Both the NCATE Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning (2010) and AACTE’s Clinical Practice Commission (2017) argue the most effective way to develop strong pedagogical skills in teachers is by ensuring their programs are “grounded in clinical practice.” The College of Education at Towson University is committed to providing teacher candidates meaningful and scaffolded clinical opportunities to build their skills in the most essential areas for practice.
High Leverage Practices (HLPs) for instruction cut across content areas and are basic fundamentals of teaching that lead to increased advances in student learning. The COE has implemented HLPs across multiple departments over the past two years and has most recently joined a collaborative effort between the University System of Maryland and TeachingWorks to build teacher candidates’ skills in these essential teaching practices.
In collaboration with TeachingWorks, the College of Education is hosting a summer professional development workshop focused on the High Leverage Practices (HLPs) that faculty have identified as essential for every educator preparation program at Towson University. Those three HLPs are:
1. Leading a group discussion
2. Explaining and modeling content, practices, and strategies
3. Eliciting and interpreting individual students’ thinking