Towson creates national model in response to changing education initiatives

University's faculty will benefit from groundbreaking, year-long dialogue on ‘teaching the teachers’

Towson student reads to childrenTOWSON, Md. (August 21, 2012)—Towson University will soon launch Preparing for Public Education in the 21st Century, a year-long learning session in changing national education initiatives for the faculty of the College of Education.

Among others, the PreK-12 instructional changes known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative will be phased in over the next two years and affect school systems in Maryland and throughout the United States.

As such, Towson’s teacher educators are participating in this professional development process to ensure that the university's education students have the knowledge and skills required to successfully teach the children of 21st-century classrooms.

Nancy Grasmick, Towson’s Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Education, in collaboration with Raymond Lorion, dean of the College of Education, will spearhead the conversation, to begin August 22.

The university will spend two months covering the state and national perspectives for each of four education megatrends: the Common Core Standards Iniatitive, new national assessments, the new teacher and principal evaluation system, and data analysis and use. In this effort, the Presidential Scholar Initiative has recruited national experts to provide faculty with in-depth, first-hand analysis of changing education initiatives rather than just a cursory overview.

“The national model starts at Towson,” says Grasmick, former Maryland state superintendent of schools and a Towson alumna.

“We have a year-long program planned that puts faculty first in understanding the new best practices to be used to educate future generations of PreK-12 teachers in how to implement these new standards. They must have deep knowledge and understanding of the Common Core standards, national assessments, new teacher and principal evaluation systems, and the use of data for decision making.”

Towson University is the largest producer of teachers in the state of Maryland, and its College of Education is both the state’s preeminent teacher education institution as well as a national model for professional preparation.

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