The Future of STEM Education – Dr. James Tracy & Dr. Deborah J. Hirsch. Transforming teacher training. In collaboration with MIT.

The Future of STEM Education – Dr. James Tracy & Dr. Deborah J. Hirsch. Transforming teacher training. In collaboration with MIT.

At 2.1.2019 14:30 – 15:30

Dr. James Tracy & Dr. Deborah J. Hirsch. Transforming teacher training. In collaboration with MIT
The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning seeks to transform the model of STEM teacher education

through a competency-based program which shifts the current focus of education from how long candidates must be taught to what they have learned and can do. It changes the emphasis from established uniform, time-fixed processes to common, personalized, time-independent outcomes: the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful teacher from day one. The WW Academy is preparing teachers both to succeed in today’s classrooms and to move those classrooms into the future. It models the future in its curriculum, activities, and design.

Having access to MIT’s cutting-edge thought leaders and researchers who are pioneers in technology, AI, virtual reality, cognitive science offers the WW Academy a unique position to both bring the perspective of educators to entrepreneurs working to design educational technology to engineer learning and to apply state-of-the-art and cutting-edge research into real classrooms and work with students. President James Tracy, Ph.D. will discuss how the workplace of the future is placing demands on education to better prepare students for the world they will encounter and Vice President Deborah Hirsch, Ed.D. will describe how the Academy is approaching the preparation of educators who will have the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for the classrooms of today and the schools of tomorrow.

 James Tracy

Jim Tracy is the first President of the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, a new graduate school established jointly by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to reformulate STEM teacher education.

The Stanford University Ph.D. is a leading national voice on education innovation and the use of technology in school improvement. Formerly the Head of School at the Rocky HillSchool, Dr. Tracy has also been on the Board of Boston University’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He currently serves on the advisory board of Boston University’s Digital Learning and Innovation effort, co-chairs the MassRobotics Work of the Future Committee, and is a Board Member of the Boston-based edtech accelerator and convener LearnLaunch. He is currently co-authoring (with Greg Toppo, Senior Editor at Inside Higher Ed) a book for MIT Press on the implications of AI/robotics for education and workforce development.

 Deborah Hirsch

Deborah Hirsch is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning. Previously she served as Founding Executive Director, providing leadership for the planning, development, and launch of the WW Academy, a competency-based teacher education program.

Dr. Hirsch has a long career as an educator and administrator in institutions of higher education including Vice President for Development and Director of External Relations at Mount Ida College where she was previously Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs. She has led education nonprofits in the Boston area and was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and at Boston College.

Dr. Hirsch was a Fellow for the Salzburg Seminar’s Universities Project and a Senior Fellow at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. She has served on several nonprofit boards, has presented widely and published numerous articles on teacher preparation, college access and success, student retention, civic engagement and service learning. Dr. Hirsch graduated summa cum laude from Boston University, holds master’s degrees in education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Harvard University and a doctorate in education from Harvard University.

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