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Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain

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Russell Hall 306 (3rd floor- TC's Library) Teachers College, Columbia University

525 West 120th Street

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Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain Times

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Join us for a CITED-sponsored conversation, Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain Times: Connecting Communities of Practice in a Borderless World , with Dr. Carmen Mercado.

In this conversation Dr. Mercado will talk about comparisons between the principles of the new Teacher Education Program at Teachers College to those that have guided her individual approach to teacher preparation over a 40-year trajectory:

• A deep commitment to meeting the needs of all learners by recognizing their capacities and challenges;

• Preparing teachers to be deliberate and reflective decision-makers

• Shaping quality teaching by focusing on content and community

She will share examples of how she brings these principles to life as we begin to explore how these principles are/may be enacted differently mindful of the range of differences that are included in context-specificity.

The conversation will explore how these principles may shape innovations in teacher education differently in different contexts.

Dr. Carmen Mercado was the last of two Latinx full Professors of Puerto Rican origin to retire from the Hunter College School of Education in 2011, a trajectory that began in 1969 as an elementary classroom teacher in a small community school, an experiment designed to address the neglected instructional needs of Spanish-Speaking American citizens born in Puerto Rican and African American children whose parents valued instruction in two languages. In 1977, she accepted a position as “curriculum specialist” in the new Bilingual Teacher Preparation Programs at Hunter College, and soon awarded a federal fellowship for doctoral studies in the new field of bilingual education. A Ph.D. in biliteracy and teaching experience, led to a full-time faculty position in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, where she approached teaching and research as a collaborative project that promoted reflective practice and built on resources of local communities, shaped by experiences as a child, as a student and as an educator as she describes in, “Navigating Teacher Education in Complex and Uncertain Times: Connecting Communities of Practice in a Borderless World.”

The event will be held on Russell Hall, room 306 (located on the 3rd floor of Teachers College's Library).

Registration is FREE, but tickets are required (and limited)!

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