The State University of New York
today announced that Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher will co-chair a Blue Ribbon
Panel on Clinical Preparation, Partnerships and Improved Student Learning. The
panel is organized by NCATE – The National
Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Commissioner Dwight Jones will serve as Chancellor Zimpher’s co-chair.
The Panel is charged with
developing recommendations for restructuring the preparation of teachers to
reflect teaching as a practice-based profession similar to medicine, nursing,
or clinical psychology. Practice-based professions require not only a solid
academic base, but also strong clinical components and ongoing opportunities
for learning. This redesign, which will be grounded in partnerships between
higher education, local school districts and other stakeholders, will potentially
have far-reaching effects on the structure of schools of education.
Chancellor Zimpher, a teacher
educator by profession, has worked throughout her career to reform and
strengthen the clinical experience of teachers – especially in urban and challenged
schools – and has been published widely on the subject.
“I’m confident that the NCATE
Panel’s work will move the dial on the principles, standards and practices
around teacher preparation, said Zimpher. “This group brings together some of
the most innovative minds in education across many sectors, and together we can
model the collaborative partnerships we need to repair our broken education
Chancellor Zimpher has a strong
track record as a leader of effective collaborative educational partnerships.
As President of the University of Cincinnati, she co-founded the STRIVE program, a partnership among a
broad spectrum of community stakeholders to improve student success and
graduation rates. Strive’s success has received national recognition and is now
being replicated in communities across the nation.
The goals of the NCATE panel dovetail
with SUNY’s systemwide strategic planning process, a key aspect of which is the
impact the State University can have on improving New York’s education system
“from cradle to career.”
Chancellor Zimpher noted that
the SUNY system trains more teachers than any other institution in the state,
and therefore has a special responsibility and capacity in this area.
“We are a major supplier of
future teachers in this state, and we need to make sure our educational and
clinical practices align with the urgent needs of our schools and communities,”
Zimpher said. “The NCATE panel’s work will be a resource for SUNY as we work
to improve success rates for teachers and students alike,” Zimpher said.
About the National Council
for Accreditation of Teacher Education
NCATE accredits 667 schools,
colleges and departments of education, which produce two-thirds of the nation’s
new teacher graduates annually in the United
States, and is recognized as a
specialized accrediting body by the U.S. Department of Education and the
Council for Higher Education Accreditation.