The United States and China share some of the same difficulties in educating their young people, says Roger Goddard, professor of K-12 administration in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development.
Krista Adams Wallace '94 was looking for adventure and the chance to step outside of the life she had known during her undergraduate years at Texas A&M University. Little did she know that a one-year commitment would be the catalyst for beginning her life's work.
According to research, only 4 percent of U.S. education majors participate in study abroad opportunities, but Lynne Masel Walters wants to change that statistic—starting with her students.
Walters, associate professor of culture, curriculum and instruction, and Teresa Jimarez, clinical assistant professor of science education and technology, led a nine-day study abroad trip to Mexico City, Mexico, during spring break for 18 freshmen and sophomores from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development.
More than 60 high school students are on campus this week to explore teaching as a profession. The camp, appropriately named ExpLORE--Exploring Leadership Opportunities and Rewards in Education--introduces teacher education programs, leadership opportunities, career opportunities and courses of study to enrich students' knowledge of the teaching profession.
Mentoring programs and more aggressive recruitment in fields other than teaching will help school systems brace for the upcoming wave of teacher retirements that will exceed any in history, says a Texas A&M University educator and trainer of school administrators.
Last spring, Anna Sauvageau '08, an early childhood education major, stepped out of the box—or country —to student teach in Switzerland.
Anna was one of four education students to make the overseas trip. She and three middle school education majors, Ashley Broll, Megan Malnar and Andrea Smith, were the first Aggies to student teach at the International School of Lucerne in Switzerland, says Dennie Smith, head of the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture.
Some people make outstanding students, and others are gifted teachers. Occasionally, the combination occurs in one person, like Latifa Al Kuwari '06.
Latifa, who held an undergraduate degree in science education, graduated in the first group of certificate students in the Primary Educator Preparation Program at Qatar University, offered through the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.
Using rap music to educate students about basic curriculum in an effort to improve standardized test scores is the creative concept of Ron Kelley ’06. The idea culminated from Ron’s two areas of expertise—music and education. He originally began his career in the music industry as owner of an independent record label, and after getting involved in education, worked his way from a teacher to a principal.
“I never thought the one place I wouldn’t want to leave would be a classroom. I knew something that could make me so happy was too good to pass up.” — Grant Simpson ’02
As a shy guy who found comfort in the classroom, Grant Simpson didn’t always plan on becoming a teacher.
My senior year of high school, I signed up for an educational internship with a fourth-grade teacher. She allowed me to work with troubled students, give spelling tests and teach small groups,” Grant says.
A 2006 study by the National Council on Teacher Quality found that among the nation's universities almost all failed to incorporate the science of reading instruction into their teacher preparation programs. However, Texas A&M University stood out as one of the few to train its future teachers with knowledge of reading instruction.