Lesley University receives state approval of its educator-preparation program for preparing effective teachers and continuously collaborating with school districts.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Such approval signals a recognition by the state that the program is deemed “to have met all standards for preparing effective educators in Massachusetts.”
In February, teams from the state and from the Washington, D.C.-based Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) visited campus to conduct a week-long joint review. They examined the TEAC inquiry brief submitted earlier by Lesley, as well as additional documentation. They also interviewed core faculty, adjunct faculty, current students, district partners, alumni, administrators, and staff to elicit further information. One aspect of the visit was the availability of an electronic data room that stored pertinent information readily available for review.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) found overall that “Lesley University’s leadership, faculty, and administrative staff have demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement and ongoing collaboration with school districts in a joint effort to prepare effective educators in the commonwealth.”
Partnerships with schools in Cambridge and other communities, they found, “are the basis for rich clinical experiences for their candidates and for drawing on the knowledge and skills of accomplished and carefully selected practitioners.” Core and adjunct faculty are a strong asset, as is the adjunct mentoring program, which supports consistency across programs.
In addition to the approval, Lesley received two commendations, an award DESE reserves for “truly exceptional, innovative, or outstanding practices.” The first was for recruitment, selection and evaluation processes that result in the hiring and retention of effective faculty and staff, who engage in professional development, research, and the K-12 system that improves candidate preparation, and faculty who have current knowledge and experience in the content they teach. The second covered the school guidance counselor and social work/school adjustment counselor programs, which have structures that ensure that candidates receive effective advising throughout the program.
The following are highlights of Lesley’s educator program strengths DESE found during their visit:
TEAC will submit their accreditation review to Lesley University in the fall of 2014.
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