March 13, 2007
For immediate release
Dr. Tine Sloan, Acting Director of the Teacher Education Program atThe Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, publishes a column on teacher training in the Santa Barbara Independent
Acting Director of the Teacher Education Program Tine Sloan has written the latest column for “Getting Education: Notes from UC Santa Barbara’s The Gevirtz School” for the on-line version of the Santa Barbara Independent. The essay, entitled “Do We Have Faith in Our Teachers to Improve Education?” makes clear exactly how rigorous the training is for teachers. The piece can be read on the Independent website.
The article begins with the following anecdote: “Corinne Sarsketti wakes at 6 am to a shower, quick breakfast, and final look at her lesson plans. After packing a lunch and dinner, she arrives at Rancho Verde Elementary School at 7:30 and confers with her Mentor Teacher before their 4th graders arrive. Corinne then teaches, tutors, and observes for the next 4 1/2 hours, leaving her just 30 minutes to make it to UCSB for class (she eats her lunch in the car). She then attends two 3-hour classes, one on Special Education and one on teaching Reading and Language Arts. Upon arriving home at 8 pm, she sits down to reflect on her teaching, and read over her supervisors’ observation notes. She spends 2 hours planning her next day’s teaching, and another hour and a half studying for her classes. At midnight she crawls into bed with a required reading, but like most nights, her exhaustion gives way to sleep. She has committed to 12 months of this rigorous study.”
The bi-weekly Independent column, now in its sixth month, is another effort by UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School to bridge the gap between town and gown.
[Tine Sloan is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]