Dean Mary Brabeck Speaks to Congressional Staff on Using Evidence-Based Research to Strengthen the Teaching Field

Mary Brabeck, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the Steinhardt School, served as a panelist on The Education Trust event, Preparing and Advancing Teachers and School Leaders, on November 14, 2013.

The panel brought together educational leaders and representatives from the offices of Sen. Landrieu and Rep. Polis for a conversation about strengthening the field of education through teacher preparation.

The panel looked at the practices of leading states and institutions to ensure that teacher candidates are adequately prepared for the challenges they face in today’s classroom and made recommendations to the federal government for improving teacher and principal preparation.

In her presentation, Dean Brabeck made these recommendations:

•   All preparation programs – traditional and alternative certification – should meet the same high bar and that bar should be higher than current standards.

•  The quality and diversity of candidates coming into teacher preparation programs must be increased.

•  Better teacher preparation can be achieved by using available data and evidence to determine what works.

A leader in the fields of applied psychology and higher education, Dean Brabeck has served on boards and councils for organizations that include the New York Academy of Sciences, National Society for the Study of Education, the Holmes Partnership, the Carnegie Corporation’s Teachers for a New Era Research Review Committee, the APA Education Directorate (and other APA elected positions), and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

Read Mary Brabeck’s blog post, Pushing for a Stronger, More Diverse Teaching Workforce in The Equity Line.