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Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain Times

A CITED Conversation with Professor Carmen Mercado, Hunter College, City University of New York

This conversation begins by drawing comparisons between the principles of the new Teacher Education Program at Teachers College that are strikingly similar to those that guided Prof Carmen Mercado’s individual approach to teacher preparation over a 40-year trajectory:

  • “A deep commitment to meeting the needs of all learners by recognizing their capacities and challenges;
  • Preparing teachers to be deliberate and reflective decision-makers
  • Shaping quality teaching by focusing on content and community

Prof Mercado will share examples of how she brings these principles to life as we begin to explore how these principles are/may be enacted differently mindful of the range of differences that are included in context-specificity.

This CITED Conversation will explore how these principles may shape innovations in teacher education differently in different contexts, specifically in Teachers’ College new teacher education program.

Carmen Mercado

I was the last of two Latinx full Professors of Puerto Rican origin to retire from the Hunter College School of Education in 2011, a trajectory that began in 1969 as an elementary classroom teacher in a small community school, an experiment designed to address the neglected instructional needs of Spanish-Speaking American citizens born in Puerto Rican and African American children whose parents valued instruction in two languages. In 1977, I accepted a position as “curriculum specialist” in the new Bilingual Teacher Preparation Programs at Hunter College, and soon awarded a federal fellowship for doctoral studies in the new field of bilingual education. A Ph.D. in biliteracy and teaching experience, led to a full-time faculty position in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, where I approached teaching and research as a collaborative project that promoted reflective practice and built on resources of local communities, shaped by experiences as a child, as a student and as an educator as I describe in Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain Times: Connecting Communities of Practice in a Borderless World.

This event is free. Please register via our Eventbrite page.

Event Details

Date: December 11 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Venue: Columbia University
Address: 525 West 120th Street