CMU announces initiative to advance K-12 teacher excellence

2023 Teacher Prep Task Force will continue educational leadership
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Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services today announces an initiative to build on the excellence and history of its teacher education programs and advance teacher effectiveness in public schools.
A 2023 Teacher Prep Task Force will convene this fall to explore how technology, innovations and recombination of resources can further transform learning. Comprised of faculty members and representatives of CMU’s PK-12 partners across the state, the task force will develop recommendations to enhance the university’s program offerings, curriculum and student experiences.
Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, dean of the college, has worked closely with teacher education faculty members across campus since joining CMU a year ago.  The task force reflects that campus-wide input.
“Teacher preparation must evolve in lockstep with educational, demographic and technological advancements,” Pehrsson said.  “Our efforts also must leverage the latest understanding of the human brain and how students learn.
“We must continue to prepare students who can go from chalk board to smart board to tablet.  No matter their tools, teachers must be able to engage children.  And, they must be prepared to do so across the U.S. and beyond,” she said.
The task force includes plans for an education summit. Bobbi Jo Kenyon, 2012-13 Michigan Teacher of the Year and CMU alumna, will be one of the speakers. 
The past two Michigan Teachers of the Year have been CMU alumni.  Shepherd High School teacher and CMU alumna Danielle Marsh has just been named Michigan’s English Teacher of the Year.
CMU’s spring teacher career fair brought representatives of 75 school districts not only from Michigan, but from Alaska, Florida and Texas as well as Japan, China and Korea.  Many offered jobs on the spot, because of their trust in CMU and its teachers.
CMU was founded 120 years ago to prepare teachers, and its alumni have a strong record as teachers and school leaders.  The task force and summit reflect a commitment to remain at the forefront of educational advancements.
“CMU has a deep obligation to ensure its great cadre of teachers are well prepared to help young people excel,” she said.  “The modern teacher must be able to marshal the forces of technology and the science of how children learn.  They must be champions of diversity, and use a multitude of learning platforms, classroom management skills and meaningful assessment of learning gains.”
CMU offers more than 20 undergraduate concentrations in education, including teacher and special education, counseling and educational leadership.  More than 240 teacher education students graduated from CMU this spring.
“Everywhere I travel in Michigan, the U.S. and around the world, I hear stories of outstanding CMU teacher education graduates,” Pehrsson said.  “Our reputation is strong because of the quality of our program, faculty and students, and we have every intention of keeping it that way.”