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The Professional EducatorThe new video highlighting ESU’s teacher preparation program isn’t the first recognition for the Teachers College. Some recent examples:

  • In a 2009 speech at Columbia University about teacher preparation, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the Teachers College the “crown jewel” of ESU.

  • The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) presented its 2009 Edward C. Pomeroy Award to Dr. Tes Mehring, former Teachers College dean and current ESU provost and vice president for academic affairs. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to teacher education.

  • The Association of Teacher Educators singled out the ESU/Olathe Professional Development School for its Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award.

Shunning the status quo, the Teachers College is delving into new learning arenas that encourage students to leave their smartphones on in the classroom.

“That’s something I’ve been interested in, rather than saying ‘turn off your phones and electronic devices when you come into the classroom,’” noted Dr. Phil Bennett, Teachers College dean. The Instructional Design and Technology Department’s M-Learning Institute provided around 40 Teachers College faculty with information about mobile phone and tablet applications that can be used in the classroom.

Going right along with that forward thinking, Bennett says, is the recognition that many K-12 districts have virtual schools. “The point is, we’re trying to be up to date with what’s going on in technology so that our teacher candidates have the knowledge as they leave our program.”