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Underwood, as head of AACTE’s Board of Directors, blogging for Ed Prep Matters

June 12, 2014

In her first blog post for Ed Prep Matters, UW-Madison School of Education Dean Julie Underwood explains how teaching and teacher training are difficult tasks these days.

Ed Prep Matters is the official blog of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and Underwood this year is chairing AACTE’s Board of Directors.

Julie Underwood
Julie Underwood
AACTE is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners on Day 1. It features more than 800 member institutions, including public and private colleges and universities in every state. For AACTE, Underwood leads meetings of the Board as well as of its Executive Committee, including a meeting in Washington, D.C., this Friday on the heels of AACTE’s Washington Week.

Underwood’s inaugural blog post is headlined: “Teaching: More Complex Than Rocket Science.”

Writes Underwood: “We know from good research that the process of teaching and learning is anything but simple. It is not rocket science; it is much more difficult than that, because we are dealing with people —children — and their development. We know good teaching involves a complex set of natural and acquired skills, knowledge, dispositions, and talent.”

But that’s only a small snippet. Make sure to check out the entire blog post here.

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