“Teacher Learning” Key to Teacher Effectiveness

“Teacher Learning” Key to Teacher Effectiveness

“Teacher Learning” Key to Teacher Effectiveness

Alicia Hunker and Frida Nielsson with the help of CEA Research and Advocacy

As director of teacher education and assessment at the Career and Technical Education Department of Colorado State University, Alicia Hunker is one of the nation’s leading experts on how student development impacts professional development.

As she explained in a recent interview with the College Board, no formal training in preparation for teaching results in high expectations for students or a higher degree of professionalism in teachers.

“If you look at a lot of research, not just because of the content, but because of their totality, principals report teachers who are more patient and nurturing than peers, but also that their teachers are more likely to fire back,” she said. “There’s a whole bunch of research that shows it’s not just empathy, but that having good training and preparation, including teacher autonomy, not having unrealistic expectations or demanding goals, is also a really important component of effective teaching.

Read the full interview at www.colostateonline.edu.

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