanding task and a formidable challenge but we have the expertise and the energy to meet these demands. To this end, the task force will have a budget to conduct this investigation. The task force has deadlines and meeting these deadlines is critical.
1. The 2023 TPT will present its recommendations to the CEHS dean/PEU head and the PEU leaders by Friday, February 14, 2014.
2. The 2023 TPT will present its findings in the form of a public forum, held Friday, February 21, 2014. All PEU faculty and staff, students and invested stakeholders will be invited to attend.
3. The 2023 TPT will make recommendations for curricular changes, for degree changes and/or for new degrees, programs and/or units.
4. The CEHS dean/PEU head will use these recommendations to establish an implementation taskforce to put these recommendations into action.