Event Details

Presentation: "Preparing Teachers for a Mission"

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 4 p.m.

Location: McKillop Library, Room 109

Event Type: Academic Events

Audience: Continuing Education Students, Faculty, Graduate Students, Staff, Undergraduate Students

Contact: Kiki Butler
Phone: (401) 341-2957

Vast research and personal testimonies provide strong evidence that highly effective teachers play a critical role in the success of their students, particularly those at risk of underachievement. That same evidence is now being demanded of teacher preparation programs. By comparison, military preparation programs have long been outcome based and scrutinized for their ability to prepare military professionals for readiness in the field.

In this interactive presentation, Dr. Kathy Vespia, assistant professor in the Department of Education; retired Rear Adm. Barbara McGann; and Dr. Thomas Gibbons, assistant professor at the Naval War College, will present collaborative research investigating strategies for preparing both education and military program graduates to successfully perform their missions.

The presenters will identify and discuss six lessons shared by both preparation programs that are key to success, and perhaps, survival in the field. Data suggests that 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. The current teacher shortage in many parts of the country makes this information pertinent and timely. In conclusion, the presenters discuss the critical importance of developing a battlemind or empowering mindset for promoting professional sustainability.


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