CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: June 9, 1999
Iowa Board of Education approves UI teacher preparation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Board of Education has
approved the five-year continuation of the University of Iowa College of Educations
teacher preparation programs.
A team appointed by the Iowa Department of Educations
Bureau of Practitioner Preparation and Licensure evaluates each teacher training
institution in the state on a rotating basis every five years. The team evaluates
the preparation of K-12 teachers as well as a variety of other K-12 education
specialties, including counseling, administration and speech pathology.
The team visited the UI from Oct. 26-29, 1998, examining
documents and interviewing faculty, students, staff and administrators who
work with UI education students.
"I think the process has helped us focus on the strengths
of our program and helped us determine what aspects we want to stress in the
future," said Richard Shepardson, interim dean of the College of Education.
In a report issued after its visit, the evaluation team
-- made up of representatives from the Iowa Department
of Education, school districts, universities and colleges -- suggested several
areas of improvement. Shepardson said those have been addressed, and the Department
of Education recommended to the Board of Education approval of the five-year
continuation prior to its formal vote June 3.
One concern cited in the report was the absence of
a common student feedback form for the different teacher education programs.
Shepardson said a prototype of the form was developed this spring and pilot-tested
with the elementary students who were completing their programs. Addressing
another area of concern, he said the college developed a common mission statement
for its various practitioner preparation programs.
"Its always good to have an outside, objective
look at your program," Shepardson said.
With a five-year continuation of its programs approved,
the College of Education need only submit annual updates to the state Department
of Education, as is required of all 31 teacher-training institutions in the