Schools need great teachers because they play an important part in changing society for the better. Teachers consequently need powerful professional preparation, informed by the best research and evidence and underpinned by strong commitments to equity and social justice. We work with teacher educators – in schools, universities and elsewhere – to transform pre-service and continuing teacher education and development by both promoting and studying critical innovations in the field.
CITED (the Centre for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development) works with all those involved in teacher education and development wherever they work to improve the professional preparation and continuing development of school teachers, driven by the values and measured by the standards of equity and social justice. It is a unique partnership between two of the world’s leading research universities – King’s College London and Teachers College, Columbia University – that demonstrates both their commitments to making a difference in society.
- a joint education portfolio, from short courses to, eventually, a doctoral degree;
- a programme of funded research in the areas of teacher development; the preparation of teacher educators; transformative school-university-community partnerships; and system leadership committed to equity and social justice;
- knowledge exchange and professional development activities with a focus on critical innovation and change in practices;
- mobility of faculty and doctoral students between the two institutions to enhance research, teaching and enrich the faculty and student experience.
What do we mean by innovation?
Innovation is a contemporary buzzword, its meaning so often established in the discourses of technology and economic efficiency. But another meaning is possible – just as it has been historically. Five hundred years ago, innovation meant a radical departure from established doctrine; innovation meant a dangerously good idea.
We understand innovation as a creative contribution that leads to a change in practice that has value to society – so we understand innovation as a core responsibility in a societally significant practice such as education.
King’s College London, founded in 1828, is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and situated in the heart of London. Innovation is key to King’s Vision 2029 in demonstrating how we will continue to inspire future generations, through a rounded education, to be the critical thinkers, problem solvers and change-makers the world needs.
Teachers College, Columbia University, founded in 1887, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the world and rated consistently high in the top 10 such institutions (US News & World Report, 2019). In seeking to build a smarter, healthier and more equitable world from its historic location in New York City, Teachers College has valued innovation from its inception.
CITED was established through a Memorandum of Agreement between King’s College London and Teachers College, Columbia University in 2018.