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Case, Anny Fritzen; Traynor, John – AILACTE Journal, 2016
This paper describes several innovations to an early field experience emerging from a community, school, and university partnership focused on a middle school serving diverse students from low-income neighborhoods. With the primary goal of utilizing teaching candidates to provide direct academic, social, and instructional support to the middle…
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Middle School Students
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Bardsley, Mary Ellen; McGrath, Kathleen – AILACTE Journal, 2016
This article describes an alternative venue clinical experience that provides advanced literacy specialist candidates and preservice teacher candidates at a small liberal arts university context for advancing their roles and understanding of effective teaching. The article situates our conceptual and pedagogical understandings of teaching and…
Descriptors: Models, Preservice Teacher Education, Clinical Supervision (of Teachers), Specialists
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Scott, Jill; Scott, Bruce – AILACTE Journal, 2015
The needs of urban schools are the focus of educators. Of primary concern is the lack of qualified teachers who are prepared to meet the needs of learners in U.S. classrooms. One factor of policymakers' concern is the mismatch between the experiences and backgrounds of many teachers versus those of students they will teach. Preservice teachers…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Cultural Differences, Urban Schools, Teacher Education
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Lewis, Andrea; Taylor, Nicole – AILACTE Journal, 2015
It is widely recognized by state and national teacher accrediting agencies that there is the need for preservice teachers to have dynamic experiences in working with diverse student populations (i.e., English Language Learners, varying socioeconomic statuses, exceptionalities, different family structures) in order to appropriately address the…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Single Sex Colleges, Liberal Arts, Socioeconomic Status
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Willis, Dottie – AILACTE Journal, 2015
The author reflects on challenges faced by teacher educators when Kentucky's Educational Professional Standards Board mandated a new Co-Teaching model for all of the state's student teachers in 2013. This article analyzes the overwhelmingly positive responses of cooperating teachers and the experiences of teacher candidates (student teachers) with…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Team Teaching, Reflection, Program Implementation
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Adams, Susan R.; Mix, Elizabeth K. – AILACTE Journal, 2014
As pedagogy experts, teacher educators should lead the charge for improved teaching and learning, but are under-utilized pedagogy resources in liberal arts universities. In this paper, the collaborators, one a teacher education assistant professor and the other an associate professor of art history, identify critical friendship group approaches…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Educators, College Faculty, Teacher Collaboration
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Blackwell, Susan; Smiley, Azure Dee – AILACTE Journal, 2010
Religious, moral and/or ethical beliefs often drive the mission of independent colleges, and independent colleges educate students from racial and ethnic minorities almost the same as at four-year state institutions. The proportion of low- and middle-income students at private colleges and universities is almost the same as at four-year state…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Private Colleges, Teacher Educators, Equal Education
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Faith, Ellen S. – AILACTE Journal, 2009
Smaller institutions of higher education, such as those that comprise the AILACTE membership, prepare teacher and school leadership candidates to create vibrant learning communities in P-12 classrooms and schools, accomplished in part through well-structured and carefully mentored induction experiences. To optimize candidate and unit outcomes, new…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Teacher Educators, Professional Education, Teacher Education
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Houck, Bonnie; Lafon, Norann; McQuillan, Billie; Shefveland, Diane; Watson, Dwight C. – AILACTE Journal, 2009
A study group from the Quality Teacher Network in Reading (QTN/R) reviewed the achievement gap data between Black and White fourth-grade readers in Minnesota. From the results of the review, the study group developed a professional development series. The investigation helped the study group determine from a professional development standpoint how…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Literacy, Professional Development, Grade 4
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Wakefield, Dara – AILACTE Journal, 2007
Teachers, and those who prepare them, struggle to balance test-centered legislative mandates and conscientious professional practices. Increasingly, professional judgment may be at variance with federal testing guidelines. Present federal testing requirements, if strictly followed, will retain a significant number of students in grade resulting in…
Descriptors: Testing, Standardized Tests, Guidelines, Federal Regulation
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Beck, Terence A.; Kline, Christine; Ryken, Amy E.; Hamel, Fred L. – AILACTE Journal, 2004
Program accountability is increasingly important in teacher education. Yet, program accountability often implies reporting quantitative data in an easy-to-understand visual format. Such data can lack validity when numbers are small and they may confuse issues of candidate performance with candidate understanding. In this study, four teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Program Improvement, Focus Groups, Program Effectiveness