UW News

November 30, 2006

Teacher prep, A&S links to be explored

The second in a series of luncheons which explores ways in which Arts & Sciences faculty can be engaged in teacher preparation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the lower level of the UW Club.

This luncheon features two presentations. Cap Peck, director of teacher education in the College of Education, will discuss the challenges and responses to the process of teacher education renewal, as well as opportunities for collaboration between the colleges of Education and Arts & Sciences.

In addition, Jim King of the Department of Mathematics and Lani Horn of the College of Education will discuss the Urban Teachers Scholars Program, a very successful collaborative project that engages Arts & Sciences faculty in teacher preparation. In its first year, this program, which involves a class partially taught by King and Horn in a local public high school, has resulted in dramatic increases in student learning.

The luncheon meetings are sponsored by the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office as part of the Teachers for a New Era (TNE) program. The UW is one of 11 universities that has received funding from the Carnegie Corp., under the TNE initiative, in order to stimulate a major restructuring of teacher education in the U.S. At the UW, the work of the initiative is a tripartite partnership of the College of Education, the College of Arts & Sciences and local public schools.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Kate Flynn at flynnkat@u.washington.edu or 206-543-5340.

The luncheon series will continue next year, with sessions scheduled Jan. 18, Feb. 22, April 5 and May 10.