The challenge of improving teacher preparation and ongoing learning led to the creation of the Digital Age Teacher Preparation Council, established by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, with generous support from the Joyce Foundation. Beginning in January 2010 a group of experts in a range of fields, including teacher education, public service media, literacy, technology, science and mathematics, and developmental science, convened to study emerging best practices, policy and program trends, as well as innovative approaches to enhancing children’s learning and teacher education and support. The Council’s work is the basis for Take a Giant Step, which states 5 key goals for the United States to meet by 2020 as well as immediate and discrete step-wise actions to provide significant innovation in instruction and teacher preparation. These 5 goals are:
- Creating communities
- Train early educators to integrate digital and screen media into their teaching practices in developmentally appropriate ways.
- Expand use of public media as a resource for teachers, including creating innovative models for public-private partnership investments.
- Integrate technology supports into standards, curriculum, and teaching.
- Creation of R&D partnerships suited to the digital age.
of practice with a great deal more teacher collaboration and planning than is currently evident. Education leaders need to restructure time and staffing so that teachers can work together and with groups of students in new ways that are supported by technology.
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