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Talking Back: Public Scholarship, Productive Practice, and the Future of Teacher Education

Sat, April 9, 8:15 to 9:45am, Convention Center, Floor: Level Two, Room 201

Session Type: Invited Speaker Session


This session challenges the overly simplistic public and policy discourses that treat university-based teacher education as fundamentally responsible for low-performing schools. It offers snapshots of innovative teacher education work and explores how such work might be presented more effectively to the public and policymakers as they consider approaches to high quality teacher preparation. The session features four equity-minded teacher educators/scholars whose innovative, politically engaged work reflects and expands upon the field’s longstanding commitment to producing public scholarship that connects research to practice in schools and communities. Presenters will base their comments, in part, on open-access digital photo-journals they created to capture and communicate their work. Discussants’ responses will address teacher education’s future, specifically how to educate the public about teacher educators’ work and its impact.

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