During the 2014 AACTE Annual Meeting (March 1-3, 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana), the Preparing Teachers for Practice strand examined how programs prepare elementary school educators, the use of video in teacher education, the role of instructional planning, and how laboratory teaching supports specification.

The 2014 strand included the following major forum, concurrent sessions, and other events presented by expert teacher educators and researchers.

Major Forum: It's Not Elementary:  Preparing elementary school educators 
Preparing elementary school teachers can be challenging as they need to be well-versed in many subject areas and particularly attuned to the developmental needs of very young learners. Many programs have struggled, though, to produce coherent curriculum to effectively prepare candidates for the early grades.  This panel will examine efforts to redesign elementary preparation programs so that they are aligned with current P-12 school building expectations, provide deeper content engagement, and more impactful pedagogical practices.
Moderator: Deborah Loewenberg Ball (University of Michigan) Presenters: Leslie Atkins (California State University-Chico), Natalie Olinghouse (University of Connecticut), Elizabeth Hinde (Arizona State University), Tim Boerst (University of Michigan)

Rethinking the role(s) of instructional planning and the nature(s) of plans in teacher education 
Participants in this session will be asked to consider a range of purposes that instructional planning serves in teaching and in teacher education. Given those purposes, participants will reconsider the content and structures of the plans that novices are asked to develop and the planning routines teacher educators put in place to support teacher learning and improvement of practice. Examples drawn from a designed setting for teacher learning taking place in the context of a summer school program for 1st and 3rd grade students will illustrate learning to plan and planning to learn.
Presenters:  Tim Boerst (University of Michigan School of Education), Kristine Schutz (TeachingWorks, University of Michigan)

Articulating instruction: How laboratory teaching supports specification of mathematics teaching practice
In this session, learn about how TeachingWorks uses a summer laboratory teaching experience to further specify the work of teaching and learning mathematics in ways that enhance the teaching and learning of novice teachers.
Presenters:  Deborah Loewenberg Ball (TeachingWorks, University of Michigan), Nicole Garcia (TeachingWorks, University of Michigan), Meghan Shaughnessy (University of Michigan School of Education)

Representations of Practice:  Video collections and their use in teacher education
In this session, learn about how collections of video representations of practice (including TeachingWorks' video exemplars, the Measures of Effective Teaching-Extension collection [METX], and others housed at the University of Michigan’s School of Education Teaching & Learning Exploratory) were collected, how they can be accessed, and about features that support their use in teacher education.
Presenters:  Nicole Garcia (TeachingWorks, University of Michigan), Terri Ridenour (TeachingWorks, University of Michigan)

TeachingWorks and Educational Testing Service Reception 
Join TeachingWorks and Educational Testing Service (ETS) at a reception celebrating the third annual Preparing Teachers for Practice strand and introducing the Transforming Educator Licensure (TEL) project, focused on building new performance assessments for teacher licensure.