February 15, 2016
State legislators will get a glimpse at the clinical and real world experiences of teacher preparation at 13 Indiana institutions of higher education when they speak with students and first-year educators during the Day at the Indiana Statehouse on Feb. 16.
The Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education will host the event from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. along with its collaborative partners - the Indiana Association of School Principals, the Indiana School Boards Association, the Indiana State Teachers Association and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.
"Legislators may not be familiar with the types of clinical experiences that students in teacher education receive today," said Judy Sheese, assistant dean for teacher education for Indiana State's Bayh College of Education.
"The experiences (in teacher education programs) are very different today than they may have been in the past. The changing landscape in education has made it important to provide more and varied field and clinical experiences for students.
Institutions that will be represented include: Indiana State University, Anderson University, Ball State University, Butler University, Hanover College, St. Mary's College, IndianaTech, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University South Bend, , Purdue University, University of Indianapolis and Wabash College.
Students from those institutions will operate five tables in the Statehouse's north hallway, including four with students in their freshmen through senior years who will discuss their clinical experiences and one with recent graduates who will address their preparation levels when they started teaching.
The event, themed "Preparing Quality Classroom-Ready Teachers and School Leaders," also will give students a platform to advocate for the profession and learn about relationship building, as they are responsible for inviting legislators from their home districts.
"It's important for our students to know that being a teacher is being part of a bigger community, which means building relationships with students, parents and legislators," Sheese said. "When our students go into their classrooms we want them to be advocates for their students, themselves, and the profession, so this is good practice for them."
Contact: Judy Sheese, assistant dean for teacher education and community outreach, Bayh College of Education, Indiana State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or email@example.com
State legislators will get a glimpse at the clinical and real world experiences of teacher preparation at 13 Indiana institutions of higher education when they speak with students and first-year educators at the Day at the Indiana Statehouse on Feb. 16.