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Teaching Teachers: Changing Paths and Enduring Debates

Join us for a CITED Conversation & Colloquium in History and Education (co-sponsored by the Teachers College History and Education Program): Teaching Teachers: Changing Paths and Enduring Debates, with Dr. James W. Fraser, Professor of History and Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, and Lauren Lefty, doctoral candidate in the History of Education focusing education policy and activism across the Americas, Latinx education, and global history.

In this conversation Dr. Fraser and Lauren Lefty will focus on the research findings of their new book, Teaching Teachers: Changing Paths and Enduring Debates.

In the book, Fraser and Lefty explain how, beginning in 1986, an extraordinary range of new teaching programs emerged, most of which moved teacher education out of universities. In some school districts and charter schools, superintendents started their own teacher preparation programs—sometimes in conjunction with universities, sometimes not. Other teacher educators designed blended programs, creating collaboration between university teacher education programs and other parts of the university, linking with school districts and independent providers, and creating a range of novel options.

Fraser and Lefty argue that three factors help explain this dramatic shift in how teachers are trained: an ethos that market forces were the solution to social problems; long-term dissatisfaction with the inadequacies of university-based teacher education; and the frustration of school superintendents with teachers themselves, who can seem both underprepared and too quick to challenge established policy. Surveying which programs are effective and which are not, this book also examines the impact of for-profit teacher training in the classroom. Casting light on the historical and social forces that led to the sea change in the ways American teachers are prepared, Teaching Teachers is a substantial and unbiased history of a controversial topic.

The event will be held on Russell Hall, Room 306 (located on the 3rd floor of TC’s Library).

Registration is FREE, but tickets are required (and limited)!

Event Details

Date: March 26 @ 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Time: 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
Venue: Columbia University
Organizer Name: CITED US
Address: 525 West 120th Street