Galluzzo Speaks at Capitol Hill Teacher Education Forum

Posted: November 5, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s programs addressing teacher quality and teacher shortages are one highlight of a forum, “Reforms and Challenges in Teacher Education Programs: Perspectives of Policymakers, College Presidents, and Practitioners,” held today on Capitol Hill.

The American Council on Education (ACE) Presidents’ Task Force on Teacher Education released a report, “To Touch the Future: Transforming the Way Teachers Are Taught,” that focuses on the impact of teacher quality on student achievement. At the forum, Patricia Maloney of the Center for Policy Analysis at ACE discusses findings and recommendations from the report, as well as the policy context in which higher education leaders have become involved in this critical issue. Gary Galluzzo, dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE), and Mary Futrell, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University, offer their perspectives on the challenges of reform in teacher education.

GSE has created two programs–a master’s program for practicing teachers who want to develop depth in a discipline and prepare for national board certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and a program that provides practicing, unlicensed teachers with the course work and content they need to meet Virginia’s regulations for licensed teachers.

George Washington’s initiatives focus on aligning teacher preparation programs with national standards, providing a support system for teachers seeking national certification, and using Professional Development Schools as learning communities.

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