Council on Postsecondary Education
Educators convene to discuss teacher preparation
(FRANKFORT, Ky) Over 200 Kentucky educators will meet at the Brown Hotel in Louisville on October 24 – 25 at the 2005 Teacher Quality Summit. The summit will focus on the teaching challenges presented by the more rigorous academic expectations of high school reform, specifically in the areas of mathematics, the sciences, and world languages.
The Teacher Quality Summit is an annual event co-sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education and the chief academic officers of Kentucky’s postsecondary institutions. The meeting brings together deans and faculty from the colleges of arts and sciences and education. Fifteen summit sessions will address topics related to the recruitment, preparation and professional development of teachers and other school leaders.
“At no previous time in the Commonwealth have so many policy-making agencies, branches of government and civic groups been so united in their commitment to improve student achievement from pre-school through postsecondary levels,” said Dr. Thomas D. Layzell, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
Special guest speakers will include Dr. Jeanne Burns, state plan coordinator for Louisiana’s Learn for the 21st Century Initiative, who will describe Louisiana’s success in using data systems to improve teacher preparation. Representatives from the Mathematics Association of America and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will also share their efforts to more effectively prepare and professionally develop P-12 teachers.
“Our colleges and universities have a significant role to play in preparing more Kentuckians for postsecondary education,” said Dr. Dianne M. Bazell, assistant vice president for academic affairs at the Council. “If we expect our students to achieve more, we must expect more from their teachers and the postsecondary institutions that prepare them.”
Teams of institutional representatives will spend time during the conference and afterwards planning and implementing strategies discussed during the summit. The Council also will convene a workgroup on educational leadership in conjunction with the summit so that postsecondary institutions can better address the leadership and professional development needs of K-12 schools and community and technical colleges. The Education Professional Standards Board, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Southern Regional Education Board are contributing to this work.
Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses eight public institutions and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 231,612 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni and 294,896 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and their families.