"Teacher education is vital; it's where teachers start. Yet too often, teacher education is disrespected.
It's seen as lacking relevance in the "real world" of schools, even though many of those teaching in initial teacher education programs are borrowed or contracted from K-12 schools.
Or consider that education professors are encouraged to publish cutting edge research, but often this research is disregarded by busy educators, or used to confirm existing beliefs.
How do we encourage these groups of teachers and teacher educators to bridge these solitudes of our profession? How do we better demonstrate the connections, but also the limitations, of using research to improve classroom practice? What are the hallmarks of a quality teacher education program?"
Post submitted by John Myers, a curriculum instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and a 2011 ASCD Annual Conference Scholar.