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We would like to share Butler University's student-driven initiative to inform policymakers about the importance of high quality teacher education programs.
Butler members of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the international education honor society, are inviting key state leaders to observe education students gaining field experience in the classroom. They want policy makers to have firsthand knowledge of what teacher preparation involves, and the service education students contribute to local schools in their practicum programs.
State representative Ed Delaney and Kathy Souchet-Moura, a representative from Congressman André Carson’s office, were the first to accept the invitation. They visited the Indianapolis Public Schools/Butler University Laboratory School on November 6 to observe preservice students working in classrooms.
Delaney and Souchet-Moura saw Butler practicum students engaging second graders in reading workshops. The Lab School students sat in pairs while reading various books. This setup allows for independent learning but also puts the Lab School students in an ideal situation to solve problems in teams, said Cathy Hargrove, COE’s master practitioner in education, who oversees Butler students at the Lab School.
IACTE Colleagues –
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and you were renewed for the fall semester home stretch. Attached are several documents associated with our November 8th meeting. I have included a summary of the meeting along with Dr. Larson’s power point presentation re: the integrated implementation of the Common Core Standards in Kentucky. With respect to the work of the two task forces, I have attached the final reports that have been submitted to Superintendent Ritz. Thanks to each of you for your participation in the constructive discussions around the important topics in SEA 409. The IACTE Executive Committee believes that we have offered positive recommendations to the Superintendent. We certainly will keep you apprised of additional information that we may receive from the Department.
As a gentle reminder, each institution has the opportunity to identify one Outstanding Future Educator who may attend the AACTE Conference in Indianapolis on March 3rd. I would appreciate receipt of the honorees as soon as you can, so that I may get them registered for the Conference.
Just in case (not likely), I do not send out another note before the holiday break, may I wish each of you a joyous, relaxing holiday!
IACTE Executive Secretary