adminWe want to hear from you!

Take a minute to tell us what you want most in next year’s event. What knowledge do you need? What issues require attention? What innovators spark new ideas? What session formats engage you? What networking opportunities work?

Post your suggestions here. Respond to the proposals of others. Come back and comment again.

We’ll consider your recommendations and implement as many of them as possible. Be sure to tell us how to contact you, in case we need to follow up.

With your input, we can make 2011’s annual conference the best one ever!

Thank you.
Council Management and Staff

2 Responses to We want to hear from you!

janay brower

April 27th, 2010 at 10:12 am

I would love to see sessions on systems change. I am staff for a community collaborative working to end homelessness in our community by 2014. This work is so challenging, particularly with all the providers and service orgs. but the funders are on board (and sometimes are the only ones). I would appreciate hearing about how to work in a collaborative setting, as a young professional, and in the greater context of change, systems, with multiple agencies, re-aligning funding, etc. It would be so helpful!

Anthony Manzo,Ph.D.

September 25th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Only we know that Teacher Preparation and staff development are seriously flawed, and often painfully inane. There is no real market place in proven ideas, in some ways Teacher Education is controlled by well intentioned but misdirected interests that can include Schools of Education, publishers, self-important foundations, and yes, by weak professors and teachers who get a net gain from generations of ambiguity about our critical mission, powerful professional teaching. Current Teacher Preparation is a mishmash of competing whims and untested practices with no continuity or coherence across the profession. Every other profession has a common core of principles and PRACTICES that everyone is expected to know. Of course, there are outstanding teachers and teacher Education programs but this is random when it needs to be highly replicable.
Join the dialogue to raise awareness of this critical problem ironically it has an easy, inexpensive solution. The goal is to craft a system for identifying and refreshing a core curriculum of Best Instructional Principles & Practices as opposed to mere “standards.” Teaching is about doing. This would lift the entire profession since there is no other profession that has not done this in some shape or manner. The absence of preparation in a core curriculum makes teacher education impossible, and therefore, evaluation of teacher effectiveness and accountability based on student outcomes illogical, if not irrational. While there is no consensus on core principles and practices to guide instructional decision-making there has been a pretty remarkable, though unheralded progress in pedagogical science made in the last 50 years; it could be called a Cambrian Period as when many new life forms began to appear on planet earth.
The aim to better regulate teacher preparation may only appear to reduce professionalism, but it is in fact next-generation professionalism; especially now when information is massive, but distilled knowledge still thin. For example it is now widely acknowledged that pilots make many fewer errors when they follow the industry wide constructed check-off lists before takeoffs and at landings. Similarly, life threatening errors have been reduced by a considerable degree when surgeons and support staff have carefully followed check-off lists before, during and following surgery; the more error prone surgeons have been made less so, and the more skilled ones even more so. Ideally, and most likely, as teachers are guided to better instructional decisions, an overall enhancement in decision-making, and strategic thinking are also likely to follow.
All stakeholders can now be more easily involved in identifying Best Practices, and in the ongoing process of providing field-based guidance of where these choices falter and/or simply need a bit of tweaking or customizing. The effort would take place on the web where all could see and participate, and to that extent would be a transparent and tangible exercise in science, conflict resolution and participatory democracy

See: And…
Or our newest site featuring advanced teaching methods for and concerns of Professional Teachers:
Anthony V. Manzo, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus

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