CUEtalks: Ken Zeichner

February 23, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

The Essential Role of Local Communities in Teacher Education

Presented by Ken Zeichner, PhD

What is the importance of family and community responsive teaching to the quality of student learning? Why should teacher education programs engage local community members in preparing new teachers who will go on to work in those communities? How can learning about a community’s assets and expertise help further teacher preparedness? In this talk, Ken Zeichner will explore a variety of family and community-centered teacher education efforts that collaboratively engage local community members as teacher educators. In reviewing previous and current research in this area, he will distinguish those programs that have fostered community engagement, involvement, and solidarity, and offer a set of principles to help teacher education programs better involve their local communities to maximize teacher preparedness.

A reception will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public, though registration is appreciated.

Teachers can earn five PA Act 48 professional development credits related to this event:

1) Register for the activity ahead of time and provide us with your PPID number
2) Read Dr. Zeichner's article and be prepared to discuss it after the lecture.
3) Attend the discussion immediately following the lecture. During this one-hour session, teachers will synthesize what they have learned about the importance of family- and community-responsive teaching to the quality of student learning, and make connections between what they learned and their daily work.


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About the Speaker

Ken Zeichner is the Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington. He is a former vice president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), an elected member of the National Academy of Education, and fellow of the AERA and the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado. He received the Legacy Award from AERA’s Division K and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in 2009.

A Philadelphia native and former elementary teacher, much of his work over the last 41 years has involved directing clinical teacher education programs. He has also engaged in a number of projects designed to improve teacher education internationally, including working for a decade in Namibia to help the country develop its teacher education protocols after gaining independence from South Africa. His research is concerned with various aspects of teacher education, and the process of learning to teach in the U.S. and internationally. He has authored and edited numerous books and journal articles.

Location and Address

121 Lawrence Hall
3942 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260