Contributing to teacher preparation and retention-a community forum

Our Kids, Our Community, Our Future—Moving Toward World-Class Teacher Preparation

Shaw University students in the pre-K education program behind the presenters from the CRC colleges’ education programs

Leaders from the business, nonprofit, elected officials and higher education communities came together March 2, 2016 to support quality teachers in our region.

Some 75-80 people joined our six Cooperating Raleigh Colleges in showcasing 21st century strategies that prepare top educators to teach and lead in our public schools. Current education students, teachers in the public schools and leaders of the colleges’ education programs showed videos of actual teaching and then talked about what it takes to be sure we have quality teaching in our pre-K through grade 12 schools. Then a panel discussed the strategies, potential partnerships, and critical next steps from a broader community perspective. Partnering with us for the event were Wake County Public Schools and Wake County Smart Start.

Our panelists: James Merrill, Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System; Lorie Barnes, ED, NC Association for the Education of Young Children and Wake County Smart Start Board member; Alisa Chapman, VP for Academic and University Programs, University of North Carolina; Wetonah Parker, Director of Teacher Education, Meredith College.

The committee that organized the event: Chair—Mary Kay Delaney, Meredith College Education Department Chair; Paula Moten-Tolson, Shaw University Education Chair; Karen Ray, Wake Tech Administrative Department Head ,Iyailu Moses, Saint Augustine’s University Education Professor; Michael Maher, NC State University Education Professor; Jennifer Russell, William Peace University Education Department Chair.

CRC Board President who worked with the committee and hosted the event: Dr. Jo Allen, Meredith College President

The event took place at the Friday Institute for Innovative Education on the NC State University Centennial Campus.

See the program for the event and the panelists’ biographies

Photos: Top to Bottom—Dr. James Merrill, Superintendent, Wake County Public Schools; Matt Scialdone, Wake County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Middle Creek High School; Lorie Barnes, ED, NC Association for the Education of Young Children and Wake County Smart Start Board

See News & Observer article on the panel

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