In this second installment of our three part interview with Sharon Robinson, Sharon discusses the importance in teacher education of teacher candidates, in-service teachers, and professors of teacher education working together – with the help of technology – to benefit all learners in their communities.
Both teacher-practice as well as student-learning improve when all the stakeholders work together, Sharon said.
“When faculty members and teacher candidates become colleagues in this field of teacher education, I see really impressive developments. It helps us develop a similar language around the way we discuss practice.”
“Working together also makes us more responsible as citizens of our given communities for student learning,” Sharon said.
Sharon also detailed how technology can and should be used as an aspect of learning in teacher training.
“As an aspect of learning itself,” Sharon said. “I think we will soon be seeing more and more products and services that help us enrich the rigor of learning for teachers.”
“Video platforms allow teacher candidates to reflect on performance in an authentic and shareable way. So you’re going to see teachers using video more and more because the techniques of guided reflection are becoming more ubiquitous as a pedagogical technique in education preparation.”
Sharon is president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Before, she was the Assistant Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
Click the link at the end of the video to watch part 3 of the interview. Also, check out part 1 of our interview with Sharon Robinson here.