Chancellor Zimpher Emphasizes Clinical Preparation for Future Teachers in Op-Ed for Inside Higher Education

February 24, 2015

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and University of Dayton professor Thomas Lasley II this week published an op-ed with Inside Higher Education on the importance of effective teacher preparation strategies as a means to increase quality of life for the next generation and build on the nation’s economic competitiveness.

“We are not differentiating the achievements of our graduates with the precision and honesty that, for example, law schools and other professional schools do. That’s a failure we, as institutions of higher learning, have to confront, own and fix,” they state, as SUNY continue to emphasize the importance of clinical preparation strategies within its teacher education programs on campuses across New York.

“If we really are committed to providing a world-class education system, we must have a comprehensive system for turning out the professionals to drive it. The way to ensure teachers will be successful is to provide and demand more rigorous clinically based teacher education.” 

To read the entire Chancellor Zimpher’s op-ed, visit

Earlier this month, Chancellor Zimpher today announced that SUNY has convened the TeachNY Advisory Council to develop bold new teacher and leader preparation policy with the expectation that it will be a model for the state and the country. TeachNY reinforces ongoing efforts to ensure that teachers and school leaders educated at SUNY and across New York State receive the best possible education and support.

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