One hindrance to progress is the disproportionate focus on ranking individual teachers, rather than making comparisons within teacher education programs themselves, Wilson said. To conclude the lecture, Wilson said teacher education programs must renew their focus on instructing teachers in how to teach their students. Wilson said this theme is the “center” of all discourse regarding education reform, and it constantly raises questions about the relative level of equality in our educational system. Wilson said her biggest question regarding teacher education reform concerns the current status of the issue in terms of its larger historical context, asking whether or not we are at a “historical moment” in the history of education in America. Wilson spoke about three current themes in the dialogue about education reform: equity and equality, efficiency and effectiveness. Regarding equity and equality, Wilson said it is our nation’s duty to provide its children with equal educational opportunities. “This is the promise we made as a nation, as the world’s leading democracy, giving all of our children in our country an equal education,” she said. These improved programs, or “alternate routes,” are already in place in some school systems and include residency programs and other routes for people of color and male teachers to diversify the teaching work force, she said. According to Wilson, efficiency can be measured by a teacher’s “added value,” a new concept in education reform that refers to whether or not a student would be more successful in school based on the efficiency of his or her current teacher. Wilson equated the final theme of effectiveness to the “discourse of accountability.” Critics of the education system frequently point to the ineffectiveness of current teacher preparation methods, but Wilson said those critics should ask better questions and “fight for better programs.” “We haven’t spent enough time studying what it takes to help somebody learn something,” she said. In “Teacher Preparation in an Era of Reform,” Wilson discussed the essentials of teacher education, the current American position on this topic and the ways in which her research could impact teacher reform. In lieu of grading systems, Wilson suggested a new approach to teacher education reform based on the pragmatism of Frederick Taylor, encouraging leadership through practice rather than knowledge alone. With education reform emerging as a hot-button issue among the American public, Suzanne Wilson, university distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, outlined her research on developing measures for tracking learning in teacher education programs during a lecture at the Eck Visitor Center on Monday. “[My research] could be a revolution in how we think about teacher education problems,” she said. Wilson added she believes change in the educational reform for teachers is a positive one, but cited universities as being “extremely slow and getting in the way of change” in terms of teacher education reform. “We create standards. We create scoring rubrics. We rank ourselves. Everyone wants to be number one,” she said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.They pulled the man over and determined the car was not stolen. They then recovered a stereo taken from a car in the alley, he said. The suspect, whose name was withheld, was arrested and expected to booked on suspicion of theft, Wronkowski said. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. CANOGA PARK – Police in Canoga Park arrested a man early today moments after he broke into a vehicle and stole a stereo, police said. Shortly before 1 a.m., a security guard spotted the 37-year-old man attempting to pry into a car in an alley near De Soto Avenue and Kittridge Street and phoned police to say the man was stealing the vehicle, said Los Angeles police Officer Robert Wronkowski of the West Valley Station. Police went to the alley and found a man fitting the description in a black Toyota Corolla, Wronkowski said. The officers, thinking the car was stolen, followed the man out of the alley and onto De Soto Street, where he threw an item out his window, Wronkowski said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!