It was also an honor to participate in a Zoom presentation from Dr. Linda Darling-Hammon’s Learning Policy Institute to learn more about national trends in teacher preparation programs. The institute provides a variety of data on their site including this interesting article on teacher residencies:
At the heart of our TEAM Model are the voices of the residents, mentors, school leaders, district leaders, university leaders, and state department leaders. Westat Senior Project Director, Wesley Williams, said it best in his opening to the meeting, a traditional greeting of the Maasai people in Africa “…and how are the children?"
If we all keep our eyes on what matters most, the children, great things will come from our collaborations. The audience of this meeting embodied what is critical to change…an entire team! It was a delight to meet with university faculty, state department leaders, school principals, and teachers to discuss the challenges and rewards of rethinking teacher preparation programs through the design of a quality residency program.
I look forward to following West Virginia’s story of change for the future of their children! Best wishes!