Our network chose teacher preparation as one of its three policy topics for 2013-2014. The Teacher Prep Policy Team will meet weekly from mid September - late October to research the effectiveness of different programs and develop policy recommendations to improve teacher preparation.
This October, the policy team is leading a panel discussion on teacher preparation. All teachers are welcome to join and submit their questions for our guests.
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The panelists represent a range of preparation pathways:
Marisa Bier - Program Director, Seattle Teacher Residency
Marisa has been leading STR since the launch of the implementation phase in July, 2012. Responsibilities include managing program implementation consistent with the timeline; coordinating with numerous stakeholders including project partners (SPS, UW and SEA) and numerous committees/work groups (e.g., governing body, design team, curriculum committee, advisory council); supervising staff; monitoring residents’ progress; tracking data; recommending course corrections; managing program evaluation; and participating in resource development and budgeting. Dr. Bier received her doctorate degree from the UW College of Education with a concentration in Teacher Education (focused on professional learning and partnerships). Prior to starting her doctoral program, she taught Special Education for 9 years in New Jersey. After earning her Ph.D, she worked at the COE where she was Program Coordinator for the Secondary Teacher Education Program for 3 years.
Lindsay Hill - Executive Director, Teach For America Washington
Lindsay began her career as a 2005 Teach For America corps member in New York. In her fourth grade classroom, she led her students to advance more than two grade levels in math and in reading. She later served as a manager, teacher leadership development on Teach For America's New York regional staff and a director of training and support for the "I Have A Dream" Foundation. Lindsay holds a master's degree in teaching from Pace University and a joint bachelor of arts degree in Public Policy and Sociology from Pomona College. She is the founding executive director of Teach For America - Washington.
Elham Kazemi - Associate Dean of Professional Learning & Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Washington
Elham is currently involved in several efforts to redesign teacher preparation and professional development for elementary teachers so that their instructional practices advance students' learning and positive engagement with mathematics. Eliciting, responding to, and advancing children's thinking in mathematics lies at the core of her work with teachers and leaders. She studies how strong professional communities develop in schools and how schools can be organized for meaningful learning opportunities for teachers and students.
Jeff Wilson - Project Director, Performance Management Group, TNTP
Jeff leads project teams in developing and implementing talent management solutions that help districts and states ensure that all students have effective teachers. He is currently working on the design and implementation of a new evaluation system for New York City teachers, and has previously worked on design and policy projects for clients in Denver, New Haven, Houston, Washington, D.C., and Washington state, among others. Jeff co-led the development of The School Leader’s Toolbox, an online resource bank of best practices in school-level talent management. Prior to joining TNTP, Jeff served as Manager for New School Programs for the Renaissance Schools Fund (RSF), working to launch new schools as a part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Renaissance 2010 initiative. His career in education started as a Teach For America corps member in the New Orleans Public Schools and as a teacher in the in the Chicago Public Schools. Jeff holds a BA in economics and French from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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210 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98134
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