…Teachers already bypass traditional education degrees, entering classrooms with temporary licenses after as little as several weeks or months of pre-service training. Today, about 500,000 of the nation’s 3.6 million teachers have entered the field through these alternative routes, such as Teach for America, mostly to work in public schools in high-poverty areas.
Says Lobman, the Institute’s director of pedagogy, who also teaches teachers in her position as Associate Professor at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, and has emerged as a leader in play- and performance-based educational approaches:
Universities obviously have a lot to offer teachers–that is why I teach at one– and I think that one of the most effective ways to prepare teachers for improving our schools is to develop outside-the-institution partnerships. I am in the process of working with All Stars Project VP for Education Initiatives Bonny Gildin to create the Institute for the Study of Play, an independent center that will build…partnerships with universities and community organizations. Together, we can hopefully create developmental environments for all. [Read the entire post at ImprovisationalLearning.org.]