Albany – State University of
New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, along with faculty and administrators
from throughout SUNY, today launched the system’s Statewide Teacher Education
Network (S-TEN) at a national teacher education summit in Albany, where faculty
leaders in teacher and school leader education shared best practices now
underway at SUNY campuses.
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
will be a broadly inclusive learning community for teacher educators the likes
of which New York has never before seen,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Teaching is
an evolving profession and the education of New York’s future teachers is a top
priority for SUNY. S-TEN will help us stay at the forefront of developing
teacher education initiatives and ultimately provide New York’s schoolchildren
with teachers and schools leaders of the highest quality.”
is an unprecedented statewide effort led by SUNY in partnership with the state
Education Department and P-12 educators across New York to ensure that we are
delivering the best possible crop of teachers and school leaders for the next
generation,” said SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education
Pipeline Johanna Duncan-Poitier.
This year, SUNY was awarded
$3.5 million in Race to the Top funds by the New York State Education
Department to develop and implement a comprehensive teacher and school
leader education initiative in collaboration with SUNY faculty to advance the
future of teacher and school leader preparation in order to meet the needs of
New York State schools.
drawing on the best and brightest faculty and administrative leaders from
throughout SUNY, and gathering expertise from external partners, SUNY will
collaboratively develop a powerful new approach to the preparation of teachers
by addressing four critical areas:
assessments, including certification examinations and performance evaluations;
teacher and leader preparation.
Through a series of faculty
development and research opportunities, S-TEN will enable SUNY to lead campus
faculty as they engage with their P-12 partners in education to implement
clinically-rich teacher and leader preparation strategies within the four
areas, both before and after certification.
Since the design phase and
beginning this fall, campus-based SUNY teams have worked in coordination with
campus presidents, chief academic officers, deans, and faculty across the
schools of education and the colleges of arts and sciences to create
campus-based and regional plans of action for the preparation of future
teachers and school leaders. Next, their work will be coupled with
opportunities to participate in communities of practice, a rigorous action
research agenda, and the development of regional centers of pedagogy-like
structures, where SUNY faculty can interact and engage in leading
At today’s summit, which was
held during American Education Week, Chancellor Zimpher provided a keynote
address, followed by featured speakers Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford
University’s Charles E. Docummun professor of education; Sharon Robinson,
president of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education; and
Merryl H. Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents; John B.
King, commissioner of education and president of the University of the State of
New York; Johanna Duncan-Poitier, SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for the Education
Pipeline and Community Colleges; and Christine Givner, SUNY Fredonia dean and
professor, and chair of the S-TEN Design Team.
"The SUNY teacher and
leader preparation network convening represents a powerful demonstration of the
SUNY teacher education community's commitment to our ongoing work to improve
the preparation of educators and to ensure effective teachers and leaders for
P-12 schools," said Givner.
About the State University
of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate
programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the globe. To
learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.