Press Release for Tuesday, January 26, 2010
UNF Dean Appointed to Expert Panel on Clinical Preparation
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education
and Human Services at the University
of North Florida, has
been appointed by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
(NCATE) to serve on a Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation, Partnerships
and Improved Student Learning, signaling the beginning of changes in
the preparation of the nation’s teachers.
NCATE Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical
Preparation, Partnerships and Improved Student Learning will
culminate in recommendations for restructuring the preparation of teachers to
reflect teaching as a practice-based profession similar to medicine, nursing or
clinical psychology. The panel will issue a report of its findings and
recommendations when its work is completed, most likely near the end of 2010.
professions require not only a solid academic base, but strong clinical
components, a supported induction experience, and ongoing opportunities for
learning. This redesign is intended to bring educator preparation into better
alignment with the urgent needs of P-12 schools. Such changes in the way
teachers and other P-12 educators are prepared potentially have far-ranging
effects on the structure of schools of education.
“I am honored to serve as a member of NCATE’s Blue Ribbon
Panel. This panel represents strong voices from a variety of constituencies
interested in the quality of teachers in America,” said Daniel, a Fruit Cove
resident. “As we continue to build excellence in teacher education, it is
important that we focus on the school-based component of teacher education. The
excellent work we do at UNF preparing teachers to work in challenging diverse
school environments is among the best anywhere and is an excellent model, along
with other outstanding programs, for determining the standards of excellence
that will be expected in the field in the future.”
enhanced clinical preparation may mean, for example, more extensive use of
simulations, case studies, analyses of teaching and other approximations of
teaching, as well as sustained, intense, mentored school-embedded experiences.
Enhanced clinical preparation should give aspiring teachers the opportunity to
integrate theory with practice; develop and test classroom management and
pedagogical skills; hone their use of evidence in making professional decisions
about practice; and understand and integrate the standards of their
Panel will examine characteristics and elements of clinical preparation in
exemplary programs, will review the research, and will make recommendations as
to how those characteristics and elements can be supported in policy and
through funding formulas at every level -- school, district, state and federal.
The aim is to move from islands of innovation which are driving student
achievement in certain schools or districts to a culture in which excellence is
Daniel, whose career in education
spans 30 years,
is a credible voice
representing teacher educators in Florida.
He has been invited to speak to the Florida Board of Education, the Florida
Higher Education Board of Governors, and committees of the Florida Legislature.
In addition to serving as dean, he also serves as a professor in the Department
of Leadership, Counseling, and Instructional Technology at UNF.
As dean, he provides direction to the College and its
approximately 100 employees, including 80 full-time faculty, and administers an
$8 million annual budget. Daniel also collaborates with schools and agencies
regarding the College’s urban professional development school programs and
other issues relative to professional development of educators. He teaches
courses in educational administration, educational research, and statistics and
is a member of the graduate and doctoral faculties.
Daniel presently serves as president-elect of the Teacher
Education Council of State Colleges and Universities. He also serves on various
professional/community advisory boards for the Schultz
Center for Teaching and Leadership, Duval County
Public Schools, and
Communities in Schools–Jacksonville. He has previously served in various
leadership roles in other professional organizations, including president of
the Southwest Educational Research Association, member of the Research Advisory
Board of the National Middle School Association, and member of the Special
Interest Group Executive Committee of the American Educational Research
accredits 667 schools, colleges and departments of education, which produce
two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates annually in the United States,
and is recognized as a specialized accrediting body by the U.S. Department of
Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.