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Description & Application Process
Certificate in Practice-Based Approaches to Methods Instruction in Teacher Education
Begins Fall 2022
Overview and invitation
TeachingWorks, led by Deborah Loewenberg Ball, is an organization at the University of Michigan dedicated to ensuring that all children have skillful teachers who are committed to and able to support their growth. We have a particular focus on promoting equity and social justice through teaching. TeachingWorks is staffed by experienced teacher educators with special expertise in practice-based teacher education. We currently support improvement networks and fellowships in practice-based teacher education in California, Maryland, Michigan, and Minnesota, and we provide shorter-term support and partnership in many other forms to teacher educators in more than 20 states.
We are excited to invite applications for the second cohort of our certificate in practice-based approaches to methods instruction in teacher education, designed for content methods course instructors in teacher education programs. In this one-of-a-kind, year-long learning sequence, teacher educators will develop and demonstrate their competency in core pedagogies of practice-based teacher education, including selecting and using video, focusing teacher preparation on high-leverage practices, and attending to issues of justice and equity through teacher education. The sequence combines three in-person events with virtual coaching and webinars.
The application period is December 1, 2021 – March 15, 2022. Informational webinars will be offered on December 6, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. EST and January 21, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. EST (register here). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and all applicants will be notified of their acceptance by May 18, 2022.
The learning sequence for the certificate is designed for content methods course instructors in teacher education programs. We seek enthusiastic and committed applicants who have the time and the inclination to work together and with TeachingWorks to try out and develop independent competency with new approaches to teacher education in their methods courses. Prior knowledge of or experience in practice-based teacher education or in intertwining attention to social justice inside of methods courses or a willingness to attend a set of learning experiences in Spring/Summer 2022 is required .
Certificate sequence resources and expectations
Participants will be expected to engage in all of the elements of the learning sequence detailed below. In order to earn the certificate, participants will need to do the following:
The cost of the program is $10,000 per person, payable in 3 installments. We know that this may be a significant cost for individual participants, and are hopeful that we can partner with individual teacher educators to identify funds to support their learning. If you are interested in participating, we encourage you to try to identify funding sources at your institution, and we would be happy to support you in pitching the project to funders in your area. We also offer a discounted rate for cohorts from the same institution.
There is a limited number of scholarships for teacher educators in Texas and California. If you are in Texas or California, you will be prompted to complete the scholarship application.
TeachingWorks is interested in collaborating with philanthropic organizations to provide additional scholarships and ensure participation for specific groups of teacher educators. If you or your organization is interested in providing scholarships to teacher educators in your area, or from a particular university or teacher preparation program, please contact Monique Cherry-McDaniel (email@example.com).
How to apply
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 15. 2022/. Detailed application instructions are below, and the application form is here. Some applicants might be accepted without an interview; others will be asked to participate in a short, informational interview using Zoom, with members of the TeachingWorks staff. In the interview, we will ask questions based on the materials submitted in the written portion of the application; the primary purpose will be to better understand a candidate’s fit with the program. Final decisions will be made and applicants notified of those decisions by by May 2022..
Please note: Submit your application through this online form. For your convenience and planning, below is a list of the questions that you will find in the online application form.
General information questions:
Short answer questions (no more than 1-2 paragraphs each):
Letters of support
For more information
To learn more about TeachingWorks, visit teachingworks.org. To see examples of our teacher education curriculum resources, visit library.teachingworks.org. If you would like to talk more with us about the program, join a webinar (register here) or contact Monique Cherry-McDaniel at firstname.lastname@example.org
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