Over at Forbes magazine, Dr. Arthur Levine – the president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University – has a provactive piece on the need to better prepare educators for the challenges of both teaching in schools today and leading the creation of the schools of tomorrow.
In it, Levine looks at five important shifts that need to come to teacher education, including:
- A shift from teaching to learning
- A shift from classrooms to learning environments
- A shift from planning to learning design
- A shift from instruction to facilitated learning
- A shift from professionalism to leadership
The full piece is here, and it is definitely worth the read. At some point, the preparation programs of tomorrow will be completely insufficient for the needs of today. Better to prepare for the future than to have it thrust upon us.