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Greater Des Moines Field Placement Collaboration

On August 1, 2014, Drake University hosted the first ever – Greater Des Moines Area Teacher Education Field Placement Collaboration meeting.  Thirty-five professionals from the greater Des Moines area attended, including IHE faculty, LEA administrators and human resource representatives.  Catherine Gillespie shared that the meeting was very productive and provided the attached summary notes from the meeting.

Report to IACTE Field Placement Collaboration Meeting

AACTE Day on the Hill

Teacher educator candidates participated in the AACTE Day on the Hill 2014 as members of the IACTE delegation. From left to right, William Battistone, Drake, Representative Loebsack, Erik Johnson and Celeste Raya from Saint Ambrose.

Teacher educator candidates participated in the AACTE Day on the Hill 2014 as members of the IACTE delegation. From left to right, William Battistone, Drake, Representative Loebsack, Erik Johnson and Celeste Raya from Saint Ambrose.

The Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) participated in the 2014 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Day on the Hill. The Iowa delegation included the following individuals: Nadene Davidson, IACTE president; Christy Wolfe, IACTE legislative chairperson; Thomas Carpenter, Saint Ambrose; Dwight Watson, UNI; and current educator preparation students, William Battistone, Drake; and Erik Johnson and Celeste Raya both from Saint Ambrose.

We had the opportunity to meet directly with Representative Loebsack and Senator Grassley, as well as education staffers from the HELP Committee, which Senator Harkin co-chairs, and from Representative Braley’s and Latham’s offices.

The main talking points that were shared are as follows:
•the 32 Iowa teacher preparation programs are preparing effective educators,
•these programs engage in a continuous improvement cycle under the direction of the Iowa Department of Education,
•the ongoing need to support the needs of rural education (as all schools/programs in Iowa are basically “rural” from a national perspective), and
•Iowa TE programs require a minimum of 14 weeks of student teaching and additional increasingly rigorous field experiences.

The attached document and contact information for each of the 32 Iowa programs were shared with each of the Iowa legislative offices.

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