The 2012-2013 TeachingWorks streaming seminar series, the Teaching Teachers Roundtable, considered a central challenge of practice-focused teacher education–the problem of designing training that supports beginning teachers in enacting specific teaching practices.

Teacher education is often criticized for not preparing teachers adequately for classroom practice.  In response, a growing number of both higher education- and non-profit or district-based teacher preparation programs are implementing more practice-based approaches to teacher training.  These programs provide people who are learning to teach with multiple opportunities to study and practice specific tasks and activities of teaching, often in carefully designed classroom settings. Making teachers’ education more focused on practice will require many changes, from revised schedules to new methods for assessing the competence of novice teachers to new professional learning opportunities for those who are adopting this approach to teacher education.

The series focused on methods of training new teachers in three specific teaching high-leverage practices: leading a whole class discussion, using data to inform instruction, and implementing organizational routines, procedures, and strategies to support a learning environment. Each seminar included presentations from two or three teacher educators, each from a different program and all with expertise in practice-focused teacher education. Speakers discussed how they prepare new teachers to use the high-leverage practice in question, share video examples or other materials from their own work, and analyze the affordances and drawbacks of their methods. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions about each approach and discussed the similarities and differences across the methods that were shared in each roundtable.

November Seminar: Leading a whole class discussion

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
4:10pm - 6:00pm

  • Magdalene Lampert
    Senior Advisor, BPE
  • Jesse Solomon
    Executive Director, BPE
  • Julie Sloan
    Clinical Teacher Educator (English Language Arts), BPE
  • Lisa Barker
    Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, SUNY New Paltz

Magdalene Lampert, Jesse Solomon, and Julie Sloan from Boston Teacher Residency along with Lisa Barker from State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz discussed their organizations'  pedagogy and content to teach novice and pre-service teachers to lead a whole class discussion.

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January Seminar: Using data to inform instruction

Thursday, January 31, 2013
4:10pm - 6:00pm

  • Candice Bocala
    Summer Institute Co-Chair, DataWise Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Jennifer Green
    Co-Founder & Co-Director, Urban Teacher Center

Candice Bocala from the DataWise Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jennifer Green from the Urban Teacher Center will discuss how their organizations train teachers, both in-service and pre-service, to use data to inform instruction.

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