SUNY Teacher & Leader Education Network (S-TEN) Continues Work Toward Teacher Education Reform

March 15, 2013

Albany — State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that a series of network sessions being held this Spring by the SUNY Teacher and Leader Education Network (S-TEN) is continuing to reform teacher and school leader education, bringing the newest and most effective practices to students at all 64 campuses. Hundreds of SUNY faculty and P-12 educators are attending the sessions.

S-TEN was first launched by SUNY in November 2012. By Fall 2014, S-TEN will enable SUNY to establish a network of institutions with the shared purpose of renewing and improving the preparation of teachers and educational leaders throughout New York, engaging SUNY faculty across the state who prepare future teachers and educational leaders in high quality professional development and research. The S-TEN education initiative is supported by a $3.5 million Race to the Top grant.

“Teaching is an evolving profession and the education of New York’s future teachers is a top priority for SUNY,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “The S-TEN sessions will keep SUNY at the forefront of developing teacher education initiatives and inform our broader goal of ensuring that our college campuses are graduating the best teachers for New York’s P-12 classrooms.”

Each day-long session is jointly developed by higher education faculty and SUNY’s partners in P-12 education across the state. At the sessions, participants have the opportunity to hear directly from national thought leaders on the future of teacher education and interact with colleagues across New York, in-person and via video.

Sessions are developed around the four critical areas in the field: Common Core Standards; Performance Assessments, including certification examinations and performance evaluations; Data-Driven Instruction; and Clinically-Rich Teacher and Leader Preparation.

“This important partnership with P-12 education is essential to ensure that all students achieve to their maximum potential and have the opportunity to graduate college and career ready,” said Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline.

The first session was held last week, on the design of clinically-rich teacher preparation and leadership development with Dr. Ken Howey, Research Professor at the State University of New York at Albany and Visiting Professor at SUNY’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. This experience-based approach relies on strong partnerships between higher education and P-12 schools in order to integrate content and pedagogy in a way that helps future teachers succeed in the classroom. During the workshop, Campus Teacher and Leader Education Network Teams (C-TENs) from 17 SUNY campuses convened at one of four regional locations in Albany, Western New York, Syracuse, and New York City.

A second session was held this week at Stony Brook, Manhattan on the new Common Core Standards with Dr. Bob Calfee, Professor Emeritus from Stanford University and the University of California, Riverside. This workshop provided background and content information about the Common Core standards, as well as perspective on the role the Common Core plays in the development of teachers, school leaders and students.

An April 4 session will focus on Teacher and Leader Performance Assessments, and a session on April 23 will focus on Annual Professional Performance Review and Data-Driven Instruction. Additional sessions will also be held on the Common Core. Regional locations for the statewide workshops include Manhattan, Empire State College in Saratoga Springs and Syracuse, SUNY Plattsburgh, Buffalo State College, and the University at Buffalo.

About the State University of New York
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