Dr. Jan Carpenter, chair of the Department of Education, was one of the keynote speakers at the Teacher Education Symposium preceding the Association for Middle Level Education conference in Columbus, Ohio in October 2015.
Dr. Carpenter co-presented the keynote, Keeping the Long View: Avenues for Advocacy, with Dr. David Strahan. Carpenter also co-presented three sessions with Penny Howell and Jeanneine Jones.
The first session, Clinical Practices and Partnerships in Middle Level Teacher Education, reviewed the variety of opportunities institutions have for creating partnerships or clinical experiences for middle level teacher candidates.
In the second session, Moving from Theory to Practice in the Clinical Setting, the presenters shared practical ideas for integrating theory and practice when university courses are taught in middle school contexts.
In the third session, From Middle School Teacher to College Professor: Demystifying the Professorate, Carpenter, Howell and Jones were joined by John Niska and Nicole Thompson. The presenters covered such topics as selecting a university for employment, ensuring a smooth transition from doctoral candidate to new professor, staging the road to tenure and promotion, and developing successful teaching, research and service agendas.
The Association for Middle Level Education is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world.
Jan Carpenter is chair of the Department of Education at Marylhurst University. The department offers master’s degrees in teaching and education, as well as professional development and endorsements for teachers.