Linda Darling-Hammond Addresses the Current and Future State of Education

On October 28, 2018, Stanford Professor Emeritus Linda Darling-Hammond discussed the Current and Future State of Teacher Education with over 200 members of our campus community as well as teachers from surrounding areas. Teacher education programs are increasingly expected to prepare educators who can teach students of all backgrounds to think critically and deeply, address the range of serious life challenges, engage in collaborative learning and develop deep content knowledge. Programs are also being held to rigorous state and disciplinary standards and being required to provide evidence of their impact on teacher learning and P-12 student learning. At the same time, the number of pathways to teaching is rapidly growing, increasing the number of educators who have little or no formal preparation before becoming teachers. There is also recognition of the need for induction support for new teachers. 

All of these and other factors raise important questions, which were addressed in the discussion about how we can prepare classroom-ready teachers — now and in the future. Darling-Hammond identified the Montclair State University Teacher Education program as one that is among programs leading the way in this important work. The event was co-sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services Dean’s Office and the Center of Pedagogy. Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake attended the event as well as several members of the Newark Public Schools Superintendent's Office and the Superintendent of Verona Public Schools.

Dr. Darling-Hammond is president of the Learning Policy Institute, an education think tank. Previously, she was a professor at Columbia University’s Teacher College.

She has also served as the founding director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, whose 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching. In 2006, she was named one of the nation’s 10 most influential people affecting educational policy, and in 2008, was a member of President Obama’s education policy transition team. 

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