CEOs Issue Challenge to Higher Education

Posted: January 11, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Business and education leaders, citing the workforce needs of the 21st-century economy, yesterday challenged colleges of education to assess their ability to equip teachers with technology training within the next six months, and to ensure all new teachers have adequate technology skills by 2001.

John Hendricks, founder, chairman, and CEO of Discovery Communications, Inc., and co-chair of the CEO Forum on Education & Technology; Anne Bryant, executive director of the National School Boards Association; and Gary Galluzzo, dean of the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University were joined by Secretary of Education Richard Riley in Washington, D.C., to release the Teacher Preparation School Technology and Readiness (STaR) Chart for Schools, Colleges, and Departments of Education. The STaR Chart demonstrates the broad range of factors that can contribute to an education program’s technological readiness. It includes ways to measure everything from how well funded education programs are to the support they receive from university chancellors and other leaders.

The nation’s schools expect to hire 2.2 million teachers this decade. A 1999 report by the Department of Education found only 24 percent of new teachers felt “very well prepared” to integrate technology into their curriculum.

President Alan Merten has made a commitment to use the StaR chart to examine George Mason’s ability to prepare teachers to incorporate technology into their classrooms. “University presidents must recognize the importance of their institution’s role in educating teachers. This is a concrete tool we can use,” he says.

“Schools of education prepare the people who prepare the workforce for the information technology economy,” says Galluzzo. “Our teachers must have the facility and confidence to integrate technology into all aspects of their teaching. The StaR chart provides us with benchmarks to assess our performance and our ability to prepare teachers.”

CEO Forum members called on all colleges of education to take the assessment and publicize the results within six months. The collective results would generate a national snapshot of the current state of teacher technology training, and draw attention to the needs these institutions face as they work to improve their programs. For more information, see the news release.

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