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Press Release for Tuesday, April 26, 2016

UNF Professor Named to National Commission on Clinical Practice in Teacher Preparation

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192


Dr. Debbie Reed, instructor and professor in residence in the Department of Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education at the University of North Florida, has been named to the   American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education   (AACTE)’s new Clinical Practice Commission (CPC). She joins the   group of higher education and K-12 leaders from across the country, which will   examine the state of clinical practice , commonly known as “field experience,”   in teacher preparation.  


“The Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education at UNF is extremely proud of Dr. Reed’s service and commitment to advancing professional learning in teacher preparation,” said Dr. Karen Patterson, department chair. “Her participation in the CPC is a tremendous opportunity for us to demonstrate our contribution to a critical national conversation.”


Reed has worked in the education and social service fields for many years. She has partnered with UNF’s Center for Community-Based Learning during the last several years as a community scholar, redesigning several of her courses to include community-based transformational learning elements and outcomes. Pre-service teacher educators learn about theory and application of research-based teaching practices, and learn how to effectively collaborate and communicate with various partners, including the community, peers, students, faculty and administration.


Reed received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and a master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University. She then went on to receive her doctorate in educational leadership at UNF. 


The CPC, which includes representation from professional associations, institutions of higher education and K-12 school districts, will work during the next six months to develop a common understanding of effective approaches to field experiences. The group will develop a white paper, to be circulated broadly this fall for input from the field, and will also recommend ways to address common roadblocks to building successful district-university partnerships, such as transportation, funding and scheduling concerns.  


“In 2010, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Blue Ribbon   Panel   on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships   found that clinical preparation was a key lever to high quality teacher preparation,”   said Rodrick Lucero, AACTE’s vice president for member engagement and support, who chairs the CPC. “Although we know how essential classroom experiences are to a candidate’s preparation, we also see a broad spectrum of practices being labeled ‘clinical.’ It’s high time to create a shared and actionable definition of what high-quality clinical practice looks like to be able to continually improve individual programs and the field as a whole.”


UNF currently has an Urban Professional Development School Partnership with Duval County Public Schools at Lakeshore Middle School, Woodland Acres Elementary, West Jacksonville Elementary and Kings Trail Elementary. An international partnership with Belize is also in development. The partnerships focus on urban schools serving students of diverse backgrounds, with a commitment to developing a learning community through inquiry and research. It also allows for experienced teachers to learn about new trends in education from UNF students and faculty who devote time to working with the partner schools. University faculty teach, observe and evaluate student teachers at school sites. Teachers at the school collaborate in supervising student teachers and serve as clinical faculty for the University.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.